It was a long legislative day yesterday, but as of 8:16 pm we had our vote on AB 1472 (Alvarez – San Diego).
AB 1472 set to fine parks for allowing reregistration of tenants under the assumption that the only reason they were asked to leave was to prevent residency. CalOHA, along with our lobbyist, Andrew Govenar, representatives from Terra Vista Mgmt, Santee Lakes Recreation District, and the Western Fairs Association opposed the legislation in a challenging battle that pit RV parks against affordable housing.
AB 1472 was heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 27th. At that time the committee instructed the Asm to work with opposition on amendments and bring it back for a vote only on July 11th. It is anyone’s guess as to why the Asm took the path he did, but the bill was brought back to committee with no amendments and no attempt to work with opposition.
AB 1472 failed in Senate Judiciary Committee as a vote only 2-6 on July 11th. Senators Weiner (San Francisco) and Durazo (Los Angeles) voted Aye. Senators Umberg (Anaheim), Ashby, (Sacramento), Min (Orange), Laird (Central Coast), Neillo (Elk Grove to Yuba City), Caballero (Fresno) voted NO. Wilk (Palmdale/Lancaster), Allen (LA Ventura coast) and Stern (Ventura County) abstained.
Senator Laird moved for reconsideration, and it was granted, meaning that Asm Alvarez can bring the bill back in the spring. However, the strong opposition from the committee would indicate a full need to gut and amend before presenting to the committee again. It is likely that the bill will be brought back to committee in some form and unlikely the Asm will work with opposition.
However, this is just the beginning of what could be more legislation between RV parks and housing issues. As an industry we need to look to the future and what direction we should take to protect our parks. 20+ years ago the founders of CalOHA took the initiative to write SOPA. Now it is time to rethink RV parks and where we want to land for the next 20 years.
Please take a moment to thank the Senators, especially if they are in your district, for their support of RV parks and campgrounds throughout California.
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It can sometimes be difficult to determine whether a guest’s animal is an ADA service animal or just a pet. CalOHA, with the help of Hart Kienle Pentecost, is here to help explain the differences.
Our White Paper series, located in the Document Library, outline The American Disability Act (ADA) regulations to clarify the definitions of both service animals and companion animals plus the reasonable accommodations that businesses are required to provide.
A service animal is defined as: “any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained, or untrained, are not service animals for the purposes of this definition. The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the handler´s disability.”
In essence, this means a service animal is not a pet. Specifically, a service animal is a dog (with very limited exceptions) which has been trained to perform work or tasks and provide assistance to a person with a disability. Businesses are also required to make reasonable accommodations to not only the disabled person, but their service animal as well, should they require one.
The biggest inquiry we receive about service animals is what questions you as a park owner are legally allowed/not allowed to ask to determine if the animal being brought into the park is indeed a service animal or a pet. The ADA regulation has two rules:
1. You cannot ask for certification or licensing. The ADA does not require certification as part of the service animal definition.
2. You can ask, in a non-offensive manner, if the animal is required for a disability and, if so, what tasks it is trained to perform. However, if the animal’s service tasks are obvious, these questions should not be asked.
Service animals may also be removed from your premises under limited circumstances. Should there be a legitimate reason to ask the service animal to be removed, the park must offer the person with the disability the opportunity to stay without the animal’s presence.
To view the full ADA Service Animal White Paper, including sample guidelines for guests, check out the CalOHA Document Library!
This past weekend showed California’s first heat wave of the summer, with temperatures hitting the triple digits. If you have employees who are working outside, it is important to remember how to protect them from heat illnesses.
California has seen some warmer temperatures thus far this summer, but nothing like last weekend. With workers not being acclimated to such high temperatures yet, make sure they are being closely observed for any signs of heat illness.
CalChamber has also shared 5 steps for all industries to take to prevent heat illness.
In addition to these steps, employees with existing health problems or medical conditions that diminish tolerance to heat should be extra cautious. Certain medications can also increase a workers’ risk for heat illness.
To prevent heat illnesses, it is important that supervisors are trained on emergency procedures just in case an employee becomes ill. This helps to ensure that sick employees receive the proper treatment immediately and that their symptoms do not develop into a serious illness or death.
For more information and resources, check out CalChamber’s full article
California Outdoor Hospitality Association has a long history of success advocating for its members before the California State Legislature and pushing back against aggressive state bureaucracies.
Over the years, CalOHA has won its members the ability to build and rent tent and camping cabins to their customers, carved RV Parks out of the onerous tenant protection requirements mobile home parks are subject to by passing the Special Occupancy Parks Act and pushed back for years against costly regulations by Regional Water Quality Control Boards.
As of lately, California Outdoor Hospitality Association has been fighting tooth and nail against Assembly Bill 1472, which strips RV parks and campgrounds of their right to ask tenants to leave the premises and then allow them to come back and reregister. This would appear to be the first step in classifying RV parks as mobile home parks and eliminating our no cause evictions.
In response to this bill, CalOHA launched a letter writing campaign. We contacted both association members and nonmembers across the state requesting they send in opposition letters to Senator Tom Umberg. The response we received was not only immediate, but enormous as well. Thanks to our lobbyist and the RV parks and campgrounds of California, our association was able to abolish AB 1472. This bill and our fight against it begs the question:
Why do our advocacy efforts matter?
Our industry is continuously growing. However, if we do not take care of them, RV parks and campgrounds may not be able to sustain themselves in the future. Alongside our members and partners, CalOHA works hard to expand the travel and tourism industry while protecting RV parks and campgrounds from harmful legislation. We do this by lobbying and enlisting your help to fight with us.
California Outdoor Hospitality Association has strength in numbers. The support of our members is what allows us to continue fighting and advocating for the future of the outdoor hospitality industry. The connection between a legislator and the district they represent is incredibly powerful. With members in virtually every legislative district in California, CalOHA has the ability to engage with many legislators in a more meaningful way through you. We encourage our members to begin building these relationships early, not just when activated by CalOHA.
The stronger we are together, the better we become.
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