UPDATE ON SEISMIC RETROFIT BILL AB 2681

BOMA/GLA has been actively involved in monitoring and shaping seismic legislation that would seriously impact commercial buildings in California. AB 2681 (Nazarian) as originally written mandated that cities develop a list of “potentially vulnerable buildings” based on certain age and construction criteria. The list would be posted on a public website, and owners would be required to perform a seismic audit and report the findings to the city.

L.A. DEPARTMENT OF BUILDING AND SAFETY EXECUTIVES RECOGNIZED BY CAL BUILDING OFFICIALS

BOMA/GLA congratulates L.A. Building and Safety General Manager Frank Bush for receiving the 2017-18 Building Official of the Year award from the California Building Officials (CALBO) organization. Frank has worked closely with BOMA/GLA over the years, including on crafting of the Seismic Retrofit ordinance. He deserves this prestigious award for promoting building safety in LA by working collaboratively with building owners, developers and the construction industry. 

SEISMIC LOAN PROGRAM PROPOSED BY L.A. COUNCILMEN ENGLANDER AND BUSCAINO

Under current law, owners of unreinforced concrete buildings and soft story apartments are required to pay for costly seismic retrofits if the buildings don’t meet standards set several years ago by the City of L.A. Council members Mitchell Englander and Joe Buscaino recently received approval of their motion to research the creation of a revolving loan program for owners subject to the seismic retrofit ordinance. BOMA advocacy staff will meet with Englander’s office this week to discuss details of such a program.

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 WEIGHS IN ON SEISMIC SAFETY BILLS

Two bills have been introduced in the California state assembly, sponsored by structural engineer groups that propose to increase the minimum building code standards for construction. Traditionally the minimum standard in the code protect “life safety” – meaning building are meant to withstand an Earthquake without loss of life but may not necessary be able to be occupied immediately after an event.

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.

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:

GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE IDENTIFIES KEY TOPICS FOR 2017

The BOMA/GLA Government Affairs Committee will be taking on a broad range of issues in 2017, as various levels of government target commercial owners and businesses for additional regulation and as a source of funds. Here are our members and their subject areas:

Affordable Housing - Althea DePietro, DePietro and Sons

BOMA California - Dave Foley, Brookfield, Govt. Affairs Committee Chair;

Energy and Environmental Issues - Matt Gammel, Gensler

Homeless Policy Issues - Nathan Morales, LPC

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