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  • Archive for June 17th, 2011

    Jun 17


    Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    Our industry has endorsed the Building Performance Tracking Handbook, recently published by the California Commissioning Collaborative. The handbook outlines the steps needed to continually manage building performance, demystifies the complex array of building performance tracking tools available, and provides guidance on selecting the most appropriate tracking strategy. It’s primarily intended for property managers, energy managers, and facility engineers.

    While many tools start out being useful guides, they fail to provide a road map towards clearly demonstrating what is really required and essential with tracking and improving building performance. The Building Performance Tracking Handbook breaks from this format with not only providing the technical aspect of building performance tracking and improvement, but also includes the “human” factor that drives these actions and positive results.” – Carlos Santamaria, Glenborough, LLC.

    Click here for a free download of the Building Performance Tracking Handbook.

    Jun 17


    Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    In a follow-up to an item on this last week, the Coastal Commission voted 8-4 on a decision that could establish a policy that would allow the Coastal Commission to merge separate parcels into one “economic” parcel.  Under this novel and unprecedented theory advanced by Coastal Commission staff, an owner of a parcel of land could be denied all use of their property without compensation.  The theory is that separately-owned contiguous parcels may be treated as one ownership if they are “related” for reasons such as cooperation among property owners, common access, common design features, and any type of relationship between the owners (business, personal or otherwise). 

    Alternatively, the decision asserts that the Commission may declare that the various owners be treated as a partnership and their land be treated as property of the partnership, leaving the owners to go to Court and litigate their interests in the government-declared partnership.  If the Commission adopts this approach, it would establish a precedent that would create incredible uncertainty regarding ownership of land. 

    This decision was adopted over the vociferous objection of business groups who tried to warn about the negative consequences this policy will have to property rights and its threat to the stability of land ownership in our state.

    Click here to read a story about the decision, which involves U2 guitarist The Edge’s plan to develop some homes in Malibu.

    Jun 17


    Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    AB 350 (Jose Solorio; D-Santa Ana), backed by SEIU, would create protected classes of building services employees and dictates that they must be hired when changing a service contract. 

    The bill passed the Assembly last week on a vote of 46-31.  Only Democrats supported the measure, while a bipartisan mix of legislators, including four Democrats, opposed it. 

    Should this bill become law, tenants and property managers will not see a change in the staff responsible for day-today services when they hire a new company.  And new companies – union or non-union – will be forced to take on employees that they have not screened and who may not be up to the required tasks.

    AB 350 is extremely unfair to productive workers as it would displace employees who work for a service provider that has successfully competed for a new contract with employees from the previous company that lost the job — even if the reason for losing the contract was poor performance of the now protected employees. 

    The bill must be heard and voted on in the Senate Labor Committee on June 29.  MAKE YOUR VOICE BE HEARD AND SEND A LETTER OPPOSING THIS BILL NOW.

    Click here for an example Letter of Opposition.

    Jun 17


    Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    SB 469 (Juan Vargas; D-San Diego) would require additional economic and community impact analyses for retail developments that are 90,000 feet or larger and sell groceries, will be heard next Wednesday.  The open secret in the Capitol is that the purpose of this bill is to allow certain company’s projects to more easily be harassed by activists.

    We need your help now to communicate with legislators that this bad bill should be stopped now, in this committee.  Click here, then go to “get involved” to send a letter.  ICSC members should click here.

    Jun 17


    Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    Those of you who think the Denizens of the Capitol have lost the ability to move quickly, need only look to the budget maneuvers this week to see they still have some spring in their step, when they want.  On Wednesday, both the Senate and Assembly passed a state budget plan and nearly a score of “trailer bills” with only Democratic votes.  On Thursday, Governor Brown vetoed the budget bills, citing the fact that the plan was unbalanced and unfinanceable.

    A cynic might thing the Legislature simply took such quick actions to make sure they didn’t lose their paychecks; a realist might point to the Governor’s veto as proof of that.

    Another interesting quirk is that he only vetoed the main budget and not all the trailer bills.  So bills passed yesterday as part of this exercise on eliminating Redevelopment, passage of e-Fairness, and extended taxes, may (or may not) still be signed into law.

    The Governor’s veto message is very interesting and a good read for anyone that follows politics.  Click here to read the veto.