BOMA/GLA Northeast leadership had a fun meeting with Senator Anthony Portantino this morning. Senator Portantino represents almost the entirey of BOMA/GLA's Northeast Region including Glendale, Burbank, and Pasadena. Senator Portantino discussed some of his legislative priorities and had a fantastic dialogue with our leadership on how we can work together moving forward.
BOMA/GLA Westside leadership had a fantastic meeting with Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas this morning. Asm. Ridley-Thomas discussed his campaign for re-election in 2018, a busy legislative session in 2017, and his vision for AD54 going forward. We also discussed several of the issues that are important to commercial real estate going forward.
Members of the BOMA/GLA Board of Directors and the BOMA/GLA Political Action Commitee Board gathered together today at City Club Downtown and had lunch with Gubernatorial candidate John Chiang. Chiang is currently the CA State Treasurer and has embarked on an aggressive campaign to be the next Governor of California.
As part of the National Issues Conference - Local Edition, BOMA/GLA leadership met with US Congressman Jimmy Gomez, who represents downtown Los Angeles in Washington, DC.
Congressman Gomez was just recently elected in a special election to replace longtime Congressman Xavier Becerra when he was appointed Attorney General. Before becoming a US Congressman, Rep. Gomez served 2.5 terms in the California State Assembly.
The BOMA/GLA Government Affairs Committee met with Doug Tripp, the Chief of Staff to LA City Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez, today and discussed the important issues to commercial real estate. Doug previously worked for Councilmen Greig Smith and Mitch Englander and has been a freind to BOMA/GLA for many years.
BOMA/GLA members and staff sat down with US Congressman Tony Cardenas and discussed the important federal issues that commercial property owners are currently facing at the federal level. Congressman Cardenas has served the San Fernando Valley in numerous elected offices over the years and has a strong understanding of the local, state, and federal issues facing the industry.
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.
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.
BOMA/GLA staff and members attended the BizFed Freshman Policymakers Party at the Avalon Hollywood. Dozens of elected officials were on-hand to mingle and discuss the issues with BizFed members and business leaders throughout Los Angeles County. Several friends of BOMA/GLA were in attendance, including Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra.
BOMA/GLA has been a member of BizFed since its inception and looks forward to attending events and working together in the future!
Last month, BOMA/GLA leaders met with LA County Property Assessor Jeff Prang to discuss his first four years in office, his re-election campaign in 2018, and his goals for his next term. Assessor Prang was thoughtful and demonstrated a strong understanding of the issues facing commercial real estate as property values continue to rise.
BOMA/GLA PAC’s annual fundraiser, BOMA at the Bowl, was a huge success in 2017. BOMA/GLA members and sponsors were treated to an all-star showing of Mamma Mia at the Hollywood Bowl. The event raised over $70,000 for the BOMA/GLA PAC, a new record!
Last week, BOMA/GLA PAC Board Member Becky Rios, Lincoln Property Company, attended a fundraiser for CA State Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra on behalf of the PAC. Assemblyman Bocanegra has been a longtime friend of BOMA/GLA and has a strong track record of supporting local business and real estate. His district covers the east San Fernando Valley.