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  • Archive for February 12th, 2014

    Feb 12

    HAPPY BELATED RONALD REAGAN DAY!

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    Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued a proclamation declaring February 6, 2014, as Ronald Reagan Day in the State of California.  The text of the proclamation is below:

    “From his humble Midwestern origins, through a successful career in Hollywood, and on to the highest offices in his state and country, Ronald Reagan lived the California dream.”

    “On this 103rd anniversary of his birth, we remember not only his most celebrated achievements—his successful diplomacy with Mikhail Gorbachev and the economic recovery that occurred under his presidency. We also remember the turbulent years of his governorship, during which he proved his ability to manage the affairs of the state, and earlier, the talent and the skill he brought to his work in one of our state’s most renowned and beloved industries.”

    “NOW THEREFORE I, EDMUND G. BROWN JR., Governor of the State of California, do hereby proclaim February 6th, 2014 as “Ronald Reagan Day.””

    Click here to see the official proclamation.

    Feb 12

    CRE LEADER INMAN REAPPOINTED BY GOVERNOR

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    Fran Inman from Majestic Realty, has been re-appointed to the California Transportation Commission by Governor Jerry Brown.  Fran has been an excellent resource to the Commission and has taken her duties seriously, as evidenced by the fact that she has not missed a single meeting since her original appointment.

    A recognized expert on transportation issues as they relate to business, Fran keenly understands the impact and importance of goods movement to California’s economy.  She has been tireless and dedicated on behalf of our industry taking many opportunities to come to Sacramento to advocate on public policy issues; and she has played a key role in making sure that regional interests in Southern California are considered while assuring that whatever policy is being crafted makes sense for the whole state.

    Fran has been a very active leader within the Commercial Real Estate industry, currently serves on the CBPA Board Member as a Vice Chair, and lead the Transportation Policy Group.

    Congratulations Fran!  Click here for the official announcement from the Governor.

    Feb 12

    THE CALIFORNIA DROUGHT AS SEEN FROM SPACE

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    If you have any trouble conceptualizing how bad California’s water woes are, click here to see a stark visualization.  We are in for a tough year. We hope that all parties can come together and move forward a water bond that addresses the much needed storage capacity this state needs to capture water in times when the rain is more plentiful.

    Feb 12

    BLANKET REJECTION OF FLEXTIME IS SHORTSIGHTED

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    From George Skelton in the L.A. Times on a hot button labor issue:  “News flash for Democratic state lawmakers: Not all Republican ideas are kooky. Some make sense. A few GOP bills might even help struggling workers — the very people Democrats are supposed to be fighting for in the state Capitol. One such idea is to expand the opportunity for flextime, the ability of wage earners to schedule their work hours to fit personal and family needs.”

    Click here to read the full article.

    Feb 12

    UNDERMINING PROP. 13: THE BEAT GOES ON

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    Our friend Jon Coupal, President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, has penned an editorial addressing the recent push by activists to create a split roll property tax in order to more easily raise taxes on commercial properties.  In part, the article states:

    “To bolster their argument in favor of higher taxes on businesses, these activists falsely claim that homeowners are paying a greater percentage of the total property tax today than they were when Proposition 13 passed 36 years ago. In fact, the percentage paid by non-homeowner occupied property accounted for 58.16 in 1978-79 and has increased to 60.26 percent of all assessments in 2011-12, which means the percentage paid by homeowners has declined. They further justify the increase in property taxes they advocate by saying that Proposition 13 has decimated education while ignoring that, after adjusting for inflation, California is spending 30 percent more per pupil than prior to the passage of the landmark taxpayer protection.”

    This is point that we have made over and over again.  However, sometimes facts just get in the way with folks that are targeting Prop. 13, so we need to continue to share this information.  To help us help you, please share this information.

    Click here to read the full article.