This week the annual California Commercial Real Estate Summit (CCRES) was held in Sacramento and attended by over 80 real estate leaders who converged on California’s Capitol to advocate on behalf of the commercial, retail, and industrial real estate industry.  “Teams” of advocates, made up of leaders from all over the state, met with almost half of the State Legislature.

The focus of this year’s CCRES was support for a number of bills that reform our state’s parcel tax notification laws, support for solar energy and building level battery storage, as well as expressing opposition for the split roll property tax proposal announced by Senator Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) and Senator Skinner (D-Berkeley) in April.

We were also pleased to present our 2017 Legislators of the Year Senate Minority Leader Senator Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) who is a prominent member of the Legislative Moderate Caucus.

This years participants also met with Diane Harkey, Chair of the Board of Equalization as well as Alexis Podesta, Secretary Business, Consumer Services & Housing Agency.

Senator Steve Glazer (D-Orinda) joined the group the Governor’s Office to discuss legislative issues under consideration in the State Senate and how tough it is to try to govern by representing one’s district, and not simply voting with partisan interests in mind.   Everyone walked away from that meeting with a baseball sized card with Mr. Glazer’s “Governing Principles”.  (See more below).

Finally, delegates met with nearly half of the State Legislature.

The goal of the California Commercial Real Estate Summit is to increase public policy and political awareness of state issues impacting commercial, industrial, and retail real estate, and to foster collaborative efforts among business leaders from all sectors of California and their representatives in the State Legislature.

We would like to thank all of our members who took the time to attend the CCRES!

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