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Legislative Watch

Legislative Priorities
Legislative Wrap Up
Legislative Action Committee Members

On January 16, 2013, the CALED Board of Directors confirmed the creation of our Legislative Action Committee (LAC) and adopted the guiding policy for how this group would review legislation and make recommendations to the Board of Directors. Aaron Laurel, Economic Development & Housing Director, City of West Sacramento is the Chair of the LAC.


CALED’s 2016 Legislative Priorities
As we enter this next session, we are looking to advance our priorities and will continue to work with partners on issues impacting economic development. CALED Board of Director’s approved the following priorities for 2016. Our focus this year will be on the following issues:

Priority #1: Make recommendations to improve already existing tools for economic development

Priority #2: Work with GO-Biz to seek re-authorization of GEDI initiative, providing input on making the programs even more effective

Priority #3: Seek and champion new tools and resources for economic development


Legislative Wrap Up

Dear CALED Members and Friends,

As summer comes to an end, I am pleased to share with you the great successes of our legislative efforts so far this year. Both CALED sponsored bills made it to the Governor’s desk for signature:

  • AB 2605 was signed by Governor Brown on July 22, 2016. This bill resulted in clean-up language for Permit Assistance and minimizes confusion for businesses interested in taking advantage of these resources.
  • By the time this reaches you, we will know if the Governor also signs SB 820 – a bill that extends the sunset for the California Land Revitalization and Reuse Act to 2027, allowing developers and regulatory agencies a streamlined vehicle for encouraging clean-up of hazardous waste and revitalization of blighted properties in California.
  • AB 2492 clarifies language from last year’s AB 2 detailing data sources to reference when analyzing where to establish community revitalization and investment areas and allows a Community Revitalization and Investment Authority (CRIA) to take advantage of the additional funding sources available to Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts (EIFD).
  • AB 806 repeals the existing requirement for approval of the sale or lease by the legislative body by resolution before certain city, county, or city and county property is sold or leased for economic development purposes.

Additionally, one other bill supported by CALED is at or making its way to the Governor’s desk:

  • SB 936 decreases the required reserve needed to back loan guarantees made by the California Small Business Loan Guarantee Program (SBLGP). This bill would reduce the required loan loss reserve from 20% to 10% and is currently on the Governor’s desk.

Watch for announcements on CALED’s legislative goals and sponsored legislation as we turn our eye to future priorities and potential legislative ideas that will encourage and increase economic development in California.

Thank you for your membership and support!

-Gurbax Sahota
President & CEO


Bill List
Please contact Kristy Nong at (916) 448-8252, ext. 13 for a current list of bills.


2016 Economic Development Partner Legislative Priorities
Click here to view the Economic Development Legislative Priorities. View our supportive partners and what to expect in 2016.


Legislative Action Committee Members

Aaron Laurel
Committee Chair, Economic Development & Housing Director, City of West Sacramento

Michael Daniel
Regional Director, Orange County/Inland Empire SBDC Network

Darrell Doan
Economic Development Director, City of Elk Grove

Sam Driggers, M.A., CEcD
Director of Economic Growth & Programs, CalAsian Chamber of Commerce

David Flaks
President, Los Angeles County EDC

Darin Gale
Economic Development Manager, City of Yuba City

D-B Heusser
Retired, City of Selma

Bobby Kahn
Executive Director, Madera County EDC

John Lambeth
President, Civitas Advisors

Andrew Myrick, CEcD
Economic Development Manager, City of Salinas

Daniel Rofoli
Consultant, Economic and Housing Development Division, Community Development Commission of Los Angeles County

Jim Simon
Principal, RSG, Inc.