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  • Archive for October 24th, 2014

    Oct 24

    COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION TAX COMPROMISE

    Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    The San Diego City Council on Tuesday adopted the compromise plan negotiated by the JOBS Coalition, led by the San Diego Chapters of NAIOP and BOMA.  The compromise puts to rest the long running battle by affordable housing activists to significantly increase fees on new commercial construction and tenant improvements to pay for subsidized housing and the jobs creation community, looking to protect economic development and small businesses who could ill afford to pay what was described as a “jobs tax.”

    The battle came to a head last year when the San Diego City Council adopted a 400-800% increase in the fee with an annual automatic escalator provision.  The local business community successfully referended the action, which resulted in the Council rescinding the onerous fee increase.  The JOBS Coalition, represented by Craig Benedetto who manages government affairs for BOMA and NAIOP San Diego and Aimee Faucett from the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, then negotiated a compromise plan with the San Diego Housing Commission.  The two parties came together over a doubling of the fee, along with full fee exemptions for manufacturing and warehouse construction, as well as non-profit hospitals, and an exemption from the increase for research and development construction.  It also included a commitment to the reform agenda pressed by the local business community, and direction for revising the waiver process to allow for high wage employers to avoid paying the fee.

    The ultimate deal ended with a three-year, phased-in increase of the doubling of the fee and a removal of the requirement for annual review and escalation based on the 20-Cities Construction Index.  San Diego Councilwoman Myrtle Cole finalized the revised deal and it was adopted with one no vote this past Tuesday.  Many thanks to the members of the JOBS Coalition and our local chapters of BOMA and NAIOP for their work over the last several years to put this deal together.

    Click here for more information.

    Oct 24

    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.

    Vote.  Its extremely important.

    Oct 24

    SUPPORT PROPOSITION 1 & 2

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    California Business Properties Association has endorsed Proposition 1 (Water Bond) and Proposition 2 (State Budget “Rainy Day Fund”) on California’s November general election ballot.

    Governor Brown is taking the lead on both of these propositions and we are lining up behind him to support these efforts.

    In a TV spot on this issues Governor Brown states, “I’ve been around long enough to know that the pendulum always swings in California…Between wet years and drought, between booms and busts…And when it’s bad, people get hurt. Not enough water to grow crops. Deep cuts in vital services.”  He concludes that, “Propositions 1 and 2 will even out the boom and bust.”

    Proposition 1, a $7.5 billion water bond with significant funding for needed water storage projects, is the result of a historic bipartisan agreement.

    California is in severe drought and we have not had any significant investment in our state’s water infrastructure in many years.  Our farms are facing water shortages, wells are empty, and the water we drink is running out.

    We need the Prop 1 Water Bond to build more storage capacity, keep California water clean, and keep it flowing to all parts of the state.

    Rex Hime, President and CEO, CBPA, states, “the storage projects in Proposition 1 will help California capture and store water in wet years so we can use that water during dry years.

    California is in a severe, multi-year drought and has an aging water infrastructure.  Proposition 1 creates a comprehensive state water plan that will improve water supply for farms and businesses during severe drought, protecting both the economy and the environment.

    Proposition 1 invests in new water storage by increasing the amount of water that can be stored during wet years. The plan includes $2.7 billion for water storage projects. Prop 1 also provides safe drinking water for all communities, ensures that our farms and businesses get the water they need during dry years, invests in water conservation, recycling and improved local water supplies, increases flood protection, funds groundwater cleanup, and provides significant funding to clean-up polluted rivers and streams.

    Proposition 2 is a plan to stabilize the state budget by requiring lawmakers to pay down debt and put money in a rainy day reserve fund during good economic times to avert drastic budget cuts in bad times.

    The measure places in the State Constitution a requirement to create a “rainy day fund,” saving money and paying down state debts when times are good. The constitutionally protected reserve can be used for schools, public safety and other vital services in bad times.

    Preventing politicians from spending temporary revenue spikes for ongoing spending will keep the state from spending more than it can afford.

    The ballot argument points out that just three years ago, California faced a $26 billion budget deficit “that required the Legislature to make painful cuts and voters to approve temporary tax increases.

    “Proposition 2 will make sure that we don’t repeat this cycle of boom and bust budgeting.”

    Hime states, “Although we would prefer overall comprehensive reform that addresses out of control spending, Proposition 2 will force the Legislature and Governor to save money when times are good to prevent severe cutbacks to schools, public safety and other essential services when revenues shrink.”

    CBPA recommends a yes vote on both Proposition 1 and Proposition 2.

    Oct 24

    ENERGY CODE UPDATE – INPUT NEEDED

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    2017 Changes to Efficiency Standards (Title 24) will be discussed at November 3rd Workshop.

    The California Energy Commission is preparing to unveil the Draft Language for Residential and Non-Residential Efficiency Standards at a workshop scheduled for Monday, November 3rd.   This workshop will bring the “informal” part of this proceeding to a close with the CEC expected to release formal, 45-Day Language in early-2015.  If the CEC stays on schedule, these updated energy efficiency standards could be adopted as early as May and are intended to take effect throughout the state on January 1, 2017.

    Some of the changes being considered for Non-Residential buildings include energy conserving measures for indoor and outdoor lighting, HVAC systems, fans, elevators and escalators.

    In order to more effectively focus attention on Non-Residential changes, the three most critical documents available on the site listed above are:

    1.      “2016 Standards Part 06 Complete”

    2.      “2016 CALGreen”

    3.      “2016 Nonresidential Appendices”

    Click here for key documents.

    These codes will impact your business and your review and feedback is needed!  Thank you.

     

    Oct 24

    HELP AVAILABLE FOR LIGHTING CONTROL REQUIREMENTS

    Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    The importance of the above issue is illustrated by the complicated lighting control requirements that were recently adopted.  There have been significant changes in lighting controls requirements from the 2008 to the 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards.  One such change lies in the requirements for certification and verification of lighting controls.

    The California Energy Commission has posted a Fact Sheet on its website, to clarify whether a given type of lighting control falls under the certification and verification requirements of the Title 20 Appliance Efficiency Standards or the 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24, Part 6).

    The Fact Sheet can be found by Clicking here.

    Oct 24

    HELP WITH THE 2013 ENERGY STANDARDS

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    For assistance with understanding or locating information in the 2013 Energy Standards, contact the Energy Standards Hotline at: (800) 772-3300 (toll-free in California); (916) 654-5106 (outside California); or, via email at: title24@energy.ca.gov.

     

    Oct 24

    CA MANDATES PAID SICK LEAVE

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    This alert comes to us from our friends at Aprea & Micheli, Inc.: California just became the second state in the nation to mandate employers provide paid sick leave to employees. Assembly Bill 1522, authored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), imposes this mandate upon businesses by requiring both small and large employers to provide mandatory, protected, paid sick leave to their employees.

    AB 1522 enacted the “Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014” and provides that an employee who, on or after July 1, 2015, works in California for 30 or more days within a year from the commencement of employment is entitled to paid sick days for certain prescribed purposes, to be accrued at a rate of no less than one hour for every 30 hours worked. The rate of paid sick leave shall be the employee’s hourly wage. Exempt employees are deemed to work 40 hours per week.

    Click here to read more about the bill and consult with your company HR counsel to assure that you are prepared to be in compliance with the law.

    Oct 24

    CA EXPANDS EMPLOYER LIABILITY FOR CONTRACTED WORKERS

    Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    This alert comes to us from our friends at Aprea & Micheli, Inc.: Despite valiant efforts by the California business community, of which the Commercial Real Estate Industry was an active participant, AB 1897 by Assemblyman Roger Hernández (D-West Covina) was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on September 28. The bill creates new liability for businesses that engage in labor contracting. AB 1897 adds Section 2810.3 to the California Labor Code.

    AB 1897 requires a client employer to share with a labor contractor all civil legal responsibility and civil liability for all workers supplied by that labor contractor for the payment of wages and the failure to secure valid workers’ compensation coverage. The bill also prohibits a client employer from shifting to the labor contractor any legal duties or liabilities under workplace safety provisions with respect to workers provided by the labor contractor.

    Click here to read more about the bill and consult with your company HR counsel to assure that you are prepared to be in compliance with the law.

     

    Oct 24

    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.

    Oct 24

    SUPPORT PROPOSITION 1 & 2

    Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    California Business Properties Association has endorsed Proposition 1 (Water Bond) and Proposition 2 (State Budget “Rainy Day Fund”) on California’s November general election ballot.

    Governor Brown is taking the lead on both of these propositions and we are lining up behind him to support these efforts.

    In a TV spot on this issues Governor Brown states, “I’ve been around long enough to know that the pendulum always swings in California…Between wet years and drought, between booms and busts…And when it’s bad, people get hurt. Not enough water to grow crops. Deep cuts in vital services.”  He concludes that, “Propositions 1 and 2 will even out the boom and bust.”

    Proposition 1, a $7.5 billion water bond with significant funding for needed water storage projects, is the result of a historic bipartisan agreement.

    California is in severe drought and we have not had any significant investment in our state’s water infrastructure in many years.  Our farms are facing water shortages, wells are empty, and the water we drink is running out.

    We need the Prop 1 Water Bond to build more storage capacity, keep California water clean, and keep it flowing to all parts of the state.

    Rex Hime, President and CEO, CBPA, states, “the storage projects in Proposition 1 will help California capture and store water in wet years so we can use that water during dry years.”

    California is in a severe, multi-year drought and has an aging water infrastructure.  Proposition 1 creates a comprehensive state water plan that will improve water supply for farms and businesses during severe drought, protecting both the economy and the environment.

    Proposition 1 invests in new water storage by increasing the amount of water that can be stored during wet years. The plan includes $2.7 billion for water storage projects. Prop 1 also provides safe drinking water for all communities, ensures that our farms and businesses get the water they need during dry years, invests in water conservation, recycling and improved local water supplies, increases flood protection, funds groundwater cleanup, and provides significant funding to clean-up polluted rivers and streams.

    Proposition 2 is a plan to stabilize the state budget by requiring lawmakers to pay down debt and put money in a rainy day reserve fund during good economic times to avert drastic budget cuts in bad times.

    The measure places in the State Constitution a requirement to create a “rainy day fund,” saving money and paying down state debts when times are good. The constitutionally protected reserve can be used for schools, public safety and other vital services in bad times.

    Preventing politicians from spending temporary revenue spikes for ongoing spending will keep the state from spending more than it can afford.

    The ballot argument points out that just three years ago, California faced a $26 billion budget deficit that required the Legislature to make painful cuts and voters to approve temporary tax increases.

    “Proposition 2 will make sure that we don’t repeat this cycle of boom and bust budgeting.”

    Hime states, “Although we would prefer overall comprehensive reform that addresses out of control spending, Proposition 2 will force the Legislature and Governor to save money when times are good to prevent severe cutbacks to schools, public safety and other essential services when revenues shrink.”

    CBPA recommends a yes vote on both Proposition 1 and Proposition 2.

     

    Oct 24

    HELP AVAILABLE FOR LIGHTING CONTROL REQUIREMENTS

    Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    There have been significant changes in lighting controls requirements from the 2008 to the 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards.  One such change lies in the requirements for certification and verification of lighting controls.

    The California Energy Commission has posted a Fact Sheet on its website, to clarify whether a given type of lighting control falls under the certification and verification requirements of the Title 20 Appliance Efficiency Standards or the 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24, Part 6).

    The Fact Sheet can be found by Clicking here.

     

    Oct 24

    HELP WITH THE 2013 ENERGY STANDARDS

    Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    For assistance with understanding or locating information in the 2013 Energy Standards, contact the Energy Standards Hotline at: (800) 772-3300 (toll-free in California); (916) 654-5106 (outside California); or, via email by Clicking here.