BOMA/GLA is a proud member of the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce. At this week's Government Affairs Committee meeting, BOMA/GLa staff heard presentations on the California WaterFix project and on the Wilshire/La Cienega closures. BOMA/GLA is a strong supporter of the California WaterFix and BOMA/GLA looks forward to continuing to work with Metro and our Beverly Hills and Westside members to keep them up to date on construction around the new purple line extension.
The BOMA/GLA Codes Committee met recently with Craig Johnson, Building Official for Culver City, who discussed the large volume of projects and the process of approvals in their five-mile square city.
A prime example of the type of projects underway is the "Ivy Station" project at the intersection of National Blvd. and Washington Blvd. The project will include 210k s.f. of offices on the north side, 200 residential units in the middle, a 148-room hotel on the south side, 36k s.f. of retail space, and several levels of underground parking.
As county taxes and fees skyrocket, BOMA/GLA Vice President Martha Cox-Nitikman and leaders from the LA County Business Federation (BizFed) took the opportunity to meet with Anna Mouradian, Chief of Staff for 5th District Supervisor Kathryn Barger (in center, above). The Supervisor is an important supporter of business, and understands the importance of real estate to the county economy.
BOMA/GLA's Government Affairs Manager, Andrew Kratzer, testified before the City Council Committee on Energy, Climate Change, and Environmental Justice regarding the California WaterFix project. The WaterFix project is designed to upgrade Southern California's aging water system and provide water security to the area in a sustainable way.
The WaterFix will lcreate over 100,000 new construction jobs and $7 billion dollars in employee compensation. After its built, the water delivery system will protect almost 1,000,000 statewide jobs.
BOMA/GLA advocacy staff attended the NetZero 2017 Conference at the IBEW-NECA Net Zero Plus Facility in Commerce. CA State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon opened the conference with some words about how California is leading the way in energy policy. After that, guests were treated to a roundtable discussion with energy policy leaders from various sectors of the economy.
BOMA/GLA advocacy staff participated in a Los Angeles City Council Planning and Land Use Management Committee hearing today regarding the proposed linkage fee on new residential and commercial development. The proposed fee would impose a $12/sqft fee on new residential development and a $5/sqft fee on new commercial development to pay for affordable housing.
The BOMA/GLA Board of Directors voted to oppose two onerous measures that would seriously hamper those working in development.
AB 1701 (Thurmond) would make director contractors liable for the wages, fringe benefits, or contributions of all workers on a private construction project if the subcontractor directly employing the workers fails to pay them. It creates a new private right of action against general contractors for liabilities they did not cause and without providing any notice or ability to prevent the harm.
BOMA/GLA members and staff attended an event hosted by the Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce where several legislators were present. Senator Bob Hertzberg, Councilman David Ryu, County Assessor Jeffrey Prang, and Congressman Brad Sherman were all present. BOMA/GLA is a leader in LA County and looks forward to partnering with Chambers and other trade associations in the future. BOMA/GLA extends a special thanks to BOMA member Nino Rodriguez from Douglas Emmett for extending the invite.
Town Hall meetings were held in Downtown and the West Side last week to provide details of the program and an opportunity for members to ask questions of Bureau of Sanitation managers and waste haulers. Over 70 members attended these events.
Our member’s questions revealed several important take-aways that owners should be aware of:
A few years ago, the County sought to impose parcel “fees” to fund the proposed “Clean Water Clean Beaches” program. The County withdrew that effort in the face of objections that the proposed “fee” would be an illegal “tax.” Now, under the rubric of “Water Resiliency,” the County has sought to sidestep such objections and impose a new tax or fee.
The Metro Board of Directors unanimously approved a plan on July 27th to transition its entire bus fleet to be 100 percent zero emission electric by 2030. This ambitious plan would require the purchase of more than 2,200 vehicles while monitoring the continuous advancements in technology. According to the Southern California AQMD, a transition to zero- and near-zero emission technologies is necessary to meet 2023 and 2032 air quality standards and 2050 climate goals. Metro approved this plan in an effort to meet these standards and improve the air quality in the Los Angeles basin.
The US Geological Survey released a map of the recently-discovered Santa Monica Fault, which runs throughout the city. Martha Cox-Nitikman, BOMA/GLA’s Vice President of Public Policy, was asked to speculate on the impact of the report on compliance by commercial owners in Santa Monica. For the full article, click here…
LA Sanitation gave a formal presentation and question and answer session today with BOMA/GLA members at Bank of America Plaza downtown. BOMA members were able to hear about the program and the changes in their waste haulers and ask questions about their buildings. For a copy of LA Sanitation's powerpoint, click here!
VOLUNTARY BUILDING SEISMIC RATING SYSTEM GUIDES OWNERS IN SALES AND LEASING DECISIONS
In 2016, the US Resiliency Council (USRC) launched its voluntary Earthquake Building Rating System. The purpose of the Rating System is to provide reliable and consistent information about a building’s expected performance during an earthquake which can then be used in purchasing or leasing decisions on the buildings in which we live, work and invest.
BOMA/GLA Vice President Martha Cox-Nitikman was part of a contingent from the LA County Business Federation that met recently with Westside representative Senator Ben Allen. BizFed leaders laid out several regional business concerns, including high taxes, crumbling infrastructure, and cost of complying with government regulations. Allen’s focus is on education, but we shared ideas on urban water management planning, rent control, split roll taxation and health care.