California Business Properties Association (CBPA)
Founded in 1972, CBPA serves as the legislative and regulatory advocate for individual companies as well as the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) California chapters, Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) California, California Downtown Association (CDA), and the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), and CCIM of Northern California, making CBPA the recognized voice of the commercial, industrial, and retail real estate industries in California representing over 11,000 companies.
Governor Brown delivered his "State of the State" address earlier this week, a speech in which he highlighted sharpened lines between the state and federal governments and implored citizens to "Act as Californian's first."
In his remarks he quoted Woody Guthrie, discussed plans for infrastructure, and took some of his time to swear in new California Attorney General Xavier Becerra.
Click here to read the speech as written, which ends with the defiant line directed to the new Administration in Washington D.C., "California is not turning back. Not now, not ever."
SB 71 (Weiner; D-San Francisco) is a "spot bill" that states the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would require the installation of solar photovoltaic systems or solar water heating systems in solar zones provided for pursuant to Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations. According to the author's office, they are looking into expanding San Francisco's recently passed solar and green roofs mandate statewide.
Under current law, the Title 24 solar-ready requirement requires a minimum area that is unshaded and free of obstructions. It can be on the roof or overhang of the building, on the roof or overhang of another structure within 250 feet of the primary building, or it can be on covered parking installed with the building project. The Standards allow for two methods of calculating the required area. Method 1 is just 15% of the roof area. Method 2 is more complicated and allows for a reduced minimum area based on a "potential solar zone" that factors in limited access due to shading.
Our current understanding is that the bill would require that new buildings take the next step and actually install PV.
The solar-ready requirement applies to newly constructed hotel/motel occupancies with 10 stories or fewer, high-rise multifamily buildings with 10 stories or fewer, and all other nonresidential buildings with three stories or fewer. It is also mandatory for additions where the total roof area is increased by at least 2,000 square feet.
Click here to see a press release from Senator Weiner.
We will keep you posted as the bill evolves.
Although early in the legislative session, the California Chamber of Commerce has already tagged four bills as "job killers" - the worst of the worst bills that would have a negative impact on California's economy if they become law. As a CalChamber member and coalition partner in Sacramento we stand with them to help modify or defeat these bills.
AB 5 (Gonzalez Fletcher; D-San Diego/Kalra; D-San Jose) mandates small employers with as few as 10 employees to offer all employees who have the skills and experience to perform additional hours of work that become available before hiring a new employee, temporary employee, or contractor.
SB 33 (Dodd; D-Napa) deals with arbitration agreements. The bill applies to any contract for goods or services that requires the individual to submit all disputes to arbitration, including those arising from claims alleging fraud, identity theft, or wrongful use of personal identifying information.
SB 62 (Jackson; D-Santa Barbara) will significantly expand the list of individuals for which employees can take leave under the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), creating a lack of conformity with the federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and therefore creating an opportunity for California employees to take up to 24 weeks/ 6 months of protected leave in a 12-month period. Governor Brown vetoed a similar proposal in 2015.
SB 63 (Jackson; D-Santa Barbara) requires a California employer who employs as few as 20 employees within a 75-mile radius to provide 12 weeks of protected parental leave. Governor Brown vetoed a similar, but narrower proposal just last year. This proposed mandate comes on top of the current requirement that employers with only 5 employees allow up to 16 weeks of protected pregnancy-related leave.
The CalChamber will release the full list of job killer bills in the spring after seeing all the bills that are introduced and receiving input from coalition partners such as ourselves.
Recent legislation (Chapter 818, Statutes of 2016 [AB 1732]) requires that single occupancy (single-user) toilet facilities be identified for use by any gender, as opposed to being gender specific. This requirement applies to new facilities and existing facilities, effective March 1, 2017.
The Division of the State Architect (DSA) has issued a regulatory bulleting to further define, clarify, and provide guidance for applicability.
Click here to read the bulletin and make sure you are in compliance with the law.