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  • Archive for May, 2012

    May 18

    AG ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE UNIT

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    Speaking of the Attorney General’s Office, we thought it would be interesting to take a peek at the “Environmental Justice Unit” webpage.  EJ issues are a new policy area for the AG’s office and have been highlighted as a major focus of the office.  According to the top law enforcement official in the state, “The Attorney General is particularly concerned that local governments, in permitting new projects, consider potentially significant environmental impacts on communities already burdened with pollution.”  Click here to read more.

    May 18

    BROAD COALITION OPPOSES AG INVOLVMENT IN SANDAG

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    A broad coalition of groups has sent a letter to California Attorney General  Kamala Harris (D) expressing concern with a lawsuit she filed over SANDAG’s Regional Transportation Plan (RTP).  Sent in March, the AG still has not met with the coalition.

    The groups are “united in our concern about the lawsuit filed against the San Diego Association of Governments’ (SANDAG) Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS).  SANDAG’s plan meets all state-mandated carbon reduction requirements under SB 375 and was the product of extensive public input and review. Responsible, regional planning efforts should be allowed to proceed without intervention from the state.”

    Click here for a story about the issue and please feel free to distribute to local media contacts.

    May 15

    REDEVELOPMENT LAWSUIT UPDATE

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    For those of you following the Redevelopment Dissolution process, last week the Court of Appeal requested supplemental briefing on the effect of the AB1X 26 and the Matosantos decision on CRA v. Genest (challenging SERAF payments), currently pending before the Court of Appeal. CRA’s and the Attorney General’s responses are on the CRA website under Lawsuit Documents.  Click here to read.

    May 15

    PACE FINANCING BILL MOVES FORWARD

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    One of several bills we are strongly supporting that would provide more opportunity for energy efficiency financing to flow to existing building projects, passed the Assembly Local Government Committee this week on a unanimous, bipartisan vote.

    AB 2131 (Olsen; R-Modesto) would authorize the legislative body of a local government to invest up to 5% of their aggregate investment funds in Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) bonds or projects financed with PACE bonds.

    If passed, we expect this program would help local governments provide the needed capital and authorize more PACE programs up and down the state.

    May 15

    CALIFORNIA’S DEEP BUDGET WOES DEEPEN EVEN DEEPER AGAIN

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    The Hallways of the Capitol are abuzz awaiting release of the Governor’s revised spending plan next week, known as the “May Revise.”  It is known that revenue is running some $3 billion below expectations and deep cuts are expected in the revised numbers.  Brown states his plan back to fiscal health is built on a mix of cuts in the budget along the hope that voters pass his tax initiative this November.  A budget for the new fiscal year beginning on July 1 is due from the Legislature by June 15.  Click here for more information.

    May 15

    SPLIT ROLL – CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP BILL DEAD

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    This week, after a long run-up to an anticipated battle on Split Roll Property Tax, the bill dealing with the “Change of Ownership” issue, introduced by the author that proclaimed he was seeking to “nuke Prop 13,” AB 2014 (Ammiano; D-San Francisco), was suddenly “pulled” from the committee hearing docket and not presented.

    The bill sought to set up a “Task Force” to purportedly review change of ownership issue. This task force however, neglected to name anyone from the commercial real estate industry to participate and did not provide any funding to complete the task.

    The Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee reports that the bill has missed an important deadline and will not move forward this year.  However, as in the past, we are expecting advocates to try to move the issue forward in budget negotiations and a much bigger effort is looming as part of a statewide ballot measure.

    May 15

    SB 1186 – ADA LAWSUIT REFORM PASSES FIRST COMMITTEE

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    On a bipartisan 4-1 vote, the Senate Judiciary committee this week passed SB 1186, a bill jointly authored by Senator Steinberg (D-Sacramento) and Senator Dutton (R-Inland Empire) which contains important reforms relating to disability access lawsuits.

    Although contentious at times, with several individuals known to file hundreds of ADA lawsuits present at the hearing to oppose the measure, the committee mustered the political will to agree that reforms are necessary.

    Many amendments and changes to the bill were discussed and a working group has been established to continue to work towards consensus.  Rex Hime, President and CEO of CBPA, is representing commercial real estate interests and he expects the bill to be the “focus of intense negotiations over the next few months.”

    Hime has a long history working with a bipartisan group of legislators and a wide variety impacted constituency groups, that have been able to work together to provide incremental reform over the past few years.

    SB 1186 is intended to enhance accessibility while addressing lawsuit abuses and provides a modicum of protection from predatory individuals to businesses that are striving to do the right thing and complying with accessibility laws.

    Click here to read the current version of the bill.