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.
On April 3, 2018 there will be a special election to replace Matt Dababneh (D) in the 45th Assembly District, which covers the West San Fernando Valley. Until now, the serious candidates in the race were Attorney Jesse Gabriel, Bob Blumenfield staffer Tricia Robbins Kasson, Ankur Patel, and Raymond Bishop, all Democrats.
BOMA/GLA leadership had a unique opportunity to sit down with Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom to discuss his campaign for Governor of California. The Lieutenant Governor was familiar with our friends at BOMA San Francisco from his time as Mayor of San Francisco and displayed a great understanding of our issues.
BOMA/GLA PAC boardmembers went to Napa, CA this week for the CBPA Strategic Issues Conference and the BOMA CAL 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. BOMA CAL 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.