Executive Director’s Update- October 2015

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At press time, the staff and I were in full-blown Trade Show mode, so I hope that you did two things in September – first, that you attended the 47th Annual Trade Show, and (2) that you were able to renew your AACSC membership for 2016 and learned all about our membership drive through the end of the year.

Now, if you missed either of those, keep reading:

 

  1. Membership Drive – Look for all the details on our website and Facebook. It runs from October – December and we are looking forward to giving away lots of prizes and gift cards for your efforts to help us. Look often and let’s grow our membership together!
  2. Book Club – While I don’t have as much time as I would like, I have always been fascinated by books. I am always on the hunt for lessons I can learn and new ways to improve business. I would suspect that this would apply to many of you. So, I am starting a Book Club that will focus on business, team building, how to make change a little easier, and more. I want your feedback and suggestions, too. To begin, our first book will be: “Who Moved My Cheese,” by Spencer Johnson. I have a workbook that will help us look at how we move through the change process and how to help others, too. It is an easy-to-read and fun book and we will meet for a brown bag lunch at the office to share and discuss on Wednesday, October 28 at 11:30. Be sure to email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to let me know you will be joining the book club.

 

The last few months have been interesting to say the least and there are three key things that you need to be aware of:

 

  1. To remain in compliance with the Long Beach Proactive Rental Housing Inspection Program (PRHIP), you need to make sure you register your property by November 1. Yes, you have 60 days to comply if you cannot register early, but if you are like me, I like to take care of things early and know that it is done.
  2. The AirBnB issue is ongoing and will continue to generate much discussion. One recommendation is to be sure that you have a clause in your lease that makes your residents aware that they may NOT sublet their unit.
  3. Wage Increase – This issue has been heating up and I have already attended three separate meetings on how this could play out. The City of Los Angeles is still on schedule to put in place a $15 per hour minimum wage increase by 2020.

 

Additional issues are bed bugs, mold, and water. While we are continuing to track all of these issues, and more, for you, I could not suggest a better time than RIGHT NOW to get involved.

As you know, it is time for membership renewals, so watch for your renewal notice. At renewal time, please continue your support of our PAC. The Habitability Ordinance was just one example of what is sure to make the year ahead a very active one. You will notice that we are asking for a little more in order to help offset additional expenses coming in the year ahead. Between elections being held across our territory, issues in Sacramento, and national issues already being addressed (such as Disparate Impact), more than ever we need your continued support of our PAC so the Association will be in a much better position to handle all that is ahead.

Does that sound a little scary? It should because this industry is under attack and if anyone is putting their head in the sand and thinking that these issues will just go away quietly, think again. So get involved and keep a look out for our Red Alerts.

On a little lighter note, we want to make sure that you are all invited to our Annual Holiday Party at the Long Beach Yacht Club on Thursday, December 3. Bring along an unwrapped toy and be ready to enjoy an evening with friends. It is a time when we can celebrate all of our vendors and members for all they do for us during the year. In addition to the beautiful setting, we always look forward to showing our appreciation to our charity, Interval House. The work they do for our community is exceptional as they work to keep domestic violence away from our families.

Finally, have a safe and happy Halloween. As a little girl I always looked forward to walking with all my neighborhood friends and gathering as much candy as possible. I wish each of your family members lots of memories as you each celebrate in your own way.

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