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  • Archive for September 9th, 2011

    Sep 9

    REDEVELOPMENT LAWSUIT PENDING BEFORE CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT

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    As we’ve previously reported, the California State Supreme Court agreed in August to consider the petition by the League of California Cities and California Redevelopment Association seeking to overturn state budget bills AB1x 26&27. These budget bills call for the elimination of local redevelopment agencies unless the agencies agree to make a “ransom” payment to the State every year.

    The State of California’s deadline to reply is today, September 9th, and the Court has called for an expedited briefing schedule for all parties and is expected to hear oral arguments later this fall. The Court has also said it plans to rule on the merits of the case by year’s end.  For more information on the lawsuit, click here.

    Sep 9

    SALES TAX COLLECTION BECOMING A REALITY

    Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    After 48 hours and endless negotiations, an apparent agreement has been reached that will allow California to finally have the sales tax collected by Amazon. The measure would have the collection begin in September of 2012 and Amazon will not pursue the referendum and expensive campaign that would have followed. Amazon has also pledged to join in the efforts at the national level to have a uniform federal solution to the collection of sales taxes on internet sales. An expensive referendum will be averted and greater pressure will be placed on the federal government to make sure a single national solution is found.

    Sep 9

    AB 350 – BATTLE CONTINUES

    Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    As of this writing, AB 350 is still stalled in the Senate.

    Three Senate Democrats voted NO: Ron Calderon (D-Montebello), Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills), and Rod Wright (D-Los Angeles). Four Senate Democrats abstained: Carol Liu (D-Pasadena), Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), Michael Rubio (D-Bakersfield), and Lois Wolk (D-Davis). Senate Republicans stayed true to the business community and held firm against the bill.

    SEIU is putting intense pressure on the Senate Democrats listed above; we’re doing the same to keep them where they are. AB 350 will come up again today in the Senate. If AB 350 passes, it goes back to the Assembly for concurrence where it’s expected to pass. We’re cautiously optimistic, but it’s not over yet.

    Sep 9

    SESSION SLOWLY GRINDS TO END

    Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    Late afternoon in Sacramento and a muggy afternoon gives way to a long and hot night as the legislature slugs through a few hundred measures and addresses issues such as extension of the public goods charge, AB 350, ADA fixes, some CEQA exemptions for large regional projects and internet sales tax. All of this will have to be completed by midnight tonight and both houses are slowly working through the debates and votes. We will provide a complete review of all that happens in the next alert.