SPLIT ROLL TAX MEASURED DEFEATED FOR NOW; PUSHED TO 2020

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.

CALIFORNIA ENERGY BENCHMARKING REGULATION TAKES EFFECT JUNE 1, 2018

Several weeks ago, the State of California finalized the AB 1103/AB 802 Energy Benchmarking Regulations. As of June 1, 2018, all buildings over 50,000 square feet – with some exemptions – need to be benchmarked and data shared with the California Energy Commission. (Buildings in L.A. must request an exemption from the state regs and submit data under the L.A. Existing Building Energy and Water Efficiency Ordinance).

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. 

BENCHMARKING REGULATIONS FINALIZED

Leaders of several major real estate groups held a conference call this week with the California Energy Commission staff as the state prepares to launch the first statewide mandatory benchmarking program.

Several weeks ago, the State of California finalized the AB 1103/AB 802 Energy Benchmarking Regulations. This has been a long process and we have been involved every step of the way. The bottom line is that as of June 1, 2018, all buildings over 50,000 square feet – with some exemptions – need to be benchmarked and data shared with the Energy Commission.

LA BUILDING AND FIRE OFFICIALS DISCUSS CHANGES FOR 2018

The BOMA/GLA Codes and Regulations Committee was briefed recently by the LA Building Department’s Executive Officer, Osama Younan, regarding 2018 changes to the plan check and inspection process. The Department will roll out a new online plan check system next month, focused on plans of smaller projects not requiring plan review. The goal of the online submittals is to speed the processing of tenant improvement and other plans through the city.

Other changes include:

CULVER CITY BUILDING OFFICIAL HIGHLIGHTS FLOOD OF COMMERCIAL PROJECTS MOVING THROUGH APPROVAL PROCESS

The BOMA/GLA Codes Committee met recently with Craig Johnson, Building Official for Culver City, who discussed the large volume of projects and the process of approvals in their five-mile square city.

A prime example of the type of projects underway is the "Ivy Station" project at the intersection of National Blvd. and Washington Blvd. The project will include 210k s.f. of offices on the north side, 200 residential units in the middle, a 148-room hotel on the south side, 36k s.f. of retail space, and several levels of underground parking.

CODES AND REGULATIONS COMMITTEE DISCUSSES SANTA MONICA DOWNTOWN COMMUNITY PLAN WITH HOUSING DIRECTOR

David Martin, Santa Monica’s Director of Housing and Community Development (above, standing) provided the highlights of the recently-released Downtown Community Plan at the Codes and Regulations Committee meeting May 4th. The plan clarifies the new direction of the city, which includes greater residential development, park space, and a balance between retail and restaurants on the Promenade. While not a lot of new commercial construction will occur, uses may change from retail to office, and office to residential.

BOMA/GLA CODES COMMITTEE MEMBERS DISCUSS WAYS TO IMPROVE PASADENA ELEVATOR INSPECTION PROCESS

BOMA/GLA’S Elevator Sub-Committee met recently with Pasadena Fire Marshal Bryan Frieders (in photo above) to discuss concerns with the plan check and inspection process for elevators. Attending were Codes Committee Co-Chair Althea DePietro, Frank DePietro and Sons; John Reynolds, HKA Elevator Consulting; Matt Ensley, Elevator Consulting Assoc.; and Martha Cox-Nitikman, BOMA/GLA.

TSUNAMI OF LOCAL TAXES HEADED FOR STATE’S TAXPAYERS

Joel Fox, Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee, takes a look at the “Tsunami of Local Taxes” on November’s ballot.