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Vacancy Taxes are Ineffective and Harmful

June 17, 2020
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The Los Angeles City Council has studied the feasibility of vacancy taxes to reduce empty properties. In effect, this tax would create punishments and taxes despite many owners who are genuinely attempting to sell their space. Though, as seen in other cities, a fee with the intent to punish property owners will have a host of other effects that will undermine the ability for property owners to do business.

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Idaho Court Case May Worsen the Homelessness Crisis

June 15, 2020
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Homelessness in Los Angeles has become a humanitarian crisis – over 60,000 Angelenos don’t have secure housing. Such a situation demands swift action by our public officials. However, despite impressive action by the Los Angeles City Council, a recent Supreme Court decision can prove detrimental in our efforts to promote wellness and public safety. Martin v. City of Boise …

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Parcel Taxes Are Death by 1000 Papercuts

June 8, 2020
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In a last minute effort, the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACFD) added a parcel tax to the Board of Supervisors that was voted on after only a few months of life. With minimal public input, the ballot measure failed.
Along with other parcel taxes, this would have cost building owners thousands a year.

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Can Tenants Avoid Lease Payments?

April 29, 2020
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Under the current local and state emergency orders, building owners are working closely with tenants to maintain the status quo of a clean and habitable space and continuation of lease payments. However, some tenants may claim “force majeure”, “frustration of purpose”, or “impossibility”, causing them to seek rent deferral or abatement.

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Policymaker Spotlight: Miguel Santiago

April 27, 2020
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BOMA Greater Los Angeles would like to introduce its members to a leading California State Assemblymember, Miguel Santiago. First elected in 2014 to the 53rd District, Santiago represents the key interests of neighborhoods like Boyle Heights, Downtown, Koreatown, and Pico Union on issues like eradicating homelessness, building affordable housing, prioritizing community college, and increasing care services.

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Who Must Provide Lactation Accommodations?

April 22, 2020
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Controversial yet widely supported by legislators, new laws regarding lactation accommodations in California have been brought to the State Legislature over the past few years.

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Prop 15. Must Not Pass During COVID-19 Pandemic

April 17, 2020
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Split Roll is a cataclysmic issue for property owners throughout California. Unfortunately, the emergence of Covid-19 will only magnify the catastrophic impacts created by Split Roll. That is to say, the pandemic alone has already created disaster-level scenarios. With this in mind, it is obvious that passing Split Roll will massively exacerbate these issues.

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Policymaker Spotlight: Kathryn Barger

March 30, 2020
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BOMA/GLA is honored to present our Elected Official of the Year, Kathryn Barger. We also support her reelection campaign for the Board of Supervisors.
As a faithful steward to District 5 and the residents of Los Angeles county, Barger has won reelection to her seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. She currently serves as the Chair of the Board, after having first been elected in 2016.

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California Mandatory Sexual Harassment Training

March 24, 2020
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What is Sexual Harassment? California law defines sexual harassment as a form of sexual discrimination, which refers to unwelcome sexual advances, or any physical, verbal, or visual conduct of a sexual nature, including actions that create an offensive, hostile, or intimidating work environment based on sex. State law says that the offensive conduct does not…

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AB5 – BOMA/GLA Protects Independent Contractors in CRE

March 23, 2020
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In 2018, the California Supreme Court rendered a hasty decision that held concerns independent contractors and the California business community. In Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court of Los Angeles, the California Supreme Court analyzed a worker classification dispute between Dynamex and their independent contractors. In this case …

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