BOMA/GLA members had the chance to hear from Athens Services at the Westside Regional Breakfast in June. Westside BOMA members experienced a bumpy rollout but since then Athens services has been very responsive to BOMA/GLA advocacy staff and has shown a real commitment to taking care of BOMA/GLA members.
BOMA/GLA members had the chance to hear from Waste Management at the San Fernando Valley Regional Breakfast in June. Valley BOMA members experienced a bumpy rollout but since then Waste Management has made strides in owner/manager/tenant education efforts and significantly improved their service to the Valley.
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:
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.
Several weeks ago, the State of California finalized the AB 1103/AB 802 Energy Benchmarking Regulations. As of June 1, 2018, all buildings over 50,000 square feet – with some exemptions – need to be benchmarked and data shared with the California Energy Commission. (Buildings in L.A. must request an exemption from the state regs and submit data under the L.A. Existing Building Energy and Water Efficiency Ordinance).
The LA Better Buildings Challenge held its Annual Innovation Awards Program recently, and several BOMA/GLA member buildings were recognized for their accomplishments in energy and water efficiency.
Congratulations to Brookfield for their Portfolio of the Year Award. Finalists in other categories include:
Energy Efficiency Finalists: City National Plaza-Commonwealth Partners and Figueroa At Wilshire-Brookfield
Water Efficiency Finalists: 1200 W. 7th Street-Rising Realty and 6922 Hollywood Blvd.-Hudson Pacific
BOMA International testified earlier this month on the importance of making permanent and modernizing the Energy Efficient Commercial Building Tax Deduction, commonly referred to as 179D. The U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Subcommittee on Tax Policy is considering the treatment of expired tax provisions that were left unaddressed after the passage of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
Leaders of several major real estate groups held a conference call this week with the California Energy Commission staff as the state prepares to launch the first statewide mandatory benchmarking program.
Several weeks ago, the State of California finalized the AB 1103/AB 802 Energy Benchmarking Regulations. This has been a long process and we have been involved every step of the way. The bottom line is that as of June 1, 2018, all buildings over 50,000 square feet – with some exemptions – need to be benchmarked and data shared with the Energy Commission.
A bill passed into law nine years ago, SB 407 (Padilla; Chapter 587, 2009), requires “non-compliant” plumbing fixtures to be replaced with water conserving plumbing fixtures when a property is undergoing additions, alterations or improvements. Applicants seeking to obtain permits for any of these types of work will be required to replace non-compliant fixtures prior to final permit approval or issuance of a certificate of occupancy by the local building department.
AB 1745 (Ting D) Vehicles: Clean Cars 2040 Act – BANS INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINES STARTING IN 12 YEARS.
In a victory for L.A. businesses, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) again put off a decision on whether to approve an emergency gas moratorium. The L.A. County Business Federation (BizFed) and other regional groups including BOMA/GLA have pressed hard for the wells to remain open, as the closure would have a ripple effect through the regional economy. The CPUC has pushed the hearing date into March.
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.
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.