The California State Assembly and Senate return today from their month-long summer recess and will consider the remaining job killer bills over the next several weeks.
The next significant deadline for the job killer bills is September 1, the date by which fiscal committees must send the bills along for consideration by the entire Senate or Assembly.
In addition, nine tax-related job killer bills remain alive because they were not subject to the July 21 deadline for bills to pass policy committees and move to fiscal committees. Although they still are eligible for consideration, they are not set for hearings at this time.
Job Killer Bills
Three Senate job killer bills and one Assembly job killer bill remain active.
The California Chamber of Commerce has identified 25 job killer bills to date.
The following job killers are still moving:
SB 33 (Dodd; D-Napa) Discrimination Against Arbitration Agreements — Unfairly discriminates against arbitration agreements contained in consumer contracts for goods or services with a financial institution, as broadly defined, which is likely preempted by the Federal Arbitration Act and will lead to confusion and unnecessary litigation.
Increased Labor Costs
AB 1209 (Gonzalez Fletcher; D-San Diego) Public Shaming of Employers -- Imposes new data collection mandate on California employers to collect and report data to the Secretary of State regarding the mean and median salaries of men and women in the same job title and job description, determine which employees perform “substantially similar” work, and then have that report posted on a publicly accessible website, where such employers will receive undue scrutiny and criticism for wage disparity that is not unlawful and justified by a bona fide factor.
SB 63 (Jackson; D-Santa Barbara) Imposes New Maternity and Paternity Leave Mandate — Unduly burdens and increases costs of small employers with as few as 20 employees by requiring 12 weeks of protected employee leave for child bonding and exposes them to the threat of costly litigation.
Increased Unnecessary Litigation Costs
SB 49 (de León; D-Los Angeles) Creates Uncertainty and Increases Potential Litigation Regarding Environmental Standards — Creates Uncertainty and Increases Potential Litigation Regarding Environmental Standards. Creates uncertainty by giving broad and sweeping discretion to State agencies to adopt rules and regulations more stringent than the federal rules and regulations in effect on January 19, 2017 through an expedited administrative procedure without public participation or input, when the State agencies determine that federal action leads to less stringent laws and regulations than those in effect on January 19, 2017; and increases the potential for costly litigation by creating private rights of action under California law, which may be triggered when a State agency takes the foregoing discretionary action.
Tax Increases; Not Subject to Deadline
The following nine tax-related job killer bills were not subject to the July 21 deadline. Although these bills aren’t moving in the Legislature, they could be taken up at any time before the end of the session.
CalChamber is asking businesses to contact their legislators and urge them to oppose these job killers.
Becoming a Chamber member allows Mary Sawyer the opportunity to become involved in the local community and serve on many levels. As a liaison she feels it is essential to become familiar with the community in which she services. Mary says, “The Oxnard Chamber is an amazing group of professionals who all have the common goal to make the community better, and I am excited to be a part of this group and look forward to the many opportunities that I and Assisted Home Health and Hospice can contribute to the Oxnard community. I look forward to being a part of the Oxnard Chamber and its members”.
Mary is a California Native, and she recently relocated to Ventura County after residing in Lompoc for 34 years! After losing her only sibling to Cancer 6 years ago she knew that she wanted to be involved with Hospice. She feels truly blessed to serve the Ventura Community as a Hospice Liaison. Her goal is to educate the community on Hospice and the amazing service of Assisted Home Health and Hospice Care. Mary is here to provide, loving, compassionate, assistance in the Hospice process for your loved ones and the community of Oxnard.
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If you have visited Channel Islands Harbor in the last five or ten years, you likely noticed the state of disrepair Fisherman's Wharf is in. It's quite sad to see the corner that was once a bustling destination for visitors and locals alike look as if it wants to fall into the sea.
Channel Islands Harbor spent many years as the poor stepchild in Ventura County. It was one of the best assets, but ignored by many politicians and policy makers. It has taken a lot of investment on the part of private industry to pump life into it, and Harbor management has been challenged to attract viable developers to venture into projects on leased land that requires percentage rents to be paid to the County.
After a few failed attempts by various parties to redevelop Fisherman's Wharf, the perfect scenario seems to have presented itself. The trio of Thomas R. Tellefsen, Peter Mullin and Geoff Palmer are proposing a rebuild of the project that adds many public amenities and retains the flavor of the original nautical theme.
Thomas Tellefsen is the principal of Tellefsen Investments, a private asset and investment management firm in Pacific Palisades. Peter Mullin, amongst many interests, is the owner of the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard where a portion of his collection of French Art Deco era cars is on display. Geoff Palmer of G.H. Palmer Associates has been in the business of building luxury apartment units for many years.
Specifically, the proposal to revitalize Fisherman's Wharf includes refurbishing the landmark lighthouse, restoring or rebuilding many of the existing buildings, redesigning the waterfront to include a wide promenade and outdoor dining options, increasing the retail space by about 9,000 square feet, creating a public park, and providing approximately 390 luxury residential units. (Some of the previous proposals included up to 800 apartments.)
The Oxnard Chamber has studied the redevelopment proposal for Fisherman's Wharf and thoroughly supports it. The County Board of Supervisors has given the project a green light.
It's important to note that the County of Ventura owns Channel Islands Harbor and the land immediately adjacent to it up to the Channel Island Boulevard Bridge, where the City of Oxnard takes over.
Unfortunately the project has hit a couple of bumps in the road. The city of Oxnard recently amended its 2030 General Plan to require "urban villages" have specific plans (a very costly regulation!). And there seems to be some squabbling over who has the permitting authority for the site. Historically the County has had that role.
In addition to that hiccup, there is a small group of very vocal Oxnard residents that believe incorporating apartments in the project constitutes the "taking" of public property. Hello! The entire peninsula in the harbor is apartments. The project does not pencil out if the apartments are not a component. In addition, the old adage of "rooftops drive retail" is a big factor in sustaining the restaurants and retail not only at Fisherman's Wharf, but throughout Channel Islands Harbor.
Last year when the project was in front of the Ventura County Board of Supervisors for approval and many opponents spoke against it, Supervisor Steve Bennett noted other proposals had come forward in recent years, this was a quality project, and if this one doesn't move forward the site will likely continue to decay and deteriorate.
The Oxnard Chamber will continue to strongly support the proposal to bring new life to what should be a beautiful part of our community. Your support is welcome, too!
New venue and new keynote speaker!
The September 14 Knowledge & Networking lunch will feature the State of the Port report. The Port is one of the biggest economic engines in Ventura County. It is owned and operated by The Oxnard Harbor District, created in 1937, as an independent special district (business enterprise) and political subdivision of the State of California. Its mission is to operate as a self-supporting Port that enforces the principles of sound public stewardship maximizing the potential of maritime-related commerce and regional economic benefit.
The Oxnard Harbor District’s policies are set by a five-member Board of Harbor Commissioners elected at large from the District. Day-to-day business operations of the Harbor District are administered by the CEO & Port Director and professional staff. The Harbor District, by its charter, can acquire, construct, own, operate, control or develop any and all harbor works or facilities necessary to efficiently accomplish its mission. It prepares and controls its own budget, as well as fiscal activities. It is responsible for all Port construction and operations.
Port of Hueneme CEO and Port Director Kristin Decas will be the keynote speaker. A proven leader, Kristin Decas repeatedly demonstrates her ability to build vision and implement strategy through open, collaborative processes that foster results.
Since beginning her tenure with the Port of Hueneme in February 2012, the Port has realized several successes. Tonnage totals have grown every year since her arrival from 1.3 million tons for FY 2012 to over 1.575 million metric tons in 2015 marking the Port’s strongest sustained trade years since its inception in 1937. Kristin championed the first annual Port Banana Festival, drawing over 10,000 visitors to the Port. Port of Hueneme related activities generate $1.1 billion in annual economic impact and create more than 10,200 direct, indirect, induced and influenced jobs.
Kristin was recently selected as Top Port Director of the Year by the International Association of Top Professionals.
The Knowledge & Networking Lunch will be Thursday, September 14 from noon to 1:30 at the Courtyard by Marriott on Esplanade Drive. Click here to go to the online registration or call the Chamber office at 805-983-6118. Click here to go to the online registration or call the Chamber office at 805-983-6118.
California’s housing crisis is a big focus of attention at the State Capitol as studies highlight two elements of the crisis that are inextricably linked—supply and affordability.
The Department of Housing and Community Development estimates that California must build at least 180,000 units a year to keep pace with demand, not accounting for the backlog of approximately 2 million units that has accrued over the last several decades.
The supply shortage has sent home prices and rents soaring, resulting in many individuals and families being priced out of the market and leading to overcrowding, homelessness, substandard housing conditions, and an exodus of Californians to other states.
For every $1,000 increase in a California home, 15,000 buyers are priced out of the market, according to a recent study by the National Association of Home Builders.
Based on pending legislation, lawmakers are concentrating on things like local land use, funding affordable housing, or expedited permit processing.
Local Land Use Decisions
The Legislature will grapple to define the scope of the state’s role in local land use decisions. One of the driving issues in the crisis is the reluctance of local governments to approve new housing projects due to “not in my backyard” (NIMBY) resistance.
Several bills have been introduced to hold local governments accountable for meeting their affordable housing elements. Such bills include SB 167 (Skinner; D-Berkeley) and AB 678 (Bocanegra; D-Pacoima), both supported by the California Chamber of Commerce.
These bills require a local agency to make relevant findings if it denies a housing development, clarify provisions of the Housing Accountability Act (HAA), and impose added penalties on agencies that violate the HAA by failing to make appropriate findings.
Another CalChamber-supported bill, AB 943 (Santiago; D-Los Angeles), seeks to increase the vote required to pass an ordinance that would reduce density or stop development or construction of parcels located less than one mile from a major transit stop, in an effort to limit the NIMBY effect.
AB 1397 (Low; D-Campbell) further attempts to ensure that sites contained in a local government’s housing element can realistically be developed to meet the locality’s housing needs by requiring that such sites have sufficient infrastructure available to support housing development.
Funding Affordable Housing
Another focus is funding for state subsidies to develop affordable housing. The two bills getting the most attention are:
Other proposed funding methods include taxes:
Both these tax bills have been identified as job killers and have not moved through the legislative process at this juncture.
While the state places significant focus on funding, according to the Legislative Analyst’s Office report, it would have to raise upwards of $250 billion to subsidize itself out of the housing crisis—a feat that cannot be accomplished.
Several bills aim to streamline permit processing, which is much needed to stimulate development; however, the bills’ limitations or prevailing wage requirements make them unlikely to have much impact on the ground. Other bills attempt to relax rules for granny flats (accessory dwelling units) and home additions.
Fortunately, three “wrong way” bills have been taken out of the equation.
Three potential key factors in addressing the housing crisis that do not appear to be getting much attention are the potential for Proposition 13 property tax and CEQA reform, and revival of some version of California’s redevelopment agencies.
Although there is no silver bullet to tackle the housing crisis, the Legislature will need to consider all available and possible avenues to increase supply to address the state’s housing crisis—the stimulation of actual construction being of the utmost importance.
Louinda V. Lacey presents a recap of housing bills at the CalChamber Capitol Summit.