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INDUSTRY LEADERS GATHER IN SACRAMENTO

February 18, 2011

Over fifty leaders from the commercial, industrial, and retail real estate sectors gathered in Sacramento this week to chart the legislative and regulatory course for the coming year at the first California Business Properties Association (CBPA) meeting of 2011. Issues ranging from the Governor’s proposal to eliminate Redevelopment Agencies and Enterprise More »

RESPONSE TO REPORT CRITIQUING REDEVELOPMENT

February 11, 2011

On February 9, the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) released a report critical of findings of an independent study commissioned by the California Redevelopment Association, which found that eliminating redevelopment could jeopardize more than 304,000 jobs annually. Unfortunately, the LAO’s critique is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of More »

RDA/ENTERPRISE ZONE ELIMINATION BATTLE RAGES ON

As part of a coalition of more than 60 local governments, elected officials, business groups, and labor groups, environmental leaders, and affordable housing advocates, we have been working hard to stop the proposal to eliminate Redevelopment Agencies in California. This week, hundreds of stakeholders descended on the Capitol to attend three different More »

REGULATORY REFORM HEARINGS

Business groups have complained for years that the California regulatory system is cumbersome, inefficient, and dampening the economic recovery. Last year, several bills were introduced meant to relieve some of the pressure, only to die in early policy committees. However, with California falling deeper, harder, and longer into recession than some More »

GOV’S WATER CHIEF WANTS DELTA WATER DIVERSION

“The Brown administration’s top official on Delta matters said this week he is confident a new aqueduct can be built to divert water from the Delta for water users in Southern California.” Jerry Meral, who was also with the first Brown Administration as the deputy director of the state Department of Water Resources from 1975 to 1983, then More »

GOV DROPS STATE BUILDING SALE

The Governor has decided to drop the sale of 11 office properties that the previous administration had pursued in order to raise $1.2 billion in immediate cash for the state budget. “Selling state buildings is the ultimate in kicking the can down the road,” he said. The deal would have had the state sell several office buildings to private More »

BILL INTRODUCTION DEADLINE ALMOST HERE

So far this year your California State Legislature has introduced just over 700 separate pieces of legislation. However, next week is a major Constitutional marker in the process, known as “Bill Introduction Deadline.” Basically, all bills need to be introduced by then to be considered this year. Since procrastination is king in the Capitol, More »

PRESIDENT’S BETTER BUILDINGS INITIATIVE

February 4, 2011

In his State of the Union, President Obama laid out his vision for investing in innovative clean energy technologies and doubling the share of electricity from clean energy sources by 2035. Alongside that effort, the President is proposing new efforts to improve energy efficiency in commercial buildings across the country. The President’s Better Buildings More »

RUMOR OF A STATEWIDE “BIG BOX ORDINANCE”

We hear rumors floating in the hallways of the Capitol that a San Diego area Democrat is planning on introducing a statewide Big Box Ordinance mirroring one that was recently repealed in the City of San Diego. Such measures to dictate land-use planning from Sacramento are of extreme concern to our industry, so we will be watching the issue closely. More »

JUDGE RULES STATE DID NOT FOLLOW CEQA ON AB 32 SCOPING PLAN

A California judge has tentatively ruled that the California Air Resources Board did not adequately consider alternatives to creating a cap-and-trade plan when adopting the AB 32 Global Warming Solutions act of 2006, “Scoping Plan.” If the ruling is finalized, it could potentially delay implementation of the cap-and-trade carbon market, as well More »

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