We recently announced the launch of additional Title 24 Energy Code videos that help owners understand the basics of the new state Energy Code. We also updated our earlier videos so they reflect the most current information. They are the Program Overview, Lighting Controls, HVAC and Building Envelope.
"Stop Waffling Over the Delta Tunnels and Dig"
-- LA Times, October 7, 2017
At an informational hearing at The Metropolitan Water District Board of Directors last week, BOMA/GLA testified on the importance of supporting the California Water Fix Plan. Martha Cox-Nitikman, BOMA/GLA’s Vice President for Public Policy, stressed that commercial building owners have worked hard for 20 years to significantly reduce their water consumption. Even with those and other regional conservation efforts, water conveyed from the San Joaquin Delta is still an essential part of the economy of Southern California.
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month which is an annual campaign to raise awareness about cybersecurity. We live in a world that is more connected than ever before. The Internet touches almost all aspects of everyone’s daily life, whether we realize it or not.
Each week of National Cyber Security Awareness Month is dedicated to a cyber-specific theme.
As you may have been hearing the White House, Senate and House released a unified consensus document outlining the principles for tax reform. While there is still no legislative language, it's important to understand the direction of the legislation.
With the prevalence of creative users and creative space, more balconies and roof top decks are coming into play as meeting and collaborative spaces. What once was a large balcony is now looked at critically by building officials as “Assembly Use” if the area is larger than 750 SF and in many instances, they do exceed 750 SF. What can a tenant do to have their plan approved by the city if the balcony exceeds 750 SF?
At a recent meeting, BOMA/GLA and BizFed representatives had the opportunity to discuss the merits of the California Water Fix, which is a complicated proposal to maintain the current supply of water to Southern California from the San Joaquin Delta. The plan entails twin tunnels further upstream, along with measures to improve the levees and support native habitat.
Director Cordero was concerned that Los Angeles County might end up paying for more than their 26% share, but Tracy Hernandez, President of BizFed, assured her that each region must pay for their stated allocation.
Recently, Lauren Faber O'Connor met with the BizFed Board of Directors, and reminded the group of the need for all segments of the community to take part in the implementation of the City of L.A. Sustainability pLAn. As the new Sustainability Officer, Ms. O'Connor highlighted the progress that has been made in each of the three major areas of focus: the environment, the economy, and equity. She noted the City has embarked on a four-year update (the pLAn began in 2015) which will fine-tune the strategies to accomplish the long-term goals. The update will be released in 2019.
The best just got better! The BOMA Energy Efficiency Program, or BEEP© now includes the addition of two new supplementary courses to help property professionals reach their sustainability goals.
Conventional wisdom suggests employee access is the weakest link in enterprise cyber security. However, Soha System’s (now an Akamai company) reported, in recent years, 63 percent of breaches can be traced to third-party vendors. Third-party cybe rsecurity matters now more than it ever has before. To read more...
Next week, BOMA/GLA members will meet with key Congressional Representatives as part of the National Issues Conference Local Edition. Members and staff will meet with Congress Members Jimmy Gomez (Downtown LA) and Tony Cardenas (Pacoima) to discuss federal tax reform, ADA lawsuits, and EPA’s Energy Star Program. To learn how to get involved, contact Martha Cox-Nitikman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assembly Bill No. 1732 (Ting, Chapter 818, Statutes of 2016) was signed into law on September 29, 2016, and went into effect on March 1, 2017. It added Section 118600 to Chapter 5 of Part 15 of Division 104 of the Health and Safety Code to require all single-user toilet facilities in any business establishment, place of public accommodation, or government agency to be identified as all-gender toilet facilities.
BOMA/GLA members and staff spent Tuesday and Wednesday in Sacramento lobbying State legislators on the important issues (split roll, ADA reform, parcel tax notification) facing the commercial real estate industry this session.
As BOMA/GLA continues to expand its policy involvement at all levels of government, the Board of Directors approved positions on 27 Senate and Assembly bills making their way through the legislative process. This is the first time an entire slate of bills has been reviewed and voted upon. The timing of the vote was excellent, as our state advocate Matthew Haragrove was present to provide commentary on the major issues under discussion this session.
A recent California Court of Appeal’s decision gives California landlords reason to reexamine the language and scope of their lease indemnity provisions to confirm that their tenants’ indemnification obligations align with landlord expectations. For the complete article, click here.