Check out BOMA California's year-end wrap up for news on our victories in 2017 and on what is coming up in 2018. There is info on split roll, ADA reform, benchmarking regulations, single use bathrooms, dual agency, state mandates, housing, and document taxes.
As the public grows impatient with the issue of homelessness, LA City Council is considering some controversial measures to streamline solutions. Among those solutions are reducing parking requirements and environmental reviews for homeless housing projects. Additionally, the City is also considering making it easier to convert motels into temporary homeless housing.
Just 2 weeks after announcing that he would run for the Assembly seat in District 45, former LA City Councilman Dennis Zine has announced he is dropping out of the race to pursue other opportunities. BOMA/GLA PAC is interviewing the candidates soon so stay tuned!
Governor Jerry Brown’s administration announced a new phased approach to the California Waterfix. The new plan is to build a single tunnel, with a second tunnel possibly years later, rather than the previously proposed two tunnel solution due to inability to secure the necessary funding for the original dual tunnel plan. Funding for even one tunnel has still yet to be fully secured. The new plan is expected to encourage further funding and allow work to begin once environmental clearances and permits are obtained, potentially within the year.
Yesterday, the Los Angeles City Council Committee on Energy, Climate Change, and Environmental Justice had LA Sanitation in to report on the many issues that property owners are having with recycLA, LA's new waste hauling franchise system.
BOMA International was an integral part of the passage of the federal tax reform bill which provides huge benefits to real estate. Click here to view a one-page summary.
BOMA members and staff from across the country spent last week in Washington, DC for the BOMA International Winter Business Meeting. It was a busy week in the Capitol, with the State of the Union address on Tuesday, but the BOMA/GLA group was hard at work for the duration of the 4-day conference.
FEMA’s Ready.gov website provides guidance for business owners for before, during and after an emergency. For more on preparedness, click here. https://www.ready.gov/business/implementation/emergency
Over the past 6 months, Los Angeles County has seen three Assemblymembers resign during the middle of their terms. Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D-Century City, South LA), Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima), and Matt Dababneh (D-West San Fernando Valley) have all resigned and left open seats in their wake. Governor Brown set a special primary election for April 3, 2018 to decide which two candidates will move to the general election.
On April 3, 2018 there will be a special election to replace Matt Dababneh (D) in the 45th Assembly District, which covers the West San Fernando Valley. Until now, the serious candidates in the race were Attorney Jesse Gabriel, Bob Blumenfield staffer Tricia Robbins Kasson, Ankur Patel, and Raymond Bishop, all Democrats.
The BOMA/GLA Codes and Regulations Committee was briefed recently by the LA Building Department’s Executive Officer, Osama Younan, regarding 2018 changes to the plan check and inspection process. The Department will roll out a new online plan check system next month, focused on plans of smaller projects not requiring plan review. The goal of the online submittals is to speed the processing of tenant improvement and other plans through the city.
Other changes include:
With increasing frequency, building owner’s properties are being targeted by drones. Is there a law covering such invasion, and what does it cover?
Here’s a key provision of California Civil Code Section 1708.8:
BOMA/GLA leadership had a unique opportunity to sit down with Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom to discuss his campaign for Governor of California. The Lieutenant Governor was familiar with our friends at BOMA San Francisco from his time as Mayor of San Francisco and displayed a great understanding of our issues.
BOMA/GLA PAC boardmembers went to Napa, CA this week for the CBPA Strategic Issues Conference and the BOMA CAL Board Meeting. The California Business Properties Association (CBPA) is an association in Sacramento, led by Rex Hime and Matthew Hargrove, that advocates for commercial property owners on threats to our industry at the state level. BOMA CAL is made up of representatives from each local California BOMA and has its own seat at the table with CBPA.
Hundreds of commercial owners attended a hearing December 1st to voice concerns with the implementation of the City’s waste hauling program, RecycLA. BOMA testified that distance and access fees have significantly increased the cost of waste collection, while customer service has worsened. Also, many members want diversion reports which are currently not available from haulers.