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  • Archive for February 3rd, 2012

    Feb 3

    ENSURE ADA COMPLIANCE

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    Do you know that you can help protect your business from “Drive By ADA Lawsuits” by working with a California Certified Access Specialist?  Have you considered training any of your employees to become CASp Certified?  Our industry supported AB 1608 so you can do just that.

    One way of becoming certified is through a comprehensive academy specifically designed for those pursuing a thorough understanding of State and Federal Access laws, codes and regulations or studying for the Certified Access Specialist (CASp) Examination.

    Although we are not affiliated with this company, we do recommend you looking into the practical disabled access training they provide so you can benefit from the hard fought victory in California to assure our members are 100% ADA compliant, while providing a modicum of protection from frivolous lawsuits.  Click here for more information.

    Feb 3

    CAP WITH NO TRADE?

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    The AB 32 Implementation Group, a coalition of employers and taxpayer groups advocating for policies to achieve greenhouse gas emission reductions in a manner that will protect jobs and the economy, is gravely concerned that California is not adequately protecting its industries and jobs as it moves ahead with an economy-wide cap-and-trade program with none of our neighboring states participating. Additionally, the Governor has recently announced that he is eyeing funds generated from the program to fund other projects in the state. 

    Although cap-and-trade has the potential to benefit the real estate industry by creating a market to fund energy efficiency projects, the way California is going about designing the program, the fact that there are not any other states joining in the program to trade with, and the fact that we are siphoning generated funds for other purposes, is an unfortunate recipe for failure.

    Click here to learn more about what is happening with AB 32.

    Feb 3

    STANDARDS COMMISSION CONFIRMS INDUSTRY NOMINEES

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    The Building Standards Commission (BSC) has selected the Code Advisory Committee memberships for the next 3-year code-adoption cycle (2012-2014). Back in November, the BSC selection committee got together and reviewed several hundred applications and selected a slate of nominees that were sent to the full Commission for confirmation at last Wednesday’s Business Meeting.

    Industry nominees fared very well and were appointed to each of the five BSC Code Advisory Committees. Industry appointees include Harry Moos (Plumbing & Mechanical), John Oglesby (Structural), Michael Gibbens (Accessibility) and Bob Raymer (Building & Fire and Green Building). In addition, Raymer will serve as Chair of the Green Building Code Advisory Committee.

    As required by statute, all state amendments to the national model codes must go through at least one of these code advisory committees prior to being acted upon by the full commission. During each 18-month code cycle, these code advisory committees will sift through thousands of proposed state amendments to the national codes

    Feb 3

    RENT CONTROL BILL THWARTED – AGAIN

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    Advocates of returning rent control to California were unsuccessful as SB 184 (Leno; D-San Francisco) was stopped again on the Floor of the State Senate by a close working coalition that included the California Association of REALTORS®, Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles, San Diego County Apartment Association and the Santa Barbara Rental Property Association.

     

    SB 184, attempted to legitimize rent control by overturning an important court case for private property owners, failed to pass last June and action on it was suspended until this month.

    Feb 3

    METAL THEFT CRACKDOWN

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    You may recall CBPA lead the effort to establish guidelines and criteria to provide guidance and protection from metal being stolen from your buildings and sold.  We have sponsored several bills to increase penalties and make it harder to sell stolen metal.  Those efforts are paying off as the Sacramento Bee reports that a “crack down” on metal thieves is under way. 

    The story notes that metal thieves who used to “slide in and out of the system,” have become a top priority for law enforcement. 

    Through continued advocacy and education about the economic and physical damage of this type of crime, our industry is having an impact.  Click here to read more.

    Feb 3

    TINKERING WITH THE WATER BOND?

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     As we reported earlier in the year, legislative leaders have been making noise about reopening the water bond negotiations to either delay the vote or change the funding amount.  The $11.1 billion water bond is scheduled for a vote in November. 

     Although the primary reason being given to rewrite, downsize, and/or delay the much needed funding to the state’s water infrastructure, some Capitol-insiders believe that a primary driver is part of an ongoing attempt to clear the November ballot of measures that would compete with the Governor’s proposed tax initiative.  The Governor is focused on an initiative that would increase taxes by $7 billion to purportedly support schools and public safety. 

    Delaying the water bond is causing concern to many in the business community because storage and conveyance infrastructure is desperately needed to assure an adequate supply.

    For more information about the ongoing Water Bond Wars click here.

    Feb 3

    GOVERNOR SENDS PENSION REFORM TO LEGISLATURE

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    Governor Brown delivered the proposed language for his 12-point pension reform plan to leaders of the state legislature’s Conference Committee on Public Employee Pensions.

    In a letter to the Legislature, the governor states that “current benefits, contributions and retirement ages don’t reflect the changing demographic realities we face and are not sustainable.  Continuing these plans in their current form will put taxpayers on the hook for substantial costs now and in the future.  Urgent and decisive action is imperative.”

    Click here to read the Governor’s 12-point plan.  And hold on tight just in case the Legislature actually makes any urgent and decisive actions.