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    Nov 18

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING

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    CBPA would like to wish all of its members a very Happy Thanksgiving. California is a great state, we live in a wonderful country, and we have a lot to be thankful for.

    We hope you get to spend some quality time with loved ones next week. And please take the time to reflect upon and appreciate the men and women in uniform who are serving our country overseas at this time.

    Nov 18

    WEEKLY ALERT ON HIATUS UNTIL JAN 6

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    Please note, the Weekly Alert will go into Winter Hibernation from now until the New Year. But don’t worry, if anything major happens in Sacramento, we’ll be sure to let you know. We will return to our regular schedule on Friday, January 6, to bring you all the news, gossip, and inside information from Sacramento. In the meantime, if you have any questions, comments, or need information, please email Matthew Hargrove.

    Nov 18

    CA DEMS READY FOR POLITICAL WAR

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    The number one question on our members’ minds is what does a President Trump mean for California?  What are the potential risks and rewards?  Will CA list even further to the Left in reaction to the Rightward tilt of the Federal Government?

    So far, the answer seems to be that the political leadership in California is going to be combative – a tone that was set the day after the election when Senate pro Tem de León (D-Los Angeles) and California Assembly Speaker Rendon (D-Paramount) released the following statement that can be read here.

    They did not mince words in what many see as an unprecedented provocation of a President-elect.

    Bloomberg News looks into this a bit deeper and comes to the conclusion that California leaders itching for a fight to protect the State’s policies and spending on Greenhouse Gas Reduction, healthcare, and protecting undocumented immigrants. Click here to read the full article.

    We agree with Governor Brown when he says he hopes our state and the Federal government can work together where it can find common ground.

    Nov 18

    2016 ISSUES

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    As a statewide association, our primary focus is on legislative and regulatory issues.  This year, on behalf of the commercial real estate industry, we tracked 503 pieces of legislation in the California State Capitol.

    We saw success on bills reforming ADA lawsuits, leasing language, energy policy, taxation, and water efficiency.  We were able to push back against several efforts to repeal Proposition 13, stack a local air board with political appointees, and severely restrict petitioning of state agencies by property owners impacted by their decisions.

    Our industry also engaged regulatory agencies ranging from the California Energy Commission, Public Utilities Commission, Air Resources Board, Building Standards Commission, State Architect and Department of Finance on a range of policies, such as energy efficiency, greenhouse gas regulation, land-use and recycling, and a wide array of building code.

    It is an honor to serve our industry, and when the Legislature comes back for the 2017-2018 Legislative Session, we look forward to continuing to work on your behalf!

    Nov 18

    LEGISLATIVE SUPERMAJORITY UPDATES

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    WE ARE RE-RUNNING THIS STORY BECAUSE WE HAVE RECEIVED MANY INQIUIRIES:  One of the big storylines for California was whether or not the State Legislature would see Democrat supermajorities in both the Senate and the Assembly.  As of press time it is looking likely that one house, the Assembly, will see a 2/3s vote supermajority while the Senate is looking like it will be one vote short.

    Although the state budget no longer requires a 2/3s vote, there are many important policy and procedural issues that still take a supermajority, so both parties take this threshold very serious.

    In the Assembly, Democrats needed a net gain of three seats to hit supermajority status and had targeted four seats held by Republicans.  Although still close while absentee ballots are being counted, it looks like three of those seats – Hadley (Torrance), Linder (Corona), and Kim (Fullerton) – will switch parties going to Muratsuchi, Cervantes, and Quirk-Silva, respectively.  One targeted SF Bay Area Republican that was targeted for defeat, Catharine Baker (Dublin) was able to secure re-election in a district that has traditionally voted overwhelmingly for Democrats.

    Including the three incumbents named above two Democrat also were defeated (Brown and Lopez) in same party races that will not impact the ultimate partisan make-up of the lower House.

    On the Senate side, assuming all results hold, no incumbents were defeated and no seats changed from one party to another.

    Nov 10

    VETERAN’S DAY

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    “You all knew that some things are worth dying for. One’s country is worth dying for, and democracy is worth dying for, because it’s the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man. All of you loved liberty.” – Ronald Reagan, Normandy Speech, 1984

    Tomorrow we celebrate Veteran’s Day and want to salute everyone that has served our country. We are in the midst of a peaceful transition of power, a hallmark of why our country is great, but that is made possible by those who are willing to lay their lives on the line to assure it happens.  Thank you to all those who have served.

    Nov 10

    ELECTION DAY RESULTS

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    Although it seemed like campaign season would never end, Election Day has come and gone last Tuesday.  As the fun of campaigning ends the hard work of governing begins.  We congratulate all winners and stand ready to work with you to assure that we move policy items forward in a manner that will help improve the quality of life and economy for all Americans.

    California once again seemed to go strongly against the grain of the national results.  In an election that will impart control of both Houses of Congress and the Presidency to the national Republicans, California remains deep deep blue and produced very few surprising results.

    For full statewide/national election results visit the California Secretary of State’s website here.

    Nov 10

    JOINT STATEMENT FROM CALIFORNIA LEGISLATIVE LEADERS ON RESULT OF PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

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    With a statement starting, “Today, we woke up feeling like strangers in a foreign land, because yesterday Americans expressed their views on a pluralistic and democratic society that are clearly inconsistent with the values of the people of California,” California Senate pro Tem de León (D-Los Angeles) and California Assembly Speaker Rendon (D-Paramount) released the following statement regarding the nation’s election of President-elect Trump. Click here to read the full statement.

    Nov 10

    LEGISLATIVE SUPERMAJORITY UPDATES

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    One of the big storylines for California was whether or not the State Legislature would see Democrat supermajorities in both the Senate and the Assembly.  As of press time it is looking likely that one house, the Assembly, will see a 2/3s vote supermajority while the Senate is looking like it will be one vote short.

    Although the state budget no longer requires a 2/3s vote, there are many important policy and procedural issues that still take a supermajority, so both parties take this threshold very serious.

    In the Assembly Democrats needed a net gain of three seats to hit supermajority status and had targeted four seats held by Republicans.  Although still close while absentee ballots are being counted, it looks like three of those seats – Hadley (Torrance), Linder (Corona), and Kim (Fullerton) – will switch parties going to Muratsuchi, Cervantes, and Quirk-Silva, respectively.  One targeted SF Bay Area Republican that was targeted for defeat, Catharine Baker (Dublin) was able to secure re-election in a district that has traditionally voted overwhelmingly for Democrats.

    Including the three incumbents named above two Democrat also were defeated (Brown and Lopez) in same party races that will not impact the ultimate partisan make-up of the lower House.

    On the Senate side, assuming all results hold, no incumbents were defeated and no seats changed from one party to another.

    Nov 10

    PROPOSITIONS

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    Weed is now legal for recreational use, plastic bags are banned, cigarette taxes were increased, and elimination of the death penalty was rejected, were among the results of 17 propositions that were on the ballot.

    Our Association makes recommendations on several of the statewide propositions and we are happy to report every proposition we took a position on, went our way:

    Proposition 51 Education Bond – We recommended a “yes” vote and it passed with 54% of the vote.

    The board adopted a “support” position for the state to issue $9 billion in bonds to fund improvement and construction of school facilities for K-12 schools and community colleges.

    Proposition 52 Medi-Cal Hospital Fee Program – We recommended a “yes” vote and it passed with 70% of the vote.

    The board adopted a “support” position to support the hospitals draw down additional federal monies to draw matching federal funds, which will take pressure off other areas of the state budget.

    Proposition 53 Revenue Bonds – We recommended a “no” vote and it failed with 51.5% of voters rejecting the measure.

    The board “opposes” this measure which will require voter approval before the issuance of public infrastructure bonds (“revenue bonds) over $2 billion.

    Proposition 54 Legislative “Sunshine” – We recommended a “yes” vote and it passed with 64% of the vote.

    The board “supports” this measure which will prohibit the Legislature from passing any bill until it has been in print for 72 hours prior to a vote. Provides legislative “sunshine” and attempts to stop last minute “gut-and-amend” bills.

    Nov 4

    ELECTION DAY

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    Tuesday is Election Day.  Go vote if you have not already.  Below are recommendations our board has for you on the propositions.

    Nov 4

    PROP 51 – YES/SUPPORT

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    The board adopted a “support” position for the state to issue $9 billion in bonds to fund improvement and construction of school facilities for K-12 schools and community colleges.

    Ballot Summary:  Authorizes $9 billion in general obligation bonds for new construction and modernization of K–12 public school facilities; charter schools and vocational education facilities; and California Community Colleges facilities. Fiscal Impact: State costs of about $17.6 billion to pay off both the principal ($9 billion) and interest ($8.6 billion) on the bonds. Payments of about $500 million per year for 35 years.