July 2018

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Growing up I always looked forward to fireworks, picnics and our 4th of July neighborhood parade. Everyone from the family dog to vintage cars were dressed in red, white and blue. As the years have passed the tradition continued to grow, but with age has come experience and perspective. While I will always continue to cherish those youthful days of past, I am more inclined to reflect on the truer meaning of the 4th of July and the sacrifices that have brought us to this moment in time.

As a product of the Vietnam War era, I saw our men in uniform returning, damaged from the experience and feeling no sense of appreciation for what they went through for our country. Today is a different day, and I feel grateful and thankful for those sacrifices. I hope we are all feeling this way because it is a selfless act to defend our country. Not just for those who are deployed but for those families left behind to pray that they will return, unharmed and whole. I do my best to honor all those who serve, which is why I felt it important to support our veteran community at our recent Wine Tasting event at 4th and Olive. I hope you enjoyed your time at this event, too. Just be sure to “Thank a Veteran” on the 4th, as they are the reason we have the freedoms we have today. Be safe.

But there are more fights ahead for us, and if you have not contributed or responded to our financial request, we need you to do so today. The repeal of Costa Hawkins will not benefit the multifamily industry but will, instead, change it forever. I have said it before, this is YOUR business, so what are you waiting for? We need EVERYONE to support these efforts, so write a check today to show your support of Private Property Rights.

Let’s take a few minutes though to tell you about other upcoming events taking place this month:

Education – Be sure to check out The Beacon for the latest classes.

Events – It’s Summer Social Time on July 26.

Membership – If you have hesitated in booking your Trade Show booth you better be quick, spots are filling fast and there are NEW vendors and products this year you won’t want to miss.

Regional Awards
– This year we have added a regional perspective and included in the awards celebration this year are: the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles, Santa Barbara Rental Property Association, National Association of Residential Property Managers (NARPM), and we have added a new Commercial Real Estate Award. Submissions are via video, and you want to make sure that you and your team are recognized, so call Christine in our office and get your nominations before the deadline passes—it is going be GREAT!!

Have a safe and Happy 4th of July, and we will see you at the Summer Social!

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