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/02/2018

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).

by: Martha Cox-Nitikman Publish Date: April/02/2018

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

by: Martha Cox-Nitikman Publish Date: March/30/2018

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.

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

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.

by: BOMACAL Publish Date: March/02/2018

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.

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


by: Martha Cox-Nitikman Publish Date: February/20/2018

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.

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: Andrew Kratzer Publish Date: February/07/2018

Yesterday, the Los Angeles City Council Committee on Energy, Climate Change, and Environmental Justice had LA Sanitation in to report on the many issues that property owners are having with recycLA, LA's new waste hauling franchise system. 

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

BOMA International was an integral part of the passage of the federal tax reform bill which provides huge benefits to real estate. Click here to view a one-page summary.

by: Martha Cox-Nitikman Publish Date: December/04/2017

Hundreds of commercial owners attended a hearing December 1st to voice concerns with the implementation of the City’s waste hauling program, RecycLA. BOMA testified that distance and access fees have significantly increased the cost of waste collection, while customer service has worsened. Also, many members want diversion reports which are currently not available from haulers.

by: Steven Spitzer, Monterey Lighting Publish Date: December/04/2017

For the past several years, building owners and managers who have converted to using LED lights have experienced the first wave of benefits provided by LED Lighting - energy savings. A well designed LED retrofit or tenant improvement project can cut energy consumption by 50% or more, reducing operating costs and improving net operating income.

by: Martha Cox-Nitikman Publish Date: November/06/2017