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    Aug 26

    THREE DAYS LEFT!

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    The Legislature has scheduled three more work days until it adjourns sine die the two year session.  In the past three weeks hundreds of bills have been through the sausage grinder/legislative process. Including the Governor’s proposals to deal with Affordable Housing (rejected), Greenhouse Gas Issues (passed) and Transportation Funding (not yet taken up).  We are in the thick of it will keep you posted!

    Aug 26

    GREENHOUSE GAS BILLS

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    The much ballyhooed Greenhouse Gas measure, SB 32 (Pavley; D-Agoura Hills), was taken up this week along with a companion measure and surprisingly passed both houses of the Legislature and sent to the Governor in a likity-split like quickness not often seen. The bill, identified as a job killer by the California Chamber of Commerce, and opposed by a huge coalition of industry and business groups mandates a reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030 – furthering the AB 32 mandate that required a 20% reduction by 2020.  Since the cost of energy is our industry’s number one line item, we have been very concerned that these policies are moving too aggressively and artificially driving up operating costs for our tenants.

    Both SB 32 and AB 197 ultimately passed with a wide margin of Democrat votes with all but one Republican voting “no.”  The Governor has stated he is looking forward to signing both measures.

    Aug 26

    GOVERNOR’S MESSAGE ON GREENHOUSE GAS BILLS

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    Well, regardless if you like or dislike the bills above, no one can accuse the political dust-up over them as being boring.  In fact, in an unusual move, the Governor released an emphatic and combative press release rubbing the passage of the bills “in the face” of the Oil Industry that has been one of the groups trying to block the measure.  Check it out here.

    A Sacramento Bee editorial from earlier this week has all the info you need about the politics and process of how this moved forward and is actually a very informative look at how “the sausage is made…”click here for that story.

    Aug 26

    SCAQMD BILL AWAITS ACTION

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    Another bill we are very closely following, as it would set a precedent for Legislators in Sacramento to be able to undo local election in which it doesn’t like the outcome has also passed Appropriation.  SB 1387 (de Leon; D-Los Angeles) a bill in which our industry, along with a broad array of other business and local government entities vociferously oppose.  SB 1387 would substantially and adversely modify the use of market-based incentive programs, and; SB 1387 would add state-level appointed positions to the South Coast Air Quality Management District Board (SCAQMD), effectively shifting local control over critical regional air quality planning to state law-makers in Sacramento.  The justification for this action is under the guise of “Environmental Justice” and making the board more representatives; however, this drastic change in law was proposed as a reaction to changes on the board under the current rules that the author does not agree with.

    The bill has not yet been taken up and we, on a daily basis, are talking to legislators to make the case that this bill does not merit support.  Three days left, we hope to be able to stop this measure!

    Aug 26

    AIR BOARD BILL EDITORIAL

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    This newspaper gets why this is a bad bill!  Read the editorial here:

     

    Aug 26

    HOMELESS CAMPING BILL

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    AB 718 (Chu; D-San Jose) seeks to prohibit local agencies from enforcing ordinances that prohibit the people from sleeping or resting in a parked motor vehicle (including in your parking lots). This bill was “killed” last year due to lack of votes, but it has been removed from the inactive file in an attempt by the bill sponsors, Housing California, to revive it.

    The bill is on Third Reading and can be taken up at any time.  We are working with allies from local government and law enforcement to make the case this bill is not a viable policy for reducing homeless issues and would probably exacerbate the problem.  At this point we don’t believe the bill’s chances have improved, but will remain vigilant.

    The Legislature has until next Wednesday to work through all bills on the floor.

    Aug 26

    OTHER HIGH PRIORITY “OPPOSE” BILLS

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     As well, there are still a handful of bills left that we must oppose because of their sever impact on the real estate industry, or California’s Economy:

    AB 1520 (Stone, Mark D) Water shaming bill.  This bill requires the release of private information on water use within certain buildings in an effort that will lead to “public shaming” of those buildings and companies therein.  DEAD FOR THE YEAR.

    AB 2087 (Levine D)   Regional conservation frameworks.  Business groups have significant concerns with this bill as it does not clearly define what a “regional conservation framework” is  not, and as such poses a threat to both private property rights and the traditional land use authority of cities and counties.  AWAITING ACTION ON SENATE FLOOR.

    SB 654 (Jackson D)   Unlawful employment practice: parental leave. Identified as a “Job Killer” this bill will significantly harm small employers in California with as few as 10 employees, by adding to the existing burden, as well as potentially require larger employers to provide 10 months of protected leave.  AWAITING ACTION IN SENATE.

    SB 1190 (Jackson D)   California Coastal Commission: ex parte communications: staff communications.  This bill would make it much more difficult for land owners in the Coastal Zone to petition their government and navigate the permit process. AWAITING ACTION IN SENATE.

    SCA 5 (Hancock D)   Local government finance.  Would change the constitution to repeal Proposition and allow split roll property tax. AWAITING ACTION IN SENATE.

    Click here to read the full text and analysis of these measures.

    Aug 26

    POTENTIAL MOVEMENT IN CONGRESS ON E-FAIRNESS

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    Our friends at the International Council of Shopping Centers provide the following update regarding the E-Fairness measure in Congress.  California addressed this issue several years ago, with the support of CBPA and the retail industry, however a national solution is still needed.

    On August 25, after many months of meetings with legislators, Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) released draft legislative language aimed at updating the system that governs the collection of remote sales and uses taxes and provides a clear standard for sellers.  This legislation comes at a time when states have ramped up activity to enact various laws to solve the problem of uncollected sales taxes and the lack of parity created by the current antiquated system.

    ICSC issued the following response to the draft legislation:

    “It is time to fix our country’s sales-tax system, which unfairly picks winners and losers and, more importantly, shortchanges communities on revenue that directly funds everything from schools to fire departments and infrastructure. The fact is that online retailing is a mature business and these retailers should compete with brick-and-mortar sellers on price, inventory and customer service, not on sales tax treatment. The introduction of legislative language today is a step forward and we encourage the Judiciary Committee to maintain constructive momentum by holding a hearing and actively working with interested parties to achieve this year a bipartisan, bicameral solution to a longstanding and important issue of national concern.”

    As well, the ICSC-led Marketplace Fairness Coalition, which represents thousands of businesses and civic organizations across the country, acknowledged the Chairman’s efforts on federal E-Fairness legislation:

    “The Marketplace Fairness Coalition is pleased to see engagement in the legislative process on an important issue for America’s communities. We look forward to reviewing the bill details and working with Congress to pass the right federal solution to modernize state sales tax collection as soon as possible.”

    The coalition is asking Chairman Goodlatte to move forward with a legislative hearing on this bill so that stakeholders in this issue are able to offer constructive comments and suggestions and help advance a much needed solution.

    Aug 26

    GOVERNOR’S MESSAGE ON GREENHOUSE GAS BILLS

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    Well, regardless if you like or dislike the bills above, no one can accuse the political dust-up over them as being boring.  In fact, in an unusual move, the Governor released an emphatic and combative press release rubbing the passage of the bills “in the face” of the Oil Industry that has been one of the groups trying to block the measure.  Check it out here.

    A Sacramento Bee editorial from earlier this week has all the info you need about the politics and process of how this moved forward and is actually a very informative look at how “the sausage is made…”click here for that story.

    Aug 26

    2016 INDUSTRY AWARDS DINNER

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    California Business Properties Association’s Industry Awards Dinner will be held on October 20, 2016 at The Fairmont Hotel in Newport Beach.   The Industry Awards Dinner is a chance to recognize the unwavering leadership of individuals and companies dedicated to the commercial, industrial, retail real estate industry.

    In addition, to our special recognition for BOMA CALIFORNIA, celebrating its 30th Anniversary, this year we will be awarding our Champion of the Industry Awards to Steve Craig, President and CEO of the Craig Realty Group for their accomplishments in the retail development field;   Larry Kosmont, President and CEO of the Kosmont Companies, for their accomplishments in the service development field and  Brian Plymell with Hines for their accomplishments in the office development field. CBPA is also recognizing two companies for their dedication and commitment to community service and the commercial real estate industry. Disneyland Resort will be awarded the John Caldecott Memorial Award for their community charitable actions and Space Center, Inc is being awarded the Ernest W. Hahn Memorial Award for Legislative Affairs for their service to the commercial real estate industry.

    We hope you will join us on October 20thClick here to register or to find out about sponsorship opportunities.