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Can Congestion Pricing Improve Public Transit?

May 20, 2022
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There is no denying traffic congestion is one of LA’s major evils. How we can fix this problem is widely debated, yet a new solution has come into the conversation: congestion pricing.

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New Split Roll Tax Initiative Fails to Make Ballot!

May 17, 2022
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Late last year, a law firm representing SEIU-UHW submitted a proposal to California state officials seeking to place a split roll tax proposal on the November 2022 ballot. In application, this new proposal was dramatically different from Proposition 15, a tax initiative that was defeated last year. Preliminary titled as the “Housing Affordability and Tax Cut Act of 2022”, the proposal would tax …

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What Does LA’s Homelessness Settlement Mean for our Homelessness Response?

May 16, 2022
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Following months of disputes and uncertainty, the City of Los Angeles and homelessness advocates have finally reached a settlement that will require major investments into the homelessness crisis. This represents the culmination of extensive disputes over what the …

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Understanding Building Submeters

May 13, 2022
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Have your tenants asked you to submeter their commercial space yet? If not, they probably will soon! With submetering, your tenants are sure that their bills and leasing structure are just, that they have a return on investment of their individual energy conservation projects, and that they can proudly identify as sustainability leaders.

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Southern California Braces for More Unprecedented Water Cuts

May 10, 2022
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After months of poor weather and climate, Southern California is set to experience some of the state’s worst water restrictions. Unfortunately, the region’s water supply isn’t expected to get better anytime soon. According to NOAA’s weekly report the US Drought Monitor, 93% of California is experiencing a severe drought. Additionally, 35% is currently in extreme …

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Los Angeles County Pushes for a Housing First Position on Homelessness

May 9, 2022
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On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors moved to declare the County as supporting a ‘housing first’ approach to the homelessness crisis. According to the motion, a housing first approach is defined as a “model and approach recognizing that an unhoused person or family must …

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Giving Back to Our Plant Environment

May 6, 2022
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As we exit this past year of chaos, it is almost therapeutic to reflect on what we can do as a human race to give back, appreciate what we have, and help sustain our planet. The landscape profession lends itself naturally to this concept. Nature. Plants. Green. Natural. It goes hand in hand…

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West Hollywood Vacancy Taxes Another Damaging Policy Post COVID-19

May 3, 2022
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At their April 4th meeting, the West Hollywood City Council elected to consider a vacancy tax proposal on residential and commercial properties. With the vacancy tax potentially being placed on the November 2022 ballot in the near future, this presents a critical issue …

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BOMA California Outlines State Legislative Priorities for CRE

May 2, 2022
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Though businesses are well into a full post-COVID economy, commercial, industrial, and retail real estate organizations are all still facing a number of state legislative challenges this season. From development to other increased costs of operation, a number of policies can make a significant impact …

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Everytable Food Service Amenities Help Redefine the New Workplace Structure Post-Pandemic

April 29, 2022
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The office experience is evolving. CEOs are looking at their employees’ work habits, considering how many days should be required in the office, if any. With an emphasis on maintaining corporate culture and team dynamics, business leaders are asking themselves: should collaboration happen in-person? Will we reserve focus work for home? And most importantly, what should a day at the office look and feel like, now?

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