New California Laws 2018


Mandatory disclosures to tenants: Under AB 646, by Assemblyman Ash Kalra, D-San Jose, a landlord with “actual knowledge” that his or her property is in a flood-hazard area will have to disclose this information to prospective tenants. Property owners with actual knowledge include those notified by a government agency, as well as owners required to carry flood insurance for the property. Under AB 646, the owner will have to make this disclosure in the rental agreement beginning July 1, 2018.


Recreational use: Provisions of Proposition 64 regarding the lawful sale and subsequent taxation of recreational marijuana in California go into effect Jan. 1. Legalizing the sale of marijuana for recreational use, however, doesn’t impede a property owner’s ability to ban the smoking of marijuana on the property. In fact, the proposition expressly allows owners of private property to prohibit any of the actions related to marijuana otherwise permitted by the initiative.

Micro apartments: In addition to the housing-accountability bills, Brown signed CAA-sponsored legislation Monday to increase the state’s stock of micro apartments. AB 352 by Assemblyman Miguel Santiago, D-Los Angeles, will help prevent local governments from establishing roadblocks to “efficiency dwelling units,” which usually measure 220 square feet or less. These units are used by some cities to provide housing for university students as well as shelter and services for homeless individuals.

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San Diego – Time of use rates for solar give batteries a boost

What ‘time of use’ means

At the beginning of this month, San Diego Gas & Electric instituted new TOU rates.

Approved by the California Public Utilities Commission, TOU pricing fluctuates to encourage customers to run appliances and devices that consume a lot of energy — such as air conditioners and washer/dryers — when demands on the power grid are not as high.

For example, SDG&E offers residential solar customers a couple of TOU options, dividing the hours of the day into peak, off-peak and “super” off-peak time frames

Here’s the breakdown on weekdays:

  • On-peak: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Off-peak: 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. to midnight
  • Super Off-peak: Midnight to 6 a.m.

And here’s the pricing that SDG&E offers households with a solar energy system during the summer months (June through October) when the grid often gets stressed from things like higher air conditioning usage:

  • On-peak: 54.2 cents per kilowatt hour
  • Off-peak: 27.9 cents per kilowatt hour
  • Super Off-peak: 21.9 cents per kilowatt hour

The price differential during winter months (November through May) is much less dramatic — just two cents per kilowatt hour separating On-peak and Super Off-peak.

But clearly, during the summer months, there’s a big financial incentive for customers to use power during off-peak and super off-peak hours.

What it means for solar customers

And that has an effect on the approximately 120,000 SDG&E customers with rooftop solar systems that produce electricity during the course of the day.

“In this new world order, when you use energy is as important as how much energy you use,” said Daniel Sullivan, CEO of Sullivan Solar Power.

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California Vets – VA releases circular for special relief for California wildfires

Vets go to to get info for fire relief.

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