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What's Going on in Sacramento? The Good, Bad and Ugly

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They say "what happens in California affects the rest of the country," but I would add that is both good and bad news. It's undeniable that California legislation and propositions often serve as a model for other states to adopt or avoid and this show is a review of some of the top legislation affecting California commercial property in 2012. We'll also peek into some of the "earth shattering" legislation proposed during the 2013 session.

Our featured guest is Rex Hime, President and CEO of the California Commercial Business Properties Association.

Topics include: major reform to California's ADA law, renewed efforts to implement a split roll property tax, and efforts to establish a workable “Green Building” code.

Governor Brown signed California’s ADA reform measure, SB 1186 which is intended to curb lawsuit abuse regarding the Americans With Disabilities Act while promoting increased compliance with disabled accessibility building codes. This bill is being hailed as the most comprehensive and significant reform to California’s ADA Law. Currently, California has 40% of the nation’s ADA lawsuits but only 12% of the country’s disabled population. I will add some commentary based upon my practical experience applying the law to existing lawsuits that I am involved in.

We'll also talk a little about the huge amount of work that Rex and the CPBA does to make sure the commercial property owners' interests are well represented in the state legislature. I attended a meeting in Sacramento last June with the CPBA and I must admit that I walked away with a totally new appreciation for what Rex and his staff do on our behalf (even if he over-does the Hawaiian shirt thing)!

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