LA CITY PLANNING PRESENTS ON DTLA 2040

LA City Planning attended the DTLA Regional Breakfast in June to discuss the future of Downtown LA. The presentation focused on the immense growth that is projected for downtown and how to accomodate for it while protecting neighborhood character and existing communities.

More of the highlights are below:

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. 

LA SANITATION REQUESTS MORE MONEY TO CLEANUP HOMELESS CAMPS

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. 

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.

WASTE HAULING TO COME BEFORE COUNCIL - SEND YOUR CONCERNS

RecycLA, LA City's new waste hauling franchise program, has seen a bumpy roll-out since its inception. But the grace period for haulers is over, and this month (starting February 1st) the City will be able to levy fees in the form of liquidated damages to haulers that are not meeting the standards set out by the City. 

CITY OF L.A. HOLDS BRIEFING ON PROGRESS OF PERMIT STREAMLINING EFFORTS

BOMA/GLA was invited by L.A. Deputy Mayor Ray Chan to attend a status update on improvements to the development process over the last 4 years. Representing BOMA/GLA were Codes Committee Co-Chair Althea DePietro and BOMA/GLA VP Martha Cox-Nitikman. While progress in the Building Department’s processes are well known, other departments provided additional details on short cuts and new service offerings, including the LADWP.

BOMA/GLA EVENT HIGHLIGHTS L.A. WASTE HAULING AND SIDEWALK REPAIR PROGRAMS

On April 20th, speakers from the City of Los Angeles outlined key elements and timelines for both the waste hauling and sidewalk repair programs. While costs will significantly increase under the franchise waste hauling program, Dan Meyers of LADWP indicated the city is working to provide detailed information and great customer service during the summer roll-out of the program.

LAPD COMMANDER TODD CHAMBERLAIN TALKS WITH BOMA/GLA SECURITY COMMITTEE ON DOWNTOWN DEMONSTRATIONS

The BOMA/GLA Security and Emergency Preparedness Committee met with LAPD Commander Todd Chamberlain (in photo above) and learned that LAPD has modified their tactics in the last few years to better manage the increased number of protests in Downtown LA.

BOMA/GLA PAC STANDS WITH MONICA RODRIGUEZ FOR CD7

The BOMA/GLA Political Action Commiittee interviewed both candidates running for Los Angeles City Council District 7 - a seat vacated by Council Member Felipe Fuentes late last year. The two candidates going into the General Election on May 16th are former Public Works Board Member Monica Rodriguez and aide to Los Angeles City Council Member Paul Krekorian, Karo Torossian. 

BOMA/GLA CODES AND REGULATIONS COMMITTEE TIP ON CALCULATING “COLLABORATIVE SPACE” OCCUPANT LOAD

Problem:

Many tenant companies are now requesting “collaborative” or “team meeting” space in their build-outs. In the past, these have been categorized as “assembly” areas by the Department of Building and Safety, and as such call for a different occupant load factor of 1 person per 15 sq. ft. of floor area. When there are many such team rooms in a TI space, it is common to exceed the allowed occupant load.

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