Legislative Successes



Governor Signs SB 780 (Cortese)

CALED’s Bill Improving Economic Development Financing Tools

On September 28, Governor Newsom signed SB 780 (Cortese) into law. CALED sponsored this bill based on input from economic development practitioners on how to improve California’s economic development financing tools. Since the elimination of redevelopment agencies in 2011, the Legislature enacted several tax increment financing tools to support infrastructure, economic development and affordable housing in local communities. Improvements to two of these tools, Enhanced Infrastructure Finance District (EIFD) and Community Revitalization Investment Authority (CRIA), were needed to facilitate their use for infrastructure, economic development, revitalization, and affordable housing objectives. We are grateful to Senator Cortese for authoring this thoughtful, practitioner-informed legislation that streamlines EIFDs and CRIAs.

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CALED Releases Update on Approved CA Budget that Impacts Economic Development

Late last week, the Legislature and Governor reached an agreement on the 2020-21 state budget. This budget relies heavily on state reserves, deferrals of payments to K-12 education, minimizing state pension contributions, revenue claw backs from prior budget years, and expectations of up to $14 billion in additional federal funding. Additional budgetary adjustments are expected when state income tax receipts become available, and some identified cuts will be reduced if more federal assistance is provided.

Despite the state’s financial difficulties, the budget agreement includes significant assistance for local agencies, affordable housing, and homelessness programs. Minor changes to state economic development tools are also included.

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CALED Releases Recommendations to Accelerate Recovery

Economic development is the creation of wealth through which community benefits are realized. It is about creating an environment where businesses that support the fabric of each community can thrive such that they create opportunity and increase local government revenues so our cities and counties can provide the services and quality of life their residents require.

The coronavirus health crisis has caused massive disruption to California’s economy and threatens to plunge the state into an extended recession. It is time for policy makers to take aggressive action to limit the immediate economic damage while charting a path forward that addresses future challenges and takes advantage of new opportunities.

The California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED), with over 750 economic development practitioners and stakeholders in our membership, is one of the largest economic development organizations in the country. We offer the following recommendations as a framework to re-energize local economies and hasten California’s economic recovery.

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California State Assembly

EIFD Requirement Removed for Voter Approval Before Issuing Bonds

On Wednesday, October 9, 2019 Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill 116. Authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting, AB 116 removes the requirement for Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts (EIFDs) to receive voter approval prior to issuing bonds. CALED championed this under SB 128 (Beall), and we were glad to see it picked up in this budget trailer bill.

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California State Assembly

A Win for Small Manufacturers (September)

On Friday, September 21, 2018, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 1547. Authored by Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva, AB 1547 eliminates the California Industrial Development Financing Advisory Commission (CIDFAC) and, as a result, removes a barriers for small-to-medium size manufacturers trying to access low cost financing.

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State of California Seal of the Senate

EIFD’s Expanded to Cover Maintenance (September)

On Wednesday, September 19, 2018, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 1145, a sponsored bill with CALED. This bill aimed to protect local economic development investments by allowing Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts (EIFDs) finance ongoing maintenance costs for public projects in their districts.

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U.S House of Representatives

Keep Private Activity Bonds (January)

Tax-exempt private activity bonds (PABs) are fully preserved under the updated tax code, which includes 501(c)(3) bonds, exempt facility bonds, student loan bonds, small issue bonds, and mortgage bonds. While the code fully preserves PABs, the new tax laws reduce the corporate income tax from 35 percent to 21 percent; a factor that may lower demand for PABs. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 that the House of Representatives introduced would have eliminated PABs. PABs are essential tools that are used to finance projects and businesses around California. As a result, CALED and other partners wrote letters to key Congress members to preserve PABs. After multiple letters and calls, PABs were reinstated into the budget bill and preserved.

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AB 1250 Stopped

AB 1250 Stopped (September)

CALED participated in an effort, under the leadership of CSAC and a large coalition of stakeholders, to oppose AB 1250, a de facto prohibition on contracted services. The measure would have hindered services provided to the most vulnerable Californians by non-profit organizations in our 58 counties. AB 1250 created onerous new burdens on contracting firms that are defined as “a corporation, partnership, non-profit organization, or sole proprietorship.” The significant hurdles imposed by AB 1250, including paying for an annual audit, would deter or prevent non-profit organizations from entering into contracts with counties and limit service options and availability. This page serves as a resource for CSAC and our partners working to stop AB 1250.

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CDBG For Economic Development Is Preserved (June)

CALED, The League of CA Cities, and partners opposed a trailer budget bill that tried to eliminate the economic development set-aside for state non-entitlement CDBG funds. This is a huge win for non-entitlement communities and economic development!

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Hazardous Waste Sign

Governor Signs Hertzberg Bill (SB 820) That Helps State Continue Pushing Redevelopment Of Blighted Properties (September)

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, that extended the California Land Reuse & Revitalization Act, a vital legal tool enacted in 2004 that has helped propel the cleanup and development of vacant hazardous waste sites across the state.

SB 820 renews the California Land Reuse & Revitalization Act (CLRRA), which is set to expire on Jan. 1, 2017, for another 10 years. The act encourages redevelopment of blighted properties by allowing purchasers of contaminated lots to negotiate a cleanup plan with the state in exchange for liability protection from damages associated with the original contamination that they had no role in.

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CALED Supported AB 2605 That Makes It Easier On Economic Developers & Small Businesses (March)

Finding the right contact at the State for permit assistance is critical for California businesses and economic developers alike. AB 2605 seeks to resolve several out of date references to the Office of Permit Assistance which previously existed within the Technology, Trade and Commerce Agency.Specifically, this bill deletes completely and updates several sections in law, in reference to the Office of Permit Assistance, to reflect the duties of the Permit Assistance Unit within the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) and the Department of Toxic Substances Control.

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