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    Sep 30

    ***ACTION*** FEDERAL ADA REFORM BILL – CONTACT CONGRESS

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    Our friends at ICSC report that Senators Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) introduced S. 3446, an identical bill to the House ADA reform proposal H.R. 3765, sponsored by Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) and 59 others, and have launched a grassroots effort to educate other policymakers.

    Our industry supports both the letter and spirit of the ADA and recognizes the tremendous positive impact that the law has had on our society. However, in California, and across the nation, we have seen the law abused.  ICSC and CBPA believe this narrowly focused legislation is needed to deal with “drive by” ADA lawsuits. These suits or the threat of such suits are an unintended consequence of the historic law that does little to promote access and much to enrich certain attorneys.  We have made progress in California, but national legislation is needed.

    The legislation protects the ability of individuals with disabilities to file lawsuits and ensures they have full and proper access to businesses open to the public, such as shopping centers, retailers, restaurants, theatres, etc. while restoring the necessary balance to Title III litigation. The legislation contains a “notice and cure” provision that would create a temporary pause in litigation for up to 120 days to allow property owners to correct identified barriers to access.
    **Please click here to send a message to your Members of Congress asking for their support of this critical issue.**
    You do not need to be an ICSC member to use this system to express your support for federal ADA reform.  You can learn more about the issue by clicking here.

    Sep 30

    SIGN/VETO BILLS!

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    The Governor has until Midnight on Saturday, to sign/veto all the rest of the bills on his desk from this legislative session.  Here is a quick update on some bills we are following that he has acted on since last Friday:

    Signed Into Law

    AB 806 (Dodd D)  Community development: economic opportunity. SUPPORT

    AB 1807 (Bonta D) Real estate licensees. SUPPORT

    AB 1926 (Cooper D) Public works: prevailing wage: apprentices. OPPOSE

    AB 1934 (Santiago D) Planning and zoning: development bonuses: mixed-use projects. SUPPORT

    AB 2180 (Ting D) Land use: development project review. SUPPORT

    AB 2299 (Bloom D) Land use: housing: 2nd units. SUPPORT

    AB 2492 (Alejo D) Community revitalization. SUPPORT

    AB 2501 (Bloom D) Housing: density bonuses. SUPPORT

    SB 936 (Hertzberg D) California Small Business Expansion Fund: corporate guarantees. SUPPORT

    SB 1069 (Wieckowski D) Land use: zoning. SUPPORT

    Sep 30

    ELEVATOR VARIANCE BILL VETOED BY GOVERNOR

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    A bill opposed by the commercial real estate industry, AB 1050 (Low D) dealing with occupational safety and health statute regarding permanent variances, was vetoed by Governor Brown.

    Here is the Governor’s Veto Message: “I am returning Assembly Bill 1050 without my signature. This bill requires employers seeking a permanent variance from an elevator safety order to notify the union representing elevator workers in the region where the building is located and to also notify the workers who will be performing the work. The bill also requires the Occupational Safety and Health Standard Board to grant party status to affected workers, or their authorized representative, to participate in the variance proceedings. As I noted last year, the board routinely works with stakeholders to provide timely written notice of a variance request and permits those parties to intervene in the proceedings. I continue to believe that the existing process is one that provides adequate opportunity for interested and affected workers to be heard.” Sincerely, Edmund G. Brown Jr.

    Sep 30

    SINGLE USE BATHROOM BILL SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

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    Note:  If any of your bathroom facilities are “single use” as defined by this bill, you will need to make sure you comply with signage requirements.

    AB 1732 (Ting D) regarding single use bathrooms has been signed by Governor Brown.  We have followed the bill closely and remain neutral on the policy as we don’t normally like to see building code set in statute, but understand this is an issue that demands statewide attention.  Our members are ready and willing to assure our buildings comply.  The bill requires all single-user toilet facilities in any building to be designated as all-gender toilet facility. The bill authorizes inspectors, building officials, or other local officials responsible for code enforcement to inspect for compliance with these provisions during any inspection.  In plain English, if you have a bathroom that an individual can go into and lock the door, that restroom should not be designated as either an exclusively male or female restroom.  Under the current building codes, it would be deemed as a “unisex” bathroom.

    Sep 30

    AGENCIES CONTINUE WORK ON PURPLE PIPE REGS

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    The Building Standards Commission and Department of Housing conducted a fourth workshop earlier this week as both agencies continue to refine draft building standards that will require recycled water infrastructure (purple pipe) in certain parts of the state starting July 1, 2018.  This is in response to the industry-supported legislation AB 2282 (Gatto) which mandated this agency action.

    As specified in the legislation, the draft building standards make it crystal clear that the purple pipe will be required only in those areas that are already served by a water recycling facility or will be served in the very near future.  In addition, HCD and BSC have recently added language that would trigger application only if the service provider has, or will, provide service “to the building site”. This industry-supported language will help reduce the potential for installing infrastructure that will never be used.

    While it seems clear the regulations will deal with the use of recycled water for landscape irrigation purposes, it is less clear if the first set of mandatory provisions will bring the dual piping requirement indoors for use in toilets and urinals.  Plumbing fixture manufacturers and health agencies are raising health and safety concerns over the indoor use of recycled water.  If BSC and HCD are unable to satisfactorily resolve these issues within the next 3-4 months, it is highly likely that indoor mandate for dual piping will be put off for at least another 18 months.

    Sep 30

    ALL THE PROPOSITIONS

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    Here is a list of all the propositions on the ballot with links to the full text.  The commercial real estate industry has taken a position on two; Support the Education Bond (Prop 51); Support the legislative “sunshine” measure (Prop 54); and Oppose the Cortopassi Initiative (Prop 53).

     

    Proposition 51School Bonds. Funding for K–12 School and Community College Facilities. Initiative Statute. 

    Proposition 52Medi-Cal Hospital Fee Program. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute. 

    Proposition 53Revenue Bonds. Statewide Voter Approval. Initiative Constitutional Amendment. 

    Proposition 54Legislature. Legislation and Proceedings. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute. 

    Proposition 55Tax Extension to Fund Education and Healthcare. Initiative Constitutional Amendment. 

    Proposition 56Cigarette Tax to Fund Healthcare, Tobacco Use Prevention, Research, and Law Enforcement. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute. 

    Proposition 57Criminal Sentences. Parole. Juvenile Criminal Proceedings and Sentencing. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute. 

    Proposition 58English Proficiency. Multilingual Education. Initiative Statute. 

    Proposition 59Corporations. Political Spending. Federal Constitutional Protections. Legislative Advisory Question.

    Proposition 60 Adult Films. Condoms. Health Requirements. Initiative Statute. 

    Proposition 61 – State Prescription Drug Purchases. Pricing Standards. Initiative Statute. 

    Proposition 62Death Penalty. Initiative Statute. 

    Proposition 63 Firearms. Ammunition Sales. Initiative Statute. 

    Proposition 64Marijuana Legalization. Initiative Statute. 

    Proposition 65Carryout Bags. Charges. Initiative Statute.

    Proposition 66Death Penalty. Procedures. Initiative Statute. 

    Proposition 67Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags. Referendum. 

     

    Click here to explore all the of propositions in depth.

    Sep 30

    ENERGY CODE UPDATE UNDERWAY

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    The 2019 Title 24 Standards update is underway. Utility-Sponsored Stakeholder meetings will be scheduled in fall 2016. These meetings are key in shaping the proposals that will be presented to the California Energy Commission and we need experts from our industry to participate.  If you think California’s Energy Code is overcomplicated and difficult to comply with, that may be a result of the fact that very few practitioners participate in the code writing process.

    The real estate industry does have staff covering these meetings, but if your company is inclined to have people participate with real/everyday experience to inform the process and work with our industry representatives, the end product will be better.  Workshop schedule can be found here. And please let us know if you are participating so we can coordinate.

    Sep 30

    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.

    Sep 23

    TRANSPORTATION, HOUSING CRISES GET SHORT SHRIFT IN LEGISLATURE

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    Columnist Dan Walter explores the actions – or lack thereof – in the Legislature regarding housing and transportation.

    “There are few things more fundamentally important to life in contemporary California than transportation and housing, and both are in crisis… Click here to read the full column.   Sacramento Bee

    Sep 23

    TSUNAMI OF LOCAL TAXES HEADED FOR STATE’S TAXPAYERS

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    Joel Fox, Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee, takes a look at the “Tsunami of Local Taxes” on November’s ballot.

     

    According to a report compiled by the California Taxpayers Association, a record number 421 local taxes and bonds (paid by increased property taxes) will hit the state’s many local jurisdictions in November. In addition to the up to $10-plus billion a year in taxes on the state ballot, 228 local taxes could add $3 billion a year in taxes and 193 bonds an additional nearly $32 billion.  Click here to read the full story.

    Sep 23

    GOVERNOR SIGNS JANITOR PROTECTION BILL

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    Governor Jerry Brown has signed SB 1978 (Gonzales; D-Los Angeles) that establishes various requirements for the janitorial industry, including a registration requirement and protections against workplace sexual violence and harassment.  Click here for the link to the full text of the bill.  Our industry had concerns with early versions of the bill which we worked with the author to address and ultimately remained neutral.  We recommend consulting closely with your janitorial and labor experts to understand the requirements and impact on your particular building.  SB 1978, as signed into law.

    Here is a story from the Sacramento Bee that goes into some of the political details and policy discussions.

    Sep 23

    AGENCIES CONTINUE WORK ON PURPLE PIPE REGS

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    The Building Standards Commission and Department of Housing conducted a fourth workshop earlier this week as both agencies continue to refine draft building standards that will require recycled water infrastructure (purple pipe) in certain parts of the state starting July 1, 2018.  This is in response to the industry-supported legislation AB 2282 (Gatto) which mandated this agency action.

    As specified in the legislation, the draft building standards make it crystal clear that the purple pipe will be required only in those areas that are already served by a water recycling facility or will be served in the very near future.  In addition, HCD and BSC have recently added language that would trigger application only if the service provider has, or will, provide service “to the building site”. This industry-supported language will help reduce the potential for installing infrastructure that will never be used.

    While it seems clear the regulations will deal with the use of recycled water for landscape irrigation purposes, it is less clear if the first set of mandatory provisions will bring the dual piping requirement indoors for use in toilets and urinals.  Plumbing fixture manufacturers and health agencies are raising health and safety concerns over the indoor use of recycled water.  If BSC and HCD are unable to satisfactorily resolve these issues within the next 3-4 months, it is highly likely that indoor mandate for dual piping will be put off for at least another 18 months.