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  • Archive for April 19th, 2013

    Apr 19

    ANOTHER BIG BOX BAN BILL

    Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    AB 667 (Hernandez; D – West Covina) creates another layer of bureaucracy for local governments by requiring certain retailers to obtain redundant economic impact and community impact reports before receiving approval. These reports go above and beyond the significant requirements already required by state law, which currently provides for extensive public input and local decision-making. This bill has the potential to create significant delays in the local planning and approval process, tying-up local government resources and delaying job creation and projects desired by communities.  We oppose this measure.  It is set for May 1 in the Assembly Local Government Committee.

    Apr 19

    STATE MANDATED COST-BENEFIT BILL TAKES AWAY LOCAL CONTROL

    Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    SB 673 (DeSaulnier; D-Concord) is a bill that would erode local governments’ ability to make land use decisions and move forward with infrastructure and development projects that receive over $1 million in subsidies without a state-mandated economic impact report.

    We believe that local governments are able to make decisions regarding such projects in a well-informed manner.  Under current law, local governments can seek advice from a broad range of other government agencies and consultants, and regularly require cost-benefit analysis of projects.

    The “analysis” required by SB 617 is already required and/or can be required by the local government approving the project.  This measure is seen as a way to create an unnecessary hurdle in order to slow certain projects and we are opposing this bill.  It is set for hearing in the Senate Governance and Finance Committee on April 24.

    Apr 19

    CALIFORNIA DOES NOT COMPLY WITH CLEAN WATER ACT

    Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    The self-declared most environmentally progressive state in the nation has been deemed “out of compliance” with the nation’s Safe Drinking Water Act.  It seems that the state has been unable to document that it has spent $455 million to improve local drinking water systems.  California’s problems are compounded by the fact that when it does authorize money from this fund to be spent, it goes to projects that are not “shovel ready.”  So, the money gets allocated but is not actually spent.

    According to federal regulators, California needs $39 billion in capital improvements through 2026 for water systems to continue providing safe drinking water to the public.  The fact that our state is unable to spend these funds is a headscratcher.  Some insiders think this is a symptom of the complicated environmental/political issues that such projects need to navigate, compounded by the state’s perennial budget deficits. Read more by clicking here.

    Apr 19

    HOMELESS BILL OF RIGHTS UPDATE

    Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    AB 5 (Ammianno; D-San Francisco) would enact the Homeless Person’s Bill of Rights and Fairness Act, which would specifically restrict local law enforcement, local governments, and business improvement districts from enforcing local ordinances that “target” the homeless.

    Although we recognize the interconnectedness of safe, decent, and permanent housing when addressing other needs of California’s homeless population, such as mental health or substance abuse treatment or unemployment, we think that any proposed laws must strike a balance between promoting health and safety for all residents and respecting the local designation of resources.  Unfortunately, AB 5 would create costly mandates, blur the line between local jurisdiction authority, and undermine the local decision making process. So we are opposing the bill at the Assembly Judiciary hearing on April 23.

    The California Downtown Association (CDA) has put together a resource page on the bill.  We hope all of our members will weigh in with legislators about how eliminating the discretion of local agencies to deal with this problem will severely impact our businesses:

     ***ACTION ALERT*** CDA AB 5 ACTION PAGE  

    Apr 19

    SPLIT ROLL BILL GOES TO SUSPENSE

    Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    AB 188 (Ammiano-D) Property taxation: change in ownership. SPLIT ROLL BILL! Would specify that if 100% of the ownership interests in a legal entity, as defined, are sold or transferred in a single transaction, as specified, the real property owned by that legal entity has changed ownership, whether or not any one legal entity or person that is a party to the transaction acquires more than 50% of the ownership interests. The bill would require the State Board of Equalization to notify assessors if a change in ownership as so described occurs.

    We have taken a strong “Oppose” position on this bill and testified in committee as to why it would hurt commercial real estate, our tenants, and the state’s economy.  The bill was moved to the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee’s “Suspense File” where it will be considered at a later date.