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  • 2017 CASp EXAM REGISTRATION

    Posted: April 14, 2017 | Posted by CBPA | No Comments

    Registration is now open for the June 2017 Certified Access Specialist (CASp) examination to be held in Sacramento and Riverside on June 28.   Individuals with CASp certification are in high demand by clients seeking to ensure their facilities comply with applicable construction-related accessibility standards, including the California Building Code and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Obtaining CASp certification and/or encouraging an employee in your company to pursue the certification, provides you with an opportunity to increase your business, enhances the services you provide, helps distinguish you from your peers, and will help protect you from unnecessary lawsuits.

    Register through the CASp Account Login site. Registration closes one month prior to the examination date or when the exam reaches the maximum capacity seating, whichever occurs first.  Information for all of the 2017 exams is listed online in the CASp examination schedule.

    SPRING RECESS IS HERE

    Posted: April 7, 2017 | Posted by CBPA | No Comments

    Next week is Spring Recess in the California State Legislature.  All activity will cease for the week as Legislators stay in their districts.  This reprieve in the calendar is used by staff and other denizens of the Capitol to take a deep breath and enjoy the “calm before the storm” that is coming in the form of first policy committee deadline.  All bills introduced must be heard and passed by their policy committee of jurisdiction by May 19.  It’s one of the busiest four weeks in the year under the Gilded Dome.

    TRANSPORTATION DEAL REACHED SENT TO GOVERNOR

    Posted: April 7, 2017 | Posted by CBPA | No Comments

    Late last night after weeks of active negotiations, the Legislature sent Governor Brown the Transportation package he has been asking for.  The package was a controversial hot potato for some legislators because raising taxes on cars and gasoline is about one of the most unpopular things a politician can do (just ask former Governor Gray Davis, recalled, mainly over the “car tax” issue) so the negotiations and “horse trading” for votes went late into the night.

    Much of the controversy stems from the fact that the package contains the largest gas tax increase in California history.  This is a regressive tax that directly hits individual citizens and businesses.  The measure is projected to generate $5.2 billion annual and taxes are increased on both gasoline and diesel fuel.  Starting in three years, purchasers of new electric vehicles will pay a $100 yearly fee.  Finally, a new annual vehicle fee that varies based on the value of the car was also adopted.

    The package dedicates funds to a wide variety of projects focused on existing infrastructure as well as new projects related to mass transit.

    Click here for a comprehensive story about the politics and the provisions of the measure.

    THE DROUGHT IS DEAD! LONG LIVE THE DROUGHT REGS!

    Posted: April 7, 2017 | Posted by CBPA | No Comments

    The Governor has announced that the Great California Drought is officially over after a very wet winter with plentiful snowfall and rain filling up our reservoirs to the breaking point (literally).  However, the strict water efficiency rules and regulations induced by the water shortage will remain in place.

    “This drought emergency is over, but the next drought could be around the corner,” said Governor Brown. “Conservation must remain a way of life.”

    According to a release from the Governor’s office Executive Order B-40-17 lifts the drought emergency in all California counties except Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Tuolumne, where emergency drinking water projects will continue to help address diminished groundwater supplies. Today’s order also rescinds two emergency proclamations and four drought related orders from 2014 and 2015.

    However, the State Water Resources Control Board will maintain urban water use reporting requirements and prohibitions on wasteful practices such as watering during or after rainfall, hosing off sidewalks and irrigating ornamental turf on public street medians.

    In a related action, state agencies today issued a plan to continue to make conservation a way of life in California, as directed by Governor Brown in May 2016. The framework requires new legislation to establish long-term water conservation measures and improved planning for more frequent and severe droughts.

    Overall, we agree with the actions the Governor has taken and as an industry have been working hard for years to use water more efficiently and reduce water waste.  We look forward to continuing to work with the Governor and state agencies to make sure regulations drafted make sense and can be implemented in a way that makes sense.

    ADA CODE REGULATORY UPDATE PACKAGE RELEASED

    Posted: April 7, 2017 | Posted by CBPA | No Comments

    Division of the State Architect has released its Access Compliance package which starts the 45-Day language comment period for the disabled access update (7/1/18).  Your Sacramento staff is reviewing the package to see if there are any objectionable provisions remaining (we have been working on this for the past year).

    We would like to make sure that members of the industry who work with the code also have the opportunity to review and provide comments on any potential issues.  Click here and go to the DSA-AC section to access the official documents.

    COSTAR STORY ON CA DUAL AGENCY BAN

    Posted: April 7, 2017 | Posted by CBPA | No Comments

    Here is a recent story by Costar on two dual agency bills introduced in California.  See below for more details about the two bills. Costar Story: CA to Consider New Legislation On Dual Agency

    DUAL “DUAL AGENCY” BILLS DUEL IN SACRAMENTO

    Posted: April 7, 2017 | Posted by CBPA | No Comments

    As we discussed last Friday, two bills have been gut-and-amended to deal with Dual Agency in the State California and are currently in the Assembly Judiciary Committee.  One of the bills deals directly with residential disclosure issues related to the California Supreme Court case known as Horiike.  The other bill is using the cover of that court case to ban the common practice altogether in the commercial setting at the behest of a tenant only brokerage firm.

    Here are links to the two measures:

    AB 1626 (Irwin) Dual Agency Disclosures is a measure sponsored by the Realtors.

    AB 1059 (Gonzalez Fletcher) Bans Dual Agency is a measure sponsored by a tenant-rep brokerage firm.

    This article goes into some detail about the two measures:

    We are supportive of the Realtors efforts on AB 1626 to deal with issues the court raised for residential transactions noted in the Horiike case.

    We are very concerned with AB 1059 as it would have a negative impact on the commercial real estate industry and is not actually addressing issues related to Horiike as it is confined to commercial transactions.

    AB 1059 appears to be using the court decision as a pretext to pursue a pre-existing agenda that would codify a particular business model and discomfit competitors (and upend an entire industry in the process).

    CEQA REFORM OR AFFORDABLE HOUSING?

    Posted: April 7, 2017 | Posted by CBPA | No Comments

    Our good friend Loren Kaye, President of the California Foundation for Commerce and Education, posits the following statement: “You can have infill housing or an unreformed CEQA, but not both.”  He makes a good point that we agree with.  Click here to read his article on the topic.

    SINGLE-USER BATHROOM GUIDANCE RELEASED

    Posted: April 7, 2017 | Posted by CBPA | No Comments

    The Division of the State Architect (DSA) has released further guidance on the issue of how to identify and sign All-Gender Single-User Toilet Facilities.

    Click here to read BU 17-01-01 Identification of Single-User Toilet Facilities as All-Gender: Frequently Asked Questions which contains additional information to assist facility operators and design professionals who design facilities under the enforcement jurisdiction of DSA in interpreting the requirements of Health and Safety Code Section 118600.

    We hope this will help you comply with this relatively recent state law.

    2017 CASp EXAM REGISTRATION

    Posted: April 7, 2017 | Posted by CBPA | No Comments

    Registration is now open for the June 2017 Certified Access Specialist (CASp) examination to be held in Sacramento and Riverside on June 28th.   Individuals with CASp certification are in high demand by clients seeking to ensure their facilities comply with applicable construction-related accessibility standards, including the California Building Code and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Obtaining CASp certification and/or encouraging an employee in your company to pursue the certification, provides you with an opportunity to increase your business, enhances the services you provide, helps distinguish you from your peers, and will help protect you from unnecessary lawsuits.

    Register through the CASp Account Login site. Registration closes one month prior to the examination date or when the exam reaches the maximum capacity seating, whichever occurs first.  Information for all of the 2017 exams is listed online in the CASp examination schedule.

    RAY MAGNUSSEN WILL BE MISSED

    Posted: March 24, 2017 | Posted by CBPA | No Comments

    A great member of the CBPA family suddenly and unexpectedly passed away this week and we would like to take a moment to recognize what a great man Ray Magnussen was and hope that those of you that knew him will take a minute to remember him.

    Ray had a successful and thriving janitorial company in San Diego and was active with industry issues through BOMA San Diego and was the first Associate member to hold the position of president.  In 2011 he was elected by his peers – again as the first Associate member – as the President of BOMA California.  In this capacity, he represented the commercial real estate group on the CBPA Board.

    Rex Hime, president and CEO of CBPA, said, “this was shocking news to hear of Ray’s passing, I am truly going to miss his positive outlook on life and, well, glow that he brought into a room.  Ray never seemed stressed about any problem – he just calmly worked with all sides to resolve the issue at hand.  A true leader.”

    In addition to his great successes with Paragon Janitorial and Lechuza Vineyards, Ray was a major force in shaping statewide policy.  He was a great resource on facilities management and labor issues and worked in a low-key and very positive manner to make sure that BOMA Cal was able to help shape policy in a manner that helped workers and employers alike. In just two short years he was recognized with CBPA’s “Champion of Industry” award recognizing him for tireless work in shaping statewide public policy.

    Here is a link to the BOMA San Diego page where people are leaving thoughts about Ray.

    Ray Magnussen, you will be missed.

    INDUSTRYWIDE LEGISLATIVE MEETING

    Posted: March 24, 2017 | Posted by CBPA | No Comments

    Yesterday, in a conference room 21 floors above Century City, representatives from all the major commercial, industrial, and retail real estate groups donated a day to slog through and discuss hundreds of bills impacting our industry.  The main purpose of this meeting was to make sure that all the major commercial real estate entities active in Sacramento are all on the same page and to provide direction and prioritization for our advocates in Sacramento.

    On behalf of the industry, we’d like to thank the expert members from ICSC, BOMA, NAIOP, IREM, and several law firms and major companies that attended in person, and all the individuals that have been reviewing bills over the past two months and providing guidance. Hundreds of positions were approved. Below you will find a partial list of bills where positions were confirmed.