STANDARDS COMMISSION KICKS-OFF NEXT ROUND OF UPDATES

Posted: March 25, 2014 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The Building Standards Commission has announced public hearing dates for two of its Code Advisory Committees.  As required by industry-sponsored legislation, state agencies proposing to amend the state building codes must first have their code-change proposal heard by at least one of the BSC’s Code Advisory Committees (CAC).   These advisory committees then provide the proposing agency and the commission with advice on whether the code-change should be rejected, approved or approved with amendments. Upcoming ...

CALIFORNIA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE

Posted: February 24, 2014 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Delivering quality resources to their community businesses and supporting the local economy are things that California’s economic developers do every day. The 34th CALED Annual Training Conference is an opportunity to celebrate their successes and learn from the best in the state about how you can take care of business! This year’s conference is focused on next practices and best practices in economic development. By attending, you will learn about: • Economic development: best and next practices • ...

WATER CONSERVATION NEEDED IN COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS

Posted: February 24, 2014 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
As California is facing the worst drought conditions in history, our friends at BOMA San Francisco provide these helpful strategies on water conservation: Like most businesses and households, BOMA San Francisco members are acutely aware of California’s declared drought and are looking at ways to further conserve water during this unprecedented dry winter.  Indeed, BOMA members have been at the forefront of energy and water conservation for some time though our Energy and Environment Committee ...

EMERGENCY DROUGHT LEGISLATION ANNOUNCED

Posted: February 24, 2014 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
With California facing one of the most severe droughts on record, Governor Brown declared a drought State of Emergency last month and directed state officials to take all necessary actions to prepare for water shortages. Governor Brown met with President Obama about crucial federal support during the ongoing drought last week, and the state continues to work with federal partners to ensure a coordinated drought response. Governor Brown and the administration have also expressed support ...

SO MANY GOOD GREEN IDEAS

Posted: February 24, 2014 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Many of the bills introduced this year are again focused on greenhouse gas (“AB 32”), energy efficiency, and/or green buildings, in one way or another. The word “green” currently appears in 20 separate pieces of legislation. We will read all of these measures and identify “the good, the bad, and the ugly,” and hope that you will help us push forward the good ones, fix the bad ones, and stop the latter category.  Read More →

BILL INTRODUCTION DEADLINE TODAY

Posted: February 24, 2014 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Today is a major milestone in the 2014 Legislative Session, known as “Bill Introduction Deadline,” it’s the last day for new legislation to be introduced and hundreds of bills will be submitted by the end of today. Almost 900 bills have been introduced so far and that number could double just today. Your staff in Sacramento is already deep into the task of reading this mountain of legislation in order to identify policy items that will impact your business. Last year more than 2,600 legislative ...

BOMA CAL BOARD SET DIRECTION FOR 2014

Posted: February 24, 2014 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The BOMA California board reviewed success in 2012 and discussed policy issues related to energy, taxes, climate change, and repelling changes to Proposition 13. The board received a briefing on the political climate in Sacramento and learned about proposals contained in Governor Brown’s 2013-2014 budget proposal. The Board also set the direction for the policy staff in Sacramento as we enter the 2014 Legislative Session. Despite the continued economic doldrums, legislators are introducing bills, ...

BOMA BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETS IN OAKLAND

Posted: February 24, 2014 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Taking a day out of their busy schedules to give back to industry, the leaders of BOMA California Board of Directors gathered in Oakland, California, for their first board meeting of 2014. Policy issues ranging from state energy mandates, to changes in ADA law, and property tax proposals were discussed, and direction was set for our representatives in Sacramento. BOMA California is a federation of all eight metropolitan BOMA local associations and serves as the collective membership through its mission ...

HAPPY BELATED RONALD REAGAN DAY!

Posted: February 12, 2014 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued a proclamation declaring February 6, 2014, as Ronald Reagan Day in the State of California.  The text of the proclamation is below: “From his humble Midwestern origins, through a successful career in Hollywood, and on to the highest offices in his state and country, Ronald Reagan lived the California dream.” “On this 103rd anniversary of his birth, we remember not only his most celebrated achievements—his successful diplomacy with Mikhail Gorbachev and ...

CRE LEADER INMAN REAPPOINTED BY GOVERNOR

Posted: February 12, 2014 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Fran Inman from Majestic Realty, has been re-appointed to the California Transportation Commission by Governor Jerry Brown.  Fran has been an excellent resource to the Commission and has taken her duties seriously, as evidenced by the fact that she has not missed a single meeting since her original appointment. A recognized expert on transportation issues as they relate to business, Fran keenly understands the impact and importance of goods movement to California’s economy.  She has been tireless ...
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