HUIZAR'S DOWNTOWN AREA DIRECTOR UPDATES MEMBERS

Joella Hopkins, Councilman Huizar's Downtown Area Director, stopped by the DTLA Regional Breakfast to update members on City of LA issues and take questions about what is going on downtown. Joella spoke about new staffers hired to take care of issues downtown as well as the City budget. 

COUNCILMAN KORETZ' OFFICE UPDATES WESTSIDE MEMBERS

Representatives from Councilman Koretz' office were on hand at the Westside Regional Breakfast last week to answer any and all questions about City of LA issues from BOMA/GLA members. 

Joseph Galloway gave updates on homelessness in the City and continuing efforts to combat the problem and spoke at length about the street vending ordinance that is currently with the City Attorney and coming back to the Council towards the end of summer. If you think your property should be exempted street vending, contact your Council office to see if they can work to address your concerns. 

STREET VENDING UPDATE

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. 

BOMA/GLA PAC CONNECTS WITH LA CITY COUNCILMEMBERS

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.

LA CITY COUNCILMEMBERS MAKE HOUSING PLEDGE

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. 

BOMA/GLA PAC SUPPORTS COUNCILWOMAN MUNGO

The BOMA/GLA PAC made a contribution to Long Beach Councilwoman Stacy Mungo as she faces a tough re-election this year. Councilwoman Mungo is a Republican and has represented District 5, which includes the LB Airport, since June 2014. In Long Beach this year, Districts 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and Mayor are all up for election. The Councilwoman is the only Councilperson running this year who has BOMA membership in her district. 

She has support from the Long Beach Chamber and BizFed, both active BOMA/GLA partners and our PAC was happy to support the Councilwoman. 

DOWNTOWN REGIONAL COUNCIL WELCOMES NEW DTLA DIRECTOR

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. 

LA CITY COUNCIL CONSIDERS NEW MEASURES TO FIGHT HOMELESSNESS

As the public grows impatient with the issue of homelessness, LA City Council is considering some controversial measures to streamline solutions.  Among those solutions are reducing parking requirements and environmental reviews for homeless housing projects.  Additionally, the City is also considering making it easier to convert motels into temporary homeless housing.

Click here for the full article from the LA Times.

ZINE JUMPS INTO AD45 RACE

On April 3, 2018 there will be a special election to replace Matt Dababneh (D) in the 45th Assembly District, which covers the West San Fernando Valley. Until now, the serious candidates in the race were Attorney Jesse Gabriel, Bob Blumenfield staffer Tricia Robbins Kasson, Ankur Patel, and Raymond Bishop, all Democrats.

COUNCILMAN RYU'S OFFICE ATTENDS SAN FERNANDO VALLEY REGIONAL COUNCIL MEETING

At this week's San Fernando Valley Q4 Regional Council Meeting, BOMA/GLA members heard from Nikki Ezhari, Councilman Ryu's District Director who covers the Sherman Oaks portion of the San Fernando Valley. Nikki was able to give BOMA/GLA members some great insights into waste hauling, homelessness, and the plans for allocating Measure M funds in the Valley.

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