The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS) has put forward a recommendation to the Los Angeles City Council to extend the initial benchmarking deadline to November 1, 2017, providing additional time for building owners to comply with the ordinance.
BOMA/GLA and BOMA/GLA PAC leadership hosted a dinner with State Assembly Member Autumn Burke on Friday May 12th in Marina Del Rey. This was the first of many dinners that the association will be hosting with local and state legislators.
The Assemblly Member's district includes El Segundo, Playa Vista, Marina Del Rey, Venice and Inglewood. She has strong pro-business and moderate views and is an ally to BOMA Greater Los Angeles.
The BOMA/GLA PAC has supported the Assembly Member over the last few years and looks forward to a continued relationship.
California Business Properties Association, the umbrella group of which BOMA California is a member, has been successful in defeating a bill designed to outlaw dual agency by commercial brokers. AB 1059, sponsored by Hughes Marino, has been removed from consideration for this year. Mr. Marino formed the Association of Commercial Tenants (ACT) to be an “organizational representative of a constituency of tenants and buyers who deserve a countermeasure to BOMA.”
On April 20th, speakers from the City of Los Angeles outlined key elements and timelines for both the waste hauling and sidewalk repair programs. While costs will significantly increase under the franchise waste hauling program, Dan Meyers of LADWP indicated the city is working to provide detailed information and great customer service during the summer roll-out of the program.
On Thursday April 6th, the BOMA/GLA Homeless and Community Awareness Committee hosted a forum in Hollywood to discuss the current homeless crisis and ways for businesses to volunteer and donate in a positive way.
The HCAC will be hosting a series of these events across Los Angeles County with the next one in Downtown Los Angeles. The committee is also working to develop a hiring program between our associate members and the nonprofit organization partners. For more information, please contact Mitchell Vieyra at firstname.lastname@example.org
On Wednesday April 5th, the Northeast Regional co-hosted a government connect with the City of Burbank. Departments represented including the Burbank Police Department, Burbank Fire Department, Building & Safety Division, Burbank Water & Power, Homeless Services Division, Economic Development among others.
At their recent meeting, the BOMA/GLA Government Affairs Committee reviewed key legislation, including Senate Bill 213 (Hertzberg), which would change the definition of “sewer” in Prop. 218 to allow cities to levy fees. While some cities struggle to maintain and repair their sewer systems, BOMA/GLA and BOMA California, our state advocate, believe there are other funds available for these services, and that fee increases contribute to the high cost of doing business in the state.
The BOMA/GLA PAC Board endorsed candidates in the cities Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and West Hollywood in the March 7th election. Out of the 12 candidates the PAC supported, 11 were successful.
Los Angeles city Mayor Eric Garcetti, Controller Ron Galperin and Attorney Mike Feuer were all re-elected to office along with Council Members Blumenfield (CD 3), Bonin (CD 11), O'Farrell (CD 13) and Buscaino (CD 15).
The City of L.A. is considering a fee of $5 per sf on all commercial development and $12 per sf on residential construction to raise funds for affordable housing. BOMA/GLA took an oppose position last fall, as increasing the cost will only place additional burdens on the development process.
The BOMA/GLA PAC Board has decided to recognize State Assembly Member Matt Dababneh (D-45) and Los Angeles City Council Member Mitchell Englander (CD 12) with the State and Local Elected Official of the Year Awards. This is the second year that the PAC has given this honor and we are proud to support both legislators as they fight for pro-business and commercial real estate friendly legislation.
BOMA/GLA advocate Mitchell Vieyra met with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti as a BizFed PAC Board meeting on Friday February 17th at 400 S Hope St. Vieyra serves as a voting member of the BizFed PAC, connecting BOMA/GLA interests with the larger business community.
Last week, Martha Cox-Nitikman had the opportunity to meet with Jeanne Min, Chief of Staff, and David Giron, Legislative Director for Councilman O’Farrell, as well as Jim Dantona, Chief of Staff for Councilwoman Nury Martinez. Both Council members serve on the Public Works and Gang Reduction Committee, which has jurisdiction over the issue of sidewalk vendors. A draft proposal has been circulated, and BOMA/GLA is concerned that building owners will have little say over the number or type of sidewalk vendors that may locate outside their property.
The BOMA/GLA Board of Directors has issued a statement that categorically opposes Measure S, a Los Angeles citywide ballot proposition that would place a two year moratorium on any development including affordable housing. As a strong supporter of affordable and workforce housing development, BOMA/GLA believes that Measure S will lead to a decline in economic development and position Los Angeles as less competitive in terms of attracting and retaining industries.
The BOMA/GLA PAC Leadership and the Government Affairs Committee met with Assembly Member Raul Bocanegra on Friday to discuss his priorities for the coming legislative session. The meeting took place at the BOMA/GLA offices in Downtown Los Angeles, where PAC Chair Phil Tate (Kilroy Realty) led discussions on energy and water efficiency efforts at teh local and state levels along with a look at the homeless crisis and affordable housing.
BOMA International held their annual Winter Business meeting in San Diego last week, and managers from around the country gained insight into the massive political changes in Washington, DC, as well as updates on energy and water efficiency, emergency preparedness, and building codes.
Congressman Scott Peters noted that Republicans are looking at significant tax code changes, and that there may be some support from moderate Democrats. BOMA is lobbying for the retention of Section 1031 on Like Kind Exchanges and carried interest.