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BILLS TO ADDRESS REDEVELOPMENT ELIMINATION ISSUES

February 27, 2012

Three bills have been introduced containing technical fixes to AB1X 26, the bill that eliminated redevelopment agencies. This information comes from our friends at the California Redevelopment Agencies Association: Assembly Speaker John Pérez (D-Los Angeles) introduced AB 1585 to help address some of the problems that have emerged with implementation More »

BUSINESS, LABOR, ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS SUPPORT SB 1130

The L.A. Times was at the press conference announcing the BETER program. Click here to read the story and see a quote from our very own Rex Hime.  More »

ON BILL FINANCING AND LOAN PROGRAM BILL GARNERS SUPPORT

Two measures pertaining to “Energy Efficiency” that have already been identified received positive analysis from some of our industry experts come from a 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 (PUC) to authorize More »

SO MANY GOOD GREEN IDEAS

Many of the bills introduced this year are once again focused on greenhouse gases, energy efficiency, and/or green buildings, in one way or another. The word “green” currently appears in 42 separate pieces of legislation. Forty-eight (48) bills pertain to the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”). Sixty-two (62) bills have the word More »

BILL INTRODUCTION DEADLINE TODAY

Today is a major milestone in the 2012 Legislative Session. Bill Introduction Deadline. Hundreds of bills will be submitted just yesterday and today. Your staff in Sacramento is already deep into the task of reading this mountain of legislation in order to identify policy items that will impact your business. Last year more than 2,600 legislative More »

CAP WITH NO TRADE?

February 3, 2012

The AB 32 Implementation Group, a coalition of employers and taxpayer groups advocating for policies to achieve greenhouse gas emission reductions in a manner that will protect jobs and the economy, is gravely concerned that California is not adequately protecting its industries and jobs as it moves ahead with an economy-wide cap-and-trade program with More »

METAL THEFT CRACKDOWN

You may recall CBPA lead the effort to establish guidelines and criteria to provide guidance and protection from metal being stolen from your buildings and sold. We have sponsored several bills to increase penalties and make it harder to sell stolen metal. Those efforts are paying off as the Sacramento Bee reports that a “crack down” on metal More »

CBPA BOARD MEETING AND REX HIME ROAST

February 2, 2012

It’s time to mark your calendars and plan to attend CBPA’s first board meeting of 2012. The joint board and legislative committee meeting will be held at the California Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, March 8, 2012 in Sacramento. Please complete the attached registration form to confirm your attendance. NAIOP, Sacramento Valley Chapter will More »

NEW CEQA GUIDELINES

Stating that “Like California, CEQA must be more nimble,” Governor Brown has released new California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) guidelines to implement two bills that were signed into law in 2011, SB 226 (Simitian; D-Palo Alto) and AB 900 (Buchannan; D-San Ramon). SB 226 also removes hurdles to harnessing solar energy and growing green-collar More »

GOVERNOR ASKS FOR BUSINESS SUPPORT

Last night in a speech to the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, Governor Brown called on business leaders to stand with him on two major priorities for 2012: passing his balanced budget plan and persuading the legislature to enact his 12-point pension reform proposal. In the past two weeks, the Governor has visited with several business groups in an More »

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