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PACE FINANCING BILL MOVES FORWARD

May 15, 2012

One of several bills we are strongly supporting that would provide more opportunity for energy efficiency financing to flow to existing building projects, passed the Assembly Local Government Committee this week on a unanimous, bipartisan vote. AB 2131 (Olsen; R-Modesto) would authorize the legislative body of a local government to invest up to 5% of More »

CALIFORNIA’S DEEP BUDGET WOES DEEPEN EVEN DEEPER AGAIN

The Hallways of the Capitol are abuzz awaiting release of the Governor’s revised spending plan next week, known as the “May Revise.” It is known that revenue is running some $3 billion below expectations and deep cuts are expected in the revised numbers. Brown states his plan back to fiscal health is built on a mix of cuts in the budget along More »

SPLIT ROLL – CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP BILL DEAD

This week, after a long run-up to an anticipated battle on Split Roll Property Tax, the bill dealing with the “Change of Ownership” issue, introduced by the author that proclaimed he was seeking to “nuke Prop 13,” AB 2014 (Ammiano; D-San Francisco), was suddenly “pulled” from the committee hearing docket and not presented. The bill sought More »

SB 1186 – ADA LAWSUIT REFORM PASSES FIRST COMMITTEE

On a bipartisan 4-1 vote, the Senate Judiciary committee this week passed SB 1186, a bill jointly authored by Senator Steinberg (D-Sacramento) and Senator Dutton (R-Inland Empire) which contains important reforms relating to disability access lawsuits. Although contentious at times, with several individuals known to file hundreds of ADA lawsuits present More »

GREEN CALIFORNIA SUMMIT

April 2, 2012

The 2012 Green California Summit & Expo, the largest annual event focused on green policy, practice and technology, comes to the Sacramento Convention Center on April 26 & 27. Now in its sixth year, the Summit will feature 150 companies offering green products and services, as well as keynote speakers, educational sessions, a special full-day More »

OCBC’S LUCY DUNN APPOINTED TO CEC

From the Governor’s Office: Lucy Dunn, of Coto de Caza, has been appointed to the California Transportation Commission, where she has served since 2008. Dunn has been the president and chief executive officer of the Orange County Business Council since 2005 and was director at the California Department of Housing and Community Development from 2004 More »

ENERGY BENCHMARKING/DISCLOSURE REGULATIONS – FINAL APPROVAL

Many of you have been following the AB 1103-Benchmarking regulatory process for several years. Now is the last chance to review and comment prior to scheduled adoption in May. A coalition of business groups, led by BOMA California has worked, along with the Energy Commission to shape the regulations into something that implements the bill in the most More »

FEDERAL/STATE POLICYMAKERS TALKING RE ADA REFORM

Another policy issue, for which we have long advocated, is reform of how ADA is enforced. As sponsors of the first significant reform on the issue three years ago, we have been disheartened to see predatory (“Drive By”) lawsuits move from state to federal courts. However, this Congressional session has seen the introduction of a bill by Congressmember More »

SUPPORT FOR AED REFORM

Two bills have been introduced to update the statutory requirements relating to installation of Automated External Defibrillators (AED). Although BOMA California was part of the group that negotiated the original law we have long pointed to the fact that the statute is unnecessarily restricting the promulgation of these life-saving devices and we fully More »

BILL SEEKS TO REDUCE HOW MUCH PEOPLE DRIVE USING BUILDING CODE

As if the CEC didn’t have enough to do just writing the Nation’s most progressive energy code, along comes AB 1627 (Dickinson; D-Sacramento), legislation that will drastically impact your operations by enacting regulations attempting to limit how much people drive through building codes. If enacted into law, AB 1627 will prohibit local governments More »

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