|Research plots at last September's UC Riverside Turfgrass & Landscape Field Day|
Friday, May 13, 2016
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Wednesday, May 4, 2016
|Pictured are members of the California Alliance for Golf at the State Capitol in Sacramento, CA during CAG’s Legislative Day|
Friday, April 22, 2016
January 1, 2017 $10.50
January 1, 2018 $11.00
January 1, 2019 $12.00
January 1, 2020 $13.00
January 1, 2021 $14.00
January 1, 2022 $15.00
Companies with 25 or fewer employees have an extra year to comply. Raises in the wage after 2022 will be based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The bill will affect 2.2 million California workers who earn minimum wage and will have a potential ripple effect for another 5.6 million workers who could see their pay increase by an average of 24 percent over the same time period.
The California golf industry opposed the ballot initiative from the SEIU that would have gone to vote in November through the California Consumers Against Higher Prices Coalition, but business/industry was not brought to the table for the hastily-put-together negotiations between the legislature, the governor and the unions. Initial projections were that the ballot initiative would have passed in November, so the governor and the legislature likely cut the deal early to receive some concessions including the ability to temporarily suspend the hikes in the event of poor economic conditions or a large budget deficit.
It's difficult to predict what overall effect the raise will have on business in California, but speaking from the golf industry perspective it could prove to be very difficult with the game’s inability to attract new participants or raise rates to offset the wage increases. Please keep in mind that our industry was well aware of the issue and have been submitting comments on it over the past several years.
If you have any further questions on the increases, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
Thursday, March 24, 2016
Golf industry issues comments on California Department of Water recommendations on landscape water use
The California Department of Water Independent Technical Panel (ITP) on Demand Management Measures met in San Diego, Calif. on March 4 to discuss recommendations on landscape water use reduction and efficiency.
Craig Kessler, governmental affairs director for the Southern California Golf Association and I represented the golf industry at the meeting, providing the panel with recommendations and comments on areas of concern.
Following the meeting, we submitted written comments on behalf of the California GCSA and the California Alliance of Golf. In particular, we focused our comments in opposition to the lowering of the ETAF from 1.0 to .8 and the limiting of turf on slopes from the current 25 percent to 10 percent.
While many of our facilities in the state already irrigate at .8 or lower in some areas, keeping the ETAF at 1.0 gives our industry flexibility in dealing with budgets and potential water restrictions based on the Maximum Applied Water Allowance (MAWA). Additionally, keeping the ETAF at 1.0 will allow those facilities that experience a high volume of traffic the ability to fully irrigate and recover from the abuse of this traffic.
Additionally, slopes of 25 percent on a golf course are very functional and serve as an integral part of the game of golf. With the advances in irrigation technology (particularly controllers) and the use of wetting agents, superintendents have the ability to effectively irrigate these slopes while eliminating runoff.
Other comments included increasing a potential tax credit cap (currently proposed at $10,000) on turf replacement and eliminating any potential landscape certification and continuing education requirements that could be placed on golf course superintendents by the Department of Water Resources.
The ITP will now take the comments from the various stakeholder groups and create a final report that will be submitted to Legislature.
See the draft report of the ITP's recommendations.