This past weekend Governor Brown signed AB 1701, a bill that requires direct contractors to pay any wages, fringe benefits, or other benefit payments or contributions owed by a defaulting subcontractor, plus interest. This new statute provides the potential for significant liability to direct contractors. A direct contractor should protect itself upfront during the negotiation of the subcontract before problems arise.
The biggest water decision of this generation of Southern Californians was reached October 10th as Metropolitan Water District’s Board of Directors voted to support a state-federal project to modernize the state water system and help improve supply reliability for the Southland. Metropolitan’s board approved the district’s 26 percent share of financing the California WaterFix project as well as moving forward on a governance structure to build and finance the $17 billion project. Metropolitan’s share is about $4.3 billion.
BOMA/GLA Northeast leadership had a fun meeting with Senator Anthony Portantino this morning. Senator Portantino represents almost the entirey of BOMA/GLA's Northeast Region including Glendale, Burbank, and Pasadena. Senator Portantino discussed some of his legislative priorities and had a fantastic dialogue with our leadership on how we can work together moving forward.
While there has been a great deal of momentum for approving the proposed housing linkage fee, the Planning and Land Use Committee of the L.A. City Council stopped short of endorsing the current proposal in order to receive more details from the City Attorney on key elements. The size of included renovation projects and whether hospitals should be required to participate were among some of the concerns expressed by Council members.
BOMA/GLA Westside leadership had a fantastic meeting with Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas this morning. Asm. Ridley-Thomas discussed his campaign for re-election in 2018, a busy legislative session in 2017, and his vision for AD54 going forward. We also discussed several of the issues that are important to commercial real estate going forward.
Members of the BOMA/GLA Board of Directors and the BOMA/GLA Political Action Commitee Board gathered together today at City Club Downtown and had lunch with Gubernatorial candidate John Chiang. Chiang is currently the CA State Treasurer and has embarked on an aggressive campaign to be the next Governor of California.
Members of BOMA/GLA’s Sustainability Committee were briefed this morning by members of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s staff regarding the Building LA Forward program. Its goal is to encourage buildings of all types to integrate advancements and innovations in design, engineering and construction, and take advantage of our buildings’ ability to improve our environment.
As part of the National Issues Conference - Local Edition, BOMA/GLA leadership met with US Congressman Jimmy Gomez, who represents downtown Los Angeles in Washington, DC.
Congressman Gomez was just recently elected in a special election to replace longtime Congressman Xavier Becerra when he was appointed Attorney General. Before becoming a US Congressman, Rep. Gomez served 2.5 terms in the California State Assembly.
The BOMA/GLA Government Affairs Committee met with Doug Tripp, the Chief of Staff to LA City Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez, today and discussed the important issues to commercial real estate. Doug previously worked for Councilmen Greig Smith and Mitch Englander and has been a freind to BOMA/GLA for many years.
BOMA/GLA members and staff sat down with US Congressman Tony Cardenas and discussed the important federal issues that commercial property owners are currently facing at the federal level. Congressman Cardenas has served the San Fernando Valley in numerous elected offices over the years and has a strong understanding of the local, state, and federal issues facing the industry.
Due to many questions arising around the new waste hauling franchise in the San Fernando Valley, Councilman Mitchell Englander has asked Waste Management Inc., the contracted provider, to hold regular office hours in his Community Service Center in Chatsworth.
To speak with a representative to discuss your concerns, call (818) 882-1212 to set up an appointment.
Every year, BOMA fights at all levels of government to protect the interests of commercial real estate. What does that mean to each member? Savings of tens of thousands of dollars to your bottom line.
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NATIONAL MODEL CODE REQUIREMENTS
City of Santa Monica passed an ordinance in early 2017 mandating that all buildings be seismically retrofitted. BOMA/GLA lobbied for several changes, including exemptions from parking requirements and replacement of trash enclosures.
Under the original ordinance, owners would have to apply for a variance for both the parking space replacement and trash enclosure. Owners currently pay $50,000-$60,000 to obtain a variance (city fees, construction plans, and expediter services). If CEQA is triggered, costs could go up to $100,000.