City Submitted a Comment Letter to SCAG on the Proposed RHNA Methodology The State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) recently announced that it intends to require that southern California cities plan to build an additional 1.34 million housing units by 2029. The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is responsible for establishing a methodology for determining what share of those 1.34 million units will be assigned to each individual jurisdiction. The City of Yorba Linda recently submitted a comment letter to SCAG on the proposed methodology. The public comment period ends on September 13, 2019, and comments may be submitted via email to email@example.com. [City of Yorba Linda]
New Houses on Track to Come to an Old Fire Zone Near Yorba Linda On Aug. 27, Orange County supervisors green-lighted Esperanza Hills, a controversial, 340-home neighborhood to be built on chaparral-covered hills just beyond the north edge of Yorba Linda. The Orange County Fire Authority is treating Esperanza Hills as something of an “experiment,” said Fire Marshall Lori Smith. The agency wants to see if modern fireproofing standards — including roofs built to brush off embers — and clearing away flammable brush, will give fire fighters an edge. Construction could begin in 2021. [OC Register]
Clean Trucks The California Air Resources Board (CARB) started the process of developing regulations to transition medium and heavy-duty trucks to zero emission technologies, however, the scope of this undertaking is broader than anticipated. As expected, the new regulation would place zero emission vehicle production requirements on truck manufacturers, but it would also impose reporting requirements on private and government agencies. Draft language on the requirements was released at a workshop on August 21st, and CARB is seeking comments. The deadline to submit commits is September 21st. [California Air Resources Board]
Long Paper Receipts Can Stay for Now, as California Lawmakers Reject Ban The bill initially would have required businesses by 2022 to provide customers electronic receipts unless a paper printout was requested. The version of the bill that was sidelined Friday would have required businesses to ask customers before printing a receipt, and then required that those not include coupons or advertisements unless also requested. [Los Angeles Times]
Illustrate the user-friendly features and design improvements of the new IRS withholding estimator to help taxpayers check their withholding.
Demonstrate how to use the new withholding estimator.
Explain why taxpayers need to do a Paycheck Checkup to check their withholding. Plus a live Q & A. Date: September 19, 2019, 11 a.m. Pacific Time. Click here to register for the webinar. [IRS]
Tips on Open Enrollment, Employee Benefits Strategies For most employers, open enrollment season is an uncertain and difficult time, when the challenge of finding the best benefits and health care coverage for their employees seems daunting and expensive. In this episode of The Workplace, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank is joined by employee benefits expert Vinny Catalano to discuss open enrollment options and developing a communications strategy. [California Chamber of Commerce]
California Reached its Lowest Unemployment Rate In July, the U.S. was in its longest economic expansion. Seven states, including California, reached historical lows for unemployment. The top five fastest growing occupations are: solar photovoltaic installers, wind turbine service technicians, home health aides, personal care aides, physician assistants. [OC Register]
Where We Stand in Trump’s Trade War The Trump administration has targeted billions of dollars in trade with tariffs against China, the European Union, India and Turkey, among others. Many countries have met U.S. tariffs in kind, exposing billions in U.S. exports to retaliatory trade protections. [Politico]