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REDEVELOPMENT IS WORTH FIGHTING FOR!

February 18, 2011

Because we have heard from so many of our members about the importance of Redevelopment, we thought we’d let you know about the CRA Annual Conference and Expo, being held in San Jose, CA, on March 30 – April 1. This year’s conference theme is “Redevelopment: Worth Fighting For!” The conference begins with a keynote entitled “Re-position More »

BILL INTRODUCTION DEADLINE FINALLY HERE – LEGISLATIVE HIGHLIGHTS

Today marks one of the major Constitutional dates on the Legislative Calendar – Bill Introduction Deadline. In the last few days, hundreds of measures have been introduced. Since we read every bill to identify those that will have an impact on our industry, it will take a few days to catch up. However, below are a few measures that have already More »

INDUSTRY LEADERS GATHER IN SACRAMENTO

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 »

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