There are several ballot measures due up this year that will threaten the business climate in California. The most important to our industry is a split roll tax ballot measure that is currently gathering the required signatures to qualify for the ballot. If it and other measures pass, California will be even more dififcult on business than it currently is.
BOMA California, our statewide advocate, has sponsored AB 2173 by Assemblyman Santiago aimed at lessening the burden on commercial owners left with abandoned property by vacating tenants. Commercial landlords are mandated by state law to hold a public auction for personal property left on the premises by tenants if items are worth more than $750 or the equivalent of $1 per square foot of rental for the property. Often the cost of the auction far exceeds the value of the property, and wastes both time and money.
During a recent webinar, the L.A. Better Buildings Challenge (LABBC) offered a list of important deadlines and best practices for complying with the City’s energy and water efficiency ordinance:
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With the overwhelming news cycle of recent shootings, most recently in Florida
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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.
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.
Several LA City Councilmembers gathered together and pledged to support new housing in their districts. While they did not make a binding commitment, they did come forth publicy and support a resolution that calls on each council member to back the approval of at least 222 new units of supportive housing in his or her district by 2020.
Homelessness and housing are priorities for BOMA/GLA and members support policies and legislators who show a commitment to new housing of all types.
AB 1745 (Ting D) Vehicles: Clean Cars 2040 Act – BANS INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINES STARTING IN 12 YEARS.
Today the Downtown Regional Council welcomed Councilmember Huizar's new Downtown Director, Joella Hopkins, to the quarter 1 council meeting for an update on what's going on downtown. Joella updated the council on homelessness, waste hauling, and a few other items on the Councillman's agenda. Waste hauling in particular has been an issue city-wide, but if you own or manage a property downtown, reach out to BOMA/GLA advocacy staff for the right contacts in the city and with your individual hauler, NASA.
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.
Last week, Assemblyman Miguel Santiago introduced AB 2173 aimed at reducing the number of public auctions commercial owners must hold for abandoned personal property. BOMA California sponsored the bill, and BOMA/GLA successfully obtained the Assemblyman as the author.
BOMA achieved a major victory in the battle against “drive-by” lawsuits. H.R. 620, the “ADA Education and Reform Act” of 2017, sponsored by Reps. Ted Poe (R-Texas) and Scott Peters (D-Calif.) passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 225-192 with bipartisan support. This issue has been a top legislative priority for BOMA International for several years.
While billions of dollars have been allocated for repair of hundreds of miles of sidewalks in L.A., at the current pace it will take 30 years to complete. Council members Mitchell Englander and Joe Buscaino have submitted a motion to accelerate the rate of repair.
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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.