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BOMA/GLA Visits Sacramento

August 17, 2022
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BOMA/GLA members pose in front of the Sacramento Capitol Building

Last week, BOMA/GLA joined other commercial real estate groups to participate in CBPA’s California Commercial Real Estate Summit. It was a chance to speak to lawmakers in Sacramento about bills affecting our industry.

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LA County Declares State of Emergency over Monkeypox

August 16, 2022
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On August 2nd, Los Angeles County declared a state of emergency in response to the outbreak of Monkeypox. It came a day after Governor Newsome declared a state of emergency for the California.

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Public Safety Concerns Drive Starbucks Closures

August 16, 2022
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Guest Author Starbucks announced it would close six stores in Los Angeles due to concerns about employee safety. Concerns such as drug use, crime, and a rising mental health crisis contributed to the closures. Unable to mitigate these issues alone, Starbucks will “open new locations with safer conditions.”  These closures will hurt area businesses and…

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Pasadena Adopts Electrification Ordinance

August 13, 2022
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Pasadena Electrification

The Pasadena City Council voted to adopt its building electrification ordinance this month. The new code matches the policy outline approved by the council this past June.
Therefore, with some exceptions, new construction will not have natural gas hookups. As a result, new buildings in the city will only use electric appliances and devices.

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Biden and Harris Endorse Karen Bass for Mayor of Los Angeles

August 9, 2022
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Prop. 15 deadline

In a joint statement on August 2nd, President Biden and Vice President Harris endorsed Rep. Karen Bass for Los Angeles Mayor. Bass is currently a congresswoman representing California’s 37th congressional district and was on the shortlist to be Biden’s VP pick during the last presidential election. 

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Long Beach Voters May Consider Election Charter Amendments

August 9, 2022
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Long Beach voters will decide on two election charter amendments that will permanently align city and school board elections with state elections. Until the 2020 election, Long Beach held city elections in odd-numbered years. The state, of course, has its elections during even-numbered years.

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LA County Refrains from Mask Mandate

August 5, 2022
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Indoor Mask Wearing

LA County will decide tomorrow if the indoor mask mandate will return on July 29th. However, what looked like a certainty a week ago seems less certain on the eve of the decision.
In recent days, COVID case numbers have started to level off.
Additionally, public pushback has made a new mask mandate less likely.

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Los Angeles City Council Votes to Ban Homeless Encampments Near Schools

August 3, 2022
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Guest Author This week, the Los Angeles City Council voted 11-3 in favor of an ordinance to ban homeless encampments within 500 feet of schools and childcare facilities. The ordinance received a 10-1 vote last month with Councilmember Mike Bonin being the lone dissenting voice.  Since it didn’t have unanimous approval, the final vote occurred…

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Board of Supervisors Seek Power to Remove an Elected Sheriff from Office

August 2, 2022
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The LA County Board of Supervisors recently voted 4-1 to draft a charter amendment allowing them to remove an elected sheriff from office. The proposed amendment will be voted on in the November election.

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Regional Drought Restrictions Vary with Approach

July 27, 2022
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california drought

With most local water utilities purchasing water from a single source, drought restrictions will look similar across the regions. But it is essential to pay attention to the different approaches they will take with implementation.

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