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    THEY’RE BACK!

    Posted: January 11, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    The California Legislature has returned to a flurry of activity after taking its Interim Recess and going into deep hibernation over the holidays.  Now the second half of the 2017-18 Session begins – and to add to the fun, it’s an Election Year!  Almost immediately upon returning for their opening Session on Monday, scores of new bills were introduced, picking up right where they left off on issues such as the immigration, labor laws, and taxes.

    SPLIT ROLL — THE BATTLE HAS BEGUN!

    Posted: January 11, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    In December, a split roll tax initiative was filed by California Calls and the League of Women Voters.  California Calls is a grassroots mobilization group typically funded by far-left advocacy groups.  This filing means the groups have begun the clock on collecting signatures.

    Under the proposal, all business properties will be reassessed to 2020 values and will be reassessed every three years thereafter.  Commercial property will lose any certainty and one can only imagine the impact and cost to long time property owners.  How much a property purchased 10 – 20 – 30 or even 5 years ago has appreciated in value. The proponents of this effort believe it’s a $12 billion tax.

    We will be working closely with allied business and taxpayer groups.  Our industry has been preparing for this moment for some time.  The campaign will be very costly but the costs of this tax are much greater!

    We will keep you posted as more information becomes available – for now, we just want to make sure you know that the first major shot in this battle has rung-out!

    DUAL AGENCY BAN IS BACK! HEARING ON TUESDAY

    Posted: January 11, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    The bill that would ban dual agency in the State of California that was stalled last year, has been revived and will be heard on Tuesday. As written, AB 1059 (Gonzalez-Fletcher; D-San Diego), would prohibit an agent from acting as a dual agent in a commercial real estate transaction.

    However, after many hours of working with the Author and the Assembly Judiciary Committee, new language has been written that will be considered on Tuesday.  The author has stated that she is not going to move forward with a ban but would like to see if there are ways to assure that consumers who are involved in a dual agency transaction can be more clearly notified.

    A large group of our members with knowledge and experience of all sides of a transaction are working with us in Sacramento to try to come to consensus on language.  It has been noted that the current disclosure could be clearer and we hope to work with Ms. Gonzalez Fletcher to bring more clarity to the documents and process.  Stay tuned!

    Several other closely related bills will also be heard in committee on Tuesday, including a pair of bills sponsored by the California Association of Realtor meant to addresses issues specifically related to the recent residential Horiike case.

    If you have a specific interest and/or expertise in this area, please let us know as we want to make sure we keep those directly impacted closely in the loop and will need your help communicating with local legislators.

    SOCAL GAS MORATORIUM

    Posted: January 11, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    Over 700 businesses in the Los Angeles County area will be affected by a proposed Gas Moratorium. This includes hospitals, restaurants, schools, and retail stores. A huge coalition of businesses and local government have banded together to try to stop this ill-advised natural gas moratorium in Los Angeles County.

    Please help us by signing and sharing this petition with friends and family in the Los Angeles area that could be affected. We have until January 11th to make our voices heard!

    This moratorium is not the way to address energy reliability. Southern Californians deserve better public policy than a sudden and unexplained prohibition on the energy they need.  Please sign the petition now!

    STRATEGIC ISSUES CONFERENCE – HUGE SUCCESS!

    Posted: January 11, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    Early last month, CBPA co-hosted another very successful Strategic Issues Conference in Napa, California. Ten major business groups brought in their industry leaders to discuss where California is heading and to interact with top policymakers from the Legislature and almost all the major gubernatorial candidates.

    Assemblymembers Brian Dahle, Ian Calderon, Tim Grayson, Anna Caballero and Sharon Quirk-Silva attended and laid out their legislative priorities regarding multiple business-related topics.

    Darius Anderson, the founder of Platinum Advisors, engaged the group about his efforts founding Rebuild North Bay to help the region recover from devastating wildfires. Political research guru David Binder of David Binder Research, shared fascinating polling numbers to set the stage heading into the 2018 elections.

    And finally, gubernatorial candidates Antonio Villaraigosa and John Chiang each had a chance to talk about their goals and priorities, why they are running for governor, and they both took several pointed questions from the assembled business leaders.

    Thank you to everyone who was a part of the 2017 Strategic Issues Conference making it a huge success once again! See you in Napa in 2019!

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING

    Posted: November 17, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    CBPA would like to wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving and hope you get some time off.  California is a great state, we live in a wonderful country, and we have a lot to be thankful for.  We hope you get to spend some quality time with loved ones next week.  And take the time to reflect about the men and women in uniform who are serving our country overseas away from their families at this time.

    WEEKLY ALERT ON HIATUS

    Posted: November 17, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    Please note, the Weekly Alert will be on hiatus from now until the new year.  But don’t worry, if anything major happens, we’ll be sure to let you know.  We will return to our regular schedule on Friday, January 5, to bring you all the news, gossip, and inside-information from Sacramento.  In the meantime, if you have any questions, comments, or need information, please email Matthew Hargrove at mhargrove@cbpa.com.

    BILL IDEAS FOR 2018

    Posted: November 17, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    Before the Legislature reconvenes in January we need your ideas on proactive changes to the law that our industry should consider pursuing.  Are there issues in statute that could be made better, more efficacious?  Something not addressed in statute that should be?  Let us know so we can do the needed research and work with authors to get a bill introduced by the appropriate deadlines.

    STRATEGIC ISSUES CONFERENCE IN NAPA DEC 7-8

    Posted: November 17, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    Due to popular demand the 2017 Strategic Issues Conference will be moving back to its traditional Host City, Napa!  The event will be held on Thursday, December 7 and through Lunch on Friday, December 8.

    The Strategic Issues Conference is A BIG DEAL this year!  Co-Hosted by ten of the most highly regarded business groups in Sacramento, the conference will focus on the elections and politics that we can expect in 2018.  It’s a gubernatorial election year and there are some big propositions that could be on the ballot.  Several gubernatorial candidates will join us for conversations as well as some of the top political thinkers in the state.

    Attending the Strategic Issues Conference is one of the major benefits belonging to this association – it is where you will gain knowledge and insight about what is coming in the near future that you can bring back and share with your company leadership and tenants.

    Click here to register for the Strategic Issues Conference.
    Click here for sponsorship opportunities.

    SPACE IS LIMITED and this year with so many co-hosts we expect to sell out.  Register now!

    CALIFORNIA ATTORNEY GENERAL JOINS AMICUS TO OVERTURN QUILL

    Posted: November 3, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    Yesterday, 35 State Attorneys General – including the Honorable Xavier Becerra from California – joined an amicus brief in support of South Dakota’s petition to the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the case of South Dakota v. Wayfair, Overstock and Newegg.

    The state of South Dakota has asked the Court to use its case as an opportunity to reconsider and overrule the 1992 Quill Corp. v. North Dakota decision, which forbids states from collecting sales tax from absentee retailers.

    According to our friends at the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), the 25-year old decision created a loophole that has distorted free market competition by giving Internet-only retailers an automatic price advantage over local brick and mortar stores.

    Deborah White, President of the Retail Litigation Center and General Counsel of the Retail Industry Leaders Association offered the following statement on the support from State Attorneys General in the legal battle to overturn Quill.

    “Overwhelming bipartisan support from such a large number of State Attorneys General shows just how critical this issue is to states across the country that have been grappling with the negative impacts of Quill. The Quill rule is anachronistic both with respect to the Court’s current dormant Commerce Clause jurisprudence and with respect to today’s commercial realities. The Supreme Court should heed the call of these 35 State Attorneys General and take South Dakota’s case to end the tax preference for online-only retailers,” said White.

    Click here for the full press release from RILA and to learn more.

    L.A./LONG BEACH PORTS ADOPT ZERO EMISSIONS RULES

    Posted: November 3, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    Despite the fact that technology “isn’t ‘there’ yet,” the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have adopted a long-range plan to reduce air pollution – at the cost of nearly $14 billion.  Harbor commissioners voted unanimously to adopt 2017 Clean Air Action Plan Update.

    The plan involves shifting the cargo handling and trucking industries away from fossil fuels and toward near-zero and zero-emissions technologies. The plan also anticipates that cleaner engines will power future container ships.

    “These new policies and strategies are some of the most progressive air quality rules in the nation,” Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia said in a statement. “We are serious about fighting climate change, protecting local residents, and promoting economic success at our ports.”

    Many in the goods movement sector and businesses that rely on it, have expressed concern that air regulations and port rules are too aggressive and will have a negative impact on the economy.  The concern that alternate routes of shipping, that bypass California ports, has been expressed.    Industry supports clean air rules that provide time for adoption and implementation that allows technology to keep pace while not being punitive on certain industry, like trucking, and forcing them to live under rules that competitors outside the state do not have to abide.

    Click here for a news story on plan.

    TAXPAYER ADVOCATE RELEASES LEGISLATIVE “REPORT CARD”

    Posted: November 3, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association has released its 2017 Legislative Report Card grading lawmakers on legislative bills important to taxpayers.  The Report Card is a non-partisan tool to help taxpayers hold legislators accountable by tracking their individual votes.

    A record 79 legislators failed the scorecard while only 24 got a grade of “A.”

    “The trend is not good,” said HJTA President Jon Coupal.  “By approving major new burdens on middle class taxpayers, the current crop of Sacramento lawmakers is exhibiting an outright hostility to the taxpayers who pay the state’s bills.”

    To review the Report Card in its entirety and to see how individual representatives scored, please click here.