by: U.S. Department of Homeland Security Publish Date: October/04/2017

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month which is an annual campaign to raise awareness about cybersecurity. We live in a world that is more connected than ever before. The Internet touches almost all aspects of everyone’s daily life, whether we realize it or not.

Each week of National Cyber Security Awareness Month is dedicated to a cyber-specific theme.

by: Ali Sahabi Publish Date: September/18/2017

The devastation left by hurricanes Harvey and Irma should be a wakeup call to those of us in California.

These two natural disasters have burdened society with not only loss of lives, but an economic impact of more than $290 billion that includes property damage and loss; disruptions to business, transportation and infrastructure; heightened unemployment; and increased prices for gasoline and other fuels impacting all Americans.

Early Warnings to Prepare for the Worst

by: Fortium Partners Publish Date: September/18/2017

Conventional wisdom suggests employee access is the weakest link in enterprise cyber security. However, Soha System’s (now an Akamai company) reported, in recent years, 63 percent of breaches can be traced to third-party vendors. Third-party cybe rsecurity matters now more than it ever has before. To read more...

by: Martha Cox-Nitikman Publish Date: September/14/2017

September is National Preparedness Month, and in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, we are reminded now important it is to be prepared, both at work and at home.

by: Kastle Systems Publish Date: July/05/2017

In building security, there is a movement toward smart, secure and frictionless buildings. Owners are motivated to continually improve upon building security, and extend the systems in a way that offers a value-added amenity to customers (in this case, tenants).  Here are a few ways it’s happening.


by: Martha Cox-Nitikman Publish Date: April/26/2017

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.

by: Martha Cox-Nitikman Publish Date: March/21/2017

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.

by: Mitchell Vieyra Publish Date: March/03/2017

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. 

by: Martha Cox-Nitikman Publish Date: March/01/2017

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.

by: Martha Cox-Nitikman Publish Date: December/13/2016

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

by: Martha Cox-Nitikman Publish Date: October/11/2016

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 ( 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.

by: Martha Cox-Nitikman Publish Date: July/19/2016
The Los Angeles Fire Department is warning business owners to be on the lookout for phony "fire inspectors". Businesses have been targeted recently by scam artists wearing "uniforms" who claim to be examining fire safety systems on behalf of the Fire Department. 
by: Mitchell Vieyra Publish Date: July/05/2016
Former Captain Mark Owen provided valuable insights at the BOMA International Conference last week, offering lessons learned from his Navy SEAL experience.
by: Martha Cox-Nitikman Publish Date: June/07/2016
With homelessness increasing region-wide, Mayor Eric Garcetti went on the offensive recently by appointing Alisa Orduna to the new position of Homelessness Policy Director. BOMA/GLA Chairman Brian Plymell and Martha Cox-Nitikman met with Ms. Orduna recently, sharing some of our successes and learning of her priorities for the city.  
by: Mitchell Vieyra Publish Date: May/26/2016
The L.A. City Council took action March 30th to clarify the rights of the homeless to keep their personal belongings on public space. Municipal Code 56.11 will now provide greater authority to sanitation workers when homeless individuals do not comply with requests to deconstruct tents or remove excess property during the hours of 6am to 9pm.