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JOBKILLERS!

February 10, 2017

Although early in the legislative session, the California Chamber of Commerce has already tagged four bills as “job killers” – the worst of the worst bills that would have a negative impact on California’s economy if they become law. As a CalChamber member and coalition partner in Sacramento we stand with them to help modify or defeat these More »

INDUSTRIAL BUILDING LAWSUIT; OAKLAND GHOSTSHIP FIRE

February 3, 2017

Fallout from a fire in an industrial building that was being used for unpermitted residences and social functions continues, as the Bay Area News Group has stated it will sue for documents that address the city’s failure to shutter the building and save lives. “In a four-page letter sent to city officials Thursday, the two-month anniversary of the More »

WATER WATER EVERYWHERE IN THE NORTH

After several wet weeks in Northern California and the Sierra snowpack building ever higher, pumps in the Delta are at full throttle pushing excess rainwater to neighbors in the south. Although no one is declaring the drought over just yet, out of an abundance of caution, it looks like the cyclical nature of California’s climate is back to a “wet More »

CALIFORNIA TOPS POVERTY LIST

Quantifying something that the business community has been warning about for years, California’s strict laws on a variety of issues and regulatory thicket has made our state one of the most expensive states in the nation and has pushed our “supplemental poverty measure” to the dubious first-place in the nation position. “The US Census Bureau’s More »

EXPANDING OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL CALIFORNIANS

And to further break down the poverty numbers in the state – rural vs. urban – and offer business oriented solutions, one of our favorite deep thinkers, Loren Kaye, offers the following: Nearly one of three Californians receives subsidized health care through Medi-Cal. More than 3.3 million schoolchildren receive subsidized school lunches—about More »

JOBKILLERS!

Although early in the legislative session, the California Chamber of Commerce has already tagged four bills as “job killers” – the worst of the worst bills that would have a negative impact on California’s economy if they become law. As a CalChamber member and coalition partner in Sacramento we stand with them to help modify or defeat these More »

SUPPORT FOR FEDERAL ADA REFORM!

We have joined a large coalition of stakeholders in Washington D.C. to applaud and support the introduction of H.R. 620, “The ADA Education and Reform Act.” Recently in California we have seen several major reforms to the statewide implementation of the ADA, which are intended to increase access while reducing unnecessary lawsuits. This legislation More »

STATE-OF-THE-STATE

January 27, 2017

Governor Brown delivered his “State of the State” address earlier this week, a speech in which he highlighted sharpened lines between the state and federal governments and implored citizens to “Act as Californian’s first.” In his remarks he quoted Woody Guthrie, discussed plans for infrastructure, and took some of his time to swear in new More »

BILL REQUIRES ALL RESIDENTIAL PROJECTS

AB 199 (Chu; D-San Jose) introduced this week would require private residential projects built on private property that are built pursuant to an agreement with the state or a political subdivision to meet the requirements for projects that are defined as “public works.” This bill has many very concerned in that it would make already scarce affordable More »

SOLAR MANDATE COMING?

SB 71 (Weiner; D-San Francisco) is a “spot bill” that states the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would require the installation of solar photovoltaic systems or solar water heating systems in solar zones provided for pursuant to Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations. According to the author’s office, they are looking More »

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