BIRD SCOOTERS: NEED MEMBER INPUT!

BOMA/GLA Advocacy staff got together with the City of Santa Monica to discuss Bird Scooters this week. After a lengthy discussion, we are excited to work with the City to ensure that the concerns of Santa Monica property owners are addressed. 

SANTA MONICA SEISMIC RETROFIT ORDINANCE

City of Santa Monica passed an ordinance in early 2017 mandating that all buildings be seismically retrofitted. BOMA/GLA lobbied for several changes, including exemptions from parking requirements and replacement of trash enclosures.

Under the original ordinance, owners would have to apply for a variance for both the parking space replacement and trash enclosure.  Owners currently pay $50,000-$60,000 to obtain a variance (city fees, construction plans, and expediter services). If CEQA is triggered, costs could go up to $100,000.

BOMA/GLA’S COX-NITIKMAN INTERVIEWED BY NPR REGARDING NEWLY-RELEASED QUAKE MAP

The US Geological Survey released a map of the recently-discovered Santa Monica Fault, which runs throughout the city. Martha Cox-Nitikman, BOMA/GLA’s Vice President of Public Policy, was asked to speculate on the impact of the report on compliance by commercial owners in Santa Monica. For the full article, click here…

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.

SANTA MONICA CITY COUNCIL FINALIZES SEISMIC RETROFIT ORDINANCE FOR BUILDINGS

After significant input by BOMA/GLA and commercial and residential building owners, the City of Santa Monica gave its final approval last week to a sweeping seismic retrofit ordinance that affects all building types except single family homes. Two thousand buildings are impacted by the mandatory requirements, including hundreds of concrete and steel frame structures.

SANTA MONICA CITY COUNCIL APPROVES SEISMIC RETROFIT ORDINANCE FOR COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS

BOMA/GLA testified at a hearing yesterday of the Santa Monica City Council on a sweeping seismic retrofit ordinance affecting a wide range of pre-1996 structures. These include unreinforced concrete, tilt-up, and steel moment frame buildings, as well as soft story apartments. Single family homes are not included. Buildings must be reviewed by a structural engineer and brought up to a specific standard within a set time period.

BOMA/GLA was successful in the inclusion of a number of key provisions:

CITY OF SANTA MONICA TO UPDATE SEISMIC RETROFIT ORDINANCE

BOMA/GLA members from Santa Monica recently attended a meeting with city Building Official Ron Takiguchi and representatives from city-contracted engineering firm Degenkolb to discuss an update to the seismic retrofit ordinance. While residential and steel frame buildings will be covered, the discussion focused on concrete unreinforced structures.

HCAC - VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES IN SANTA MONICA

The BOMA/GLA Homeless and Community Awareness Committee will be organizing volunteer projects and offering donation opportunities in partnership with the City of Santa Monica over the next few months. After a meeting with the Santa Monica City Manager, BOMA/GLA has committed to work with the the Human Services Department and the Santa Monica Chamber to identify ways for property managers and tenants to make a positive change. 

BOMA/GLA URGES SANTA MONICA CITY COUNCIL TO INCLUDE FLEXIBILITY IN SEISMIC RETROFIT ORDINANCE

The Santa Monica City Council held an informational hearing to gain input on a draft seismic retrofit policy. BOMA/GLA PAC Chair Phil Tate, Kilroy Realty, and Martha Cox-Nitikman of BOMA/GLA requested that extensions of time and provisions allowing for modifications be included in the ordinance so owners won’t be forced to apply for costly variances or face CEQA challenges over minor elements.

BOMA/GLA GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE OPPOSES L.A. AND SANTA MONICA BALLOT MEASURES

The Government Affairs Committee has taken a strong OPPOSE position on two ballot measures that impose serious restrictions on development. City of L.A. Measure JJJ would mandate the inclusion of affordable housing in all residential development. Further, it imposes strict hiring and wage mandates on contractors. The committee agrees affordable housing is important as employers work to draw qualified workers, but mandates are not the way to accomplish this goal.

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