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Earthquake Early Warning System, 30% Seismic Retrofit Tax Incentive, & Brace + Bolt Expansion will Protect Property, Save Lives, and Creates Jobs
(Sacramento, CA) Today, Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian (D-Sherman Oaks), Chair of Assembly Budget Subcommittee #4, announced his earthquake preparedness budget priorities for 2016 - 2017 fiscal year.
“It is not a question of if, but when an earthquake strikes. We must take immediate steps to protect property and save lives,” stated Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian. “We need to expand our residential Brace + Bolt program, incentive property owners to seismically retrofit their large apartment buildings, and this year fully fund a state-of-the-art earthquake early warning system.”
AB 1191 Clarifies that Interest Collected by Quimby Fees Can Be Used to Build or Repair Park Land
(North Hollywood, CA) Last Week, Governor Brown signed into law legislation championed by Assemblymember Nazarian that recognizes the interest generated off Quimby Fees can now be used for park development. State law did not explicitly grant cities the statutory authority to use interest generated from Quimby fees.
California Legislature’s Special Session on Transportation must also include public transit funding to ensure an integrated, multi-modal transportation system that keeps L.A. moving
(Los Angeles, CA) State Senator Ben Allen and Assemblymembers Adrin Nazarian and Richard Bloom joined officials from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) as well as key regional transit advocates to call for over $900 million annually for critically needed public transit funding in California. Hundreds of millions of dollars would flow to L.A. County to help expand public transit options and maintain the existing transit system in a state of good repair.
Governor Brown has called for a Special Session on Transportation that focuses on increasing funding to repair streets, bridges, and freeways. Legislators and public transit advocates are calling for a more balanced approach that repairs roads but also invests in public transit that accounts for more than 1.4 billion passenger trips annually in California.
Prohibit the use of Products Containing Tobacco and Nicotine, Including Smokeless Tobacco, Chew and Electronic Cigarettes in Public Schools.
(Sacramento, CA) Today, Assemblymembers Adrin Nazarian (Sherman Oaks) and Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond) introduced Assembly Bill 9, the Tobacco-Free Schools Act. AB 9 requires all schools to adopt and enforce a tobacco-free campus policy and requires schools to post “Tobacco use is Prohibited” signs at all entrances to school property.
Currently, there is no uniform, statewide prohibition against smoking in K-12 school campuses.
“We must do everything we can to keep tobacco products out of the hands of our children,” Assemblymember Thurmond stated. “We know tobacco products are incredibly addictive and are a leading cause of cancer. At the very least we should keep these products off of school grounds. If we, as a state, cannot make investments that protect the health of our youth, then our future is in question.”
30% Seismic Retrofit Tax Incentive and Brace + Bolt Expansion will Protect Property, Save Lives, and Create Jobs
(Sacramento, CA) Today, Assembly Bill 428 and 1440 passed the Assembly and will head to the State Senate. Assembly Bill 428 is historic legislation which would provide a five-year 30% state seismic tax credit to property owners for safety improvements to their “at-risk” or vulnerable buildings. Assembly Bill 1440 expands seismic retrofit grant program. The Brace + Bolt program provides a $3,000 subsidy to qualified single family, and multi-residential (4 units or less) property owners for basic seismic work.
“We need to get serious about earthquake preparedness now. My earthquake resilience package protects property, saves lives, and creates jobs,” stated Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian. “I strongly encourage the State Senate and the Governor to make earthquake preparedness a priority; before it’s too late.”
AB 428 provides a powerful financial incentive for property owners to make the seismic upgrades within the next five years at a substantially reduced cost.
The key components of Assembly Bill 428 are:
Will establish a 5 year 30% tax credit for qualified costs associated with Seismic Retrofit for qualified owners of an “at-risk property.” The tax credit is awarded upon completion of Seismic Retrofit.
Defines an “at-risk property” as a building that is deemed hazardous and in danger of collapse in the event of a major earthquake and is certified as so by the appropriate local jurisdiction with authority for building code enforcement, including but not limited to, soft story buildings, non-ductile concrete residential buildings, and pre-1980 concrete residential buildings.
Provides that a municipality’s local agency with jurisdiction for building code and safety enforcement certify an “at-risk building” located within their area and authorizes construction eligible under credit.
Provides examples of Seismic Retrofit Construction which qualify under the credit to mitigate seismic damage
Sets a sunset date of December 1, 2021.
Recent findings by UC Berkley researchers identify 1,500 concrete buildings that are seismically vulnerable in just the Los Angeles area. The researchers state that in the event of a huge earthquake 75 are likely to collapse.
Assembly Bill 1440 aims to expand on Brace + Bolt a program to cover tens of thousands of California homeowners.
The Earthquake Brace + Bolt (EBB) program was created by the California Residential Mitigation Program, which is a joint power authority between the California Earthquake Authority and the Governor's Office of Emergency Services.
The program was established to assist homeowners in decreasing the potential for damage to their houses during an earthquake. A residential seismic retrofit strengthens an existing house, making it more resistant to earthquake activity such as ground shaking and soil failure, by bolting the house to its foundation and adding bracing around the perimeter of the crawl space.
The mitigation program provides homeowners up to $3,000 to strengthen their foundation. A typical retrofit may cost between $2,000 and $10,000 depending upon the location, the size of the house, and the amount of work involved. Houses that meet the state building code retrofit criteria typically were:
Constructed before 1979;
Built on a level or low slope site;
Constructed with a four-foot (or less) cripple wall under the first floor;
(Sacramento) – Members of the American Federation of Musicians from Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Francisco hosted a live musical performance and press conference outside the state capitol in support of Assembly Bill 1199, legislation authored by Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian (D-Van Nuys) that proposes to make changes to the Film & Television Tax Credit Program and bring more work to the state. “The magic of movies is remembered by the music,” said Assemblymember Nazarian. “When ‘Jaws’ roars onto the screen, it’s the music that flutters your heart. We need to support our homegrown talent in Los Angeles. This tax credit will ensure the creation and production of our musical magic remains and thrives in Los Angeles.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
“I am thrilled the California Arts Council will receive a $5 Million permanent funding increase in the Governor’s proposed revised budget. I want to thank Governor Brown for his support and leadership. One in 10 jobs in California are part of the creative industries; generating billions for our economy. The Arts Council is an incubator of creative talent statewide and the $5 million is an investment in keeping California’s creative economy competitive.”
Assembly Bill (AB) 551 Ratifies the Rights and Responsibilities of Landlords and Tenants Fighting a Bedbug Infestation.
(Sacramento, CA) Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian introduced legislation aimed at stemming the infestation of bedbugs sweeping California. A recently released report by Orkin, a national pest control company, ranked Los Angeles fourth nationwide in bedbug infestations with San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose region, and the Sacramento/Stockton/Modesto region all within the top 50 nationwide.
“We need common sense steps to reduce the bedbug blight in California. Tenants and landlords must work together to eradicate these blood suckers from our homes,” stated Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian.
Assembly Bill (AB) 24 Requires Drivers to Enroll in a DMV Employer Pull Notice Program & Drug and Alcohol Testing Program
(Sacramento, CA) Assembly Bill 24 passed out of the Assembly Transportation Committee by a vote of 11 to 5. Assembly Bill 24 is a consumer protection and public safety bill to establish basic public safety standards for drivers of charter party carriers, such as limousines, buses, and transportation network companies, like Uber and Lyft.
“This is a win for the public’s safety,” stated Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian. “The requirements in AB 24 are all simple, common sense measures that any business focused on consumer safety should have no issue complying with.”
(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian (D-Van Nuys) and the Armenian Legislative Caucus introduced Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR 2) designating this year as California’s Year of Commemoration of the Centennial Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The resolution calls upon Congress and the President of the United States to recognize the Armenian Genocide. “California is home to an estimated 1 million Armenians, many of whom are descendants of or are genocide survivors themselves,” said Assemblymember Nazarian. “We must reflect on their survival as a people, and bring attention to a dark and overlooked piece of international history.” In a show of solidarity for the centennial anniversary, AJR 2 has been jointly-authored by a majority of the Assembly, an unprecedented show of support from previous resolutions. Here’s more from Assemblymember Nazarian in this Assembly Access video.