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Sustainable Landscaping Tips for Your Building

May 21, 2021
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Road Map to Reopen California Sustainability has become an important goal for commercial real estate, including landscape architecture and design. In fact, the state of California has developed a set of municipal and statewide guidelines for landscaping around commercial buildings and industrial zones. One of the more important set of guidelines is the Model Water Efficient Landscaping Ordinance (MWELO), which…

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Court Orders Pause On Proposition 65 Lawsuits Related to Acrylamide

May 19, 2021
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Proposition 65, Acrylamide

After a wave of lawsuits on restaurants struggling during COVID-19, a new California district court order has ordered a pause on all Proposition 65 lawsuits related to acrylamide. With legal efforts being led by the California …

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Improve Efficiency through Building Automation

May 17, 2021
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Building automation brings with it more efficient building operations including improved occupant comfort, cost savings due to a reduction in energy usage, increased productivity, and better data insight.

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LA City to Introduce Permanent Al Fresco Dining Program

May 14, 2021
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Earlier this week, the Los Angeles City Council voted to begin the process of making the COVID outdoor ‘Al Fresco’ Dining program a permanent, staple component of Los Angeles’ food and beverage industry. The program, implemented in May of …

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Air Board Approves New Trucking Regulations, Will Cost Warehouse Operators Millions

May 12, 2021
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ISR Rule

The ISR is a new proposed air quality rule by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) that would require warehouse owners and operators to either reduce …

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Simple Elevator Phone Self-Test Highlights Communications Gap and Opportunity to Improve On-Site Safety and Tenant Experience

May 11, 2021
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When you are entrapped in an elevator in California and need medical help, the last thing you want to hear from the person answering your emergency call is, “I’m in Connecticut and we don’t call 911.” Wait. What? This isn’t the first time we’ve talked about things to consider when choosing an elevator…

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LA County Moving to Less Restrictive Yellow Tier Due to Declining COVID-19 Cases

May 7, 2021
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Orange Tier COVID-19

On Thursday, Los Angeles County announced that it met the requirements to begin moving down into the less restrictive COVID-19 ‘Yellow’ tier. With Los Angeles County administering record-levels of vaccine doses, and due to a reduction in daily COVID-19 cases, the County had met state guidelines to increase capacity at …

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Building Access Key Box (Knox Box) Best Practices

May 5, 2021
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The Building Access Key Box (Knox Box) Best Practice is a resource building managers and engineers can use in order to make sure keys, access cards, and other information that are required to be in the Access Key Box are kept current. It also provides additional material and website links that may be helpful to…

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LA City, County to Seek Federal Appeal to Overturn Skid Row Housing Mandate

May 3, 2021
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Federal Judge David O. Carter granted a preliminary injunction and has ordered the City and the County of Los Angeles to provide temporary housing to skid row residents. In his ruling, Judge Carter expressed concerns that the City and County were too …

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Renegotiating Contracts: How to Craft Win-Win Scenarios

April 30, 2021
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There is little doubt that the global spread of an unknown virus unleashed unprecedented problems for American business, and the impact on commercial real estate is both wide and deep. But beyond the problems that every developer, landlord or tenant must face, there are also opportunities that can be identified …

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