BOMA/GLA PAC boardmembers went to Napa, CA this week for the CBPA Strategic Issues Conference and the BOMACAL Board Meeting. The California Business Properties Association (CBPA) is an association in Sacramento, led by Rex Hime and Matthew Hargrove, that advocates for commercial property owners on threats to our industry at the state level. BOMACAL is made up of representatives from each local California BOMA and has its own seat at the table with CBPA.
On December 05, 2017, voters in Assembly District 51 will go to the polls to elect a new Assemblymember to replace Jimmy Gomez, who was elected to US Congress last June. Assembly District 51 is comprised of the Eastside communities of Echo Park, El Sereno, Eagle Rock, Highland Park, and more. After the October 3, 2017 primary election, the 2 candidates that advanced to the runoff were Wendy Carrillo and Luis Lopez.
BOMA/GLA PAC board members were excited to attend a fundraiser for Assemblywoman Laura Friemdan today at Union Station. BOMA/GLA supported Assemblywoman Friedman in her last election and are excited to support her as she seeks a second term in 2018.
Assemblywoman Friedman has been a strong advocate for Glendale her entire career and is doing great things on the Transportation Committee. We look forward to working with her as she continues to push Los Angeles County and the state of California forward!
BOMA/GLA members and staff had a great meeting with Councilman Bob Blumenfield today to talk about sidewalk vending regulations. As sidewalk vending moves through the Public Works Committee, chaired by Councilman Blumenfield, BOMA/GLA looks to stay engaged with the issue.
BOMA/GLA board members and BOMA/GLA PAC board members were excited to meet with former Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa today at their second leadership lunch with a 2018 gubernatorial candidate. The meeting was hosted by BOMA/GLA members Hines and OUE at the Owner's Conference Room at US Bank Tower in Downtown Los Angeles. The lunch was catered by Homeboy Industries, a non-profit that helps formerly gang-involved men and women redirect their lives.
BOMA/GLA Northeast leadership had a fun meeting with Senator Anthony Portantino this morning. Senator Portantino represents almost the entirety 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.