John Bryant, Vice President, Advocacy Codes and Standards, addressed the BOMA Board of Directors at its recent meeting, noting that BOMA International gained significant protections for real estate through the Tax Reform Act of 2017. Click here for a one-page review of key provisions. This year, BOMA continues to fight the elimination of the Energy Star Program and energy tax credits, and to push for ADA reform.
PRIORITY BILLS IN THE LEGISLATURE
We are currently following more than 500 pieces of legislation that has a potential impact on your business. Below is long list of bills that we are working on and our position on the measures. To read the statutory language and see analysis, you can click on the bill number. Any feedback and/or analysis that you may have is welcome!
Last week we shared a long list of Assembly bills. This week is a list of the bills that were introduced in the Senate:
BOMA/GLA has been actively involved in monitoring and shaping seismic legislation that would seriously impact commercial buildings in California. AB 2681 (Nazarian) as originally written mandated that cities develop a list of “potentially vulnerable buildings” based on certain age and construction criteria. The list would be posted on a public website, and owners would be required to perform a seismic audit and report the findings to the city.
Today the Metropolitan Water District Board of Directors voted to support the California WaterFix, which will provide water security to all of Southern California.
BOMA/GLA has supported the WaterFix twin tunnels plan since its inception and is extremely pleased with the vote. The Board voted 60.83% to support and chose to finance their share of teh WateFix and to also fully fund the rest of the cost as well.
Southern California willl have consistent, reliable water for years to come.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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AB 1745 (Ting D) Vehicles: Clean Cars 2040 Act – BANS INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINES STARTING IN 12 YEARS.
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.