GSBE Business Update 03/16/2020
PROP 10 2.0
CA Attorney General declared Prop 10 2.0 bankroller, AIDS Health Foundation, as ‘delinquent’ in nonprofit status and said the foundation, which is headed by anti-housing activist Michael Weinstein, failed to file documents necessary to meet the requirements to claim charitable standing in the state. The complaint, filed by Senator Scott Weiner (D- San Francisco), alleges that Weinstein ignored well-established state reporting requirements in spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to oppose SB 50. This summer, state Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, also called on the attorney general to investigate the group, alleging that it was fraudulently misusing savings from a federal drug-discount program designed to help low-income patients.
Bottom line, legislative Dems and the state political watchdog, FPPC, are all going after Weinstein.
In addition, a few terrifying bills listed below that were introduced that I thought you might find of concern:
SB 1079: would allow local governments to seize (through eminent domain) corporate-owned properties that sit vacant for 90 days or more. It also would allow cities and counties to levy fines against the owner.
AB 2843: Established the Local Employer Affordable Housing Fee and impose the following schedule of fees on local businesses: An employer with 200 to 999 employees shall pay seventy-five dollars ($75) per employee; An employer with more than 999 employees shall pay one hundred fifty dollars ($150) per employee; and an employer with fewer than 50 employees shall not be required to pay an additional fee pursuant to this section.
AB 1905: Housing and Homeless Response Fund: personal income taxation: mortgage interest deduction. This bill, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2020, and with respect to acquisition indebtedness initially incurred by a taxpayer on or after January 1, 2018, would reduce the above-described limit on the aggregate amount treated as acquisition indebtedness from $1,000,000, or $500,000 in the case of a married individual filing a separate return, to $750,000 and $375,000, respectively. The bill, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2020, would also disallow the deduction of acquisition indebtedness with respect to a qualified residence of a taxpayer other than the principal residence.
AB 2690: This bill would require each city or county that adopts a mobilehome park rent stabilization (rent control) ordinance pursuant to these provisions to submit the ordinance to the department within 30 days of adoption.
SB 850: This bill would require an employer to provide its employees with a work schedule at least 7 calendar days prior to the first shift and pay employees modification pay for each previously scheduled shift that the employer cancels or moves to another date or time.
PROPOSITION 13 SCHOOL BOND – FAILS BECAUSE VOTERS WANT TO PROTECT PROP. 13
Earlier this week, Proposition 13, a 2020 measure to raise funding for school construction through a statewide bond, a measure with broad support and no organized opposition, failed. Hard. By more than 10%.
Some suggest that voter confusion is what caused the bond to fail, thinking that Prop 13 of 2020 was somehow dismantling Prop 13 of 1978. However, on the ballot this November 2020 is the real measure to dismantle 1978’s Prop. 13. And it’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing as it purports to raise money for schools by going after “only commercial” properties and creating a split roll. With the strong and unfortunate rejection on Tuesday of a ballot measure that just happened to share the same number, we are happy to see voters see through the rhetoric and recognize removing the protections of Prop. 13 from one group, weakens the law and hurts the state’s economy.
CAL/OSHA: GUIDANCE POSTED ON REQUIREMENTS TO PROTECT WORKERS FROM CORONAVIRUS
Cal/OSHA sent a message (please see attached) to provide employers, workers and other safety and health professionals in California with vital information on what is required to protect workers from exposure to airborne infectious diseases such as the coronavirus.
Guidance documents, educational materials and model programs have been posted on Cal/OSHA’s website to help employer’s comply with the requirements. Cal/OSHA recommends employers review this guidance along with their existing procedures to ensure that their plans are effectively protecting workers.