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1972 – Over 45 years of service to the commercial industrial retail real estate industry – 2018.

2017 Year In Review



During the 2017 legislative session, the commercial, industrial, and retail real estate industry had many policy successes on key issues.  We also had one of our roughest years in recent memory with the very lopsided legislative Supermajorities in both Houses of the California State Legislature.  Below are just some of the highlights – good and bad – from 2017.


LEGISLATIVE/POLITICAL EVENTS – CBPA members and leadership participated in several high-level events which provided access to peers and policymakers.  Starting in January CBPA hosted a New Legislators Luncheon in Sacramento which was attended by well over half the new Assemblymembers and Senators from both parties.  In April, we hosted a Legislative Meeting at which CBPA members could weigh in on industry positions on over 500 bills.  In June, our industry converged on Sacramento to attend the “California Commercial Real Estate Summit,” in which real estate leaders met with Gubernatorial staff and over 1/3 of the Legislature.  In December, we will co-host the “Strategic Issues Conference” along with 10 of the top business groups in California and have almost every declared Gubernatorial candidate scheduled to engage in discussions about the future of the California economy.


LEGISLATION – On behalf of the commercial real estate industry, CBPA tracked 528 pieces of legislation in the CA State Capitol and engaged on 212 bills (supporting 114, and opposing 98).  A full listing of bills, positions, and outcomes can be provided separately.


REGULATIONS – On behalf of the commercial real estate industry, CBPA engaged regulatory agencies ranging from the Department of Water Resources, to the California Energy Commission to the Division of the State Architect.  Additionally, we have been asked to participate on the newly formed State Access Code Collaborative, Adult Changing Station workgroup, Ghost Ship Fire Task Force, and several Building Standard Commissions workgroups on several code issues important to new construction and tenant improvements.


SPLIT ROLL TAX BALLOT MEASURE – CBPA is an Executive Committee member of the political effort to push back against the myriad of groups attempting to put a split roll measure on the ballot.  After more than three years of rebutting arguments with editorial boards, at school board meetings, and a statewide education campaign, and defeat of SCA 5 in 2016, leaders of the “Make It Fair” campaign (funded primarily by public employee unions) vowed they would push for a ballot measure in 2018.  Our goal is to again defeat the measure before it goes onto the ballot to save industry members from a multi-million-dollar battle.


ADA REFORM – CASp LEASE LANGUAGE – AB 1148 (Steinorth) fixed ADA lease language that has prevented many from utilizing the CASp program because the former statutes sweeping requirements for disclosure. Specifically, this bill clarifies that areas not meant for “public accommodation” are subject to the disclosures put into statute by AB 2093 in 2016.


BENCHMARKING REGULATIONS – As a primary proponent of AB 802 we helped repeal the flawed AB 1103 statutory requirements which will allow for more flexible regulations.  The new law keeps the benchmarking requirements but removes the statutory requirement benchmarking be completed during escrow, limits it to buildings over 50K s.f., allows the commission to exempt certain buildings, and delayed implementation.  Final regulations have been adopted and reporting begins in 2018. 


CALIFORNIA COMMISSION ON DISABILITY ACCESS VP – Through previous legislation we helped establish the California Commission on Disabled Accessibility that promotes and facilitates disability access compliance.  CBPA works directly with the Governor’s Office to name our industry representative to this board, which is currently CBPA boardmember Doug Wiele.  Doug was elevated to Vice President of the Commission this year for a second time.


SINGLE USE BATHROOM BILL CBPA worked closely with the author to assure workable language was inserted into the bill, but remained neutral because we don’t like to see building code set in statute.  Once the bill was signed into law we have worked with the state to produce clear guidelines on what facilities the law applies.  Using language our industry helped inform we believe this law can be implemented without inducing lawsuits or incurring unreasonable expenses and/or tenant disruptions.


ZERO CARBON PLANNING GOAL– We opposed and helped SB 100 (de Leon D) die on the Assembly Floor, a bill that would have created uncertainty for businesses in the state and increased the cost for energy by creating an ambiguous zero-carbon energy planning goal and requirements for regulatory agencies in the state.


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