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  • Archive for April 14th, 2017

    Apr 14

    CA’S WAR ON CARBON

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    The Sacramento Bee asked the question “Is California winning its war on Carbon.”  The answer, is, interesting, to say the least.  What some may find frustrating is that building energy efficiency measures our industry has voluntarily and mandatorily taken over the past 20 years, has contributed greatly – and at great cost – but does not even merit a mentioned. Click here to read the full article.

    Apr 14

    SPRING RECESS ENDS

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    Spring Recess in the California State Legislature ends today and so does the “calm before the storm.” Over the next few weeks every bill introduced must be heard and passed by their policy committee of jurisdiction by May 19.  It’s one of the busiest four weeks in the year under the Gilded Dome.  Ready, set, Go!

    Apr 14

    SENATOR PAT BATES TAKES REINS OF THE REPUBLICAN CAUCUS

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    Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has taken over the leadership reins as the Senate Republican Leader succeeding Senator Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) as the second woman in the history of the California State Senate to serve in the top leadership post of a party caucus.

    Senator Bates released the following statement, “I thank Senator Fuller for her leadership of the Senate Republican Caucus over the past two years as it is humbling to accept the baton of leadership from her today. I pledge to do my best to ensure that the 13 million Californians that Senate Republicans represent continue to have their voices heard loud and clear in Sacramento”.

    “Senate Republicans will continue to embrace taxpayers who want a more efficient government, parents who want better schools and safer streets, and citizens who want their constitutional freedoms protected. I look forward to advocating for all Californians who want more balance in their state government.”

    Senator Bates represents the 36th Senate District in the California Legislature, which covers South Orange County, North San Diego County and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.

    Apr 14

    DUAL “DUAL AGENCY” BILLS DUEL IN SACRAMENTO

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    As we discussed last Friday, two bills have been gut-and-amended to deal with Dual Agency in the State of California and are currently in the Assembly Judiciary Committee.  One of the bills deals directly with residential disclosure issues related to the California Supreme Court case knows as Horiike.  The other bill is using the cover of that court case to ban the common practice altogether in the commercial setting at the behest of a tenant only brokerage firm.

    Here are links to the two measures:

    AB 1626 (Irwin) Dual Agency Disclosures is a measure sponsored by the Realtors.

    AB 1059 (Gonzalez Fletcher) Bans Dual Agency is a measure sponsored by a tenant-rep brokerage firm.

    This article goes into some detail about the two measures:

    The Realtors have an effort at reform with AB 1626 to deal with issues the court raised for residential transactions noted in the Horiike case.

    We are very concerned with AB 1059 as it would have a negative impact on the commercial real estate industry and is not actually addressing issues related to Horiike as it is confined to commercial transactions.

    AB 1059 appears to be using the court decision as a pretext to pursue a pre-existing agenda that would codify a particular business model and discomfit competitors (and upend an entire industry in the process).

    Apr 14

    COSTAR STORY ON CA DUAL AGENCY BAN

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    Here is a recent story by Costar on two dual agency bills introduced in California.  See below for more detail about the two bills. Costar Story: CA to Consider New Legislation On Dual Agency

    Apr 14

    ADA CODE REGULATORY UPDATE PACKAGE RELEASED

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    Division of the State Architect has release its Access Compliance package which starts the 45-Day language comment period for the disabled access update (7/1/18).  Your Sacramento staff is reviewing the package to see if there are any objectionable provision remaining (we have been working on this for the past year).

    We would like to make sure that members of the industry who work with the code also have the opportunity to review and provide comment on any potential issues.  Click here and go to the DSA-AC section to access the official documents.

    Apr 14

    SINGLE-USER BATHROOM GUIDANCE RELEASED

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    The Division of the State Architect (DSA) has released further guidance on the issue of how to identify and sign All-Gender Single-User Toilet Facilities.

    Click here for further guidance, which contains additional information to assist facility operators and design professionals who design facilities under the enforcement jurisdiction of DSA in interpreting the requirements of Health and Safety Code Section 118600.

    We hope this will help you comply with this relatively recent state law.

    Apr 14

    2017 CASp EXAM REGISTRATION

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    Registration is now open for the June 2017 Certified Access Specialist (CASp) examination to be held in Sacramento and Riverside on June 28.   Individuals with CASp certification are in high demand by clients seeking to ensure their facilities comply with applicable construction-related accessibility standards, including the California Building Code and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Obtaining CASp certification and/or encouraging an employee in your company to pursue the certification, provides you with an opportunity to increase your business, enhances the services you provide, helps distinguish you from your peers, and will help protect you from unnecessary lawsuits.

    Register through the CASp Account Login site. Registration closes one month prior to the examination date or when the exam reaches the maximum capacity seating, whichever occurs first.  Information for all of the 2017 exams is listed online in the CASp examination schedule.