Under current law, owners of unreinforced concrete buildings and soft story apartments are required to pay for costly seismic retrofits if the buildings don’t meet standards set several years ago by the City of L.A. Council members Mitchell Englander and Joe Buscaino recently received approval of their motion to research the creation of a revolving loan program for owners subject to the seismic retrofit ordinance. BOMA advocacy staff will meet with Englander’s office this week to discuss details of such a program.
Leaders of several major real estate groups held a conference call this week with the California Energy Commission staff as the state prepares to launch the first statewide mandatory benchmarking program.
Several weeks ago, the State of California finalized the AB 1103/AB 802 Energy Benchmarking Regulations. This has been a long process and we have been involved every step of the way. The bottom line is that as of June 1, 2018, all buildings over 50,000 square feet – with some exemptions – need to be benchmarked and data shared with the Energy Commission.
Two new bills introduced in the California State Assembly propose tougher rules on new construction and an onerous requirement for cities to identify existing buildings that may collapse in an earthquake. There is serious debate over the cost and effectiveness of the new standards that would be imposed by both bills. For more from the LA Times, click here.
Two bills have been introduced in the California state assembly, sponsored by structural engineer groups that propose to increase the minimum building code standards for construction. Traditionally the minimum standard in the code protect “life safety” – meaning building are meant to withstand an Earthquake without loss of life but may not necessary be able to be occupied immediately after an event.
There are several ballot measures due up this year that will threaten the business climate in California. The most important to our industry is a split roll tax ballot measure that is currently gathering the required signatures to qualify for the ballot. If it and other measures pass, California will be even more dififcult on business than it currently is.
Proposition 65 requirements signed by Governor Brown will go into effect in August 2018 and entities doing business in California will be required to provide additional Prop 65 warnings. Our industry is currently working to put together a guidance document to make sure that BOMA/GLA members comply with the new rules. Get some good general info from this article and contact BOMA/GLA advocacy staff for more.
The BOMA/GLA Codes and Regulations Committee spoke with Bryan Frieders, Pasadena Fire Marshal, at its February meeting, and discussed of some of the challenges facing his department. The City is now using the Brycer software for fire/life safety building equipment compliance, and many of the initial problems have been resolved. Property owners should notify the Fire Department of continuing concerns.
Also, Pasadena now has its own Cannabis ordinance. Only 6 retail shops will be allowed in the city, one in each Council district. No cultivation will be allowed.
During a recent webinar, the L.A. Better Buildings Challenge (LABBC) offered a list of important deadlines and best practices for complying with the City’s energy and water efficiency ordinance:
A bill passed into law nine years ago, SB 407 (Padilla; Chapter 587, 2009), requires “non-compliant” plumbing fixtures to be replaced with water conserving plumbing fixtures when a property is undergoing additions, alterations or improvements. Applicants seeking to obtain permits for any of these types of work will be required to replace non-compliant fixtures prior to final permit approval or issuance of a certificate of occupancy by the local building department.
AB 1745 (Ting D) Vehicles: Clean Cars 2040 Act – BANS INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINES STARTING IN 12 YEARS.
Last week, Assemblyman Miguel Santiago introduced AB 2173 aimed at reducing the number of public auctions commercial owners must hold for abandoned personal property. BOMA California sponsored the bill, and BOMA/GLA successfully obtained the Assemblyman as the author.
BOMA achieved a major victory in the battle against “drive-by” lawsuits. H.R. 620, the “ADA Education and Reform Act” of 2017, sponsored by Reps. Ted Poe (R-Texas) and Scott Peters (D-Calif.) passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 225-192 with bipartisan support. This issue has been a top legislative priority for BOMA International for several years.
In a victory for L.A. businesses, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) again put off a decision on whether to approve an emergency gas moratorium. The L.A. County Business Federation (BizFed) and other regional groups including BOMA/GLA have pressed hard for the wells to remain open, as the closure would have a ripple effect through the regional economy. The CPUC has pushed the hearing date into March.
Check out BOMA California's year-end wrap up for news on our victories in 2017 and on what is coming up in 2018. There is info on split roll, ADA reform, benchmarking regulations, single use bathrooms, dual agency, state mandates, housing, and document taxes.
FEMA’s Ready.gov website provides guidance for business owners for before, during and after an emergency. For more on preparedness, click here. https://www.ready.gov/business/implementation/emergency