Time to Party with the Ponies!

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It’s MAY and time to PARTY WITH THE PONIES!! Be sure you save the date (May 16) and join us for a day of fun, casino games, BINGO (one of my favorite games) and racing. Oh, did I forget to mention the food, friendship and casino games? It’s going to a great way to begin the summer and we hope you will join us.

But I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge all of our AWESOME vendors who supported our latest Golf Tournament. Everyone had a great time, and we appreciate all of the good comments. Despite a few “bumps” in the road, it was a beautiful day and we know that next year it will be even better. So, thank you for attending and we will see you again next year.

In other news, I have been reading a lot about amenities that millennials are looking for and thought I would update you on the latest. There was a time when having a washer and dryer on-site was a luxury; next came cable and then the internet. By today’s standards, it is clear that those items are expected. What I read about today are all of the unusual and creative methods companies are using to appeal to renters. Here is a short list of some more unique offerings:

  • Twitter wall
  • Used in a lobby area and shows neighborhood communication
  • Ability to customize their space using in-unit areas to hang bicycles and kayaks.
  • Using sliding doors that offer the residents a more open feel to small spaces.
  • Indoor and outdoor movie theater.
  • A test kitchen.
  • A 5,000 sq. ft. gym with a living wall that offers oxygen rich air.
  • A music studio.


It was noted in an article by NAA that even the owners of older buildings that do not necessarily go through an extensive renovation are choosing to upgrade their buildings in order to compete with the modern properties. Even small changes can make a difference and could mean the difference between tenants choosing your unit or another.

Now for an update on our Sacramento Legislative Day visits. AACSC had very successful meetings with our legislators- thanks in large part to Ron Kingston, our lobbyist. Not only does Ron know everyone but, more importantly, everyone knows and respects Ron. Our team from AACSC included: Clive Graham, President; Elaine Hutchinson, Co-Chair for our PAC and Team Lead; Malcolm Bennett, Team Lead; Board Members Curt Knabe, Lorrie Baldwin, Kari Negri; AACSC member David Henseler; and myself. We divided into two teams led by Malcolm and Elaine and in total met with 14 legislators. At a reception the previous evening we were also able to meet and talk to almost half of them in a more casual setting. All of this in order to make sure that they knew we were in town and speaking on behalf of owner and landlord rights.

We had representation from all eight of our asso cia tions throughout the State and totaled approximately 70-80 individuals. It was well organized and very well received by our representatives who appreciated all the information that we left behind for them to read and I can’t say enough about the great job Ron and Etan (Ron’s assistant) did to prepare our team.

These critical trips to Sacramento and our nation’s capitol in Washington, D.C. keep our views firmly in front of our representatives and I know I speak on behalf of our PAC Committee when I ask you to consider getting involved. It is not only an opportunity to learn about just how much influence your opinions mean to our industry but only when we are present can we lobby for change and for our industry. Thank you to all who took time to attend and for Diane on our staff and Ron for setting up all the meetings, hotel every trip.

Finally, I have been receiving phone calls asking for another HOT TOPIC session on Jury Trials—SO—you got it. Here are the dates for the next Part 1 and Part 2 sessions, so MARK YOUR CALENDAR! May 21st for Part 1, and the following week, May 28th for Part 2. Have any more ideas? Just call and let us know, we are here for you!

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