405 Freeway Expansion

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Nomination forms are now available for our 17th Annual "Saluting Our Stars" Awards breakfast to be held on September 13.

This is one of the most rewarding events that AACSC annually sponsors. It is fabulous to see more than 100 finalists in the rental housing industry recognized for their hard work, dedication and professionalism. Rarely do we take the time to give industry-wide recognition to our most deserving employees.

Please take a few minutes and complete this form so that our judges may review your most worthy nominees.

Rules this year are the same as in the past:

  • The nominating process is free to members, and all potential award winners must attend the breakfast.
  • Written nominations are due in the AACSC office by 5:00pm on Friday, August 24, 2012.
  • A company may not nominate more than five (5) candidates in each category.
  • A person may be nominated in more than one category, but cannot win in more than one category.
  • Winners and nominees from previous years are eligible to be nominated again.
  • Judging by a panel of industry experts will be based on performance, professionalism, customer service, property knowledge, continuing education and letters of recommendation/recognition.
  • Non-members may also be nominated, but they will have a $25 entry fee (fifth nomination per company will be free).

See you on the "Red Carpet"!

Recently our Executive Director testified at one of the public hearings for the 405 Freeway expansion. She expressed concerns over the demolition of 15 overpasses and the installation of a toll road down the center of the freeway. Only people who resided within one-quarter of a mile of the freeway were notified about the hearing and some neighbors (like Rossmoor and College Park East) were not notified at all. This construction monstrosity will tie up traffic for you and your tenants for years and will carry a $1.7 billion price tag. Only $600 million has been raised by the one-half cent sales tax addition passed by Measure M six years ago. When Caltrans employees were asked where the balance would come from, the answer was the state and federal monies. Apparently Caltrans does not know that the state and feds are broke! And if that wasn't enough, at press time, we received notice of a Long Beach based public hearing on August 8 re: the 710 Freeway. Please attend this 6:00-9:00pm meeting at Silverado Park Community Center to educate yourself about HUGE traffic changes that will be coming! We all want to beautify the entrance to the City of Long Beach, but we have to be vigilant about traffic tie ups. The most recent Westways magazine from the Auto Club lays out all freeway changes under consideration, including the 110 Freeway toll lane.

A big thank you to Michael Derk of Marcus & Millichap Capital Corporation for sponsoring the recent luncheon at the Long Beach Yacht Club. Our speaker, Jeff Messineo of SwiftMedia.net, discussed changes in our tenants' search for rentals, services and businesses because of smartphones and the mobile web.

This month the L.A. County Board of Supervisors began consideration of a parcel tax which will be voted on in the Spring of 2013. It will be an all-mail vote with only property owners voting. It is requested by Public Works and will range from $54 for a single house to $20,000 annually for large parcels. We'll be representing you there.

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