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Matthew Hargrove

President & CEO

Melissa Stevens

Chief Operating Officer

Rex W. Hime

VP Strategic Communications

Crystal Whitfield

Executive Assistant

Rex S. Hime

Senior Advisor


Weekly Update

April 29, 2022


Warehouse/Logistic Center Ban -

Next Committee

AB 2840 (Reyes) was pulled from Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee on Wednesday, sending it to Appropriations Committee instead – where the committee’s main consideration on legislation is cost to the State’s General Fund.


In addition to creating new statewide buffers in statute, the bill continues to mandate skilled & trained workforce requirements on all warehouse projects 100K s.f. and greater. We will work with our coalition partners, who submitted a formal opposition letter, to make sure they understand the severity of the negative impacts this bill will create and continue to vigorously oppose.


AB 2840 will disrupt California’s ability to move goods effectively and efficiently; will stop local economic development and redevelopment projects; and will kill high wage jobs in areas where they are needed most.


In the plainest language, AB 2840 attempts to stop the building of any facility 100,000 s.f. or more within 1,000 ft of a “sensitive receptor,” which has a broad definition but is basically most non-industrial uses. Additionally, all projects that are not banned due to proximity to a sensitive receptor must have a skilled and trained workforce agreement to be approved.


Even if your company doesn’t build/own these types of facilities, the precedent set by this bill will have a huge impact on all commercial real estate projects in the future.


This bill has our full focus and attention, and we hope to work closely with local affiliate member chapters and other impacted stakeholders to stop this bill again. 

Fixing Vehicle Miles Traveled -

Passes Housing

SB 1410 (Caballero), the bill to address the Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) issue created by the Office of Planning and Research regulatory overreach, was heard this week, and passed out of the Senate Housing Committee.

The author and sponsors (CBIA) put up a very deft fight again a chair that was unfriendly towards the bill and large coalition of opposition from environmental groups. The decision was made to accept all the committee amendments, which turns the measure into a de facto “study bill,” in order to keep the vehicle and issue at the forefront and “alive to fight another day.”

Fixing how VMTs are implemented and applied in California is a priority for the business community and will help solve some of the constraints currently on the goods movement and supply chain in the State.

Neighborhood Electric Vehicle Transportation Plans

We are pleased to announce AB 2462 (Valladares) passed unanimously out of Assembly Appropriations Committee this week.

This is a bill that will allow the local agency (LA County) to develop the Neighborhood Electric Vehicle Transportation Plan which to allow signage for dedicated Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) pathways at the Five Point Valencia project, passed unanimously out of Assembly Appropriations Committee.

AB 2462 recognizes that developers are working to meet the demand of California’s emission goals by building aspects like NEVs into their plans. This bill is not only beneficial to California's environment immediately, but also incentivizes those in and adjacent to the community to drive EVs in the future.

Stay tuned as we continue to push this bill through the legislative process. 

Grid Reliability and EV Rules -


AB 2075 (Ting), a bill that would require the Energy Commission to adopt regulation of EV chargers and the Building Standards Commission to incorporate those standards into the Building Code has taken some amendments we suggested, and we are removing opposition.

The bill now assures that electrical grid reliability and impacts are taken into consideration when adopting EV rules.

Mandating EV charging in your parking lots continue to be a target for the Legislature to meet California’s ambitious climate goals, and we are aware that while we all work together to meet those goals – we must do so in a common sense, economically feasible, and reliable manner.

Water Quality Permits

We are opposed to AB 2106 (Rivas), a bill that will subject a wide range of commercial, industrial, and retail properties to costly compliance measures and induce lawsuits.

Projects in California already go through a regional stormwater approval process through Regional Water Quality Control Board, and it’s unclear whether this new permit is intended to replace or supplement that process. If this is an additive permitting process, there will be unnecessary additional costs and time delay, given that it already takes several months with the RWQCBs.

AB 2106 adds a duplicative requirement that would require expensive changes in management and testing and sampling that could cost private entities and the state hundreds of millions of dollars

The bill is headed to the Assembly Appropriations Committee. 

California Commercial Real Estate Summit -


The California Commercial Real Estate Summit (CCRES) is coming up June 7 and 8 in Sacramento, California, so please mark your calendars!


CCRES is the one time of year that industry leaders from all sectors of the commercial, industrial, and retail real estate industry join come together from across the nation and hear from top policymakers and California State Legislators. Find the agenda below. 

(Please note that due to ongoing COVID restrictions we are working with local venues to book space for our group that is safe – all events will be within two blocks of the Capitol).

CCRES Agenda


Friday, June 3 and Monday, June 6

Zoom Legislative Briefing, 12:00pm


Tuesday, June 7

CBPA Board Meeting (Location TBD), 2:30 – 4:30pm

Reception at Prelude, 5:00 – 7:00pm


We are suggesting people plan dinners after on their own and will be sending out a list of a few recommendations for good eats.


Wednesday, June 8

Breakfast (Location TBD), 8:00am

Legislative Meetings, 9:00am – 12:00pm

Wrap Up Reception/Lunch (Location TBD) – 12:00pm

BOMA Board Meeting (Location TBD) – 1:00 – 2:30pm


Information on hotel room blocks coming very soon. Stay tuned!

CBPA Calendar 2022

Tuesday, June 7 – Wednesday, June 8

California Commercial Real Estate Summit and CBPA Annual Board Meeting



Tuesday, November 15

CBPA Board Meeting 



For more information on any of our events, please contact Melissa Stevens at

916-443-4676 or mstevens@cbpa.com.

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