Representatives from Bird Scooter, one of the largest operators of dockless scooters in California, were available to speak with members at the BOMA/GLA Westside Regional Breakfast last week. Get involved with your Regional Council to discuss the issues you are dealing with every day with your 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.
San Fernando Valley BOMA members heard from Maureen Tamuri, who oversees Calabasas Code Enforcement and Building and Safety, at the SFV Regional Breakfast to answer questions regarding permit times in Calabasas.
Calabasas members are seeing a 2 week turnaround time on permits but when LA County fire is involved that timeline can stretch out to 3-4 months. BOMA members committed to working with the City to make sure that permits check off the boxes that the City is looking for throughout the process.
Tricia Robbins Kasson, Councilman Blumenfield's Economic Development Director, came to update San Fernando Valley BOMA members at the SFV Regional Breakfast in May.
Commercial buildings have standards and protocols for nearly every aspect of operation. From light fixtures to window film, from Day Porters to Parking Attendants, building management strives to ensure quality, professionalism, and comfort for their tenants. While many buildings use standards that have been in place for a long time, how often do they get updated?
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:
SPLIT ROLL BATTLE IS ON AND SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 2020!
Proponents of the Split Roll Property Tax measure that is currently circulating believe they will reach the required number of signatures. They have also decided to move the measure for the November 2020 ballot measure. They believe that more time to message and fundraise coupled with an expected higher Democrat-base voter turnout in the Presidential election will give them a higher chance of winning.
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.
This week, the LA City Council requested the City Attorney to draft a sidewalk vending ordinance that DID NOT include the property owner veto provision that BOMA/GLA and many other business organizations were advocating for.
Property owners should have just as much right in who sells what on their sidewalks as they do for those who pay rent in their properties. Unfortunately, a majority of the Council disagreed and instead asked the City Attorney to draft an ordinance that includes only an appeals process for surrounding property owners.
The BOMA/GLA PAC had dinner with Senator Ben Allen yesterday in Hollywood. PAC members discussed issues like CEQA reform, split roll tax and housing with the Senator.
Senator Allen represents a district that stretches from Hollywood to Santa Monica and from Santa Monica down to El Segundo. BOMA/GLA members from different parts of his district were all on hand to discuss their more specific issues as well, and the Senator was thoughtful and offered his own insight into some of the issues our industry is facing.
BOMA International continues to play a key role at the International Code Council hearings, which determine the building and fire code items that will be required nationwide. BOMA International developed detailed positions on over 50 items that will be heard by building and fire officials from around the country.
BOMA/GLA PAC members were happy this week to attend an event for Councilmembers Monica Rodriguez and Herb Wesson.
Councilwoman Rodriguez represents the Northeast San Fernando Valley and has been a champion for her district since winning the seat in 2017. Her office has engaged with BOMA/GLA on numerous issues and has an open door to our industry.
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.