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GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS
Updated December 15th, 2017

Important changes have been made to the San José business tax , which was approved by San José voters on November 8, 2016 (Measure G). The approved changes took effect on July 1, 2017 and impact REALTORS, brokers, and rental property owners of single family homes and duplexes.

New residential landlords of one or two rental units will now pay the San José business tax for the first time as of July 1, 2017. The City Council established a grace period until December 15, 2017, so that these residential landlords can apply for and secure a valid business tax certificate from the City and pay the business tax without incurring penalties and interest. If the payment of the business tax is made after December 15, 2017, then interest and penalties will accrue retroactively to July 1, 2017.

The Santa Cruz County Association of REALTORS® (SCCAR) supports a comprehensive government affairs program designed to foster a political and legal environment in which members can operate their business successfully and the interests of their clients are protected.

SCCAR's government affairs program places focus on the following objectives:

  • Supporting candidates, who understand the concerns and needs of SCCAR members, in local government elections.
  • Supporting the California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.) and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) in their efforts to pass legislation that is: REALTOR®-friendly, protects private property rights, supports homeownership, and promotes an economic environment in which businesses and the real estate industry can thrive (and to oppose legislation that does not accomplish these goals).
  • Keeping SCCAR members informed about pending real estate-related legislation and regulatory changes that impact their business.
  • Educating SCCAR members about how to become involved in the political process when it comes to critical legislative initiatives that affect SCCAR members and their clients.

CALLS TO ACTION
• REALTOR® Action Center - NAR


CURRENT NEWS

COUNTY
• Santa Cruz County hosted rental will require $132 permit
   The new rules on hosted rentals, approved 3-2 by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, must be given a second reading and approved by the California Coastal Commission before they can take effect.
• New ADU rules for Santa Cruz County going to Coastal Commission
   The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 Tuesday to adopt new rules for ADUs to comply with new state laws, SB 1069 and SB 229, aiming to make ADUs easier and less costly.
• Santa Cruz County aims for Progressive Rail deal to operate rail line
   Santa Cruz City Council will discuss negotiations with Progressive Rail of Lakeville, Minnesota, to potentially operate freight and excursion trains on the 32-mile Santa Cruz rail line but not approve a contract until a study of county transportation corridors is complete.
• Santa Cruz County homes for sale fewest in 22 years
   For months, the number of single-family homes for sale in Santa Cruz County has been steadily shrinking, and a stunning statistic emerged the first week of January: Listings for the month are the lowest in 22 years.

CITY OF SANTA CRUZ
• Santa Cruz city initiative seeks rent control
   Advocates for rent control and just cause for eviction turned in the text of a proposed ballot initiative Friday to the Santa Cruz City Clerk.
• As Santa Cruz County weighs rail trail future, city councils bring debate home
   Even as a regional transit panel's pushed planning for Santa Cruz County’s rail corridor out a year, two city councils are opting to wade into the contentious debate now.

CAPITOLA
• Capitola council to consider 10-unit housing development on Clares Street
   A development partnership is seeking a state density bonus for a proposed 10-unit residential project at 4199 Clares St. and 4205 Clares St.

WATSONVILLE
• Coast Line: Watsonville City Council approves rules on recreational pot
   The Watsonville City Council voted 5-1 to allow licensed businesses to cultivate and manufacturer cannabis and associated products on Tuesday. Retail stores and direct-to-consumer sale of cannabis continue to be banned.
• PG&E to replace gas pipelines in Watsonville
   PG&E plans to replace natural gas pipelines with new, more seismically-sound materials. To prepare for this project, crews will begin work on Jan. 15.


LOCAL GOVERNMENT RELATIONS COMMITTEE
• Most Recent LGR Minutes
   January 5th Meeting
LGR focuses on real estate-related issues and concerns affecting the real estate industry. The committee offers input on legislative matters, environmental and community issues that are of concern to property owners and REALTORS® with primary emphasis on local issues. This group also develops and maintains close relationships with legislators representing Santa Cruz County through frequent meetings and correspondence.

For information about joining this committee please email gad@mysccar.org.