BOMA/GLA'S MARTHA COX-NITIKMAN QUOTES IN LA TIMES RE: SEISMIC AGAIN

BOMA/GLA's Martha Cox-Nitikman has been in the LA Times recently discussing seismic retrofit for commercial property owners. With more and more cities considering mandatory seismic retrofit legislation, its important that our voice is heard. Stay tuned for more and click here to read the article at the LA Times. 

BOMA/GLA'S MARTHA COX-NITIKMAN QUOTED IN LA TIMES RE: SEISMIC RESILIENCY LEGISLATION

Two new bills introduced in the California State Assembly propose tougher rules on new construction and an onerous requirement for cities to identify existing buildings that may collapse in an earthquake. There is serious debate over the cost and effectiveness of the new standards that would be imposed by both bills. For more from the LA Times, click here. 

BOMA/GLA BOARD OF DIRECTORS APPROVES SLATE OF STATE LEGISLATION AT RECENT BOARD MEETING

As BOMA/GLA continues to expand its policy involvement at all levels of government, the Board of Directors approved positions on 27 Senate and Assembly bills making their way through the legislative process. This is the first time an entire slate of bills has been reviewed and voted upon. The timing of the vote was excellent, as our state advocate Matthew Haragrove was present to provide commentary on the major issues under discussion this session.

BOMA/GLA GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE OPPOSES LEGISLATION TO INCREASE SEWER FEES

At their recent meeting, the BOMA/GLA Government Affairs Committee reviewed key legislation, including Senate Bill 213 (Hertzberg), which would change the definition of “sewer” in Prop. 218 to allow cities to levy fees. While some cities struggle to maintain and repair their sewer systems, BOMA/GLA and BOMA California, our state advocate, believe there are other funds available for these services, and that fee increases contribute to the high cost of doing business in the state.

GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE MEETS WITH STATE ADVOCATE, VOTES TO OPPOSE L.A. HOUSING LINKAGE FEE

BOMA California lobbyist Matthew Hargrove, in the photo above right-center, met recently with the BOMA/GLA Government Affairs Committee to discuss the 2016 legislative session and results of the November election. Hargrove noted BOMA Cal successfully defended against a wide range of harmful policies that would have significantly increased operating costs. In the face of the national election results, Mr.

BOMA/GLA BOARD WEIGHS IN ON IMPORTANT LOCAL, STATE MEASURES

On August 18th, the BOMA/GLA Board of Directors voted on two L.A. County ballot measures and state legislation which could significantly impact commercial real estate.

SINGLE USE BATHROOM BILL MOVES FORWARD

AB 1732 (Ting D) continues to move forward and our industry is neutral on the bill, but following closely to make sure it can be implemented easily. The bill requires all single-user toilet facilities in any building identified as all-gender toilet facilities. The bill would authorize inspectors, building officials, or other local officials responsible for code enforcement to inspect for compliance with these provisions during any inspection.

BOMA CALIFORNIA IDENTIFIES HIGH PRIORITY OPPOSE BILLS

As well, there are still a handful of bills left that we must oppose because of their sever impact on the real estate industry, or California’s Economy:

AB 197 (Garcia, Eduardo D)   State Air Resources Board: greenhouse gases. This bill further stacks the Air Resources Board against business interests and sets up another “policy” body to advise the Legislature on Climate Change.

SCAQMD BOARD EXPANSION MOVES TO ASSEMBLY FLOOR

Another bill we are very closely following, as it would set a precedent for Legislators in Sacramento to be able to undo local election in which it doesn’t like the outcome has also passed Appropriation.

JOB KILLER - COULD ACCELERATE INCREASES IN ELECTRICITY COSTS

One bill that we have been watching very closely, as it has the potential to accelerate the trajectory of more expensive electricity and other fuels in this state is SB 32 (Pavley; D-Agoura Hills), which passed off of Suspense yesterday.

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