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October 2020
Andrew Thomas
Westwood Village Improvement Association

1st Vice President
Steve Snider
Downtown Oakland and Lake Merritt-Uptown District Associations
2nd Vice President
Emilie Cameron 
Downtown Sacramento Partnership

Kathy Hemmenway
Walnut Creek Downtown
Austin Metoyer
Downtown Long Beach Alliance
At-Large Directors
Marshall Anderson
Downtown San Diego Partnership

John Caner
Downtown Berkeley

Karin Flood
Union Square Business Improvement District

Suzanne Holley
Downtown Center Business Improvement District (LA)

Rena Leddy
LA Fashion District
Steve Mulheim
Old Pasadena Management District

Chloe Shipp
San Jose Downtown Association
Immediate Past President
Steven Welliver
Downtown Santa Monica, Inc.
Arlington Business Partnership
Arts District Los Angeles BID
Improvement Association
BLVD Association
Carmichael Improvement District, Inc.
City of Beverly Hills
City of Monterey Park
City of Morgan Hill
City of Ontario
Downtown Alameda Business Association
Downtown Berkeley Association
Downtown Business Association-Bakersfield
Downtown Center BID
Downtown Long Beach Alliance
Downtown Modesto Partnership
Downtown Oakland Association/ Lake Merritt Uptown District Association
Downtown Pomona Owners Association
Downtown Roseville Partnership
Downtown Sacramento Partnership
Downtown Santa Barbara, Inc.
Downtown Santa Monica, Inc.
Downtown SLO
Downtown Vacaville BID
Downtown Ventura Partners
Downtown Visalians, Inc.
Figueroa Corridor Partnership
Gateway to LA Airport Business District
Gilroy Economic Development
Greater Broadway District
Hollywood Property Owners Alliance
Kono CBD
LA Downtown Industrial District BID
LA Fashion District BID
Old Monterey Business Association
Old Pasadena Management District 
ParkSmart, Inc.
Paso Robles Main Street Association
Placerville Downtown Association
Playhouse District Association
Progressive Urban Management Associates, Inc.
R Street Sacramento Partnership
Riverside Downtown Partnership
San Jose Downtown Association
South Park BID
Sunnyvale Downtown
Telegraph BID
Temescal Telegraph BID
The River District
The Unity Council
Tracy City Center Association
Tulare Downtown Association
Union Square BID
Walnut Creek Downtown Business Association
Westwood Village Improvement Association 

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Andrew Thomas VP
Next week, voters will decide the fate of two critical ballot measures that would have profound impacts on existing commercial properties and the possibilities of seeing new residential development within our downtowns. The Board of the California Downtown Association has carefully considered both initiatives and has taken an “oppose” position on both Proposition 15 & 21 and urge members of CDA to cast a “no” vote when casting their ballots.

Proposition 15 – $12B Commercial Property Tax Increase
The ballot measure would make significant changes to the current Proposition 13 (enacted by voters in 1978) by allowing local governments to assess commercial property taxes based on that property’s current market value versus capping the tax assessment based on when that property was sold.

Although Proposition 15 wouldn’t apply to residential property owners, the initiative would impose a $13 billion tax increase on commercial property owners who own properties valued at over $3 million. If approved by voters, the initiative would unfairly punish property owners who have owned their properties the longest – as long-standing owners who would see the biggest spikes in tax assessments compared to property owners who recently purchased their properties. Nonetheless, beginning in 2022, the initiative would call on county tax assessors to reassess the value of properties at the current market rate and adjust the tax bills accordingly.

Small businesses would be severely impacted because under most commercial leases, tenants often pay the property taxes through a “triple net lease” structure. Therefore, in many cases, the tax increase would be passed along to the tenant’s existing lease. COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on the economic condition of our downtowns. Proposition 15 would impose a severe tax increase to our commercial properties and small businesses at a time in which we can least afford it.

Proposition 21 – Rent Control
The proposition would repeal portions of the state’s existing rental housing laws and open the door for extreme forms of “rent control” that would likely be enacted at the local level. Prop. 21 would allow for the establishment of permanent price caps on all forms of housing including single family homes and condominiums.

Furthermore, Prop. 21 undermines a new statewide rent control law just months after the law went into effect. That law was recently approved and signed by the Governor and represents some of the strongest renter protections in the country.

Passage of Prop. 21 would depress or reduce the value of residential property values and would result in fewer housing options being made available to tenants exacerbating the current housing shortage. Prop. 21 is nearly identical to Prop. 10 (2018) which was rejected by voters 60% no, 40% yes. CDA opposed Prop. 10 in 2018.

Andrew Thomas, CDA President
Executive Director
Westwood Village Improvement Association
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Downtown SJ Restaurants Get Curfew Extension Starting Now
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Restaurants and bars in San Jose’s downtown “Entertainment Zone” got a later curfew this week, after city officials extended outdoor operating hours from 10pm to midnight.

Restaurants Are Paying $20,000 (or More) So You Can Dine in the Street
SF Eater
Before March 2020, a restaurant or bar that asked to remove a public parking place or two, replacing it with a private dining area for their business, would have been laughed out of town.

Congestion Pricing for Downtown an Idea That’s Come Around Again
SF Cronicle
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Chinatown’s William Mead Homes Awaiting Ballfield
LA Downtown News
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Dodgers Foundation recently celebrated the groundbreaking of two All-Star Legacy projects
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