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Legislation Updates

STATE FILES RESPONSE TO CRA & LEAGUE LAWSUIT; CRA/LEAGUE REPLY DUE THIS FRIDAY

July 29, 2011

The State filed a response to the California Redevelopment Association (CRA) and the League of California Cities’ petition to the California Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of the recently signed into law budget scheme that effectively eliminates redevelopment as we know it. CRA and the League’s reply to their opposition is due today More »

100 GROUPS AND COMPANIES JOINED THE NO ON AB 350 COALITION – WHY HAVEN’T YOU?

AB 350 is one of the most far-reaching pieces of legislation to impact the commercial property industry in a long time. Under AB 350, any time a service provider gets a new contract, they will be forced to hire the prior contractor’s employees. That’s right; this bill isn’t limited to the sale of the building, it applies to any new service contract. More »

NLRB ACTIONS GIVE RISE TO CONGRESSIONAL PUSHBACK AND CONCERN

July 22, 2011

From our friends at ICSC: The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has grabbed headlines in recent months for its far-reaching attempt to mandate where and how one company—Boeing—can operate and expand its business. On July 21, the House Education and Workforce Committee passed “The Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act,” a bill More »

REDEVELOPMENT LAWSUIT FILED IN CALIFORNIA

The California Redevelopment Agency Association and the California League of Cities have filed a lawsuit to overturn the part of the recently passed budget that effectively eliminated Redevelopment Agencies. Arguing the action violates Proposition 22, which specifically prevents State diversions of redevelopment funds, the groups say that without court More »

BUSINESS GROUPS RESPOND TO LA MAYOR CALL FOR SPLIT ROLL

Business groups in Los Angeles, including BOMA Greater Los Angeles, have joined together to denounce Mayor Villaraigosa’s recent call to dismantle Proposition 13 protections for commercial real estate to create a split roll that will increase the property tax burden on all businesses. The letter reads, in part: “Even more disconcerting is the fact More »

ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATION BILL MOVES FORWARD

July 8, 2011

AB 631 (Ma; D-San Francisco) a bill which clarifies that properties providing Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations in their parking lots are not considered public utilities, passed the Senate Energy Committee on a bi-partisan vote. AB 631 codifies the summary conclusion of the July 2010 Phase 1 Decision (D, 100-07—044) in the Alternative-Fueled More »

**ACTION NEEDED** FEDERAL CARRIED INTEREST TAX INCREASE REARS UP AGAIN

Our friends at ICSC have alerted us that the Carried Interest tax increase on commercial real estate partnerships and LLCs is being seriously considered as part of the agreement to raise the debt ceiling. Discussions are expected to take place over the weekend. Please contact your Senators and Congressman on Friday, July 8, to let them know that this More »

**ACTION NEEDED** YOUR HELP NEEDED TO DEFEAT ANTI-BUSINESS AB 350

The commercial real estate industry has been working for several months to defeat AB 350 (Solorio; D-Santa Ana) – legislation that forces employers to discriminate against their existing employees, gives hiring preference to employees from competing companies, and seriously impedes the ability of businesses to run efficient, quality operations. More »

E-FAIRNESS INCLUDED IN THE BUDGET

July 1, 2011

We applaud a significant piece of the budget the Governor signed, AB 28x, which ends special treatment for online-only retailers. This legislation helps close a loophole that until now has put thousands of California businesses at a competitive disadvantage against out-of-state, online-only retailers to avoid collecting sales taxes. California’s More »

ELECTRIC CHARGING STATION BILL SIGNED

June 29, 2011

Over some concerns of the real estate industry, SB 209 (Corbett; D-San Leandro) was signed into law this week. This bill would provide that any covenant, restriction, or condition contained in any deed, contract, security instrument, or other instrument affecting the transfer or sale of any interest in a common interest development, that prohibits or More »

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