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    Nov 12

    ELECTION RESULTS

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    For any of you that missed last week’s email, here are full election results from the Secretary of State.

    Nov 12

    ELECTION FOLLOW-UP – COOLEY PULLS AHEAD

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    In the one race that threatens the Democratic Party hegemony in the statewide offices, Republican Attorney General Candidate Steve Cooley looks very likely to win the razor-thin close race over Kamala Harris.  On Election Day, Harris had a thin lead, but as more result from vote-by-mail ballots have been counted Cooley has pulled ahead.  Should Cooley win the race, it will mark the first time in 12 years that a Republican has occupied the top law enforcement office. 

    Always an important post, now it is especially so.  Aside from providing the one counter balance to one-party-rule in Sacramento, Cooley will play an important role in assuring that Prop. 26 will be implemented in the way intended to limit the ability to hike taxes.  Cooley will also conduct the important role of reviewing and approving statewide propositions.  This is especially important to our industry, as we are expecting a run at split roll property tax.

    Nov 5

    FLORIDA LAND USE AMENDMENT 4 GOES DOWN

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    And in a closely watched Florida vote that our industry had significant worries about it spreading to other states if passed, was handily defeated.  “Amendment 4,” which proposed requiring a taxpayer-funded referendum for all changes to local government comprehensive land-use plans, was defeated by more than a 2 to 1 margin.  Thank you to all of the companies and industry associations that helped make that defeat possible.

    Nov 5

    CONNIE CONWAY NEW ASSEMBLY REPUBLICAN LEADER

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    In a unanimous decision, Assemblymember Martin Garrick (R-Carlsbad) has decided to step down as the Assembly Republican Leader, and be replaced by Assemblymember Connie Conway (R-Visalia).  We thank Mr. Garrick for his service and applying his deep understanding of our industry to analyzing and advocating on behalf of legislation.  Ms. Conway has also been a very good friend of the industry and we look forward to helping her move the agenda forward in Sacramento.

    Nov 5

    ELECTION RESULTS SUMMARY

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    For full election results, click here to get all the numbers from the Secretary of State.

    California went against the national grain and it was a banner election for California Democrats.  Every major statewide office is now held by Democrats. 

    In an election when ten states across the nation replaced Democratic Governors with Republicans, not only did California do the opposite, but Jerry Brown won by a whopping 13 points. 

    Democrats also made a one seat gain in the State Legislature.  Our state Assembly now has a 52-28 Democratic majority.  The state Senate remains unchanged with a 25-15 Democratic majority.  Both chambers are now just 2 votes away from the “magic” number of having the 2/3 supermajority.

    In the Central Valley, Republican Anthony Cannella was able to hold on to the number one targeted seat beating Democratic Assemblymember Anna Caballero 52% to 47%.  Aside from being the focus of intense spending by both sides, this race is significant because Ms. Caballero staked much of her platform on stopping growth and being anti-development.

    The measure to suspend AB 32 (our Global Warming Act of 2006) lost big time, with 61% of the people opposing it.  Although we did not oppose the measure because it was flawed, this result will strengthen the resolve of the regulatory agencies that are cranking down on greenhouse gas rules; and will embolden environmental advocates even further to come up with more legislative ideas next year, pointing to the defeat of this measure as a mandate from the people.

    And Proposition 25, the measure to change our budget vote requirement from 2/3 to majority, also passed.  The actual impact of this measure is unclear.  We believe there will be a fight over whether this changes the threshold needed to raise taxes as part of the state budget package and ultimately will be resolved in the courts.

    However, we do have three statewide bright spots in this election: 

    Proposition 22 redevelopment fund protection passed.  This will help protect local money from state “raids.”

    Defeat of Proposition 24, a measure sponsored by public employee unions, that would have repealed business tax breaks negotiated in last year’s budget. 

    Proposition 26 passed; this measure does a number of things, but basically clarifies what is a fee and what is a tax (needing 2/3’s vote).  This will provide protection to businesses by clarifying the need for a direct nexus between the fees charged by governmental entities and the activities those monies can be used for.

    We know we didn’t cover everything here, and we are sure there is lots of good news about business friendly candidates winning at the local level.  If you have any questions, comments, or want more context about any of the results, please feel free to contact us.  And again, for full election results, click here to get all the numbers from the Secretary of State.

    Nov 5

    CONGRATULATIONS GOVERNOR BROWN

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    On behalf of the commercial, industrial, and retail real estate industry, we would like to congratulate Governor Brown on his decisive victory.  California continues to face many challenges and we hope we can help the Governor address them in a positive manner.  We stand at the ready to assist the new Administration in understanding how the real estate sector can help lead the economic recovery in California.

    Yesterday, Governor-Elect Brown was already under the Capitol Dome, meeting with legislative leaders and finance officials.  He is giving every indication that he wants to tackle fiscal problems in the state as soon as he is sworn in, and we hope he can be successful in getting California back on track, ending years of out of balance budgets.

    CBPA continues to stress that California needs an economic growth strategy and that growing our economy, not cuts or new taxes, is the ultimate solution.

    Congratulations Governor Brown.

    Oct 1

    POSITIONS ON PROPOSITIONS

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    The Board of Directors has taken the following positions on statewide propositions that will be on the November Ballot.  As a statewide professional organizations representing commercial retail real estate, positions are taken on issues that have a unique and/or disproportionate impact on our businesses.

    Proposition 22 – Bars the state from taking/borrowing money dedicated for local government, redevelopment or transit agencies. 

    Proposition 22 Title, Summary and Analysis

    Proposition 22 Arguments and Rebuttals 

    POSITION:  Support, “Yes.”

    Proposition 24 – Repeals recent legislation that allows businesses to carry-back losses, share tax credits, and use other formulas to lower taxable income in the state. 

    Proposition 24 Title, Summary and Analysis 

    Proposition 24 Arguments and Rebuttals

    POSITION:  Oppose “No.”

    Proposition 25 – Change vote requirement to pass the state budget from two-thirds to a simple majority.  

    Proposition 25 Title, Summary and Analysis

    Proposition 25 Arguments and Rebuttals 

    POSITION:  Oppose “No.”

    Proposition 26 – Increases legislative vote requirement from majority to two-thirds for approving state fees, levies and surcharges. 

    Proposition 26 Title, Summary and Analysis

    Proposition 26 Arguments and Rebuttals 

    POSITION:  Support “Yes.”

    If you have any questions, comments, or would like more context or information regarding these positions, feel free to contact us.

    May 4

    Campaign Resource Website

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    The California Chamber of Commerce (CalChamber) has developed a website as the “go-to” resource for information on California’s gubernatorial candidates, CalChamber2010.com.

    This resource provides first-of-its-kind comparisons of the three candidates. MORE