by: Andrew Kratzer Publish Date: April/16/2018

The BOMA/GLA PAC had dinner with Senator Ben Allen yesterday in Hollywood. PAC members discussed issues like CEQA reform, split roll tax and housing with the Senator. 

Senator Allen represents a district that stretches from Hollywood to Santa Monica and from Santa Monica down to El Segundo. BOMA/GLA members from different parts of his district were all on hand to discuss their more specific issues as well, and the Senator was thoughtful and offered his own insight into some of the issues our industry is facing.

by: Martha Cox-Nitikman Publish Date: April/16/2018

BOMA International continues to play a key role at the International Code Council hearings, which determine the building and fire code items that will be required nationwide. BOMA International developed detailed positions on over 50 items that will be heard by building and fire officials from around the country.

by: Andrew Kratzer Publish Date: April/12/2018
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BOMA/GLA PAC members were happy this week to attend an event for Councilmembers Monica Rodriguez and Herb Wesson. 

Councilwoman Rodriguez represents the Northeast San Fernando Valley and has been a champion for her district since winning the seat in 2017. Her office has engaged with BOMA/GLA on numerous issues and has an open door to our industry.

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

BOMA/GLA Advocacy staff got together with the City of Santa Monica to discuss Bird Scooters this week. After a lengthy discussion, we are excited to work with the City to ensure that the concerns of Santa Monica property owners are addressed. 

by: Andrew Kratzer Publish Date: April/06/2018

The proponents of the 2018 Split Roll ballot measure have decided to put the measure on hold for the 2020 ballot instead. While this is good news for now, it WILL be back but we have more time to organize and fundraise in the meantime.

Your involvement in BOMA/GLA Advocacy is more important now than ever. Over the last year we’ve met with Gavin Newsom, Antonio Villaraigosa, John Chiang, Jimmy Gomez, Tony Cardenas, Robert Garcia, Ben Allen, Anthony Portantino, Miguel Santiago, Wendy Carillo, Laure Friedman, Mitch Englander, Bob Blumenfield, Jeff Prang, and more.

by: Martha Cox-Nitikman Publish Date: April/04/2018

On April 4th, BOMA/GLA member Jeff Herrera, Rising Realty, and staff members Martha Cox-Nitikman and Andrew Kratzer met with Councilman Mitchell Englander’s office to discuss the Councilman’s proposal for a revolving loan program for buildings subject to the L.A. Seismic Retrofit ordinance. The current proposal would look at whether affordable housing or other funds could be used for retrofit loans.

If your property might be interested in this program, please contact Martha Cox-Nitikman at mcoxnitikman@bomagla.org.

by: Martha Cox-Nitikman Publish Date: April/02/2018

by: Martha Cox-Nitikman and Andrew Kratzer Publish Date: April/02/2018

Signatures are being gathered to place an initiative on the November ballot that would change Prop. 13 and significantly increase property taxes on commercial owners. Reassessments would occur every 3 years. The initial assessment would take place January of 2020.

by: Martha Cox-Nitikman Publish Date: April/02/2018

Several weeks ago, the State of California finalized the AB 1103/AB 802 Energy Benchmarking Regulations. As of June 1, 2018, all buildings over 50,000 square feet – with some exemptions – need to be benchmarked and data shared with the California Energy Commission. (Buildings in L.A. must request an exemption from the state regs and submit data under the L.A. Existing Building Energy and Water Efficiency Ordinance).

by: Andrew Kratzer Publish Date: April/02/2018

BOMA/GLA's Martha Cox-Nitikman has been in the LA Times recently discussing seismic retrofit for commercial property owners. With more and more cities considering mandatory seismic retrofit legislation, its important that our voice is heard. Stay tuned for more and click here to read the article at the LA Times. 

by: Martha Cox-Nitikman Publish Date: March/30/2018

BOMA International testified earlier this month on the importance of making permanent and modernizing the Energy Efficient Commercial Building Tax Deduction, commonly referred to as 179D. The U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Subcommittee on Tax Policy is considering the treatment of expired tax provisions that were left unaddressed after the passage of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

by: Martha Cox-Nitikman Publish Date: March/30/2018

BOMA Greater L.A. was a founding member of the Building Skills Partnership which was launched over 10 years ago. The purpose of the partnership, which includes BOMA/GLA, the SEIU and community representatives, is to improve the lives of building janitorial service workers through workplace education and training. Over the years, services have expanded to include health and wellness education, computer literacy, financial literacy and our most recent addition, the Green Janitor Program.

by: Martha Cox-Nitikman Publish Date: March/29/2018

BOMA California’s legislation regarding disposition of tenant personal property passed out of the Assembly Judiciary Committee.  The amended bill, AB 2173 by Assembly Member Santiago, changes the current threshold for a required public auction from $750 or $1 per square foot of tenant space to $2500 or one month’s rent, whichever is greater.

BOMA/GLA also took the step of obtaining support for the bill from the L.A. County Business Federation (BizFed), whose Board voted its approval on March 20th.

by: Martha Cox-Nitikman Publish Date: March/27/2018

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.

by: BOMA CAL Publish Date: March/19/2018

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.

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