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.
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.
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/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.
The proponents of the 2018 Split Roll ballot measure have decided to put the measure on hold for the 2020 ballot instead. While this is good news for now, it WILL be back but we have more time to organize and fundraise in the meantime.
Your involvement in BOMA/GLA Advocacy is more important now than ever. Over the last year we’ve met with Gavin Newsom, Antonio Villaraigosa, John Chiang, Jimmy Gomez, Tony Cardenas, Robert Garcia, Ben Allen, Anthony Portantino, Miguel Santiago, Wendy Carillo, Laure Friedman, Mitch Englander, Bob Blumenfield, Jeff Prang, and more.
The BOMA/GLA PAC held endorsement interviews with the leading candidates to replace Matt Dababneh in Assembly district 45 this week. Assembly District 45 covers the West San Fernando Valley. Jesse Gabriel and Tricia Robbins Kasson met with PAC leadership downtown to discuss their candidacy. Jesse is an attorney who has represented DREAMers against the Trump administration and Tricia has served on Jose Huizar's and Bob Blumenfield's staff in various roles.
BOMA/GLA PAC leadership had a great meeting with Mayor Robert Garcia today at Catalina Landing in Long Beach. The BOMA/GLA PAC supported the Mayor in his first bid for election 4 years ago and remain enthusiastic supporters of his candidacy.
The BOMA/GLA PAC made a contribution to Long Beach Councilwoman Stacy Mungo as she faces a tough re-election this year. Councilwoman Mungo is a Republican and has represented District 5, which includes the LB Airport, since June 2014. In Long Beach this year, Districts 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and Mayor are all up for election. The Councilwoman is the only Councilperson running this year who has BOMA membership in her district.
She has support from the Long Beach Chamber and BizFed, both active BOMA/GLA partners and our PAC was happy to support the Councilwoman.
Last week, Assemblyman Miguel Santiago introduced AB 2173 aimed at reducing the number of public auctions commercial owners must hold for abandoned personal property. BOMA California sponsored the bill, and BOMA/GLA successfully obtained the Assemblyman as the author.
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!
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.
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.