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  • Archive for September 29th, 2014

    Sep 29

    GOVERNOR SIGN/VETO DEADLINE LOOMS

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    The Governor has until Midnight this Tuesday, September 30, to wade through all the bills on his desk.  We are still watching closely for the outcome of several bills.  Below are quick updates on bills we are waiting for action on.

    Sep 29

    ***ACTION*** AB 1897 VETO REQUEST!

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    On the Governor’s desk is a public employee union-backed measure that we, along with a very large business coalition oppose and are urging the Governor to Veto.  AB 1897 (Hernandez; D-West Covina) forces one company to essentially insure the wage and hour obligations and workers’ compensation coverage, of a separate employer’s employees, which will discourage the use of contractors and their employees.

    AB 1897 holds an innocent business liable for the employment obligations of another employer ad will create significant litigation.  We believe that adequate protections already exist for documented problems with contracting.  We strongly urge a veto.

    We have already met with the Governor’s high ranking staff on this issue and are urging YOU weigh in too by writing a letter to ask that he veto the bill.

    We urge you to send (snail mail – not email or fax!) a letter to the Governor.

    Click here for an example letter.

     

    Sep 29

    UPDATE ON WATCHED BILLS

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    Here is a quick update on some of the bills we have been working.  Click links for the actual language, and reply to this email if you want more detail:

    AB 2565 (Muratsuchi; D- Torrance) – Electric Vehicle Charging Station Tenant Installation.  This bill has been signed by the Governor we support this measure.

    AB 2372 (Ammiano; D – San Francisco) – Change of Ownership Bill.  This bill is dead.  We cautiously supported its passage.

    AB 2045 (Rendon; D – South Gate) – Energy Efficiency Financing.  This bill is dead for lack of a funding source.

    AB 2282 (Gatto; D – Burbank) – Building Standards; Recycled Water (Gray Water).  This bill went to the Governor and we support its signature.

    AB 2416 (Stone; D – Santa Cruz) – Property Liens / Wage Disputes.  This bill is dead and we opposed it.

    SB 1021 (Wolk; D – Vacaville) – Split Roll Parcel Tax. This bill is dead and we opposed it.

    SB 1451 (Hill/Roth; D- San Mateo/Riverside) – CEQA Late Hits.  This bill is dead – Support — AB 5 (Gatto) Sacred Sites

    AB 52 (Gatto; D – Burbank) – CEQA Tribal Cultural Resources.  This bill was signed by the  Governor.  We were opposed until negotiated amendments were accepted and are now neutral.

    SB 1171 (Heuso; D- Chula Vista) – Dual Agency Disclosure.  This bill was signed by the Governor and we were neutral.  However, we want to make sure all our companies know about the new mandated broker disclosure.

    Sep 29

    ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BILLS ON GOVERNORS DESK

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    The following bills that are meant to address issues, in some fashion, created by the elimination of the state’s Redevelopment program, are all on the Governor’s Desk awaiting action.  We support all measures:

    AB 1399 (Medina; D – Riverside) Income taxation: insurance taxation: credits: California New Markets Tax Credit.

    AB 2280 (Alejo; D – Salinas) Community Revitalization and Investment Authorities.

    AB 2493 (Bloom; D – Santa Monica) Redevelopment dissolution: housing projects: bond proceeds.

    SB 614 (Wolk; D – Vacaville) Local government: jurisdictional changes: infrastructure financing.

    SB 628 (Beall; D – Campbell) Enhanced infrastructure financing districts.

    SB 1129 (Steinberg; D – Sacramento) Redevelopment: successor agencies to redevelopment agencies.

     

     

    Sep 29

    BABY CHANGING STATION MANDATES VETOED

    Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    Using the exact same language in a pair of vetoes, Governor Brown has rejected bills that would have mandated baby changing stations in most new restrooms and renovations.

    Although both authors took language from us to make the bills less onerous, we agree with the Governor’s assessment of these bills:

    “At a time when so many have raised concerns about the number of regulations in California, I believe it would be more prudent to leave the matter of diaper changing stations to the private sector.  Already, many businesses have taken steps to accommodate their customers in this regard.  This may be a good business practice, but not one that I am inclined to legislate.”

    Here are the bill numbers, a link to the veto messages, and a media story:

    SB 1350 (Lara; D – Bell Gardens): – Baby diaper changing accommodations. A veto message can be found here.

    SB 1358 (Wolk; D – Davis): – Baby diaper changing stations. A veto message can be found here.

    Brown Vetoes Baby Changing Station Bills – Sac  Bee

    Although this is not something that will impact your businesses next year, we recommend you sharing this information as a way to show the types of issues that may be coming at companies from activists at the local government level in the near future.

     

    Sep 29

    ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATION BILL SIGNED

    Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    Governor Brown has signed a bundle of seven bill’s meant to “strengthen the electric vehicle market,” in California.  Below is a list to all of the bills, many of which will not have a direct/huge impact on your operations.

    However, one bill is directed specifically at commercial real estate:

    AB 2565 by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance): Requires commercial and residential property owners to approve installation of an electric vehicle charging station by renters, so long as the station meets certain requirements.

    Commercial Real Estate groups spent a lot of time of effort working on AB 2565 and went from vociferously opposing the measure as it initially mandated that all commercial properties across the state install EV Chargers, to supporting the measure after it was significantly changed and all of our language requests were accepted by the author.

    The law now provides protections for both property owners and tenants against unreasonable costs and assures that any EV installations conform to some basic statewide standards.  Click on the bill number above to read the law which will go into effect next year.

    Here are the other EV measures:

    AB 1721 (Linder; R – Corona): Grants free or reduced-rates in high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes to clean air vehicles.

    AB 2013 (Muratsuchi; D – Torrance): Increases to 70,000 the number of advanced technology partial zero-emission vehicles that may be allowed in high-occupancy vehicle lanes, regardless of occupancy level.

    AB 2090 (Fong; D – San Jose): Repeals the level of service requirements on HOT lanes for the San Diego Association of Governments and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, and directs them to work with the California Department of Transportation to develop appropriate performance measures.

    SB 1275 (De León; D – Los Angeles): Creates the Charge Ahead California Initiative, which provides incentives to increase the availability of zero emission vehicles in low-income communities.

    SB 1298 (Hernandez; D – West Covina): Makes the pilot projects for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s operation of HOT lanes on State Highway Routes 10 and 110 permanent

    Click here to learn more about each of these bills.

    According to the Governor’s press release, “This action builds on the state’s efforts to help California’s electric vehicle market grow, including legislation Governor Brown signed last year and the executive order he issued in 2012 to establish a target of 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on the road in California by 2025 and a number of other long-term goals.  California accounts for 40 percent of the nation’s plug-in electric vehicle sales and earlier this month, surpassed 100,000 plug-in electric vehicles soldNational Drive Electric Week is a nationwide celebration of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles and includes more than a dozen events across California between September 15th and 21st.”

    Sep 29

    GROUNDWATER LEGISLATION SIGNED

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    Governor Brown has signed three bills, SB 1168 (Pavley)AB 1739 (Dickinson), and SB 1319 (Torres), into law that will regulate groundwater management.  The new laws, take effect in January, target areas where groundwater basins are being depleted faster than they are being replenished.

    The laws, among other things, give local agencies two years to create a groundwater sustainability agency, which in turn has up to five years to develop a plan for managing wells and pumping so that the groundwater basin is sustainable by 2040.

    Sep 29

    ELECTION REMINDERS

    Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    The General Election is Tuesday, November 4, 2014 – this is an important election with many propositions and candidates on vying for your vote.

    The last day to register to vote is October 20, 2014, and the last day to apply for a vote-by-mail ballot is October 28.

    Vote.  Its extremely important.

     

    Sep 29

    2014 WATER BOND AND OTHER PROPOSITIONS

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    CBPA supports the Water Bond which will be on the November Ballot as Proposition 1.  The measure replaces a previously planned water bond that was pulled from the ballot, with a $7.5 billion bond, and will help provide much needed water infrastructure.

    The Secretary of State’s website provides information on all the ballot propositions.

    Click here for the list.

    And our friends at the CalChamber have weighed in with some recommendations on five of the eight measures:

    CALCHAMBER SUPPORTS PROPS 1 and 2

    CALCHAMBER OPPOSES PROPS 45,46,47

    Sep 29

    EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES SUMMIT

    Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    From October 20-22, 2014 in downtown San Francisco, the Emerging Technologies Coordinating Council made up of California’s Investor Owned Utilities, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Los Angeles Department and Water and Power, the Energy Commission and the California Public Utilities Commission, will host the 6th Biennial Emerging Technologies Summit.  The Summit will gather more than 500 stakeholders in the energy efficiency and demand response sectors to learn, ideate and debate the intersection of utility programs, technology, market drivers, customer engagement, policy and implementation in order to impact the advancement and adoption of emerging technologies.

    Operating in California means knowing how to deal with new technologies and quick changes in laws and regulations.  Are you ready to react?

    Click here for more information.