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CEQA REFORM EFFORTS GET BOOST

November 29, 2012

A few weeks ago we had to report the sad news that our sponsored bill to reform CEQA was quashed by legislative leadership just a few short hours after being unveiled. The press conference to announce the bill was stopped, but was followed with promises to “re-visit” the issue soon. Typically, this type of language is dismissed because it is usually More »

SIGNIFICANT ADA REFORM ON GOV’S DESK

Although we reported about this last week, we are including this story again because of the intense interest and huge impact this bill will have on our industry. This is an historic reform and we want to make sure that we shout about it from (our own) rooftops! A bill we sponsored is being hailed as the most comprehensive and significant reform to More »

FUN WITH VETO MESSAGES

Last year, reading Governor Brown’s veto messages became a favorite pastime of political junkies throughout the state, because many of them contained quips, jabs, philosophy, and sometimes just plain obvious observations that were, in the kabuki world of the Capitol, fun and interesting. Although nothing as creative or abrasive as the famous Schwarzenegger/Ammiano More »

CBPA INDUSTRY AWARDS AND 40TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

September 7, 2012

The California Business Properties Association Industry Awards Dinner will be held on November 1, 2012 at The Fairmont Hotel in Newport Beach. The CBPA Industry Awards Dinner is a chance to recognize the unwavering leadership of individuals and companies dedicated to the commercial industrial retail real estate industry. This is a special event as More »

THE HOME DEPOT FOUNDATION PLEDGES ADDITIONAL $50 MILLION TO VETERANS’ HOUSING

In other news, we thought we’d share some philanthropic activity by one of our industries’ largest retailers: “The Home Depot Foundation announced that it has surpassed the three-year $30 million pledge it made in 2011 to veterans’ housing initiatives more than a year ahead of schedule. As part of its second annual Celebration of Service More »

NY TIMES WEIGHS IN ON CEQA

One of the nation’s largest and most influential newspapers has taken a look at the CEQA battles going on in California. As you know, we have been at the center of all these reform attempts for many years. We continue every year to work on CEQA reform because eventually it’s going to happen and we must be “at the table” on your behalf. To More »

OR “SUCKERED” AT THE LAST MINUTE?

…Another newspaper is slamming the Legislature for some of the very actions cited above. A scathing editorial in the San Jose Mercury News says the last-minute process and resulting bills are deeply flawed: “We scrambled to decipher the highly technical and complex language. The Legislature and governor’s office put out summaries that were More »

PRODUCTIVE LEGISLATIVE SESSION?

One political reporter has declared the Legislative Session a success, citing the following “accomplishments” by the Legislature: “(1) It delivered on an overhaul of public-employee pensions.” “(2) It revamped the $16 billion workers’ compensation insurance program to squeeze out enough waste to provide a significant boost More »

“JOB KILLERS” MOVE TO GOVERNOR

All but just a few of the bills tagged by the CalChamber as “Job Killers” were stopped in the Legislature. However, three of the four measures that were sent to the Governor will have an impact on commercial real estate through increased energy costs. These energy bills will re-direct monies you and your tenants pay for energy to fund programs More »

SIGNIFICANT ADA REFORM

A bill we sponsored is being hailed as the most comprehensive and significant reform to California’s ADA Law. It passed the Legislature by a two-thirds vote in the wee hours of Friday night. Currently, California has 40 percent of the nation’s ADA lawsuits but only 12 percent of the country’s disabled population. SB 1186 (Steinberg/Dutton) will More »

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