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    Feb 10

    SUPPORT FOR FEDERAL ADA REFORM!

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    A special thanks to our CA Members of Congress who have signed on to H.R. 620 Representatives Scott Peters (D; CD-52), Den Calvert (R; CD-42), Ami Bera (D; CD-7), and Jackie Speier (D; CD 14).

    We have joined a large coalition of stakeholders in Washington D.C. to applaud and support the introduction of H.R. 620, “The ADA Education and Reform Act.”  Recently in California we have seen several major reforms to the statewide implementation of the ADA, which are intended to increase access while reducing unnecessary lawsuits.  This legislation will hopefully mirror some of our state’s reforms.

    The commercial, retail, and industrial real estate industry strongly supports the intent of the ADA and its goal to ensure that all Americans have equal access and opportunities.  Business and property owners are committed to creating a safe, welcoming environment for everyone and acknowledge the significant impact the ADA has made in achieving that goal.

    The letter reads, in part, “Legislation is needed to ensure that resources are focused on improving access and compliance with the law while protecting business from abusive lawsuits. Unfortunately, the ADA is being undermined by a growing “cottage industry” made up of attorneys and plaintiffs who file lawsuits against business and property owners over alleged violations.  The current system creates confusion amongst business and property owners who reasonably believed their property was ADA compliant – typically based on assurances by state and local inspectors.  Oftentimes, business owners find it is less expensive to settle the suits than to defend them, even if the property owner is compliant.   This bill will change that by requiring that business owners have time to fix what is allegedly broken.”

    Here’s to hoping we can reform this important law this year!

    Feb 10

    DROUGHT OVER IN NORTH; SOUTH STILL NEEDS WATER

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    The U.S. Drought Monitor says that another week of powerful storms has significantly eased the state’s water shortage. Nearly all of Northern California has been classified as out of drought conditions.   Much of Southern California, however, remains in Moderate to Severe Drought conditions.  However, with some traditionally wet days to come, officials are feeling good that the state pulls out of the drought. Click here to check out the state map.

    Northern California has been hit so hard, many rivers are nearing flood stage and officials have opened the Delta weirs in Sacramento two times.

    Feb 10

    GOVERNOR SETS CA PRIORITIES FOR FED INFRASTRUCTURE BILL

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    California has released its list of infrastructure priorities for a potential federal funding package.  The list consists mainly of major projects costing $100 million or more including new carpool and toll lanes, an earthquake early warning system, and high speed rail and the Delta tunnels.  Although the Governor did include expansion of San Luis Reservoir in the Central Valley, two water projects are notably absent; Sites Reservoir and Temperance Flat Dam, which the Governor says are not to a point where they are ready for such funding.  Click here to read the Governor’s letter and see the full list.

    In a related story, rumor is that there is a Democratic agreement between the Governor and legislators to meet an early April deadline for a state transportation funding package, which has been difficult to nail down for over two years now.

    Feb 10

    BUSINESS SUPPORTED EXPERT NAMED TO CAL/OSHA STANDARDS BOARD

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    With the support of the business community and the California Chamber of Commerce, Chris Laszcz-Davis was appointed this week to the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

    Laszcz-Davis fills a management representative seat on the seven-member Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board, the standards-setting agency within the Cal/OSHA program. All members are appointed by the Governor.

    The Standards Board’s objective is to adopt reasonable and enforceable workplace safety and health standards at least as effective as federal standards. The Standards Board also has the responsibility to grant or deny applications for variances from adopted standards and respond to petitions for new or revised standards. The part-time, independent board holds monthly meetings throughout California.

    Click here to read more about Laszcz-Davis.

    Feb 10

    NFIB RELEASES ITS “GOOD, BAD, AND THE UGLY”

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    Our close coalition partners in Sacramento, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), has released its annual list of good, bad, and really really bad bills.  Nationally, NFIB has over 325,000 small business members and is an active force working the all the business groups on legislative and regulatory issues in California.  We are aligned with NFIB on these positions and will actively work with them on many of these bills. Click here to view the list.

    Feb 10

    STATE PERMITTING HEARING

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    The Little Hoover Commission will hold a hearing to closely examine the state’s permitting processes.  Set for Thursday, February 23, 2017, the Commission will hold a public hearing on state permitting processes, after hearing reports from local regional and public agencies that permitting requirements are hindering infrastructure project work. Click here for more information and to find out how you can participate.

    Feb 10

    JOBKILLERS!

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    Although early in the legislative session, the California Chamber of Commerce has already tagged four bills as “job killers” – the worst of the worst bills that would have a negative impact on California’s economy if they become law. As a CalChamber member and coalition partner in Sacramento we stand with them to help modify or defeat these bills.

    AB 5 (Gonzalez Fletcher; D-San Diego/Kalra; D-San Jose) mandates small employers with as few as 10 employees to offer all employees who have the skills and experience to perform additional hours of work that become available before hiring a new employee, temporary employee, or contractor.

    SB 33 (Dodd; D-Napa) deals with arbitration agreements. The bill applies to any contract for goods or services that requires the individual to submit all disputes to arbitration, including those arising from claims alleging fraud, identity theft, or wrongful use of personal identifying information.

    SB 62 (Jackson; D-Santa Barbara) will significantly expand the list of individuals for which employees can take leave under the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), creating a lack of conformity with the federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and therefore creating an opportunity for California employees to take up to 24 weeks/ 6 months of protected leave in a 12-month period. Governor Brown vetoed a similar proposal in 2015

    SB 63 (Jackson; D-Santa Barbara) requires a California employer who employs as few as 20 employees within a 75-mile radius to provide 12 weeks of protected parental leave. Governor Brown vetoed a similar, but narrower proposal just last year. This proposed mandate comes on top of the current requirement that employers with only 5 employees allow up to 16 weeks of protected pregnancy-related leave.

    The CalChamber will release the full list of job killer bills in the spring after seeing all the bills that are introduced and receiving input from coalition partners such as ourselves.