by: Andrew Kratzer Publish Date: April/06/2018

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.

by: Martha Cox-Nitikman Publish Date: April/04/2018

On April 4th, BOMA/GLA member Jeff Herrera, Rising Realty, and staff members Martha Cox-Nitikman and Andrew Kratzer met with Councilman Mitchell Englander’s office to discuss the Councilman’s proposal for a revolving loan program for buildings subject to the L.A. Seismic Retrofit ordinance. The current proposal would look at whether affordable housing or other funds could be used for retrofit loans.

If your property might be interested in this program, please contact Martha Cox-Nitikman at

by: Andrew Kratzer Publish Date: April/02/2018

BOMA/GLA's Martha Cox-Nitikman has been in the LA Times recently discussing seismic retrofit for commercial property owners. With more and more cities considering mandatory seismic retrofit legislation, its important that our voice is heard. Stay tuned for more and click here to read the article at the LA Times. 

by: Martha Cox-Nitikman Publish Date: March/27/2018

Under current law, owners of unreinforced concrete buildings and soft story apartments are required to pay for costly seismic retrofits if the buildings don’t meet standards set several years ago by the City of L.A. Council members Mitchell Englander and Joe Buscaino recently received approval of their motion to research the creation of a revolving loan program for owners subject to the seismic retrofit ordinance. BOMA advocacy staff will meet with Englander’s office this week to discuss details of such a program.

by: BOMA CAL Publish Date: March/19/2018

Two bills have been introduced in the California state assembly, sponsored by structural engineer groups that propose to increase the minimum building code standards for construction. Traditionally the minimum standard in the code protect “life safety” – meaning building are meant to withstand an Earthquake without loss of life but may not necessary be able to be occupied immediately after an event.

by: Andrew Kratzer Publish Date: March/19/2018

Two new bills introduced in the California State Assembly propose tougher rules on new construction and an onerous requirement for cities to identify existing buildings that may collapse in an earthquake. There is serious debate over the cost and effectiveness of the new standards that would be imposed by both bills. For more from the LA Times, click here. 

by: Andrew Kratzer Publish Date: March/05/2018

Proposition 65 requirements signed by Governor Brown will go into effect in August 2018 and entities doing business in California will be required to provide additional Prop 65 warnings. Our industry is currently working to put together a guidance document to make sure that BOMA/GLA members comply with the new rules. Get some good general info from this article and contact BOMA/GLA advocacy staff for more. 

by: Martha Cox-Nitikman Publish Date: March/05/2018

The BOMA/GLA Codes and Regulations Committee spoke with Bryan Frieders, Pasadena Fire Marshal, at its February meeting, and discussed of some of the challenges facing his department. The City is now using the Brycer software for fire/life safety building equipment compliance, and many of the initial problems have been resolved. Property owners should notify the Fire Department of continuing concerns.

Also, Pasadena now has its own Cannabis ordinance. Only 6 retail shops will be allowed in the city, one in each Council district. No cultivation will be allowed.

by: Picore International Publish Date: March/05/2018

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by: BOMA CAL Publish Date: March/01/2018


by: Andrew Kratzer Publish Date: February/21/2018

After hearing from BOMA/GLA and various other business groups, the City of LA is taking steps to address homeless encampments. Currently, the Mayor's Clean Strees Los Angeles program has 6,000 requests to clean encampments citywide.

In the downtown area, a particular area of concern for BOMA/GLA members has been freeway underpasses. Last week, BOMA/GLA sent a letter to the City requesting that they address the issue and LA Sanitation will seek $17 million of funding to take care of the requests. 

by: Andrew Kratzer Publish Date: February/15/2018

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. 

Click here to see the doc!

by: Tomiye Oshita, Irvine Company Publish Date: February/08/2018

Governor Jerry Brown’s administration announced a new phased approach to the California Waterfix. The new plan is to build a single tunnel, with a second tunnel possibly years later, rather than the previously proposed two tunnel solution due to inability to secure the necessary funding for the original dual tunnel plan. Funding for even one tunnel has still yet to be fully secured. The new plan is expected to encourage further funding and allow work to begin once environmental clearances and permits are obtained, potentially within the year.

by: Martha Cox-Nitikman Publish Date: February/05/2018

FEMA’s website provides guidance for business owners for before, during and after an emergency. For more on preparedness, click here.

by: Martha Cox-Nitikman Publish Date: September/18/2017

City of Santa Monica passed an ordinance in early 2017 mandating that all buildings be seismically retrofitted. BOMA/GLA lobbied for several changes, including exemptions from parking requirements and replacement of trash enclosures.

Under the original ordinance, owners would have to apply for a variance for both the parking space replacement and trash enclosure.  Owners currently pay $50,000-$60,000 to obtain a variance (city fees, construction plans, and expediter services). If CEQA is triggered, costs could go up to $100,000.