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  • Archive for January 20th, 2017

    Jan 20

    INAUGURATION DAY

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    “We are called the nation of inventors. And we are. We could still claim that title and wear its loftiest honors if we had stopped with the first thing we ever invented, which was human liberty.”  ~Mark Twain

    We’d like to thank President Barack Obama for his years of public service and wish him well, as he hands of the reins of power to the 45th President of the United State Donald Trump.

    We are proud to serve the commercial real estate industry in this greatest of nations and are optimistic we have many many good years to come.

    Jan 20

    ASSEMBLY DEMOCRATS OPEN LETTER

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    To mark the inauguration of President Trump, the Assembly Democrat Caucus has released “An Open Letter to Californians” along with a video to contrast with the celebration in D.C.  Click here to see it in full.

    Jan 20

    NEW CONGRESS PROMISES LESS RED TAPE

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    Our friends at ICSC bring us an article regarding the direction the new Congress is heading on regulatory issues and what it may mean for commercial real estate:

    “The Trump administration and the Republican Congress are expected to roll back certain regulations — including some financial and environmental rules long considered to have an impact on the retail real estate industry….While some rules can be changed by congressional review or with a stroke of the presidential pen, other regulations — including parts of the Dodd-Frank Act — will likely require the drafting and passage of congressional amendments, a more time-consuming process, Platt notes. Already, would-be reformers are tossing around a variety of proposals aimed at curbing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), which regulates banks, lenders and other financial companies.”

    Click here to read the full article.

    Jan 20

    LEGISLATORS MUST FIX OUR RUTTED ROADS

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    For those of us in Northern California the five major storms we have had in the past two weeks is major relief to the drought.  However, it has also served to highlight the shabby state our roads are in.  Driving on freeways and highways and city streets has become a game of Frogger, except we are dodging potholes, chunks of loose road, huge puddles of water, and traffic.

    As a member of the “Fix Our Roads Coalition” we held a press conference in Sacramento this week to call on the Legislature and the Governor to come together and get a transportation funding package done in 2017.  With a new legislative session and new legislature, we are hopeful they will finally come together to address our long neglected and our underfunded transportation needs.

    A Sacramento Bee editorial on the subject notes that “divots” on the road “cause bipartisan tire damage,” in their call to get the Legislature to act.  Click here to read the full article.

    Jan 20

    THE 2016 ENERGY STANDARDS ARE NOW EFFECTIVE!

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    January 1, 2017, was the effective date for California’s 2016 Building Energy Efficiency Standards. The Energy Standards (Title 24, Part 6 of the California Code) or “Title 24” which they are sometimes referred to, apply to newly constructed buildings and additions, or alterations to existing buildings. The Energy Commission provides publications, tools, training, and a Hotline to help energy-efficient building projects comply with the new Energy Standards.

    Their Online Resource Center (ORC) is supposed to be a “one-stop shop” for the building community and code enforcement agencies. It is a central location for Energy Standards compliance information, with quick access to:

    –The 2016 Energy Standards, Residential and Nonresidential Compliance Manuals and forms, and Reference Appendices.

    –Blueprint newsletters.

    –Checklists, fact sheets, trigger sheets, worksheets, and guides.

    –Energy Code AceTM resources.

    –Training opportunities.

    As well, the Energy Commission offers topic-specific resources and web links, including:

    –Acceptance testing.

    –Approved software.

    –Climate zones.

    –Commissioning.

    –Covered processes.

    –Envelope (includes cool roof and solar-ready).

    –Home Energy Rating System (HERS).

    –Heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC).

    –Lighting.

    –Water heating.

    Hotline staff is available to answer questions at title24@energy.ca.gov and open for phone calls from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. –  4:30 p.m. Monday–Friday.  Click here to access the Energy Commission’s Online Resource Center.

    Jan 20

    ARB ONLINE EMISSIONS TOOL

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    The California Air Resources Board, tasked with overseeing the implementation and setting of specific standards for the states myriad greenhouse gas laws, has launched an “Integrated Emissions Visualization Tool.”  This tool is meant to assist facilities create an emission inventory — an estimation of the amount of pollutants discharged into the atmosphere — and can be broken down by specified source categories in a certain geographical area and within a specified time span (e.g., in a calendar year).

    The emissions visualization tool allows users to locate and view emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) and criteria pollutants from large facilities in California. The tool provides an interactive platform where users can select facilities by name, location, or industrial sector; view their reported emissions using maps, charts and tabular formats; and download data for later use.

    Most building outside the heavy industrial sector of the commercial real estate industry are currently NOT under obligation to comply and report GHG emissions.  However, as the state continues to clamp down in this area, many companies with large office, retail centers, and light manufacturing campuses are doing their homework now so they can be prepared when such rules will impact them. Click here to read more about creating an emissions inventory.

    Jan 20

    REMEMBER TO CARRY THE ZERO…$1.9 BILLION MISCALCULATION

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    California’s corps of green shaded budget analysts miscalculated costs for the state Medi-Cal program by $1.9 billion last year, which has put the state’s budget a bit out of whack.  Mistakes happen.  But the timing on this one is a bit awkward as it may be amplified by unknowns and transitions in federal funds and priorities.  To get things back on track the Democratic governor called for more than $3 billion in cuts on a projected deficit he pegged at $1.6 billion.  Click here to see the coverage from the L.A. Times.