Representatives from Bird Scooter, one of the largest operators of dockless scooters in California, were available to speak with members at the BOMA/GLA Westside Regional Breakfast last week. Get involved with your Regional Council to discuss the issues you are dealing with every day with your BOMA/GLA members.
Commercial buildings have standards and protocols for nearly every aspect of operation. From light fixtures to window film, from Day Porters to Parking Attendants, building management strives to ensure quality, professionalism, and comfort for their tenants. While many buildings use standards that have been in place for a long time, how often do they get updated?
On May 8th, Pasadena owners and engineers met with Battalion Chief Wendell Eaton and his staff, who laid out specific requirements for annual inspections as well as tenant improvement work. The BOMA/GLA Codes and Regulations Committee requested a checklist to share with tenants regarding annual inspections, and Chief Eaton shared his Common Hazards Checklist. Other important information included:
John Bryant, Vice President, Advocacy Codes and Standards, addressed the BOMA Board of Directors at its recent meeting, noting that BOMA International gained significant protections for real estate through the Tax Reform Act of 2017. Click here for a one-page review of key provisions. This year, BOMA continues to fight the elimination of the Energy Star Program and energy tax credits, and to push for ADA reform.
PRIORITY BILLS IN THE LEGISLATURE
We are currently following more than 500 pieces of legislation that has a potential impact on your business. Below is long list of bills that we are working on and our position on the measures. To read the statutory language and see analysis, you can click on the bill number. Any feedback and/or analysis that you may have is welcome!
Last week we shared a long list of Assembly bills. This week is a list of the bills that were introduced in the Senate:
SPLIT ROLL BATTLE IS ON AND SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 2020!
Proponents of the Split Roll Property Tax measure that is currently circulating believe they will reach the required number of signatures. They have also decided to move the measure for the November 2020 ballot measure. They believe that more time to message and fundraise coupled with an expected higher Democrat-base voter turnout in the Presidential election will give them a higher chance of winning.
BOMA/GLA has been actively involved in monitoring and shaping seismic legislation that would seriously impact commercial buildings in California. AB 2681 (Nazarian) as originally written mandated that cities develop a list of “potentially vulnerable buildings” based on certain age and construction criteria. The list would be posted on a public website, and owners would be required to perform a seismic audit and report the findings to the city.
BOMA International continues to play a key role at the International Code Council hearings, which determine the building and fire code items that will be required nationwide. BOMA International developed detailed positions on over 50 items that will be heard by building and fire officials from around the country.
BOMA/GLA Advocacy staff got together with the City of Santa Monica to discuss Bird Scooters this week. After a lengthy discussion, we are excited to work with the City to ensure that the concerns of Santa Monica property owners are addressed.
The proponents of the 2018 Split Roll ballot measure have decided to put the measure on hold for the 2020 ballot instead. While this is good news for now, it WILL be back but we have more time to organize and fundraise in the meantime.
Your involvement in BOMA/GLA Advocacy is more important now than ever. Over the last year we’ve met with Gavin Newsom, Antonio Villaraigosa, John Chiang, Jimmy Gomez, Tony Cardenas, Robert Garcia, Ben Allen, Anthony Portantino, Miguel Santiago, Wendy Carillo, Laure Friedman, Mitch Englander, Bob Blumenfield, Jeff Prang, and more.
Signatures are being gathered to place an initiative on the November ballot that would change Prop. 13 and significantly increase property taxes on commercial owners. Reassessments would occur every 3 years. The initial assessment would take place January of 2020.
Several weeks ago, the State of California finalized the AB 1103/AB 802 Energy Benchmarking Regulations. As of June 1, 2018, all buildings over 50,000 square feet – with some exemptions – need to be benchmarked and data shared with the California Energy Commission. (Buildings in L.A. must request an exemption from the state regs and submit data under the L.A. Existing Building Energy and Water Efficiency Ordinance).
BOMA/GLA congratulates L.A. Building and Safety General Manager Frank Bush for receiving the 2017-18 Building Official of the Year award from the California Building Officials (CALBO) organization. Frank has worked closely with BOMA/GLA over the years, including on crafting of the Seismic Retrofit ordinance. He deserves this prestigious award for promoting building safety in LA by working collaboratively with building owners, developers and the construction industry.
BOMA/GLA's Martha Cox-Nitikman has been in the LA Times recently discussing seismic retrofit for commercial property owners. With more and more cities considering mandatory seismic retrofit legislation, its important that our voice is heard. Stay tuned for more and click here to read the article at the LA Times.
BOMA International testified earlier this month on the importance of making permanent and modernizing the Energy Efficient Commercial Building Tax Deduction, commonly referred to as 179D. The U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Subcommittee on Tax Policy is considering the treatment of expired tax provisions that were left unaddressed after the passage of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.