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  • Archive for September 23rd, 2016

    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.

    Sep 23

    RETAILERS OPPOSE INTERCHANGE FEE AMENDMENT

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    For those of you that are retailers and/or have retail tenants we want to make sure you know about some moves afoot in D.C. that could have a huge negative impact under the guise of interchange fees “reform.” Several years ago our industry successfully advocated for a new federal law to limit escalating interchange fees and drive competition into the payment marketplace. These changes have resulted in significant savings for retailers and make card networks compete for business.  Now, some in the House of Representatives are pushing for a repeal of that law.

    Known as the Durbin amendment and adopted in 2011, it allows retailers to choose from competing networks to process customer debit transactions.  For the first time, the Durbin reforms introduced market pressure to help control the cost of processing these payments.

    Some of the large banks don’t like the freedom retailers have to choose and are trying to undo the reforms.  Our retail members are asking for help to remind Congress how important interchange fee reform is to the industry.  If this is an issue that impacts you, please ask your Representative to vote against repeal of the Durbin amendment.

    Sep 23

    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 of the propositions in depth.

    Sep 23

    NEW PROPOSITION 65 RULES

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    Morrison & Foerster LLP has a piece regarding the new Proposition 65 rules.   If you own or manage any properties these rules are very important to know and follow properly.  The article entitled “WARNING: California Adopts New Proposition 65 ‘How to Warn’ Rules” can be found by clicking here.

    Sep 23

    NONRES LIGHTING CONTROLS ACCEPTANCE TEST

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    On September 14, 2016, the California Energy Commission approved the National Lighting Contractors Association of America’s (NLCAA) nonresidential lighting controls acceptance test technician certification provider (ATTCP) application updates for the 2016 Building Energy Efficiency Standards (2016 Standards) code cycle. NLCAA can now begin training, certifying, and recertifying acceptance test technicians and acceptance test employers under the 2016 Standards, California Code of Regulations, Title 24, Part 6, and associated administrative regulations in Part 1, Chapter 10.

    In accordance with the California Code of Regulations, Title 24, Part 1, Chapter 10, Section 10-103-A(f)1, the Energy Commission has completed a thorough review and has validated the information received in NLCAA’s 2016 update report. The staff report was made available to the public for comment on August 17, 2016.  For more information on the ATTCP program, please click here.

    Sep 23

    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 23

    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.