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  • Archive for September, 2012

    Sep 7

    CBPA INDUSTRY AWARDS AND 40TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

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    The California Business Properties Association Industry Awards Dinner will be held on November 1, 2012 at The Fairmont Hotel in Newport Beach. The CBPA Industry Awards Dinner is a chance to recognize the unwavering leadership of individuals and companies dedicated to the commercial industrial retail real estate industry. This is a special event as it marks CBPA’s 40 years of service to the industry.

    This year we will be awarding our Champion of the Industry Awards to Brad Cox with Trammell Crow Company; Michael Epsteen with Epsteen & Associates; and Ray Magnussen with Paragon Services. In addition to the Champions of the Industry award recipients, CBPA is also recognizing two companies for their dedication and commitment to community service and the commercial real estate industry. Walgreens is the recipient of the John Caldecott Memorial Award for their community charitable actions and Greg McWilliams with Newhall Land is being awarded the Ernest W. Hahn Memorial Award for his service to the commercial real estate industry.

    We hope you will join us on November 1. Click here to register or to find out about sponsorship opportunities.

    Sep 7

    THE HOME DEPOT FOUNDATION PLEDGES ADDITIONAL $50 MILLION TO VETERANS’ HOUSING

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    In other news, we thought we’d share some philanthropic activity by one of our industries’ largest retailers: “The Home Depot Foundation announced that it has surpassed the three-year $30 million pledge it made in 2011 to veterans’ housing initiatives more than a year ahead of schedule. As part of its second annual Celebration of Service campaign, the Foundation is now committing an additional $50 million to veterans’ nonprofits over the next three years in an effort to ensure every veteran has a safe place to call home.” Click here for more information.

    Sep 7

    NY TIMES WEIGHS IN ON CEQA

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    One of the nation’s largest and most influential newspapers has taken a look at the CEQA battles going on in California. As you know, we have been at the center of all these reform attempts for many years. We continue every year to work on CEQA reform because eventually it’s going to happen and we must be “at the table” on your behalf. To wit, although many may think the acknowledgement in the NY Times is recognizing the obvious, we see it as hope that rationality may eventually prevail:

    “With California still mired in what many consider its worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, the law, once a source of pride to many Californians and environmentalists across the country, has turned into an agonizing test in the struggle to balance environmental concerns against the need for jobs and economic growth…. In San Francisco, the city’s plan to paint bicycle lanes, one of the main goals of environmentalists, was delayed for four years by a lawsuit filed by a local resident who claimed that the lanes could cause pollution.”

    Click here to read the full article.

    Sep 7

    OR “SUCKERED” AT THE LAST MINUTE?

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    …Another newspaper is slamming the Legislature for some of the very actions cited above. A scathing editorial in the San Jose Mercury News says the last-minute process and resulting bills are deeply flawed: “We scrambled to decipher the highly technical and complex language. The Legislature and governor’s office put out summaries that were incomplete and misleading. Outside experts had no opportunity for input.”

    “It was an outrageous charade. A missing word here, an added clause there — it didn’t take much to change the meaning and effect. The stakes were high — billions of dollars.”

    Click here for the full editorial.

    Sep 7

    PRODUCTIVE LEGISLATIVE SESSION?

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    One political reporter has declared the Legislative Session a success, citing the following “accomplishments” by the Legislature:

    “(1) It delivered on an overhaul of public-employee pensions.”

    “(2) It revamped the $16 billion workers’ compensation insurance program to squeeze out enough waste to provide a significant boost in benefits to injured workers, reduce premiums for employers and, quite likely, avert a once-every-decade crisis of runaway costs.”

    “(3) It took the first step toward creating what could become the most important program to address looming poverty among the elderly since Social Security, perhaps helping to re-establish the California Legislature’s historic role as a national leader in the development of visionary public policy.”

    What do you think? Do these last minute bills make a two-year session that saw 5,000 measures introduced a success? Click here to read the full story.

    Sep 7

    “JOB KILLERS” MOVE TO GOVERNOR

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    All but just a few of the bills tagged by the CalChamber as “Job Killers” were stopped in the Legislature. However, three of the four measures that were sent to the Governor will have an impact on commercial real estate through increased energy costs. These energy bills will re-direct monies you and your tenants pay for energy to fund programs not related to reducing greenhouse gasses. We believe this measure amounts to an unauthorized tax and are urging the Governor to veto the measure, before they induce expensive lawsuits.

    Click here to read more about all these bills and other Job Killer bills.

    Sep 7

    SIGNIFICANT ADA REFORM

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    A bill we sponsored is being hailed as the most comprehensive and significant reform to California’s ADA Law. It passed the Legislature by a two-thirds vote in the wee hours of Friday night. Currently, California has 40 percent of the nation’s ADA lawsuits but only 12 percent of the country’s disabled population.

    SB 1186 (Steinberg/Dutton) will curb lawsuit abuse regarding the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) while promoting increased compliance with disabled accessibility building codes throughout the state. This is a “win-win” situation for the State of California.

    Among other things, this measure: prohibits prelitigation “demands for money” by attorneys; puts into place new provisions to prevent “stacking” of multiple claims to increase statutory damages; reduces statutory damages and provides litigation protections for defendants who correct violations; and establishes priorities for the California Commission on Disabled Accessibility that promote and facilitate disability access compliance.

    Please drop Governor Brown a note and let him know how this bill will positiviely impact your business – while improving access – and urge him to sign the bill.

    Sep 7

    LEGISLATIVE SESSION OVER

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    The 2011-2012 Legislative Session has ended. Hundreds of bills were voted on in the final hours of marathon Floor Sessions in both houses and are now on the Governor’s Desk for consideration.

    Major issues, including property taxes vote threshold, Workers Compensation reform, Pension Reform, Private Pensions, major energy policy, and many others, passed and are awaiting final action. Below are just some of the highlights.