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July 2, 2018
Steven Welliver
Downtown Santa Monica, Inc.
Andrew Thomas
Westwood Village Improvement Association
Vice President
Steve Snider
Downtown Oakland and Lake Merritt-Uptown District Associations
Dominic Tartaglia
San Luis Obispo Downtown Association
Blage Zelalich
City of San Jose
At-Large Directors
Downtown Association of Santa Cruz

Emilie Cameron 
Downtown Sacramento Partnership

Maggie Campbell
MIG, Inc.

Austin Metoyer
Downtown Long Beach Alliance
Steve Mulheim
Old Pasadena Management District
Liz Studebaker
City of San Diego
Immediate Past President
Karin Flood
Union Square BID
Arlington Business Partnership
Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association
Carmichael Improvement District, Inc.
Central City Association
City of Citrus Heights 
City of Folsom
City of Glendora
City of Lancaster
City of Los Angeles, Office of the City Clerk
City of Ontario
City of San Diego - Economic Development Dept.
County of Santa Cruz - Office of Economic Development
Dinuba Chamber of Commerce
Downtown Association of Santa Cruz
Downtown Berkeley Association
Downtown Long Beach Alliance
Downtown Los Angeles
Downtown Modesto Partnership
Downtown Oakland Association/ Lake Merritt Uptown District Association
Downtown Oxnard Merchants Association
Downtown Pomona Owners Association
Downtown Roseville Partnership
Downtown Sacramento Partnership
Downtown San Diego Partnership
Downtown San Mateo Association
Downtown Santa Barbara, Inc.
Downtown Santa Monica, Inc.
Downtown Vacaville BID
Downtown Ventura Partners
Downtown Visalians, Inc.
Figueroa Corridor Partnership
Gateway to LA Airport Business District
Gilroy Economic Development
Hollywood Property Owners Alliance
Ironsmith, Inc.
Kono CBD
LA Downtown Industrial District BID
LA Fashion District BID
MJM Management Group
North Park Main Street
North Tahoe Business Association
Old Pasadena Management District 
ParkSmart, Inc.
Paso Robles Main Street Association
Playhouse District Association
Progressive Urban Management Associates, Inc.
R Street Sacramento Partnership
Riverside Downtown Partnership
San Jose Downtown Association
San Luis Obispo Downtown Association
South Park BID
Sunnyvale Downtown
Telegraph BID
Temescal Telegraph BID
The Downtown Burbank Partnership
The Placemaking Group
The River District
Tracy City Center Association
Tulare Downtown Association
Union Square BID
Walnut Creek Downtown Business Association
Westwood Village Improvement Association 
Wilshire Center Business Improvement District

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Initiative that Would Cripple Assessment-based Improvement Districts Pulled from the November Ballot 

Backers of a pending statewide ballot measure and a coalition led by the state’s largest labor unions struck an eleventh hour legislative compromise this week that protects CDA’s members from a catastrophic impact that would have jeopardized hundreds of tenant-based improvement districts throughout California.  

In response to new taxes placed on soda purchases at the retail level, the soda industry had sponsored an initiative that would have required every municipal tax, fee or assessment by a local agency – including BIA’s – to obtain a 2/3rds vote to be maintained. The impact to local government was severe and would have drastically altered the effectiveness of municipal government from delivering public services to residents like police, fire, libraries and community benefit programs.

Whether intentional or not, the initiative would have captured tenant-based improvement districts, BID’s, BIA’s and MADs by requiring a 2/3rds vote of the members of the district in order maintain the functionality of the district. CDA had taken an “oppose” position on the ballot measure and had joined a coalition including the League of California Cities, the California Professional Firefighters, and the Police Officers Research Association to push back on the soda industry’s measure while a potential legislative compromise was struck.  

The legislative compromise contained in AB 1838 provides relief to the soda industry by banning municipalities from adopting taxes on soda for another 12 years through 2030. In turn, the initiative proponents agreed to pull the initiative from the November 2018 ballot. During the debate on the bill, lawmakers expressed their frustration – criticizing the soda industry specifically – yet supporting the compromise as a necessary choice to help safeguard public agency revenues, including the assessment models that CDA’s members rely on.  

In his bill signing statement on the legislative compromise, Governor Jerry Brown stated, “Mayors from countless cities have called to voice their alarm and to strongly support the compromise which this bill represents.”

Jason Bryant 
Bryant Government Affairs
July 2, 2018 Legislative Update 
Sacramento is the Fastest-growing Big City in California, Topping 500,000 for the First Time
The Sacramento Bee
Sacramento’s population has topped 500,000 for the first time, and the city grew at the fastest rate among the 10 largest cities...

Why L.A. Business Owners Should Care About the Homeless Epidemic
Every business in L.A. should be concerned about homelessness, whether it is directly impacted by it or not.

Q&A: Anti-density Leader Jill Stewart Answers Questions about LA’s Future Development
Curbed Los Angeles 
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"Placemaking" Permits Turn Empty Lots into Community Gathering Spaces
New permit makes process easier, cheaper.

San Francisco, Berkeley on AARP List of Top Ten “Livable Cities”
San Francisco and Berkeley are the only two California cities that made it onto AARP’s list of the nation’s top ten “most...

Vacant Storefronts: The Hornet’s Nest of Urban Planning
The Bay City Beacon
City Hall is scrambling to find ways to fill vacant retail spaces. It may all boil down to fixing how local government regulate...

Lessons Learned Project Managing the Pico Station Improvements
Last month the South Park Business Improvement District (SPBID) completed a year-long project improving the...

In San Francisco, Public Art Soars Hight Into the Skyline
The New York Times
The Salesforce Tower, the second tallest building west of the Mississippi, has already redefined the San Francisco skyline.

What Surfers Understand About Gentrification
When it comes to waves, newcomers are not wanted.

5 Points from a Discussion about California and Housing Affordability
Sacramento Business Journal 
The Center for California Real Estate hosted a discussion at the Sacramento Convention Center on Tuesday about housing...

Looking for an Apartment? It Is a Great Time to Rent
Wall Street Journal 
Rents are flattening in major U.S. cities, landlords offer a free month, Amazon gift certificates among other perks.

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