***ACTION*** AB 1897 VETO REQUEST!

Posted: September 29, 2014 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
On the Governor’s desk is a public employee union-backed measure that we, along with a very large business coalition oppose and are urging the Governor to Veto.  AB 1897 (Hernandez; D-West Covina) forces one company to essentially insure the wage and hour obligations and workers’ compensation coverage, of a separate employer’s employees, which will discourage the use of contractors and their employees. AB 1897 holds an innocent business liable for the employment obligations of another employer ...

UPDATE ON WATCHED BILLS

Posted: September 29, 2014 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Here is a quick update on some of the bills we have been working.  Click links for the actual language, and reply to this email if you want more detail: AB 2565 (Muratsuchi; D- Torrance) – Electric Vehicle Charging Station Tenant Installation.  This bill has been signed by the Governor we support this measure. AB 2372 (Ammiano; D – San Francisco) – Change of Ownership Bill.  This bill is dead.  We cautiously supported its passage. AB 2045 (Rendon; D – South Gate) – Energy ...

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BILLS ON GOVERNORS DESK

Posted: September 29, 2014 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The following bills that are meant to address issues, in some fashion, created by the elimination of the state’s Redevelopment program, are all on the Governor’s Desk awaiting action.  We support all measures:  AB 1399 (Medina; D – Riverside) Income taxation: insurance taxation: credits: California New Markets Tax Credit. AB 2280 (Alejo; D – Salinas) Community Revitalization and Investment Authorities. AB 2493 (Bloom; D – Santa Monica) Redevelopment dissolution: housing ...

BABY CHANGING STATION MANDATES VETOED

Posted: September 29, 2014 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Using the exact same language in a pair of vetoes, Governor Brown has rejected bills that would have mandated baby changing stations in most new restrooms and renovations.  Although both authors took language from us to make the bills less onerous, we agree with the Governor’s assessment of these bills: “At a time when so many have raised concerns about the number of regulations in California, I believe it would be more prudent to leave the matter of diaper changing stations to the private sector.  ...

ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATION BILL SIGNED

Posted: September 29, 2014 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Governor Brown has signed a bundle of seven bill’s meant to “strengthen the electric vehicle market,” in California.  Below is a list to all of the bills, many of which will not have a direct/huge impact on your operations.  However, one bill is directed specifically at commercial real estate: AB 2565 by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance): Requires commercial and residential property owners to approve installation of an electric vehicle charging station by renters, so long as the ...

GROUNDWATER LEGISLATION SIGNED

Posted: September 29, 2014 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Governor Brown has signed three bills, SB 1168 (Pavley), AB 1739 (Dickinson), and SB 1319 (Torres), into law that will regulate groundwater management.  The new laws, take effect in January, target areas where groundwater basins are being depleted faster than they are being replenished.  The laws, among other things, give local agencies two years to create a groundwater sustainability agency, which in turn has up to five years to develop a plan for managing wells and pumping so that the groundwater ...

ELECTION REMINDERS

Posted: September 29, 2014 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The General Election is Tuesday, November 4, 2014 – this is an important election with many propositions and candidates on vying for your vote.  The last day to register to vote is October 20, 2014, and the last day to apply for a vote-by-mail ballot is October 28. Vote.  Its extremely important.  Read More →

2014 WATER BOND AND OTHER PROPOSITIONS

Posted: September 29, 2014 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
CBPA supports the Water Bond which will be on the November Ballot as Proposition 1.  The measure replaces a previously planned water bond that was pulled from the ballot, with a $7.5 billion bond, and will help provide much needed water infrastructure. The Secretary of State’s website provides information on all the ballot propositions. Click here for the list. And our friends at the CalChamber have weighed in with some recommendations on five of the eight measures: CALCHAMBER SUPPORTS PROPS ...

EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES SUMMIT

Posted: September 29, 2014 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
From October 20-22, 2014 in downtown San Francisco, the Emerging Technologies Coordinating Council made up of California’s Investor Owned Utilities, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Los Angeles Department and Water and Power, the Energy Commission and the California Public Utilities Commission, will host the 6th Biennial Emerging Technologies Summit.  The Summit will gather more than 500 stakeholders in the energy efficiency and demand response sectors to learn, ideate and debate the ...

GOVERNOR SIGN/VETO DEADLINE

Posted: September 22, 2014 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The Legislature is gone and the proverbial “ball” is now in the Governor’s “court.”  And he has hundreds upon hundreds of bills to deal with.  He has until the end of this month to wade through them all.  Below are some quick updates on bills we are waiting for action on.  Read More →
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