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Legislation Updates

SPLIT ROLL PROPERTY TAX BILL HEARING POSTPONED

May 13, 2011

AB 448 (Ammiano; D-San Francisco), the Legislature’s latest attempt at creating a split roll property tax in California, has been rescheduled to be heard in the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee sometime in June. AB 448 would impose higher taxes on publicly-traded property owners on stock market sales when no change of control actually takes More »

***ACTION ALERT*** OPPOSE MEASURE TO MANDATE HIRING

Please help us oppose a bill carried on behalf of SEIU that poses a major threat to your business. AB 350 (Jose Solorio; D-Santa Ana) in the California Legislature would expand existing law requiring janitorial contractors to retain employees who were employed at the site by the previous contractor for at least 60 days to a number of services utilized More »

EXISTING BUILDING ENERGY REGS UNDERWAY

May 6, 2011

Signed into law in 2008, AB 758 (Skinner; D-Berkeley) requires the Energy Commission to develop and implement a comprehensive program to seek greater energy savings in California’s existing residential and commercial building stock. In response, the CEC will be kicking off regulatory proceedings on May 9th to establish this program. The commercial More »

BILL TO BAN BIG RETAIL PASSES ON PARTY LINE VOTE

Senate Bill 469 (Vargas; D-San Diego), a bill pushed by some unions to make it more difficult to build “big box” retail stores in California, was heard in the Senate Environmental Quality Committee on Monday and passed 5-2 on a strict party line vote (all Democrats voting “aye,” all Republicans voting “no”). Under the guise of “assuring More »

BILL MANDATING HIRES GOES TO SUSPENSE

A bill carried on behalf of SEIU by Assemblymember Jose Solario (D-Santa Ana) that forces employers to hire certain employees when the ownership or management of a building changes hands, was heard in the Assembly Appropriations Committee on Wednesday, May 4, and sent to that committee’s “Suspense File” due to costs to the state. AB 350 (Solorio) More »

REDEVELOPMENT REFORM UPDATE

The battle for elimination of California Redevelopment flared up again this week. The Governor’s proposal for complete elimination of this funding was met with stiff resistance by a broad coalition of local agencies, labor, business, affordable housing advocates, and even some environmentalists. Unable to get the votes for elimination in either More »

SPLIT ROLL PROPERTY TAX BILL COMING UP

AB 448 (Ammiano; D-San Francisco), a legislator’s latest attempt at creating a split roll in California, is scheduled to be heard in the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee. AB 448 would impose higher taxes on publicly-traded property owners on stock market sales when no change of control actually takes place. In addition, other employers of More »

LOCAL TAXATION BILL MOVES FOWARD

Amid a statewide debate over how to balance California’s budget comes SB 653 (Steinberg; D-Sacramento) that would allow for taxes – to be imposed by local authorities. The bill would allow local government (county, city, or even a school district) to impose a number of taxes which currently can only be levied by the state, upon voter approval More »

EXISTING BUILDING ENERGY REGS UNDERWAY

April 29, 2011

Signed into law in 2008, AB 758 (Skinner; D-Berkeley) requires the Energy Commission to develop and implement a comprehensive program to seek greater energy savings in California’s existing residential and commercial building stock. In response, the CEC will be kicking off regulatory proceedings on May 9th to establish this program. The commercial More »

BILL TO BAN BIG RETAIL WILL BE HEARD ON MONDAY

Senate Bill 469 (Vargas; D-San Diego), a bill pushed by some unions to make it more difficult to build “big box” retail stores in California, will be heard in the Senate Environmental Quality Committee on Monday. Under the guise of “assuring better planning decisions by local governments,” the bill inappropriately used the state’s environmental More »