From The Earth, Ventura County’s first adult-use dispensary, opened its doors to the public on the 4th of July. Operating multiple locations throughout California, From The Earth offers a large selection of products ranging from flowers, concentrates, tinctures, topicals, accessories, vape pens and edibles. Fully city and state licensed, the dispensary owner’s and employees pride themselves on the education of quality and practical application for a myriad of medicinal and recreational usages. With the understanding that shopping for cannabis can be an intimidating experience, From The Earth provides every customer with one-on-one attention from their sales associate. This one-on-one approach ensures every customer’s shopping experience is private, comfortable, educational, and of course, fun. Whether individuals are shopping for recreational or medical purposes, whether individuals are setting out on their 1st or 500th cannabis experience, when shopping at From The Earth, every experience is catered directly to meet each individual’s unique needs. Located at 2675 N. Ventura Road in Port Hueneme, the dispensary is open for business from 9 am to 9 pm daily.
A message from our CEO - Nancy Lindholm
You know that pending state legislation, a proposed regulation or a ballot measure will have a huge impact on your business, either directly because it affects your company/industry, or indirectly because of its impact on the jobs climate and economy. You’d like to let your employees know about your concerns — but can you? The answer is yes — IF you keep in mind and follow some “dos and don’ts” outlined in state law or regulations. Following is a quick overview from the HR specialists at the California Chamber of Commerce, including actions to avoid.
Communicate with your employees, stockholders and their families about the company’s support of or opposition to state legislation, regulations or ballot measures.
Encourage your employees, stockholders and their families to support or oppose state legislation, regulations or ballot measures.
Communicate your political messages to your own employees (and their families) through such means as:
Control or direct the political activities of your employees “through or by means of threat of discharge or loss of employment.”
Coerce your employees to support or oppose a ballot measure.
Reward or punish employees for their political activities or beliefs (or threaten to do so).
Put any political messages in or on employees’ payroll envelopes. NO PAYCHECK STUFFERS.
Stops All 29 Job Killer Bills
The 2018 legislative session was especially busy for the California Chamber of Commerce policy advocates.
CalChamber policy advocates, together with members, allied associations and local chambers of commerce, stopped many harmful proposals, won amendments to remove damaging provisions in other proposals, and helped pass bills to make future investments in our state’s economy
In 2018, the Legislature introduced more than 2,600 bills; CalChamber tracked 213 California bills, stopping 115 opposed bills (including 29 job killers), and backing 27 bills that were signed into law.
Job KillersStrong advocacy by the CalChamber, members, local chambers of commerce and allied employers prevented all but one job killer bill from passing the Legislature.
On his final day to act on legislation, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. vetoed the last surviving CalChamber-opposed job killer bill. AB 3080(Gonzalez Fletcher; D-San Diego) would have banned arbitration agreements beneficial to employees, employers and the courts.
Besides interfering with and essentially eliminating settlement agreements for labor and employment claims, AB 3080 exposed employers to criminal liability regarding arbitration agreements and essentially prohibited arbitration of labor and employment claims as a condition of employment. CalChamber’s analysis of the bill also found that it was likely preempted under the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) and would only have delayed the resolution of claims.
Finally, given where AB 3080 provisions were placed in the Labor Code, any violation would have been a misdemeanor. Accordingly, an employer would have faced not only civil liability for any violation of the various provisions of AB 3080, but could have faced criminal charges as well.
In his September 30 veto message, the Governor stated: “Since this bill plainly violates federal law, I cannot sign this measure.”
Following are highlights from the entire legislative session. For a list of all CalChamber priority bills send to the Governor this year, see the Final Status Report on Major Business Bills, embedded below.
Labor and Employment
As usual, labor matters were among the hardest fought issues on the CalChamber agenda. The 2019 new laws will include:
Lactation Accommodation (AB 1976; Limón; D-Goleta): Under current state law an employer must provide a location other than a toilet stall for an employee to express breast milk. The location must also be private and in close proximity to the employee’s work area. This CalChamber supported law requires that the employer provide a location other than a “bathroom,” rather than a “toilet stall.” AB 1976 contains a hardship exemption and clarifying language about what temporary spaces are appropriate as lactation accommodations.
Defamation Protection (AB 2770; Irwin; D-Thousand Oaks): Under this CalChamber-sponsored job creator bill, employers and victims of sexual harassment will be protected from liability for defamation lawsuits for injury to an alleged harasser’s reputation after a complaint of sexual harassment has been made. An employee who makes credible reports of harassment will be shielded from liability, as will an employer who communicates with interested parties such as victims and witnesses. When contacted for a job reference about a current or former employee, an employer will now be permitted to reveal whether the individual is not eligible for rehire because the employer determined that he/she engaged in sexual harassment.
Confidentiality Clauses in Settlement Agreements (SB 820; Leyva; D-Chino): This CalChamber opposed new law expands the types of cases in which so-called “secret settlements” are restricted. It prohibits any settlement agreement in a case where sexual harassment, assault or discrimination has been alleged from including a confidentiality provision that prohibits disclosure of factual information regarding the claim, except with regard to the claimant’s identity.
Sexual Harassment (SB 1300; Jackson; D-Santa Barbara): In this sweeping new law, the Legislature declared its intent to create a much lower bar for employees to bring harassment lawsuits, and limited the ability of employers to obtain summary judgment in such cases and also prohibits the use of non disclosure agreements. CalChamber secured amendments to remove the more onerous job killer provisions, but remained opposed to the bill.
For expanded information on employment-related laws, an HRCalifornia
Extra newsletter and White Paper will be published soon.
CEQA Reform/Land UseThe Governor signed two CalChamber-supported bills that will help expedite home building:
California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) reform (AB 1804; Berman; D-Palo Alto): Expedites infill development of affordable housing by expanding the existing CEQA exemption for infill projects to unincorporated areas already surrounded by urbanized land uses and populations.
Land Use Improvements (AB 2913; Wood; D-Healdsburg) The bill promotes fairness in housing construction by providing that a permit would remain valid if the work on the site authorized by that permit is begun within 3 years after its issuance, or if the work authorized on the site by the permit is suspended or abandoned for a period of up to 3 years after the time the work has begun.
Health Care Costs
The Governor vetoed two CalChamber-opposed bills that would have increased health care premiums if signed into law:
Governor Brown signed a CalChamber-supported bill related to food and consumer product packaging:
CalChamber supports AB 2632 (Santiago; D-Los Angeles) because it protects consumer product and food manufacturers from lawsuits by clarifying package labeling requirements regarding the amount of product and packaging.
Final Status Report on Major Bills
The following list summarizes the final status of priority bills for the CalChamber that were sent to the Governor this year.
Within each subject area, the CalChamber list presents bills in order of priority, with the highest priorities at the top.
The CalChamber will publish a record of legislators’ votes on key bills affecting the California business climate on October 19. Generally, the bills selected for the vote record have appeared in one of the status reports.
Bills signed by the Governor will become law on January 1, 2019 unless otherwise stated. Urgency, budget-related and tax levy measures go into effect immediately upon being signed, so the date the bill was signed is noted.
Download PDF Version of Report
AB 3080 Would Have Banned Arbitration Agreements Beneficial to Employees, Employers, Courts
The last CalChamber identified Job Killer bill of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session, AB 3080 (Gonzalez Fletcher), has been vetoed by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
“We are grateful to the Governor for vetoing this bill and recognizing that, had it become law, AB 3080 would have been preempted by federal law. The Governor’s veto saved California employers from significant amount of unnecessary litigation,” said Allan Zaremberg, CalChamber President and CEO.
In his veto message, the Governor indicated, “since this bill plainly violates federal law, I cannot sign this measure.”
“We are pleased the Governor recognized the significant flaws of AB 3080” said Jennifer Barrera, CalChamber’s Senior Vice President of Policy. “Employment arbitration agreements have proven to provide a beneficial forum to resolve disputes for both employers and employees for decades, and are even routinely utilized by unions in their collective bargaining agreements. Arbitration agreements expedite the resolution of claims in a less costly environment than sending all claims through an overburdened court system. At the end of the day, had this bill become law, the winners would have been trial lawyers, not workers.”
“With the Governor’s veto of AB 3080 (Gonzalez Fletcher), CalChamber has now successfully stopped every piece of job killing legislation proposed this session from becoming law,” said Zaremberg. “We know many of these job killing proposals will return next session but Legislators need to understand that California employers have reached their limit with respect to new laws and regulations that increase costs through threat of litigation and additional burdens that stop them from making future investments in our state’s economy,” he added.
Job Killer Stats
2018: 29 job killers identified, 1 sent to Governor Brown, 1 vetoed.
2017: 27 job killers identified, 3 sent to Governor Brown, 2 signed, 1 vetoed.
2016: 24 job killers identified, 5 sent to Governor Brown, 4 signed, and 1 vetoed;
2015: 19 job killer bills identified, 3 sent to Governor Brown, 1 signed, and 2 vetoed;
2014: 27 job killer bills identified, 2 sent to Governor, signs 2;
2013: 38 job killer bills identified, 1 sent to Governor, signs 1;
2012: 32 job killer bills identified, 6 sent to Governor, signs 4, 2 vetoed;
2011: 30 job killer bills identified, 5 sent to Governor, 1 signed, 4 vetoed;
2010: 43 job killer bills identified, 12 sent to Governor, 2 signed, 10 vetoed;
2009: 33 job killer bills identified, 6 sent to Governor, 6 vetoed;
2008: 39 job killer bills identified, 10 sent to Governor, 1 signed, 9 vetoed;
2007: 30 job killer bills identified, 12 sent to Governor, 12 vetoed;
2006: 40 job killer bills identified, 11 sent to Governor, 2 signed, 9 vetoed;
2005: 45 job killer bills identified, 8 sent to Governor, 1 signed, 7 vetoed;
2004: 23 job killer bills identified, 10 sent to Governor, 10 vetoed;
2003: 53 job killer bills identified, 13 sent to Governor, 11 signed, 2 vetoed;
2002: 35 job killer bills identified, 17 sent to Governor, 12 signed, 5 vetoed
2001: 12 job killer bills identified, 5 sent to Governor, 3 signed, 2 vetoed;
2000: No job killers identified. Of 4 bad bills identified at end of session, Governor Davis signs 2 and vetoes 2.
1999: 30 job killer bills identified, 9 sent to Governor, 6 signed, 3 vetoed;
1998: 64 job killer bills identified, 11 sent to Governor, 11 vetoed.
1997: 57 job killer bills identified, 9 sent to Governor, 9 vetoed.
MESSAGE FROM THE OXNARD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CHAIR
Stacy Miller – October 2018
When you think of Oxnard, likely the beautiful beaches, well-appointed marinas, close-knit neighborhoods, excellent festivals and amazing weather come to mind. But now, Oxnard is also home to Northrop Grumman, thanks to the company’s relocation to a new manufacturing center.
Northrop Grumman is one of the world's largest aerospace and defense technology companies and is utilizing their new Oxnard-based Astro Aerospace facility to design unmanned aircraft that can patrol the ground and sea. The new facility, located at 2601 Camino Del Sol in Oxnard, encompasses approximately 140,000 square feet, enabling concurrent manufacturing of large satellite reflectors, and other space hardware and deployable structures.
Now in its 60th year, Astro Aerospace specializes in deployable structures with unmatched 100 percent success performance on-orbit including extendable/retractable boom and mast subsystems, deployable mesh reflectors, and other deployable planar structures, solar arrays and antennas. Further, they are developing solutions that prevent cyber threats from becoming cyber-attacks, and discovering trends to stay ahead of disease outbreaks.
The company, which has tripled its workforce since 2017, is no stranger to Oxnard as they already have some presence here locally at the Naval Base Ventura County and also in Port Hueneme. Northrop Grumman’s new high-tech center brings nearly 300 employees to Oxnard, which contributes to our local economy.
From the City of Oxnard’s perspective, they would love to see more of this type of industry in Oxnard. Councilmember Bryan McDonald said: “If you bring in a corporation or business and help them grow and become bigger, they create other job opportunities for suppliers and vendors. I think we are going to see a huge increase in our aerospace industry because they are going to attract other customers and other business here.”
We at the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce couldn’t agree more and welcome Northrop Grumman’s Astro Aerospace facility to our beautiful community.