by: Martha Cox-Nitikman Publish Date: November/20/2018

California Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su and the Labor Commission will provide an in-depth overview of new laws enacted which include: Labor Code 238.5 and 2810.3. The requirements of the statute will be reviewed with an explanation of the problems the laws are meant to address. The July webinar focused on the new registry requirement. This webinar will focus on the legal theories of joint lability and the mechanics of enforcing the statutes. Be proactive and avoid legal liabilities, learn how the California Labor Commissioner's Office is a resource to you and the industry.

by: Martha Cox-Nitikman Publish Date: October/17/2018

Measure W is disguised as a “plan” to protect and improve water quality; capture rain/stormwater to increase safe drinking water supplies and prepare for future droughts. Don’t be fooled; Measure W is a Brand New Parcel Tax that will last FOREVER with no real plan. For more information, click here.

by: Andrew Kratzer Publish Date: February/12/2018

According to the latest Public Policy Institute of California poll, Antonio Villaraigosa is inching closer to frontrunner Gavin Newsom in the race to be the next Governor of California. The poll, released last week, has Newsom at 23% and Villariagosa at 21%. CA State Treasurer and fellow Democrat John Chiang trails them both at 9%. 

Newsom has led the race the entire time and although most of the other polls released so far do not have Mayor Villaraigosa as close as this poll does, it certainly shows that his message is gaining traction.

by: Andrew Kratzer Publish Date: February/05/2018

Three resignations have made for confusing logistics in electing the next representatives in Assembly Districts 45, 39, and 54. Governor Jerry Brown, in the interest of protecting his supermajority in the state legislature, has set a special election for all three seats, and it will eventually coincide with the regular election. Here is how it will work:

April 03, 2018 - Special Primary Election for AD39, AD45, and AD54

by: Andrew Kratzer Publish Date: February/05/2018

RecycLA, LA City's new waste hauling franchise program, has seen a bumpy roll-out since its inception. But the grace period for haulers is over, and this month (starting February 1st) the City will be able to levy fees in the form of liquidated damages to haulers that are not meeting the standards set out by the City. 

by: Martha Cox-Nitikman Publish Date: October/11/2017

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.

by: CALIFORNIA WATER FIX Publish Date: October/09/2017

"Stop Waffling Over the Delta Tunnels and Dig"

                         -- LA Times, October 7, 2017

by: Martha Cox-Nitikman Publish Date: October/05/2017

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.

by: U.S. Department of Homeland Security Publish Date: October/04/2017

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.

by: Martha Cox-Nitikman Publish Date: September/28/2017

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.

by: SAA interiors + architecture Publish Date: September/22/2017

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?


by: Martha Cox-Nitikman Publish Date: September/19/2017

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.

by: Martha Cox-Nitikman Publish Date: September/19/2017

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. 

by: Martha Cox-Nitikman Publish Date: September/18/2017

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.

by: Fortium Partners Publish Date: September/18/2017

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...