Legislative Update by Richard Markuson, CAPHCC Lobbyist

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PLA Update The Chula Vista Elementary School District “quietly approved the negotiation of a project labor agreement for future uses of $90 million in voter-approved bond money, as well as Mello-Roos funds, last Wednesday.” Voters approved a $90 million general obligation bond in November 2012 to provide funds for the school district’s oldest schools. The bond measure passed with support …

PHCC Governmental Affairs Report, by Geno Caccia, GA Chairman

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Governmental Affairs Recap Drought Response Toilets and faucets sold in California starting next year will have to meet low-flow efficiency standards set by the state under emergency drought regulations approved in April. The California Energy Commission set the higher efficiency standards for toilets, urinals and faucets sold after Jan. 1, 2016. “In the face of California’s current drought, we must …

Government Affairs Update, by Richard Markuson, CAPHCC Lobbyist

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PLA Update Three PLAs were debated this week in three diverse locales – with mixed results. The Long Beach City Council voted unanimously to pass a blanket five-year PLA with a $500,000 threshold. IBEW dispatched several hundred supporters forcing the overflow to the library where the meeting could be watched on television. They wore custom-made shirts just for the event …

PHCC of California Expresses Concerns Over New Residential Water Standards, by Tracy Threlfall, Executive Vice President

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With California entering the fourth year of record drought conditions, Governor Jerry Brown issued  an Executive Order including mass restrictions on water useage across the state.  The Order indicates sweeping cuts across residential, commercial and agricultural lines, and residential plumbing fixtures are again targeted for lower water consumption. It is widely regarded in California that 80% of water is used …

CAPHCC Legislative Update: Little Hoover Commission Releases Report, by Richard Markuson, CAPHCC Lobbyist

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The Little Hoover Commission has released its anticipated report Level the Playing Field: Put California’s Underground Economy Out of Business. The Little Hoover Commission, formally known as the Milton Marks “Little Hoover” Commission on California State Government Organization and Economy, is an independent state oversight agency that was created in 1962. The Commission’s mission is to investigate state government operations and …

2015 Legislation by Richard Markuson, CAPHCC Lobbyist

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2015 Legislation February was the bill introduction deadline, the Assembly introduced 1,598 bills and the Senate – 852 bills – the lowest in recent memory. PHCC is evaluating about 50 bills that impact C36 contractors. Assembly Member Jim Patterson introduced AB 842 – an ABC sponsored bill that provides that a contractor that bids on or has been awarded work …

PHCC Action Alert – San Diego Members – Your PLA Opposition Is Needed!

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Civic San Diego, the redevelopment arm of the City, is engaged in a collaborative process on how to build urban neighborhoods. There has been a move by some in the community to restrict contractors when it comes to future redevelopment projects in downtown, Encanto, and City Heights. They are now creating a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA), to be signed by community …

CAPHCC Legislative Update by Richard Markuson, Lobbyist

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2015 Legislation The State Legislature is back to work and follows is a recent introduction: AB 251 by Assemblyman Marc Levine would trigger prevailing wages if a public subsidy is both less than $25,000 and less than 1% of the total project cost. The bill would specify that those provisions do not apply to a project that was advertised for …

PHCC ACTION ALERT: Tell Your House Representative to Vote Yes on HR 636

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Tell Your Member of the House of Representatives to VOTE YES on HR 636  The US House of Representatives will vote early Friday (2/13/15) morning on HR 636. This vital legislation would restore the small business expensing—sometimes called Section 179 expensing. HERE’S WHY IT’S IMPORTANT: Small business expensing allows business owners to immediately deduct the cost of a qualified investment …

Tell Congress Your Story

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Registration is open for PHCC National’s 2015 Legislative Conference, taking place April 22-23.  Take the time to come to Washington, DC and advocate with colleagues on issues impacting the industry, your families, and your communities.  The only way to responsibly develop national policy is with open communication from the American people and Capitol Hill.  Please see link here to register …