The BOMA/GLA Security and Emergency Preparedness Committee met with LAPD Commander Todd Chamberlain (in photo above) and learned that LAPD has modified their tactics in the last few years to better manage the increased number of protests in Downtown LA.
The Association has been approached by the City of L.A. Emergency Preparedness Foundation to connect them with small business tenants needing emergency planning assistance. We will assist on a pilot project in which consultants perform a walk-through of their space, assist with a short online survey, and provide a report including simple ways to improve their preparedness for the Big One, all for free. We will keep you posted on our progress.
The BOMA/GLA Downtown Regional Council met and discussed their concerns about the growing crime rates in Downtown Los Angeles, especially in regards to aggressive pan handling. The increased perception of aggressive behavior and the documented increase in minor crimes across the city. At the same time, the Security & Emergency Preparedness Committ has approached LAPD about the issues buildings are facing with growing protests - in particular unpermitted gatherings.
Security and Emergency Preparedness Committee Chair Marguerite Anastassiou, Commonwealth Management, and BOMA/GLA senior staff Martha Cox-Nitikman met with L.A. Deputy Mayor Jeff Gorrell and senior officials with LAPD to discuss the sharp increase in unpermitted protests in downtown L.A. Ms. Anastassiou expressed the concern that the blocking of driveways, streets and freeways by demonstrators without any notice could impact the desire for companies to locate downtown.
In the wake of the warehouse fire in Oakland, the Los Angeles Fire Department has written a short article on types of hazards specific to warehouses and assembly areas, and what to look for in reviewing the fire/life safety of this type of occupancy. Click here for the article
The Great Shakeout is a worldwide emergency drill with the goal of helping people prepare their homes, workplaces, and communities for an earthquake. The Great Shakeout website (shakeout.org) has excellent information to assist you in your emergency planning and practice drills.
Click here to see a list of a few things you can do before the next quake.
BOMA/GLA has formed a new standing committee with the purpose of "promoting the interests of commercial real estate while creating greater understanding of issues surrounding homelessness." The committee's goals and action items are listed here.
The Glendale Police Department has provided information on how to file a no trespass letter in the case that there is an individual loitering within your private property. In order to for police to effectively respond to these situations, this form must be filled out and submitted every 90 days.