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.

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

BOMA’s Security and Emergency Preparedness Committee was fortunate to hear from Brent Woodworth, President and CEO of the L.A. Emergency Preparedness Foundation, at our last meeting. Mr. Woodworth discussed the role of the Foundation in coordinating business support when disasters strike, whether man-made or natural. For example, the Foundation coordinated food donations for hundreds of first responders for a week in the aftermath of the San Bernardino terrorist shooting.

by: Kastle Security Publish Date: August/01/2017

In building security, there is a movement toward smart, secure and frictionless buildings. Leading commercial real estate owners are motivated to continually improve upon building security and to 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:

EXTENDING SECURITY SYSTEMS VISUALLY (AKA VIDEO SURVEILLANCE)

by: Kimber Westmore, Allied Universal Fire Life Safety Training Systems Publish Date: August/01/2017

It was not that long ago that disaster management professionals handled crises primarily through landlines and press conferences. Thankfully, over the past 10 years, technology has redefined global emergency management and disaster communications. One of the first national disasters to heavily rely on technology, according to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), was Hurricane Sandy, as users sent more than 20 million Sandy-related tweets. 

by: Mitchell Vieyra Publish Date: April/11/2017

On Wednesday April 5th, the Northeast Regional co-hosted a government connect with the City of Burbank. Departments represented including the Burbank Police Department, Burbank Fire Department, Building & Safety Division, Burbank Water & Power, Homeless Services Division, Economic Development among others. 

by: Mitchell Vieyra Publish Date: April/04/2017

Several BOMA/GLA members have formed The L.A. Fire Life Safety Committee to provide input and guidance to the L.A. City Fire Department. After the difficult roll-out of the City of LA Fire Life Safety Compliance Engine, the firms realized input was needed on fire life safety equipment procedures and policies. The Committee is the brainchild of Danny Venencia, AB & A Fire Life Safety Testing, and one of their goals is to develop a training program for fire department staff and testers.

by: Mitchell Vieyra Publish Date: April/04/2017

Several BOMA/GLA members have formed The L.A. Fire Life Safety Committee to provide input and guidance to the L.A. City Fire Department. After the difficult roll-out of the City of LA Fire Life Safety Compliance Engine, the firms realized input was needed on fire life safety equipment procedures and policies. The Committee is the brainchild of Danny Venencia, AB & A Fire Life Safety Testing, and one of their goals is to develop a training program for fire department staff and testers.

by: Martha Cox-Nitikman Publish Date: March/02/2017

BOMA/GLA’s Codes and Regulations Committee hosted Pasadena Fire Chief Bertral Washington and Assistant Fire Chief and Fire Marshal Bryan Frieders recently (see photo above), and were informed that a new false fire alarm fee policy has been instituted as of January first. After a building has one false alarm, any additional false alarms will mean a fine of approximately $50 on the owner. The city has responded to thousands of alarms that consume resources that could be used elsewhere.

by: Martha Cox-Nitikman Publish Date: February/16/2017

Jeanne O’Donnell of the LA County Office of Emergency Management (in the center of the photo, above) was the featured speaker at BOMA/GLA’s Security and Emergency Preparedness Committee last week. Ms. O’Donnell highlighted emergency preparedness programs and information for businesses. While city personnel will be the first responders, the county is responsible for all social services for residents, including first aid and health care, shelter needs, clothing and food.

by: Mitchell Vieyra Publish Date: August/16/2016

Members of LAPD’s Commercial Crimes Division is extending an invitation for building managers to attend the upcoming California Organized Retail Crimes Conference in Pasadena on September 27th. The conference will cover the financial aspects of organized retail crime, cybercrime, cargo theft and many others.

by: Martha Cox-Nitikman Publish Date: July/19/2016
The Los Angeles Police and Fire Departments briefed a group of Valley managers and tenants on how to prepare for an active shooter and what to expect from first responders.  
 
Sgt. Michael Sequin, in the photo above, center, began the presentation by stressing that there are almost always warning signs prior to a violent incident. Information about an individual’s changed behavior is often not passed on by the tenant to the building management. Excellent communication is the key to preventing workplace violence. 
 
by: Mitchell Vieyra Publish Date: June/20/2016
 
 
On Friday June 17th and Saturday June 18th, volunteers across the City of Los Angeles participated in Mayor Eric Garcetti's Welcome Home Project. Gift baskets, prepared at neighborhood parties in Angeleno homes and businesses, were delivered to newly housed, former homeless individuals.