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  • Archive for October 21st, 2013

    Oct 21

    SCORING ON BUSINESS RELATED BILLS

    Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    Our friend Joel Fox, Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee, provides an assessment of how business backed bills fared in the Legislature and with the Governor.

    He states, in part, “A mixed record for business in this year’s legislative session got a bit of a boost when the governor signed a slew of bills intended to help business. While the latest flurry of bill signings is good news, big issues still concern the business community.

    “The ballyhooed effort at the beginning of the legislative session to improve the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) ended in a whimper. What CEQA reform was achieved came about because politicians in Sacramento wanted to make it easier to build a basketball arena in downtown Sacramento. Broader CEQA reforms were benched.”

    Click here to read the full article.

    Oct 21

    ADA COMPLIANCE UPDATE

    Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    Are you up to speed on all the recent changes to ADA that impact your business?  Many changes in the past few years have been adopted.  The best way to avoid a lawsuit is to be in compliance and to know your rights.  For more detailed information regarding compliance/policy issues related to recent reforms, see this ADA compliance and litigation update, which includes the list “TOP 10 Demand Letters & Claims.”

    Oct 21

    PREPARED FOR CALGREEN UPDATES?

    Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    The newest updates to the state Green Building Code, better known as “CALGreen,” will be effective on January 1, 2014.  Are you prepared?

    CALGreen, the nation’s first statewide green building code, was originally developed in 2008 has been a mandatory part of the building code since January 1, 2011. CALGreen establishes uniform minimum green building standard aimed at reducing the environmental impact of residential, commercial, and public building construction practices.

    CALGreen applies throughout the full life of a building – from design to construction, operation and occupancy – and focuses on a wide variety of issues from energy efficiency, water efficiency and conservation, to indoor air quality.  The code applies to all new construction and most tenant improvements.

    Here is the current code for commercial (free electronic copies of the new code are not available at this time):   CALGreen Third Edition January 2012 including changes effective July 1, 2012 

    Here is a summary of the CALGreen changes effective January 1, 2014.

    You should be working closely with design and construction teams to make sure you project – new or an improvement – meets all relevant local codes.  CALGreen is just a statewide minimum. Several jurisdictions have adopted local code requirements that go above and beyond the state building code.

    Oct 21

    RESIDENTIAL RENT CONTROL BILL VETOED

    Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    We are pleased to let you know that Governor Brown has vetoed AB 1229, which we have been opposing along with a large coalition of partners led by CBIA, Association of Realtors, and several regional apartment associations.

    While intended as a legislative response to a California Appellate court decision (Palmer/Sixth Street Properties, L.P. v. City of Los Angeles) upholding the vacancy decontrol provisions of the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, AB 1229 was a “remedy” that goes far beyond the holding in Palmer and condones the imposition of costly price-controls on new, market-rate residential construction. These provisions would have also provided an artificial bottleneck for approval of commercial projects.

    We applaud Governor Brown for his VETO of this measure, in which he stated, in part, “As Mayor of Oakland, I saw how difficult it can be to attract development to low and middle income communities.  Requireing developers to include below-market units in their projects can exacerbate these challenges, even whiule not meaningfully increasing the amount of affordable housing in a given community.”

    Click here to read the full AB 1229 VETO message.

    Oct 21

    BILL IDEAS FOR 2014

    Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    Additionally, before the Legislature reconvenes in January we need your ideas on proactive changes to the law that our industry should consider pursuing.  Are there issues in statute that could be made better, more efficacious?  Something not addressed in statute that should be?  Let us know.

    Oct 21

    INTERIM RECESS

    Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    Now that the California Legislative Sign/Veto Deadline has passed, the official legislative activity in Sacramento will go into repose until early January.  However, there is no rest for weary, and although legislators are back home in their districts, there is still activity that we are participating in.  Regulatory hearings will continue throughout the Fall.