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    Feb 10

    GREEN CALIFORNIA SUMMIT

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    The 2012 Green California Summit & Expo, the largest annual event focused on green policy, practice and technology, comes to the Sacramento Convention Center on April 26 & 27. Now in its sixth year, the Summit will feature 150 companies offering green products and services, as well as keynote speakers, educational sessions, a special full-day green curriculum workshop, leadership awards, and networking opportunities.

    BOMA California is a sponsor of this is event.  As such you receive a 20% discount when you register by using the code “BOMA”. Click here to register, or call Cindy Dangberg at 626-577-5700.

    Feb 10

    DIRECT ASSESSMENT FEES MAY BE OVERESTIMATED

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    Commercial properties in certain areas of California are billed for direct assessment fees (sewer/

    water) on their property tax bill.  These direct assessments are calculated by the building’s square footage and type of use – not actual usage – and these estimated fees are oftentimes incorrect.

    There are companies out there that can help you ascertain if you have been overcharged and help you recover that money.  As an example, Capitol Recovery Advisors will audit your past payments for up to the last three years to determine if you are owed a refund. If they can’t recover a refund, there is no charge.  To see if your area qualifies and/or to begin the process please click here for more information.

    Feb 10

    CA EMPLOYERS PAYING HIGHER UNEMPLOYMENT TAXES

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    The CalChamber reports that since January 1, California employers have been paying higher taxes because the state has not repaid money it borrowed from the federal government to pay unemployment insurance (UI) benefits.

    Unless Congress takes action, which it is not expected to do, the higher tax will remain in effect through 2012 and then increase each year the state has an outstanding loan balance. California’s UI Trust Fund has been insolvent since 2009.  By the end of 2012, the UI Fund deficit is projected to reach $10.7 billion, according to the California Employment Development Department (EDD).  Employers will lose 0.3% of their federal tax credit, partially offset by the end of a 0.2% surcharge in July 2011.

    Click here for more information.

    Feb 10

    INTEGRATED ENERGY POLICY REPORT

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    The California Energy Commission adopts an Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR, pronounced eye’-per) every two years and an update every other year.  The 2012 Integrated Energy Policy Report Update is now underway.  The CEC will conduct workshops to obtain comments and receive input into the report.  The first workshops are as follow:

    February 16, 2012 – Workshop on Combined Heat and Power in California.

    February 23, 2012 – Workshop on 2012-2022 Electricity and Natural Gas Demand Forecast.

    The Integrated Energy Policy Report provides a summary of priority energy issues currently facing California. The report provides strategies and recommendations to further the state’s goal of ensuring reliable, affordable, and environmentally responsible energy sources.

    Bottom line, this report will affect what you pay for energy.  To follow the proceedings and sign up for updates, click here.

     

    Feb 10

    STATE MAY UPDATE DISABLED ACCESS REGULATIONS

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    The Division of the State Architect has indicated an intent to update California’s disabled accessibility standards for commercial building construction in order to conform with similar federal regulations issued by the US Department of Justice.  

    The potential to conform to federal standards has been hailed by industry and local building officials.  For over twenty years, our state has maintained a “California-only” access code which varies slightly from the federal requirements, and these minor variations are often the source of costly “drive-by” litigation.

    The DSA is expected to determine their final action plan and a related timeline for adoption later this month.  We will keep you informed when a decision is made.

    Feb 10

    COMMERCIAL RECYCLING MANDATE ON JULY 1, 2012

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    California’s new statewide commercial recycling rules will become effective this Summer.  Below is a link to make sure you have the information you need to comply.  Passed into law in 2011 by AB 341 (Chesbro; D – Eureka) and adopted by CalRecycle in January the new rules apply to businesses (including public entities) that generate four cubic yards or more of waste per week and multifamily units of five or more.

     

    The stated purpose of this requirement is to further implement the state’s attempts to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions, under AB 32 as well as expand the opportunity for additional recycling services and recycling manufacturing facilities in California.

     

    As of July 1, a business that generates more than four cubic yards of commercial solid waste per week or is a multifamily residential dwelling of five units or more shall arrange for recycling services. 

     

    For more information, click here.