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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 median home reaches $880,000 new record
• Bay Area housing crunch hits new extreme: even big-spenders can’t find homes
   Silicon Valley is experiencing a new shortage of high-end homes
• A multi-billion-dollar ‘mega measure’ to fix Bay Area traffic heading your way
• Legal weed: Excitement, anxiety in Santa Cruz, one of state’s cannabis capitals
   In two weeks, Santa Cruz County’s most valuable crop becomes legal for recreational sale.

CITY OF SANTA CRUZ
• Overlay project work scheduled for Santa Cruz streets
• Santa Cruz plans to move benchlands homeless camp to Harvey West
   The city of Santa Cruz has announced that it plans to move the contentious San Lorenzo Park benchlands homeless camp to another location near Harvey West Park, starting in January.

CAPITOLA
• Soquel Creek Water District moves to reduce new granny unit construction costs

WATSONVILLE
• Council voices opposition to offshore drilling
   The City of Watsonville joined more than 150 municipalities across the country in opposing expanded offshore drilling, after President Donald Trump signed an executive order in April calling for its reevaluation.
• The Watsonville City Council on Tuesday will consider giving more time to a property owner who is looking to construct two medical offices on Technology Drive.


LOCAL GOVERNMENT RELATIONS COMMITTEE
• Most Recent LGR Minutes
   November 3rd 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.