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    Apr 2

    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.

    Apr 2

    OCBC’S LUCY DUNN APPOINTED TO CEC

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    From the Governor’s Office:

    Lucy Dunn, of Coto de Caza, has been appointed to the California Transportation Commission, where she has served since 2008. Dunn has been the president and chief executive officer of the Orange County Business Council since 2005 and was director at the California Department of Housing and Community Development from 2004 to 2005. She was senior vice president at Hearthside Homes Inc. from 1990 to 2004, senior vice president at Signal Landmark from 1987 to 1990 and principal at the Law Offices of Lucetta Dunn from 1981 to 1987. Dunn sits on the board of directors for the Lennar Charitable Housing Foundation and the Association of California Cities-Orange County. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Dunn is a Republican.

    We congratulate Lucy and know she will do a great job in her new public service role at on the CTC Commission.

    Apr 2

    ENERGY BENCHMARKING/DISCLOSURE REGULATIONS – FINAL APPROVAL

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    Many of you have been following the AB 1103-Benchmarking regulatory process for several years.  Now is the last chance to review and comment prior to scheduled adoption in May.  A coalition of business groups, led by BOMA California has worked, along with the Energy Commission to shape the regulations into something that implements the bill in the most efficacious manner possible.

    The proposed regulations require the owner of a nonresidential building within California, in advance of the sale, lease, or and financing of the building, to benchmark the building’s energy use using the U.S. EPA’s Portfolio Manager system and to disclose statements of the building’s energy usage to potential buyers, leasees, and lenders. The proposed regulations also require utilities serving the building to release the most recent 12 months of energy use data for the entire building to an owner’s U.S. EPA’s Portfolio Manager Account.

    Click here to read the proposed regulations; Revised Staff Draft, publication # CEC-400-2010-004-SD3.

    A public hearing will be held on April 9 — final adoption is scheduled for one month later.

    Apr 2

    FEDERAL/STATE POLICYMAKERS TALKING RE ADA REFORM

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    Another policy issue, for which we have long advocated, is reform of how ADA is enforced. As sponsors of the first significant reform on the issue three years ago, we have been disheartened to see predatory (“Drive By”) lawsuits move from state to federal courts.  However, this Congressional session has seen the introduction of a bill by Congressmember Dan Lungren (R-Gold River) meant to reduce these frivolous lawsuits.  Additionally, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) recently sent a letter to State Senate pro tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) encouraging the State Legislature to make another effort to resolve the issue and offering to introduce federal legislation if needed.

    We say huzzah and thank you to Mr. Lungren, Mr. Steinberg, and Ms. Feinstein, for your leadership on this issue.  Drive-by lawsuits must be staunched – they are hurting the business community while doing nothing to address or improve “access.”

    Click here to read Senator Feinstein’s letter and click here to read a news story about the issue

    Apr 2

    SUPPORT FOR AED REFORM

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    Two bills have been introduced to update the statutory requirements relating to installation of Automated External Defibrillators (AED).  Although BOMA California was part of the group that negotiated the original law we have long pointed to the fact that the statute is unnecessarily restricting the promulgation of these life-saving devices and we fully support an update.

    SB 1436 (Lowenthal; D-Long Beach) and AB 1666 (Olsen; R-Modesto) each would revamp the AED law which is scheduled to “re-set” on January 1, 2013 with new, more onerous language than is currently on the books.  However, both bills are slightly different from one another in the details, and only one can become law.

    By removing unnecessary barriers to installations of AED in public places, it would increase access to AEDs which can reduce the number of deaths resulting from out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest.

    Because of the life-saving potential of AEDs and their proven efficacy, we think it is in the public interest for the state to encourage accessibility in public places where cardiac arrest may be a significant risk.

    Apr 2

    BILL SEEKS TO REDUCE HOW MUCH PEOPLE DRIVE USING BUILDING CODE

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    As if the CEC didn’t have enough to do just writing the Nation’s most progressive energy code, along comes AB 1627 (Dickinson; D-Sacramento), legislation that will drastically impact your operations by enacting regulations attempting to limit how much people drive through building codes.

    If enacted into law, AB 1627 will prohibit local governments from issuing building permits for construction or renovation until a local building official determines the building plans have significantly reduced “vehicle miles traveled” (VMT) by the individuals traveling to-and-from the new construction.

    To meet these standards a permitee must mitigate the “vehicle miles traveled” associated with the individual occupants of the building – whether it be commercial or residential.  The mitigation is likely to come by way of new mandates to fund public transit or other trip reduction programs.

    Click here to read Assembly Member Dickinson’s press release on the bill.

    Along with a large coalition of allied business groups and some in local government who are concerned that the state is further usurping land-use planning responsibilities, we are vigorously opposing the measure.

    Apr 2

    ENERGY CODE UPDATE STARTS FINAL STAGE

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    The California Energy Commission (CEC) has moved out of the informal process and has now started formal proceedings to update California’s energy efficiency building standards.

    The CEC kicked-off the formal proceeding by conducting two full days of hearings early last week. CEC staff covered each of the proposed changes to the standards for all new commercial and residential buildings. There is also a host of changes being proposed for additions and alterations to existing buildings.

    The CEC plans to release formal “15-Day Language” on April 11 and they hope to have the new regulations adopted at their May 9 Business Meeting. These regulations would then go before the Building Standards Commission for approval later in the year. If the CEC stays on its time schedule, these new standards will apply to buildings for which the permit application is submitted to a local building department on or after January 1, 2014.

    Industry representatives have expressed great concern with the proposed standards and the overall level of increased stringency and related cost being proposed by the Commission.

    Click here for all the documents related to this proceeding.