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2021 Legislative Priorities

Safe Building Reentry – ASAP

While coronavirus cases remain high in Los Angeles County, BOMA/GLA is focused on providing local and state government guidance on policies that will help tenants eventually to reenter buildings safely. We are also giving up-to-date information to our members on safe reentry. We are also highlighting the immense safety and sanitation protocols that members have implemented in their buildings to government officials.

Class-A office buildings are some of the safest indoor spaces in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Reentry for non-essential tenants should be permitted as long as social distancing is practiced.

 

Addressing the Eviction Moratorium

While our government will probably not lift the eviction moratorium until it allows the economy to fully reopen, we are engaging officials to address the most problematic components of this policy:

  • Abuse of the process from tenants who are able to pay rent but choose not to.
  • LA City not requiring financial disclosure from non-paying tenants.
  • Office tenants and well-resourced companies often not needing eviction protections.
  • The accumulation of months of past owed rent, and how to create rules for quick rent payback.

 

Maintain Funding for Public Safety

LA City Council is considering reducing the amount of sworn officers to 2002 levels (when the murder rate was nearly double what it is today) and closing important divisions that protect BOMA/GLA members like the Olympic Station.

Let’s be blunt: Tenants will not return to office buildings if they don’t feel safe. Here’s what you can do about it:

  • Call your City Councilmember’s office with the simple message: We need public safety now more than ever. No more cuts.
  • Send this information to your colleagues and tenants and let them know that LA will become less safe of a place to do business if Council cuts LAPD’s budget. Encourage them to join you in contacting your City Council members.

 

Cutting Red Tape

Every day that tenants cannot return to the office and that Angelenos are not patronizing our business does immense damage to our members and to the broader economy. Cutting red tape to enable tenants to get back to business ASAP is therefore a top priority for us this year. This includes:

  • Advocating for architects to self-certify plan checks on basic tenant improvement projects. This will not bypass other important safety inspections but will trim weeks (and sometimes months) off a tenant improvement project. It will also free Department of Building and Safety staff to devote their time to more complicated projects where their attention is needed.
  • Suspending requirements for restaurants to renew permits that expired throughout the COVID-19 closure. This will enable our restaurant tenants to reopen faster and save money. It will also draw people back to LA’s commercial corridors to enjoy restaurants and other amenities again.

 

Deferring and Cancelling Unfair Fees

BOMA/GLA is strongly opposed to the implementation of the 6.15% increase in waste hauling fees as a part of the RecycLA program.

Buildings need relief.  Now is not the time to increase fees. Call your City Council office to send them this message.

 

We will keep you apprised as the State Legislature considers bills impacting our industry over the coming months.