For the legislative and political week September 28-October 2
Welcome to the September 28 issue of the NFIB California Main Street Minute from your small-business-advocacy team in Sacramento.
- This morning, September 28, State Director John Kabateck will join Assemblyman Jim Cooper, Michelle Hanisee, president of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys, and Ron Hernandez, president of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs, for an editorial board meeting with the Los Angeles Times to argue for its editorial endorsement of Proposition 20.
- Proposition 20 would restrict parole for nonviolent offenders and authorize felony charges for specified theft crimes currently chargeable only as misdemeanors, including some thefts where the value is between $250 and $950. Kabateck will comment on the rise in serial thefts at small businesses because of the current lax law. NFIB members voted to support the endorsement of Proposition 20.
- On Wednesday, September 23, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order “to extend authorization for local governments to halt evictions for commercial renters impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic through March 31, 2021 … Additionally, the order extends provisions allowing certain posting, filing and notice requirements under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to be fulfilled electronically.”
- NFIB California posted its first in a series of podcasts last week. Kabateck and James Beckwith, President and CEO of Five Star Bank, discuss Paycheck Protection Program loans and the initial fits and starts with them before the eventual smoothing out. Are Congress, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and the banking industry ready for a more seamless rollout should there be another round of loans? Tune in and find out!
- Endorsements: Last week, NFIB CA PAC publicly announced its endorsements of former Modesto Mayor Jim Ridenour for State Senate and Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh for her State Senate run to replace Sen. Mike Morrell, who is termed out.
- Endorsements II: This week, NFIB’s PAC will publicly announce its endorsements of Laguna Nigel Mayor Laurie Davies, Newport Beach Mayor Diane Dixon, and nonprofit executive Suzette Valladares for their Assembly campaigns. Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron will get the PAC’s public announcement of her endorsement for reelection. The full news releases for each can be read on the NFIB California webpage.
- Another big media week for NFIB California as Michael Bernick, former head of California’s Employment Development Department and now a regular contributor for Forbes magazine, interviewed State Director John Kabateck about the state’s small business economy. And in a rare media feat, the Southern California Record in two interviews for two separate stories in the same edition, got Kabateck’s take on Governor Newsom’s signing of Senate Bill 1383 into law and on the one bill signing he got right, “AB 1577 is one of only two bills that the legislature approved that we can think of that is actually a positive for small businesses.”
- This Thursday, October 1, NFIB will release its monthly Jobs Report. The report is an extracted component of the Small Business Economic Trends’ Optimism Index, released the second Tuesday of each month, with just a few additional statistical herbs and spices added.
- Next NFIB Webinar: How to complete a PPP Forgiveness Application, Wednesday, September 30, 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. Pacific. Register here.
- “I write in strong support of the formal resolution to allow for expedited floor consideration of H.R. 8265, a bill to allow for second draw Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, expand loan uses, and simplify the loan forgiveness application process. This legislation would provide necessary and targeted financial assistance to small businesses to keep workers employed and keep their doors open during this ongoing public health crisis.” So wrote NFIB’s Senior Director of Government Relations Kevin Kuhlman in a letter to Congress last week.
NFIB California Main Street Minutes are published every Monday on the NFIB California webpage. Two additional updates are published the first and third Thursday of each month for inclusion in the bi-monthly newsletters to the membership. Next California Main Street Minute is October 5.