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STATEWIDE BIG BOX BAN BILL MOVES FORWARD IN CALIFORNIA

April 8, 2011

On a strict party line vote, the California State Senate Committee on Government and Finance approved Senate Bill 469 (Vargas; D-San Diego), the bill pushed by unions to make it more difficult to build “big box” retail stores. The vote was 6-3 (all Democrats in support; all Republican opposed). On the surface, Senate Bill 469 mandates projects More »

PRO-SPLIT ROLL ARTICLE

Just so we can’t be accused of not being fair, here is an editorial penned by the author of the split roll bill for a Far Left website that is constantly beating the drum for higher corporate taxation. Enjoy: It’s Time to Close the Corporate Loopholes in Prop 13.  More »

SPLIT ROLL BILL BACK AGAIN – THE TARGET IS YOU!

Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) has once again introduced legislation meant to “nuke” property protections under Proposition 13 and create a path to a Split Roll property tax in California. AB 448 is very similar in approach to a bill that was introduced last year, but died on the Assembly Floor. It would change Proposition 13 to More »

REGULATORY OVERSIGHT ANALYSIS AND REFORM LEGISLATION

April 1, 2011

Specific improvements we support include an enhanced role for the legislature in review and oversight of regulations, independent analysis of the economic impact of regulations and legislation, and an ongoing regulatory review process that will lead to the reform or elimination of ineffective and excessively burdensome regulations. Here are some of More »

REGULATORY OVERSIGHT ANALYSIS AND REFORM POLICY STATEMENT

As charter members of the regulatory reform coalition, known as ROAR (Regulatory Oversight, Analysis and Reform Coalition), we have spent a significant amount of time in Sacramento this past year advocating for Legislative and Executive Branch action on peeling back some of the state’s many complicated, redundant, and ultimately job-killing regulations. More »

BUDGET HERE! BUDGET THERE! BUDGET NOWHERE!

Ever since Governor Brown was inaugurated, he has been working on eliminating the almost $30B deficit and adopting a budget that reflected cuts and an extension of some existing taxes that are set to expire mid-year. Well, the legislature passed the first part of the budget – reflecting over $13B in cuts – but all negotiations on the tax package More »

ANTI-BUSINESS PROPOSALS RISE AGAIN IN NEW SESSION

March 25, 2011

Along with our friends at the CalChamber, we are opposing legislation that will increase costs for California employers, thereby hurting their ability to compete in the global marketplace and provide jobs has been introduced again this year. Following is just some of the anti-business bills introduced so far: AB 10 (Alejo; D-Watsonville) – Automatic More »

AIR QUALITY THRESHOLD LITIGATION MAY PROCEED TO TRIAL

March 18, 2011

A lawsuit filed by the homebuilders (CBIA) challenging new air quality standards has sufficient merit to proceed to trial, an Alameda County Superior Court judge has ruled. Many state, regional and local planners and affordable housing advocates argue the standards would discourage sustainable, infill development. Click here to read the full story.  More »

COMMUNITY RECOVERY AND ENHANCEMENT ACT

The Community Recovery and Enhancement (CRE) Act was introduced in the US House of Representatives this week. H.R. 1147, sponsored by Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Congresswoman Shelley Berkley (D-NV) will help incentivize equity investment in distressed commercial real estate assets and address the pending crisis threatening community banks that More »

AB 934 WOULD ALLOW LIBEL LAWSUITS AS PART OF A TENANT DISPUTE

We are opposing a bill that will be heard next week in the Assembly Judiciary Committee. AB 934 (Feuer; D-Los Angeles) would make it more difficult for property owners and managers to redress disputes with tenants through the courts by denying the use of privileged communications available to virtually every other litigant. AB 934 changes the law in More »

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