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.
The City of L.A. has begun implementation of the Existing Building Energy and Water Efficiency (EBEWE) ordinance passed last year, and owners have already started receiving letters to comply if their building is over 100,000 sf. The compliance deadline is July 1, 2017.
BOMA/GLA Codes and Regulations Committee Tip:
Calculating “Collaborative Space” Occupant Load for Tenant Improvements
Assembly Bill 1732 was signed into law on September 29, 2016, relating to the identification of single-user toilet facilities as all-gender toilet facilities. This law goes into effect, today, March 1st, 2017.
BOMA/GLA is a founding member of the Building Skills Partnership, an organization bringing together the SEIU-USWW and commercial real estate owners to foster workplace training for thousands of janitors around the state. Started over 10 years ago in Los Angeles by a handful of owners, the program now attracts hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants each year to train janitors for the new workplace. The recently-developed Green Janitor program adds value to building operations.
A group called the Citizens for Accountability and Good Government in Los Angeles has filed a petition to place a measure on the March ballot repealing the mandatory portions of the Zero Waste LA Exclusive Franchise System. The group has 120 days to obtain a sufficient number of signatures to place the measure on the ballot.
The City of Los Angeles has launched an unprecedented sidewalk repair program, SAFE SIDEWALKS LA, which will invest $1.4 billion over 30 years to fix broken sidewalks. There are three ways to participate: The Rebate Program, Access Request Program, and Report a Sidewalk Problem.
THE REBATE PROGRAM
The California Water Fix is a coalition of business, agricultural, and environmental groups along with water agencies and public officials who are interested in finding a balanced solution to the water needs of Californians while protecting the Delta. BOMA/GLA has been a member of the coalition for 3 years. Reports in the newspapers on the state water system are sporadic.
The Building Skills Partnership program uses seed money from the janitorial contract plus private grants to train building service workers throughout LA County. The program started with ESL classes, but over the last 10 years expanded to include financial and computer literacy, health, assisting janitors with understanding the college application process, and most recently, green janitor training.
Members have requested an update on laws regarding service animals in the workplace. BOMA/GLA hosted an educational event on this topic in 2014 and understand the concerns of many property owners and managers. One of the major areas of inquiry relates to the difference between service animal and emotional support animal.
Earlier this year, the Los Angeles City Council voted and passed a sidewalk repair ordinance that would have the city responsible for all necessary sidewalk repairs no matter the type of property followed by a release of responsibility to the owner.
The Los Angeles City Council passed the Commercial Waste Hauling Franchise program over five years ago, and will begin implementation January 1, 2017. All commercial, industrial, retail and apartment owners must use the city’s approved hauler for their area and pay rates set according to law.
BOMA/GLA has long supported the twin tunnel system proposed by Governor Jerry Brown, first known as the Bay Delta Conservation Plan and now as the California WaterFix project. A document has come out to explain further development of the project and you can access it by clicking here.
The BOMA/GLA Government Affairs Committee is fortunate to have as a member Don Nanney, a partner with the law firm of Gilchrist & Rutter. Mr. Nanney’s attached article highlights changes to Prop. 65, which mandates a number of things, including posting a warning if a building site may contain “chemicals known by the State of California to cause cancer”. One of the most burdensome changes is that current generic posted warnings of chemical exposure will no longer be adequate. Notices must list specific chemicals that customers may be exposed to in a building or facility.