Government Affairs Committee
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
by: Craig Benedetto, BOMA San Diego Legislative Consultant

Section: Government Affairs

In order to best serve its membership, BOMA San Diego works tirelessly to be a formidable force in policy debates and represent the interests of the commercial real estate industry. The BOMA San Diego Government Affairs Committee (GAC) is the first line of offense in promoting the interests of the commercial real estate industry through legislative analysis, advocacy and member education, and defense against bad measures that are intended to hurt our members.
Every year, more than 2,000 new laws are introduced by the Legislature, and roughly 1/4 of those bills directly impact the commercial real estate industry.  These bills, in addition to local government actions, like proposed municipal code changes related to taxation, water, energy and land use, also can have a significant impact both positively and negatively on commercial real estate’s ability to thrive and prosper.
In 2015 alone we’ve seen a resurgence in efforts to change Prop 13 (split roll), add regulatory mandates on energy and water use, revisiting fees for affordable housing, mandatory installation of automated external defibrillators coupled with unreasonable and sometimes infeasible companion training requirements.  There are more things coming, including climate action plans, regional transportation plans, Pure Water (potable reuse), infrastructure funding measures and other local, state and federal items both positive and negative that require a vigilant industry group.   
The BOMA Government Affairs Committee is the commercial real estate community’s warriors on these issues and many more.  If you’re interested in being a part of this effort, please consider becoming a member of our committee.  We meet on the 3rd Monday of the month at noon…and you get a “free lunch” in addition to lively discussions.
For more information, please contact our staff liaison, Craig Benedetto at or Julianna Chick at

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