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Election Spotlight: Al Austin, Long Beach District 8

July 20, 2020
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On March 3, 2020, Long Beach’s voters headed to the polls to vote for the new City Councilmember representing District 8. Incumbent Al Austin faced a serious challenger, Tunua Thrash-Ntuk. Thrash-Ntuk is the wife of City College Board Trustee Uduak-Joe Ntuk …

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What Will Public Transportation Look Like After COVID-19?

July 17, 2020
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Even before social distancing was encouraged due to COVID-19, the LA County Metro busses were already facing severe declines in ridership. So, due to health concerns and changing commuter preferences, Metro will likely have many barriers to consider in the near future. Certainly, Metro will have to reimagine public transit …

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Governor Newsom Issues Order Scaling Back on Reopening of Businesses

July 15, 2020
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This past Monday, Governor Gavin Newsom held a press conference discussing changes to current COVID-19 related orders. Foremost, the Governor was forced to roll back various reopening guidelines. Due to an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in California, Governor Gavin Newsom has published a new Executive order …

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LAFD Chief Reg 4 Program Needs to be Overhauled

July 13, 2020
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fire systems

Building safety, most especially maintaining fire protection equipment, is an integral part of managing commercial properties. However, personnel in the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) that oversees the Chief Regulation #4 Program – which regulates fire life and safety – is scarce. Moreover, the program as a whole is vastly in need of an update. Without …

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Your Guide to California’s 12 Ballot Initiatives

July 10, 2020
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On November 3rd of this year, California voters will have the opportunity to vote on twelve ballot initiatives that will have ramifications for years to come. Significantly, many of the proposed initiatives have been debated for decades and are finally being considered this year. As such, this guide will serve as a resource to get introduced to the various policy proposals …

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More Homelessness Housing Is Coming, But More Is Needed

July 8, 2020
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homeless housing

There is no question that homelessness is one of California’s most overwhelming and difficult problems to solve. With more than 70,000 individuals in the County suffering from some form of homelessness, comprehensive housing is essential. While recent events are paving the way for more housing …

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BOMA/GLA Opposes Proposition 15, California’s Split Roll Initiative

July 6, 2020
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Split Roll tax

The best way to describe what is going on with Split Roll was given by previous California Governor Jerry Brown: “Messing with Prop 13 is a big, fat loser.” Despite this, Prop 13 protections for commercial property owners will be challenged this November. Officially known as Prop 15, Split Roll is …

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Are Tenants Returning and Paying Rent? 10 Portfolio Managers Share their Experience

July 3, 2020
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In conversations with 10 property managers throughout LA County, there is strong evidence that the commercial real estate industry is rapidly adapting to the Coronavirus epidemic. In this article, we’ll explore the accounts …

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Policymaker Spotlight: Mark Ridley-Thomas

June 29, 2020
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BOMA/GLA would like to introduce an exemplary candidate for the Los Angeles City Council District 10, Mark Ridley-Thomas. Having served in public office for close to 30 years, Ridley-Thomas has a proven track record that Angelenos can trust. He is currently termed out as a Los Angeles County Supervisor but desires to continue his influence in LA.

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LA City Rejects Vacancy Tax for Now, But Will Consider it for 2022

June 24, 2020
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Fortunately, during Wednesday’s Special Meeting, the Los Angeles City Council moved to stall consideration of their vacancy tax. Originally, the motion called for placing the vacancy tax on the November 2020 ballot. However, Councilmember Mike Bonin, the main advocate behind the tax, admitted that there …

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