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  • Archive for November 18th, 2016

    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.