Last week, the California Air Resources Board voted to approve a new set of rules aimed at banning the sale of new gas-powered passenger vehicles in California by 2035. The Advanced Clean Cars II regulations were developed as a step towards reducing the carbon-based pollution in the state and to support and comply with an executive order Governor Newsome signed back in 2020.
The new regulations will not prevent the use or resale of previously owned gas-powered vehicles, only cease the introduction of new ones into the mix. This vast change is not something that can happen overnight, but rather something we will ease towards in increments. The initial step calls for 35% of vehicles being introduced to the marked to be zero-emission by the year 2026 and working its way up to 100% of new vehicles by the year 2035. This transition period also allows time for Californians to recognize and overcome challenges such as ensuring that there are a sufficient amount of charging stations available across the state to accommodate the number of vehicles requiring them. As it currently stands, not every household is equipped to handle the addition of charging stations, and travel on a full charge is typically limited to around 200- 250 miles.
What does this mean for our industry? While there are obvious challenges that this new ban presents, the outdoor hospitality industry is at the ready to tackle them. Some manufactures such as Thor and Winnebago are already working on and prototyping fully electric RV and camper van solutions. The addition of charging stations to campgrounds has already begun, but as more and more of the vehicles on our roads become electric, the number of travelers who consider them to be a necessary amenity will greatly increase. Stay tuned for more on this subject as we adapt to the future regulations.
Have you been wondering if California’s National Forestland will close again this year?
CalOHA, President and CEO Dyana Kelley has been in contact with the National Forest Service to determine the likelihood of a shutdown before Labor Day.
Current fire activity is minimal, and the agencies have been able to successfully manage the activity thus far. Additional resources have made it possible for teams to react quicky and effectively. So long as fire conditions continue to be minimal a region wide forest closure is not likely however, any new fire start has the potential for large fire growth. Should resources become tapped, a statewide closure could occur.
Regularly check with your areas forest service and follow them on social media to receive the latest updates. Please see links below to find information on your district. Unsure which district you are in? Check here to find out.
California’s employment laws are constantly evolving, and while most of these changes are implemented at the beginning of the calendar year, there are plenty of new statues, regulations and cases going through court setting new precedents that laws can quicky change midyear without employers’ realization.
To keep employers up to date on all the changes that have been implemented so far this year, CalChamber has released their “2022 Midyear Employment Law Update” white paper. This informative packet is available to CalChamber members and nonmembers alike and contains everything you need to know about recent modifications to California’s Employment Laws.
by: Dyana Kelley, President & CEO, California Outdoor Hospitality Association
California Travel Parks Association has lost a founding member and pioneer of the RV park and campground industry. Judy Miller, who served as CTPA Executive Director along with her husband, Alvah “Tug” Miller, lost her battle with myelodysplastic syndrome on July 9th surrounded by family at the age of 84.
Judy and Tug built and operated the Auburn KOA campground in Auburn, CA for more than a decade. They opened their campground in the fall of 1973 and joined the KOA franchise network. Judy served as secretary of the CalNeva KOA Owners Association board in the late 1970s. They sold their park in 1984, three years after becoming co-executive directors of the California Travel Parks Association.
Judy, along with Tug, ran the California state association for more than two decades and played a critical role in ensuring that RV parks and campgrounds were regulated with building and safety standards separate from their mobilehome park counterparts under Title 25 of the California Health and Safety code. Judy managed every aspect of operating the association while Tug handled government affairs,
In addition to spending two decades running the California Travel Parks Association, the Miller’s served on the board of the National Campground Operators Association (NCOA), which later became the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) and were also founding members of Campground Association Management Professionals (C.A.M.P.), an alliance of campground association executives from across the country.
Their passion for and dedication to the industry was unparalleled. Judy will be missed by all that knew her.
A Celebration of Life Saturday is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Auburn Elks Lodge, 195 Pine Street, Auburn, California.
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