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AIA CA held an Advocacy Townhall for our Members on Thursday, September 17.  During this townhall VP of Government Relations Rona Rothenberg, FAIA, Director of Government Relations Mark Christian, Hon. AIA CA, and AIA CA Contract Lobbyist Mike Belote talked about the importance of the advocacy program to the Membership, some of the key issues the Legislature considered this year, as well as issues that will come up next year.

 

Rona, Mark, and Mike agreed that the shortage of housing will be a focus of the Legislature next year due to, in part, the Legislature’s inability to move significant housing legislation during the final days of the legislative session.  Tax increases should also be on the table next year; we anticipate a large budget deficit that, we believe, the Legislature will not want to solve with budget cuts alone.  This means a sales tax on services could become a real threat next year.  AIA CA’s membership in a coalition of professional service providers and business groups opposed to a sales tax on services was discussed, along with the ongoing efforts of the coalition to discourage this idea from considered next year.

The efforts of AIA CA related to Climate Action were also discussed. This included a proposal for zero carbon continuing education for architects, support for electrification codes at the local level and within the state code, and support for the adoption of the Zero Code California as a part of the California Green Building Code.

We are looking at holding additional Advocacy Townhalls in 2021 to keep Members informed of what is happening in Sacramento, to provide an opportunity to ask questions, and to share your opinions.

AIA California
AIA California
Celebrating over 75 years of service, the AIA California actively promotes the value of design and advocates for the architectural profession. AIA CA is an association of 11,000 dedicated and passionate members who share a commitment to design excellence and livability in California’s natural and built environments.

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