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    Feb 10

    GREEN CALIFORNIA SUMMIT

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    The 2012 Green California Summit & Expo, the largest annual event focused on green policy, practice and technology, comes to the Sacramento Convention Center on April 26 & 27. Now in its sixth year, the Summit will feature 150 companies offering green products and services, as well as keynote speakers, educational sessions, a special full-day green curriculum workshop, leadership awards, and networking opportunities.

    BOMA California is a sponsor of this is event.  As such you receive a 20% discount when you register by using the code “BOMA”. Click here to register, or call Cindy Dangberg at 626-577-5700.

    Sep 23

    STRATEGIC ISSUES CONFERENCE: REGISTER & BOOK HOTEL BY OCOTBER 3, 2011 & SAVE!

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    As you know, the 2011 Strategic Issues Conference to be held at The Meritage Resort in Napa, November 3-4, is fast approaching!  

    Register Today & Save!

    Register for the Strategic Issues Conference by October 3, 2011 for the early-bird rate and SAVE $50!  Click here to register!

    Book Your Hotel NOW & Save!

    In order to get the special conference room rate of $169, you must reserve your room by October 3, 2011.  Rooms at this special group rate are limited and available on a first-come-first-served basis, so reserve your room now!  Contact The Meritage Resort directly at 707-251-1900, and ask for the CBPA room rate.

    Sponsorship Opportunities

    The goal of the Strategic Issues Conference is to increase public policy and political awareness of state and national issues, and to foster collaborative efforts among business leaders from all sectors of the California economy.  Your sponsorship will contribute greatly to achieving this goal, and will signal your strong support for the commercial, industrial, and retail real estate industry.  Click here to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

    Click here for more information on the 2011 Strategic Issues Conference, or feel free to contact Melissa Stevens.

    We look forward to seeing you in Napa!

    Aug 19

    ENERGY COMMISSION CALENDAR FOR REG HEARINGS

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    The California Energy Commission will be conducting its final “informal workshop” on Tuesday, August 23, wherein potential changes to California’s energy efficiency building standards will be discussed. 

    The meeting on August 23 will focus on a host of residential issues including items related to solar energy, HVAC systems and required compliance documentation. The CEC staff will then spend most of September developing a draft set of revised regulations which will be made available to the public on September 30th. The CEC will then conduct one or more formal hearings prior to the release of the formal regulatory package on December 2. 

    It is the CEC’s goal to have new standards adopted by March or April of 2012. These updated standards would then need to gain approval from the Building Standards Commission prior to taking effect statewide on January 1, 2014.

    These regulations will impact your company.   We are following the procedures but need experts from our industry to be more involved. Email us to find out what you can do.

    Jul 8

    **ACTION** ENERGY COMMISSION WORKSHOP ON ENERGY SAVINGS IN BUILDINGS

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    On Wednesday, July 20, at 9:00 a.m. in Sacramento the California Energy Commission is holding a workshop to solicit comments on the Draft Staff Report “Achieving Energy Savings in California Buildings.”  The report addresses challenges and potential strategies for the state to consider as regulatory strategies to achieve more energy savings. 

    Industry input is imperative in this process. 

    This is your opportunity to comment on proposals for achieving zero-net-energy residential buildings by 2020 and zero-net-energy commercial buildings by 2030.   Achieving these goals will require enormous efficiency improvements in both building construction (envelope) and in the ever increasing number of electric devices they contain (plug-load).

    Recommendations regarding the requirements of Assembly Bill 758 (Skinner and Bass, Chapter 470, Statutes of 2009) for the Energy Commission to develop a comprehensive program to achieve greater energy savings in the state’s existing buildings will also be discussed.

    Materials for review will be posted at the following website: www.energy.ca.gov/2011_energypolicy/index.html. Note, not all materials are currently posted, so you may need to check back. 

    Your Sacramento representatives will be present at this meeting; however, it is very important that as experts and practitioners you provide us with overall and technical comments on these proposed rules.  If our industry does not provide comments, these mandatory rules will potentially be written by individuals with no practical experience managing commercial properties. 

    Please pass along any comments you have to be included in the industry response to Matthew Hargrove participate directly.

    Jul 8

    MANDATORY COMMERCIAL RECYCLING MEETING

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    As the state moves forward implementing mandatory statewide commercial recycling regulations, the responsible regulatory agency, CalRecycle, is conducting a workshop to seek stakeholder input.  As part of the state’s regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the landmark AB 32, the proposed mandatory commercial recycling rules attempt to reduce greenhouse gases by focusing waste reduction within the commercial sector and requiring businesses and multifamily units of 5 units or more that produce more than four cubic yards of solid waste per week to recycle. 

    At the workshop, staff will present the results of additional economic analyses done for the proposed regulation and changes to the regulatory language since January.  The meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 19, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. at the CalEPA Building in Sacramento. Participation via webcast will be available.  Click here to register for the webcast.

    Since this regulation may have a major impact on our members, we encourage those interested and knowledgeable in this area to review the regulations and either participate in the workshop or provide us with feedback and concerns to carry to the meeting on your behalf.

    More information can be found on the Mandatory Commercial Recycling regulations by clicking here. 

    Jun 24

    ENERGY REGULATORS TO HOLD WORKSHOP THAT WILL IMPACT YOU

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    On Wednesday, July 6, the California Energy Commission’s Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) Committee will conduct a workshop jointly with the California Air Resources Board, California Environmental Protection Agency, California Independent System Operator Corporation, and California Public Utilities Commission to discuss updates to the California Clean Energy Future.

    We encourage participation from our members in this meeting that will update the California Clean Energy Future to reflect Governor Brown’s 2020 energy policy goals as well as the recently enacted 33 percent renewable portfolio standard.  If you care about energy prices, this proceeding will directly impact you.

    The agencies are looking for feedback on how to measure progress in meeting the policies identified in the California Clean Energy Future Overview document and on how to execute the policies and track progress in a “transparent and effective” way.

    Click here for more information on this energy proceeding.

    Jun 24

    MANDATORY COMMERCIAL RECYCLING MEETING

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    As the state moves forward implementing mandatory statewide commercial recycling regulations, the responsible regulatory agency, CalRecycle, is conducting a workshop to seek stakeholder input.  As part of the state’s efforts to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the landmark AB 32, the proposed mandatory commercial recycling rules attempt to reduce greenhouse gases by focusing waste reduction within the commercial sector and requiring businesses and multifamily units of 5 units or more that produce more than four cubic yards of solid waste per week to recycle. 

    At the workshop, staff will present the results of additional economic analyses done for the proposed regulation and changes to the regulatory language since January.  The meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. at the CalEPA Building in Sacramento. Participation via webcast will be available.

    Since this regulation may have a major impact on our members, we encourage those interested and knowledgeable in this area to review the regulations and either participate in the workshop or provide us with feedback and concerns to carry to the meeting on your behalf.

    More information can be found on the Mandatory Commercial Recycling regulations by clicking here.

    Jun 10

    COASTAL COMMISSION TO CONSIDER NOVEL THEORY THAT COULD RADICALLY AFFECT OWNERSHIP OF LAND

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    On June 16, 2011, the Coastal Commission will be making a decision that could establish a policy that would allow the Coastal Commission to merge separate parcels into one “economic” parcel.  Under this novel and unprecedented theory advanced by Coastal Commission staff, an owner of a parcel of land could be denied all use of their property without compensation.  The theory is that separately-owned contiguous parcels may be treated as one ownership if they are “related” for reasons such as cooperation among property owners, common access, common design features, and any type of relationship between the owners (business, personal or otherwise).  Alternatively, Commission staff asserts that the Commission may declare that the various owners be treated as a partnership and their land be treated as property of the partnership, leaving the owners to go to Court and litigate their interests in the government-declared partnership.  If the Commission adopts this approach, it would establish a precedent that would create incredible uncertainty regarding ownership of land. 

    CBPA urges its members to attend the hearing, provide testimony and submit letters to the Commission opposing this new policy.  It is critical that property owners and business interests throughout California alert the Coastal Commission about the negative consequences this policy will have to property rights and its threat to the stability of land ownership in our state.

    Jun 10

    CA COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE SUMMIT 2011 – SUCCESS!

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    The 2011 California Commercial Real Estate Summit (CCRES) – better known as “Commercial Real Estate Lobby Day” — was held in Sacramento this week. Over 90 industry leaders, representing commercial, industrial, and retail real estate, came to the Capital to strategize on how to defeat measures aimed at our industry, including split-roll property tax, meet with legislators, Governor’s staff, and learn more about issues impacting commercial real estate in California. The event can best be summed-up in the following “thank you” message sent to the participants.

    Industry Colleagues: 

    Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedules to attend the 2011 California Commercial Real Estate Summit (CCRES). Interacting with the Legislature is like giving a speech to a parade, so your presence in Sacramento over the past two days is an essential part of the year-round advocacy effort that is needed to assure the commercial, industrial, and retail real estate industry has a place at the table and is effective at influencing public policy with an impact on our businesses. 

    You efforts help establish a connection between the Sacramento process and real live people providing jobs, services, and growing the economy. You helped educate legislators about issues impacting our industry, from sustainable building mandates to the impact of international trade. You fought on your own behalf against bills that would do great harm to the industry and supported a few that might actually provide some benefit. 

    One of the purposes of the CCRES is to present a unified front between all the sectors of our industry. For the most part, legislators and staff do not distinguish between the various types of projects within our industry – a shopping center and an office building is all commercial development to most folks under the gilded dome. So, combining/consolidating efforts under the CBPA umbrella of all the major industry associations (ICSC, BOMA, NAIOP, IREM, RILA, and CDA) and individual member companies, is an effective way to assure that we use that to our advantage and act as a cohesive whole, while taking the opportunity to explain the unique characteristics of each sector of the industry, which ultimately increases our effectiveness on the wide range of issues and bills. 

    Finally, we hope you had the chance to network with colleagues and meet some new ones and personally interact with legislators from your area and beyond. We know this relationship building will help us represent you and the industry better in the coming months – we hope you found it valuable, too.

    On a housekeeping note, please pass along any relevant information you picked up while meeting with legislators, any follow-up we should do, and/or any feedback you may have on the CCRES to help strengthen the event for next year. It is also recommended that you send just a quick “thank you note” to those offices you met with.

    THANK YOU!

    Jun 3

    WELCOME TO SACRAMENTO, COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE SUMMIT!

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    Next week we look forward to welcoming almost 100 leaders from the commercial, industrial, and retail real estate industry to Sacramento for the California Commercial Real Estate Summit (CCRES).  Commonly referred to as “Commercial Real Estate Day in the Capitol,” this event is the one time of year that all sectors of industry converge on California’s Capitol to meet with policymakers about issues impacting your business.

    This year participants are scheduled to meet with almost half of the Legislature as well as several high-level staff from Governor Brown’s Administration. 

    The goal of the California Commercial Real Estate Summit is to increase public policy and political awareness of state issues impacting commercial, industrial, and retail real estate, and to foster collaborative efforts among business leaders from all sectors of California and their representatives in the State Legislature. 

    This year we will be advocating on a range of measures including bills that would mandate building hiring (AB 350), interfere with local land-use and tenant improvement processes (SB 469), create an un-level playing field in Unlawful Detainer procedures (AB 265 and AB 934), and shift construction lawsuits onto property owners (SB 474).  We will also focus time on educating legislators about the ills of looking towards a split roll property tax to help balance the state budget.

    If you know someone that is taking time out of their busy schedule to come to Sacramento to advocate on YOUR behalf, please thank them!

    May 20

    ZERO NET ENERGY WORKSHOP SCHEDULED AT PUC

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    The Public Utilities Commission will conduct a public workshop on June 15 to discuss California’s policy goals relative to achieving “zero net energy” (ZNE) in all new commercial buildings by 2030.  While there is still debate over the definition of “zero net energy,” at a minimum this policy goal will require almost all of a building’s energy supply to come from on-site sources. In addition to cost concerns, there are also serious physical design constraints which must be addressed, as was shown by a recent technical report commissioned by BOMA California. 

    That report analysis showed that a very energy-efficient 15-story commercial building in Oakland would still need nine acres of solar panels to cover its annual energy needs under such a policy. If that building were to use every inch of rooftop space for solar, that energy system would only generate enough power to cover 4% of the needed power supply. 

    We support the state working towards the goal of ZNE, but caution against adopting “stretch goal” mandates that knowingly cannot be reached.  We are working with the state to consider other strategies in addition to ZNE, such as carbon-neutral buildings and neighborhoods, and increasing the overall supply of renewable energy at the source.

    The workshop is scheduled for June 15 in San Francisco.  Click here to read the state ZNE Action Plan, designed to identify the key actions required to achieve plan milestones, secure leaders for the steps to achieve these actions, and track and report on progress against the plan.

    Apr 29

    CALGREEN NOW MANDATORY – TRAINING AVAILABLE

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    CALGreen, the nation’s first statewide green building code, is now mandatory for all new construction.  Training on this new code is now more important than ever.  Green Technology’s CALGreen training, developed in partnership with the California Building Standards Commission and the Department of Housing and Community Development, has proven the most popular and effective introduction to this new code.  Here are dates for upcoming seminars:

    • May 18, Oakland
    • June 8, Los Angeles
    • June 22, San Francisco
    • July 13, San Diego
    • July 20, Sacramento
    • July 27, Anaheim
    • August 10, San Jose
    • August 24, Los Angeles
    • September 7, Oakland

    For more information and a full list of our upcoming seminars, click here.