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Legislation Updates

ANTI-DEVOLOPMENT BILL MOVES FORWARD

June 24, 2011

A bill that has become known as a “litmus-issue” for labor, advanced from the Assembly Local Government Committee on a party line vote. SB 469 (Juan Vargas; D-San Diego) would require additional economic and community impact analyses for retail developments that are 90,000 feet or larger and sell groceries. The open secret in the Capitol is that More »

COASTAL COMMISSION DECISION ADOPTS RADICAL NOTION

June 17, 2011

In a follow-up to an item on this last week, the Coastal Commission voted 8-4 on 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 More »

***ACTION *** TELL LEGISLATORS YOU OPPOSE ANTI-BUSINESS BILL – AB 350!

AB 350 (Jose Solorio; D-Santa Ana), backed by SEIU, would create protected classes of building services employees and dictates that they must be hired when changing a service contract. The bill passed the Assembly last week on a vote of 46-31. Only Democrats supported the measure, while a bipartisan mix of legislators, including four Democrats, opposed More »

***ACTION*** TELL LEGISLATORS YOU OPPOSE ANTI-DEVOLOPMENT BILL – SB 469!

SB 469 (Juan Vargas; D-San Diego) would require additional economic and community impact analyses for retail developments that are 90,000 feet or larger and sell groceries, will be heard next Wednesday. The open secret in the Capitol is that the purpose of this bill is to allow certain company’s projects to more easily be harassed by activists. We More »

U.S. SENATE REINS IN SWIPE FEES

June 10, 2011

Good news from the national level: the U.S. Senate voted this week to fix the broken debit market and reform debit card swipe fees. This was yet another huge victory for merchants and consumers. This vote protects the reforms scheduled to go into effect next month. Unfortunately, both California Senators (Feinstein and Boxer) voted in the minority More »

INDUSTRY TARGETS BILL TARGETING INDUSTRY – SB 469!

Our industry also confirmed opposition – and committed resources to defeating — SB 469 (Juan Vargas; D-San Diego), a bill that will require additional economic and community impact analyses for retail developments that are 90,000 feet or larger and sell groceries, passed the Senate on a vote of 21-14, the bare minimum of votes needed. We have More »

INDUSTRY TARGETS BILL TARGETING INDUSTRY – AB 350!

This week our industry confirmed its opposition to – and committed resources to defeating — AB 350 (Jose Solorio; D-Santa Ana), a bill which creates a protected class of building services employees and dictates that they must be hired when changing a service contract. The bill passed the Assembly last week on a vote of 46-31. Only Democrats More »

BILL TARGETING RETAIL DEVELOPMENT – MOVES FORWARD

June 3, 2011

SB 469 (Juan Vargas; D-San Diego) a bill that will require additional economic and community impact analyses for retail developments that are 90,000 feet or larger and sell groceries, passed the Senate on a vote of 21-14, the bare minimum of votes needed. We have written several times in the past about our opposition to the measure, so we’d like to More »

BILL TARGETING BUILDING OWNERS/MANAGERS – MOVES FORWARD

AB 350 (Jose Solorio; D-Santa Ana) which creates a protected class of building services employees – employed with private sector companies – passed the Assembly this week on a vote of 46-31. Only Democrats supported the measure, while a bipartisan mix of legislators voted against it. Should this bill become law, tenants and property managers will More »

FIRST HOUSE DEADLINE

Today marks a major deadline in the California State Legislature. “First House Deadline” means that all Assembly bills must be passed to the Senate, and visa-versa. Hundreds of bills were acted on this week and we will sift through the actions to identify which bills are still alive and which bills are dead.  More »

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