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Legislation Updates

FINANCING AND LOAN PROGRAM BILLS GARNERS SUPPORT

March 8, 2012

Two measures pertaining to “Energy Efficiency” that have already been identified who have received positive analysis from some of our industry experts, come from the Senator who also chairs the Senate Select Committee on Energy Efficiency, Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles): SB 998 (de Leon; D-Los Angeles) would require the Public Utilities Commission More »

BILLS BILLS AND MORE BILLS!

  We are still wading through the hundreds of bills that were introduced in by the Bill Introduction Deadline last week. Here are some interesting bills from the Assembly. More to follow next week. Please send any thoughts, comments, analyses you have on these bills by replying to this email. Our Legislative Committees will be meeting over More »

INTEGRATED ENERGY POLICY REPORT

February 10, 2012

The California Energy Commission adopts an Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR, pronounced eye’-per) every two years and an update every other year. The 2012 Integrated Energy Policy Report Update is now underway. The CEC will conduct workshops to obtain comments and receive input into the report. The first workshops are as follow: February More »

STATE MAY UPDATE DISABLED ACCESS REGULATIONS

The Division of the State Architect has indicated an intent to update California’s disabled accessibility standards for commercial building construction in order to conform with similar federal regulations issued by the US Department of Justice. The potential to conform to federal standards has been hailed by industry and local building officials. More »

RENT CONTROL BILL THWARTED – AGAIN

February 3, 2012

Advocates of returning rent control to California were unsuccessful as SB 184 (Leno; D-San Francisco) was stopped again on the Floor of the State Senate by a close working coalition that included the California Association of REALTORS®, Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles, San Diego County Apartment Association and the Santa Barbara Rental More »

TINKERING WITH THE WATER BOND?

As we reported earlier in the year, legislative leaders have been making noise about reopening the water bond negotiations to either delay the vote or change the funding amount. The $11.1 billion water bond is scheduled for a vote in November. Although the primary reason being given to rewrite, downsize, and/or delay the much needed funding to the More »

GOVERNOR SENDS PENSION REFORM TO LEGISLATURE

Governor Brown delivered the proposed language for his 12-point pension reform plan to leaders of the state legislature’s Conference Committee on Public Employee Pensions. In a letter to the Legislature, the governor states that “current benefits, contributions and retirement ages don’t reflect the changing demographic realities we face and are More »

HAZARDOUS MATERIAL LAWSUIT BILL DEFEATED

January 19, 2012

AB 1207 (Furutani; D-Long Beach) failed passage in the Assembly Judiciary Committee on a bipartisan vote. This bill would remove the statute of limitation and thereby expand the statute of limitations on personal or real property lawsuits when there was an allegation of exposure to a hazardous material, even if it was in relation to remediation activities. More »

***ACTION*** REDEVELOPMENT NEEDS YOUR VOICE

The Redevelopment Bill we mentioned last week has been introduced, and needs your support to move forward. SB 659 (Padilla; D-Los Angeles) will postpone the February 1, 2012 deadline to begin dissolution of redevelopment agencies. The delay until April 15, 2012 will give time to address implementation issues that have come up as the result of the More »

POSTPONE REDEVELOPEMENT DISSOLUTION

On December 29, 2011, the California Supreme Court ruled in the California redevelopment litigation – CRA v. Matosantos – upholding ABX1 26, which abolished redevelopment agencies, but struck down companion legislation that would have allowed agencies to survive if they contribute money to the State. As part of the Supreme Court’s ruling, agencies More »

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