July 9, 2018

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 6:00pm
Dana Point City Hall, Council Chambers

On July 1, several legal changes occurred that may affect your California business. Some of these changes apply only in specific local jurisdictions, but one change to the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) applies to all employers statewide.

The Dana Point Harbor Advisory Board released a statement on June 26 stating that the Dana Point Harbor Partners (DPHB) and County of Orange have agreed to terms concerning the Harbor Revitalization project.

The lease agreement, which will make DPHB developers and overseers of the harbor for the next 66 years, has been set for approval Orange County Board of Supervisors meeting during their July 17 meeting.  

The Orange County Board of Supervisors passed its $6.5 billion budget on June 26 while looking forward to certain programs, such as funding for the Orange County Homeless Housing Trust, which could add some-2,700 beds and housing for the county’s populations in need of shelter. A state bill, SB 448, is currently making its way through the California Legislature to help fund the housing trust.

The initiative to repeal the controversial gas tax in California will be on the ballot in November, with the secretary of state confirming Monday that organizers received enough signatures to qualify.

Senate Bill 1, passed last year, raised the base excise tax on gasoline by 12 cents per gallon. This initiative would require a majority of voters to approve any increases on the taxes on gas – and it would apply retroactively.

California voters this November will decide whether to change daylight saving time, after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill sending the proposal to the statewide ballot.

Assemblyman Kansen Chu, D-San Jose, who authored Assembly Bill 807,  has called the practice  of changing clocks twice a year, in the fall and the spring, "outdated." He argues altering the time by an hour has adverse health affects, increasing chances for heart attacks, workplace injuries and traffic accidents. The ballot measure would overturn a 1949 voter-approved initiative called the Daylight Savings Time Act, which established Standard Pacific Time in California.

Gov. Jerry Brown approved a sweeping consumer privacy bill last week.

Under Assembly Bill 375, which establishes the California Consumer Privacy Act, Californians can hold companies accountable for potential abuse of their data. Members of the public could ask a business to delete information they have on them. Upon request, businesses that sell consumers' information would have to disclose the categories of information they collect.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed  a $201 billion state budget  last week that he said fulfilled a pledge to bring California government out of the abyss it faced in the recession when he took office eight years ago.

The state faced a $27 billion deficit when Brown took office for his second run leading California as governor in 2011, leading to sharp cuts in services. His last budget, by contrast,  projects a $9 billion surplus  for the coming year. It also puts the state on track to accumulate more than $16 billion in savings that it can use to prepare for a recession.

Economic growth and job creation are the keys to making California a great place to live, work and do business. To help lawmakers focus on the full ramifications of proposed laws, the California Chamber of Commerce identifies each year the legislation that will hinder job creation. The job killer list highlights those bills that truly are going to cost the state jobs.

CalChamber has released the 2018 list of job killer bills, calling attention to the negative impact that 28 proposed measures would have on California’s job climate and economic recovery should they become law.

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