Government Affairs Updates!
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
by: James Lawson, California Strategies

Section: Government Affairs

Government Affairs Update
Breakfast with City Councilmember Chris Cate
The Government Affairs Committee (GAC) continued its Breakfast with Electeds Series with the newest San Diego City Councilmember, District 6 Representative Chris Cate. Councilmember Cate joined 20 GAC members for a fantastic discussion on his public policy priorities and vision for District 6, which includes the neighborhoods of Mira Mesa, Kearny Mesa, Clairemont Mesa, Sorrento Valley and Rancho Penãsquitos.  His top priorities include economic growth, job creation, and expansion of San Diego’s craft brewing industry. During his brief time on the City Council, Councilmember Cate has established himself as a leading voice for the business community, and BOMA looks forward to working with him during his time in office.
Prior to his election to the City Council, Councilmember Cate was a policy advisor to then-City Councilmember Kevin Faulconer and he also served as Vice President of the San Diego County Taxpayer’s Association. Additional information on Councilmember Cate is available here:
City Councilmember Mark Kersey Talks Infrastructure
San Diego City Councilmember Mark Kersey attended the March GAC meeting to discuss his call for an infrastructure financing initiative on the 2016 ballot. As Chair of the City’s Infrastructure Committee, Councilmember Kersey has led an extensive effort to determine the true cost to repair the City’s deteriorating streets, sidewalks, sewer and water pipes and other key facilities.  As reported in the media, the estimated deficit between identified repairs and available funding sources is approximately $1.8 billion.  BOMA will continue to track this discussion closely as it directly impacts member companies and San Diego residents. Additional information is available here:
Bills, Bills, Bills!
The California Legislature is in full swing and more than 2,400 new laws have been introduced this year in Sacramento.  BOMA San Diego staff, and GAC member Tom Magnussen, are heading to LA this week to meet with BOMA CAL, the California Business Properties Association, and other commercial real estate stakeholders to review more than 400 of those bills which could impact the membership. That list will be narrowed down and prioritized as bills progress through the review and approval process. At the appropriate time, BOMA staff will engage the membership to contact Legislators in support or opposition to specific bills. Be alert and be ready to act. Your voice makes a difference!