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    Nov 17

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING

    Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    CBPA would like to wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving and hope you get some time off.  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 take the time to reflect about the men and women in uniform who are serving our country overseas away from their families at this time.

    Nov 17

    WEEKLY ALERT ON HIATUS

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    Please note, the Weekly Alert will be on hiatus from now until the new year.  But don’t worry, if anything major happens, we’ll be sure to let you know.  We will return to our regular schedule on Friday, January 5, 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 at mhargrove@cbpa.com.

    Nov 17

    BILL IDEAS FOR 2018

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    Before the Legislature reconvenes in January we need your ideas on proactive changes to the law that our industry should consider pursuing.  Are there issues in statute that could be made better, more efficacious?  Something not addressed in statute that should be?  Let us know so we can do the needed research and work with authors to get a bill introduced by the appropriate deadlines.

    Nov 17

    STRATEGIC ISSUES CONFERENCE IN NAPA DEC 7-8

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    Due to popular demand the 2017 Strategic Issues Conference will be moving back to its traditional Host City, Napa!  The event will be held on Thursday, December 7 and through Lunch on Friday, December 8.

    The Strategic Issues Conference is A BIG DEAL this year!  Co-Hosted by ten of the most highly regarded business groups in Sacramento, the conference will focus on the elections and politics that we can expect in 2018.  It’s a gubernatorial election year and there are some big propositions that could be on the ballot.  Several gubernatorial candidates will join us for conversations as well as some of the top political thinkers in the state.

    Attending the Strategic Issues Conference is one of the major benefits belonging to this association – it is where you will gain knowledge and insight about what is coming in the near future that you can bring back and share with your company leadership and tenants.

    Click here to register for the Strategic Issues Conference.
    Click here for sponsorship opportunities.

    SPACE IS LIMITED and this year with so many co-hosts we expect to sell out.  Register now!

    Nov 3

    CALIFORNIA ATTORNEY GENERAL JOINS AMICUS TO OVERTURN QUILL

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    Yesterday, 35 State Attorneys General – including the Honorable Xavier Becerra from California – joined an amicus brief in support of South Dakota’s petition to the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the case of South Dakota v. Wayfair, Overstock and Newegg.

    The state of South Dakota has asked the Court to use its case as an opportunity to reconsider and overrule the 1992 Quill Corp. v. North Dakota decision, which forbids states from collecting sales tax from absentee retailers.

    According to our friends at the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), the 25-year old decision created a loophole that has distorted free market competition by giving Internet-only retailers an automatic price advantage over local brick and mortar stores.

    Deborah White, President of the Retail Litigation Center and General Counsel of the Retail Industry Leaders Association offered the following statement on the support from State Attorneys General in the legal battle to overturn Quill.

    “Overwhelming bipartisan support from such a large number of State Attorneys General shows just how critical this issue is to states across the country that have been grappling with the negative impacts of Quill. The Quill rule is anachronistic both with respect to the Court’s current dormant Commerce Clause jurisprudence and with respect to today’s commercial realities. The Supreme Court should heed the call of these 35 State Attorneys General and take South Dakota’s case to end the tax preference for online-only retailers,” said White.

    Click here for the full press release from RILA and to learn more.

    Nov 3

    L.A./LONG BEACH PORTS ADOPT ZERO EMISSIONS RULES

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    Despite the fact that technology “isn’t ‘there’ yet,” the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have adopted a long-range plan to reduce air pollution – at the cost of nearly $14 billion.  Harbor commissioners voted unanimously to adopt 2017 Clean Air Action Plan Update.

    The plan involves shifting the cargo handling and trucking industries away from fossil fuels and toward near-zero and zero-emissions technologies. The plan also anticipates that cleaner engines will power future container ships.

    “These new policies and strategies are some of the most progressive air quality rules in the nation,” Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia said in a statement. “We are serious about fighting climate change, protecting local residents, and promoting economic success at our ports.”

    Many in the goods movement sector and businesses that rely on it, have expressed concern that air regulations and port rules are too aggressive and will have a negative impact on the economy.  The concern that alternate routes of shipping, that bypass California ports, has been expressed.    Industry supports clean air rules that provide time for adoption and implementation that allows technology to keep pace while not being punitive on certain industry, like trucking, and forcing them to live under rules that competitors outside the state do not have to abide.

    Click here for a news story on plan.

    Nov 3

    TAXPAYER ADVOCATE RELEASES LEGISLATIVE “REPORT CARD”

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    The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association has released its 2017 Legislative Report Card grading lawmakers on legislative bills important to taxpayers.  The Report Card is a non-partisan tool to help taxpayers hold legislators accountable by tracking their individual votes.

    A record 79 legislators failed the scorecard while only 24 got a grade of “A.”

    “The trend is not good,” said HJTA President Jon Coupal.  “By approving major new burdens on middle class taxpayers, the current crop of Sacramento lawmakers is exhibiting an outright hostility to the taxpayers who pay the state’s bills.”

    To review the Report Card in its entirety and to see how individual representatives scored, please click here.

    Nov 3

    CA PUBLIC SAFETY PARTNERSHIP TO ADDRESS CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORMS

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    At a press conference on Monday, October 30, the California Public Safety Partnership, led by Nina Salarno Besselman, President of Crime Victims United, along with Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert and Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D – Elk Grove) announce it will file a statewide ballot initiative to prevent the early release of child traffickers, rapists and other serious and violent offenders.

    These changes seek to undo some of the “reforms” of a recent ballot measure – Prop 57 (2016) – that has provided for the early release of many criminals in order to address prison overpopulation.

    The initiative makes four critical reforms: adds several severe crimes, including domestic violence, sex-trafficking of a child, and rape of an unconscious person, to the list of crimes where early release is not an option; reinstates DNA collection upon conviction for certain crimes that were reduced to misdemeanors under recent law; makes repeat offenders eligible for felony prosecution when convicted of a third theft of property valued at $250 or more; and requires greater scrutiny of probation and supervised release proceedings, including the ability to return to jail those who repeatedly violate parole.

    Many people believe that by releasing convicted criminals early, Prop 57 has exacerbated crime in many areas and has been a driving factor in recent increases in homeless populations.

    Nov 3

    RENT CONTROL MAY “ROIL” 2018 BALLOT

    Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    As we have reported previously, one of the most hotly watched propositions currently out for signature is one that will repeal the Costa-Hawkins act and usher in a new era of rent-control proposals in California.  The 20-year old policy has been credited with increasing the housing supply in the State even while builders have to deal with a very unfriendly regulatory environment.

    Costa-Hawkins, passed in 1995, restricts the ability of local governments to impose rent control. Sponsors of the repeal initiative have dubbed their measure the “Affordable Housing Act.” The measure, if final approval is given to circulate petitions, needs 385,880 valid signatures of voters collected within a six-month window to qualify for the ballot.

    Within minutes of the announcement that the initiative had been filed, the California Apartment Association released the following statement:

    “If local rent control ordinances are allowed to regulate rents on new construction and single-family homes, new private investment into rental housing will come to a screeching halt,” said Tom Bannon, the Association’s chief executive officer.

    In effect, new developments will come to a standstill if such ordinances are adopted.

    The commercial real estate industry has always supported our allies on the residential side of the business as we agree, rent control is a damaging policy that will only drive away investment, drive costs up, and restrict availability of all kinds of properties.

    Click here to see the full statement by CAA.

    Nov 3

    STRATEGIC ISSUES CONFERENCE IN NAPA DEC 7-8

    Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    Due to popular demand the 2017 Strategic Issues Conference will be moving back to its traditional Host City, Napa!  The event will be held on Thursday, December 7 and through Lunch on Friday, December 8,

    The Strategic Issues Conference is A BIG DEAL this year!  Co-Hosted by ten of the most highly regarded business groups in Sacramento, the conference will focus on the elections and politics that we can expect in 2018.  It’s a gubernatorial election year and there are some big propositions that could be on the ballot.  Several gubernatorial candidates will join us for conversations as well as some of the top political thinkers in the state.

    Attending the Strategic Issues Conference is one of the major benefits belonging to this association – it is where you will gain knowledge and insight about what is coming in the near future that you can bring back and share with your company leadership and tenants.

    Click here to register for the Strategic Issues Conference.
    Click here for sponsorship opportunities.

    SPACE IS LIMITED and this year with so many co-hosts we expect to sell out.  Register now!

    Oct 30

    MAJOR EMPLOYMENT LAWS YOU SHOULD BE AWARE OF

    Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    The California Peculiarities Employment Law Blog at Seyforth and Shaw have a good wrap-up of some of the major new laws impacting employers signed into law by Governor Brown.  If you hire employees or contractors, you should be aware of your new obligations under the law. The blog covers the following issue:

    * Salary Inquiry Ban.

    * Ban-the-Box: Prior Conviction History of Applicants.

    * New Parent Leave Act and Parental Leave DFEH Mediation Pilot Program.

    * Retaliation: Expanding the Labor Commissioner’s Authority.

    * Immigration: Worksite Enforcement Actions.

    * Harassment Training: Gender Identity, Gender Expression, and Sexual Orientation.

    The final night for the Governor to sign or veto bills on his desk was two weeks ago.  In 2017 the Legislature sent 977 bills to his desk.  He signed 88% of the bills (859) and vetoed 12% (118).

    Oct 30

    PROPOSITION TO REPEAL COSTA-HAWKINS SUBMITTED

    Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    A measure that would repeal the Costa-Hawkins law has been submitted for title and summary to the Attorney General and is not in the process of gathering signatures.  Passage of this proposition would allow municipalities to enact rent control measures for millions of apartments currently exempt from such policy.

    Our industry is worried that such a move would have a chilling effect on development of multifamily apartments across the state and will exacerbate the affordable housing shortage.  Our industry supports the Costa-Hawkins law, which has spurred the construction of housing in every part of California and are very concerned over this move to repeal the law.  We will keep you posted about the progress of signature gathering.