At a time when housing affordability has reached a crisis level in Los Angeles County and businesses are struggling to stay open, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has proposed a new property tax on the November ballot. Measure W would cost county taxpayers approximately $300 million per year, taken directly out of the local economy. For more information, click here.
Representatives from Bird Scooter, one of the largest operators of dockless scooters in California, were available to speak with members at the BOMA/GLA Westside Regional Breakfast last week. Get involved with your Regional Council to discuss the issues you are dealing with every day with your BOMA/GLA members.
Representatives from Councilman Koretz' office were on hand at the Westside Regional Breakfast last week to answer any and all questions about City of LA issues from BOMA/GLA members.
Joseph Galloway gave updates on homelessness in the City and continuing efforts to combat the problem and spoke at length about the street vending ordinance that is currently with the City Attorney and coming back to the Council towards the end of summer. If you think your property should be exempted street vending, contact your Council office to see if they can work to address your concerns.
BOMA/GLA members had the chance to hear from Athens Services at the Westside Regional Breakfast in June. Westside BOMA members experienced a bumpy rollout but since then Athens services has been very responsive to BOMA/GLA advocacy staff and has shown a real commitment to taking care of BOMA/GLA members.
BOMA/GLA members had the chance to hear from Waste Management at the San Fernando Valley Regional Breakfast in June. Valley BOMA members experienced a bumpy rollout but since then Waste Management has made strides in owner/manager/tenant education efforts and significantly improved their service to the Valley.
John Bryant, Vice President, Advocacy Codes and Standards, addressed the BOMA Board of Directors at its recent meeting, noting that BOMA International gained significant protections for real estate through the Tax Reform Act of 2017. Click here for a one-page review of key provisions. This year, BOMA continues to fight the elimination of the Energy Star Program and energy tax credits, and to push for ADA reform.
The BOMA/GLA Downtwon Regional Council put on a great Government Connect event yesterday at 915 Wilshire. Thanks to huge BOMA/GLA supporter HARBRO for sponsoring breakfast at the event and to Lincoln Property Company for hosting.
Over 20 Downtown property managers came to the event, which was open to BOMA/GLA members and non-members alike. In attendance were representatives from LAPD, LAFD, LADBS, LADWP, NASA Services, the South Park BID, and the Downtown Women's Center.
PRIORITY BILLS IN THE LEGISLATURE
We are currently following more than 500 pieces of legislation that has a potential impact on your business. Below is long list of bills that we are working on and our position on the measures. To read the statutory language and see analysis, you can click on the bill number. Any feedback and/or analysis that you may have is welcome!
Last week we shared a long list of Assembly bills. This week is a list of the bills that were introduced in the Senate:
SPLIT ROLL BATTLE IS ON AND SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 2020!
Proponents of the Split Roll Property Tax measure that is currently circulating believe they will reach the required number of signatures. They have also decided to move the measure for the November 2020 ballot measure. They believe that more time to message and fundraise coupled with an expected higher Democrat-base voter turnout in the Presidential election will give them a higher chance of winning.
BOMA/GLA has been actively involved in monitoring and shaping seismic legislation that would seriously impact commercial buildings in California. AB 2681 (Nazarian) as originally written mandated that cities develop a list of “potentially vulnerable buildings” based on certain age and construction criteria. The list would be posted on a public website, and owners would be required to perform a seismic audit and report the findings to the city.
This week, the LA City Council requested the City Attorney to draft a sidewalk vending ordinance that DID NOT include the property owner veto provision that BOMA/GLA and many other business organizations were advocating for.
Property owners should have just as much right in who sells what on their sidewalks as they do for those who pay rent in their properties. Unfortunately, a majority of the Council disagreed and instead asked the City Attorney to draft an ordinance that includes only an appeals process for surrounding property owners.
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.
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.
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.
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.