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Instead of Total Closures, Health Officials Should Rethink COVID-19 Restrictions

December 23, 2020
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With increasingly restrictive State and County COVID-19 health orders, dozens of industries have continued to be impacted by closures and restrictions. Although businesses have been adapting to relevant health orders …

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How to Maintain Proper Indoor Air Quality During COVID-19

December 16, 2020
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During COVID-19, maintaining proper indoor air quality and filtration systems is critical in reducing the risk of infections. Certainly, building owners and managers know that indoor air quality is on the minds of tenants as their employees return to work. There can be some barriers in ensuring that systems work efficiently in providing the most hygienic environment …

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LA City Moves Forward With Motion That Would Cut Nearly 1,000 LAPD Officers

December 11, 2020
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The Los Angeles City Council this Tuesday voted to move forward with a recommendation that would create significant department-wide layoffs. A majority of these cuts will come from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), with nearly 1,000 LAPD officers and over 700 civilian …

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LA City to Consider Motion to Regulate Encampments Amid COVID-19 Homelessness Spike

December 9, 2020
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Although COVID-19 health crisis has taken center stage, the homelessness crisis has not gone away. In fact, the situation has only worsened under the pandemic, with less City and County revenue for homelessness services. As a result, the City has been unable to deal with the rapid development of encampments …

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County Judge Orders LA Officials Must Provide Evidence to Stop Outdoor Dining

December 7, 2020
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Last November, the LA County Board of Supervisors voted to shut down all outdoor dining until December 16th, citing rising COVID-19 infection rates throughout the region. However, many restaurants and businesses would oppose such …

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LA Launches LA Optimized to Support Small Businesses

December 2, 2020
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Launching early next year, LA Optimized is a new program offered by Los Angeles to support small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to increased levels of unemployment and uncertainty, many newer businesses have found it more difficult to …

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Proposition 15 Defeat Shows California Prioritizes Growth and Small Businesses

November 23, 2020
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The defeat of Proposition 15, the state’s largest tax initiative, is indicative of California’s strong preference for economic growth and small businesses. If approved, Proposition 15 would have raised taxes for thousands of local small businesses, while increasing the cost of living for everyday consumers. Fortunately, Proposition 15’s decisive defeat is a strong message to …

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New LA City Councilmembers Renew Focus on Growing Homelessness Crisis

November 20, 2020
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With three new fresh faces, the Los Angeles City Council should get significant progress made on the homelessness crisis within the coming months. In this past election cycle …

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Seven Ways to Hone Communication Skills While Working Remotely

November 16, 2020
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BOMA/GLA Education There is little doubt that working from home has changed the way we all deal with the world and transact business. Even though every day may be a “casual Friday” in terms of how you dress, communication skills are perhaps more important than ever before. Among the benefit of this new reality may…

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New Culver City Tax Will Cost Commercial Property Owners Millions

November 13, 2020
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Culver City Real Estate Transfer Tax

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic’s drastic impact on local tax revenue, the Culver City’s City Council voted 4-1 voted to play a tax proposal on the November 3 ballot. Voters would follow suit, with Measure RE being narrowly approved at just a margin of 819 votes. BOMA/GLA opposes this measure, as we believe the tax places an unfair onus on property owners …

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