Executive Director's Update

September 2016

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It’s back to school time and our freeways are once again slowing down — wait, we live in Los Angeles, did anyone really see a relief in our traffic patterns over the summer? Nevertheless, we love where we live and the California Dreamin’ weather we are known for.

But weather aside, September is also Trade Show time—a time for our industry to celebrate those who work to keep our properties functioning, our tenants happy and to learn about all the NEW and INNOVATIVE products that will make our lives easier and save you money in the long run.

To start the day, AACSC will be honoring the best in the industry at the Rental Housing Industry Awards Breakfast. I hope your nominations were submitted in time, as this will be another momentous event and the best way to Salute Our Stars!

One thing that’s true is change. In and of itself, change is hard for many of us to wrap our arms around. But change will happen with or without us. If you tuned in to KTLA Channel 5 recently, you saw a brief segment with our Keynote Speaker, Ed Begley, Jr. and the amazing transformation of his home. Talk about change!

AACSC is excited to bring him here to Long Beach to share some of the simple strategies that all of us can use to help our environment. I stress the word SIMPLE here because many things we do without thinking impact the world around us. I look forward to having you join us for learning, entertainment and fun! This is sure to be a GREAT lunch. Attendees will also be given an opportunity to WIN LUNCH WITH ED, and all in attendance will also receive a coupon book of specials worth over $2,000! You can only get this if you attend the lunch. So, hop to it and join us in the Seaside Ballroom.

Make your reservation today!

WHAT’s NEW?! This year Tom was working hard to bring us NEW VENDORS and he did a great job, so don’t miss out.

There are lots of great new products, services and companies to visit. Here are just a few of our NEWEST Vendors:

• Sensor Industries
• Saber
• Apartment SEO
• Living Property Management and so many more for you to explore!

I would be remiss if I did not also recognize our sponsors: RTI Properties, Jim’s Floor Covering, Accuplan Benefits Services, California Safety Agency and Exchange Right Real Estate. AACSC appreciates your continued support. See you on the 15th, where “It’s Easy Going Green!”

Note: There will not be a membership meeting in September but will return in October for our Annual Membership Meeting and Director Elections.

August 2016

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Less than 150 more shopping days until Christmas and school begins again this month. Really! Either I am getting older, the days are getting shorter or there is too much to do—oh heck, all three are true. For now let’s just focus on the positive. We live in Southern California where the sun shines on most days, we don’t have to shovel snow, and tornados are not an immediate threat—just those pesky earth quakes that wreak havoc every now and then.

Seriously though, I am heartbroken by all the violence, hate and return to fear that is spreading across our country and the world. When I look around at my neighbors or walk down the street, I hate to say it but every once in a while there is that little voice at the back of my head that wonders if there is someone close by who might hurt me, my family or friends. Then I call my husband and kids just to tell them I love them.

Now I don’t know if you have been listening, but there is one more threat that is looming before our own industry. It is my constant beating drum and ever-closer threat called RENT CONTROL. Yes, I know you have read this before but now is the time to pay attention and get involved! Why now? Because your livelihood is at risk and I mean at REAL risk of changing. It is time to let our City Council know that the very individuals who house their constituents are the very people who they will hurt most. Who, among you, purchased your property to let it fall into disrepair? NO ONE that I have spoken to. Our City Council members do not understand that the average landlord/owner has six to eight units. Certainly not the number that would support a lavish lifestyle.

Our owners are getting older and most of them continue to manage their own properties. So, who will get hurt by rent control? Everyone. Why not consider working together to make sure that we are focusing on those property owners who are not taking care of their properties? No one, especially responsible property owners, wants to provide subpar housing. But these issues reach far beyond the owners. The threat is real and is here now. While there is a larger discussion that needs to happen, I urge you to attend the next AACSC Membership Meeting on August 25th where we will be discussing the threats that are looming as we continue to get organized.

In other news, Trade Show time is here, and we are excited to expand our reach to all of our maintenance and management companies to participate in the awards breakfast. This is the premiere awards show that highlights the best in our business. Nominations will be accepted until August 31, so be sure to contact Jeannie at AACSC to get your nominations in on time. No late applications will be accepted.

Next, be sure to get your reservation in for the Trade Show luncheon with Ed Begley, Jr. A green activist and highly regarded actor, Ed Begley is sure to provide our audience with insight that will not only continue to help you save money, but will also save our environment. For luncheon attendees only, we will be giving out a coupon book worth over $2,000 in various vendor services, but you have to attend to receive it. Call AACSC to make your table or individual reservations as seating is limited. Finally, only luncheon attendees will have an opportunity to win a private lunch with Ed. The winner will be selected at the close of the luncheon, and you must be present to win. Now who can pass up a FREE lunch with such a celebrity?

July 2016

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I would be remiss if I did not begin by wishing each of you a Happy 4th of July. As I thought about what to write I kept coming back to the reason that we celebrate the 4th of July. Of course it represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation. Apart from that little detail that July 4th actually represented the approval of the final wording of the Declaration—it was originally given to the Continental Congress on July 2nd. You see, even back then they needed to approve all the edits and changes. But I digress—suffice it to say, we have been celebrating this day for 240 years.

But looking back at the past and the lessons we have learned also makes me think about those lessons we still have yet to learn. So this month I am honoring the past and present and looking forward to the future.

The past few months have been sprinkled by loss and sadness in a few ways. First, I want to acknowledge the passing of another of our AACSC Past Presidents, Phil Dauk. I cannot tell you how many calls I received from members who knew him and wanted to share their memories. It is at those times when things like the passing of a loved one reminds us of who we might lose and how petty we can all be at times with those we love. But he was loved by many of you, and for that I am grateful that you had that connection with Phil and his wife, Billie.

We also recently learned of the passing of past Board Member, long-time member and supporter of AACSC Oliver Conner. Our condolences go out to both the Dauk and Conner families.

This brings me to the present tragedy that happened in Florida. To hear about this day after day and the stories and lives of those who were killed brought tears to my eyes. How does a person justify taking the lives of so many when we live in a country where there is free speech? The LGBT community was the target, and to simply say it shouldn’t have happened is just too little. I love this community, but we are so much more than just one community, we are individuals and no matter our belief, we must respect each other and allow for our differences to be expressed.

So many lessons still need to be learned, but it was important for me to acknowledge in this issue that we still have the opportunity to choose. So please be good to each other. Peace.

July 2016

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I would be remiss if I did not begin by wishing each of you a Happy 4th of July. As I thought about what to write I kept coming back to the reason that we celebrate the 4th of July. Of course it represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation. Apart from that little detail that July 4th actually represented the approval of the final wording of the Declaration—it was originally given to the Continental Congress on July 2nd. You see, even back then they needed to approve all the edits and changes. But I digress—suffice it to say, we have been celebrating this day for 240 years.

But looking back at the past and the lessons we have learned also makes me think about those lessons we still have yet to learn. So this month I am honoring the past and present and looking forward to the future.

The past few months have been sprinkled by loss and sadness in a few ways. First, I want to acknowledge the passing of another of our AACSC Past Presidents, Phil Dauk. I cannot tell you how many calls I received from members who knew him and wanted to share their memories. It is at those times when things like the passing of a loved one reminds us of who we might lose and how petty we can all be at times with those we love. But he was loved by many of you, and for that I am grateful that you had that connection with Phil and his wife, Billie.

We also recently learned of the passing of past Board Member, long-time member and supporter of AACSC Oliver Conner. Our condolences go out to both the Dauk and Conner families.

This brings me to the present tragedy that happened in Florida. To hear about this day after day and the stories and lives of those who were killed brought tears to my eyes. How does a person justify taking the lives of so many when we live in a country where there is free speech? The LGBT community was the target, and to simply say it shouldn’t have happened is just too little. I love this community, but we are so much more than just one community, we are individuals and no matter our belief, we must respect each other and allow for our differences to be expressed.

So many lessons still need to be learned, but it was important for me to acknowledge in this issue that we still have the opportunity to choose. So please be good to each other. Peace.

June 2016

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As I was driving the other day, I asked my phone to please (yes, I say “please” to my phone) find directions to my destination. I am always amazed that it gets done so quickly. Then, there is the other side of that equation—now that I have arrived at my location, how do I turn my very pleasant sounding guide OFF? OK, I will also admit here that I am not a technology wizard. My children are always saying, “OK, mom, give me your phone and I will find it for you.” That’s great but I still don’t know how to do it myself. Now I also recognize that there are others who are in my exact same position, so look for a class soon on how to use your smart phone.

But whether or not I know how to use technology, it is around us every day, all day, and is a part of our lives more and more. It used to be that there were only seven digits to a phone number; now there are ten because we all have unique area codes. We also used to have landlines in our homes, and when we left our homes and realized we forgot to lock our door, we had to actually drive back home to lock the door instead of just pushing a button on our phone to lock the door for us. What’s next? I am almost afraid to ask, but I also have to admit that our world is becoming more efficient and moving at speeds that we could only dream of five to ten years ago. Nevertheless, here we are and there is no stopping it now—so get on board and buckle up—it’s going to be a bumpy ride and one that requires us all to open our minds to what the future is creating for us.

I hope you enjoy this month’s edition on technology and look for more at our September Trade Show at the Long Beach Convention Center. We are going to be bringing in all the new gadgets, programs, and incentives that our residents will be looking for, because as our theme says “It’s EASY Going GREEN.”

On another slightly different note, I want to thank the following individuals for agreeing to go on a field trip with me May 3rd when we went before the Long Beach City Council to ask them not to change the current Proactive Rental Housing Inspection Program (PRHIP) until it has been in place long enough to provide time for a better look at how the program is working. We are also requesting a good landlord program be implemented. You have heard me time and again talk about how much I respect this industry. I mean it when I say that you have to have a heart to be in this business and while we don’t agree with “bad landlords” who do not take care of their properties, we want to make sure that there is separation between them and the over 99 percent of good landlords who are responsible. I quite literally hijacked the students from our classroom and asked them to attend because we wanted to show support for our industry. Some of them had never attended a City Council meeting and here are some of the comments: “I had no idea what happens at those meetings”; “It was interesting to see the process.” So I want to thank them all on behalf of AACSC, your presence made a difference!

Take a look at our calendar for upcoming events and classes, and be sure to sign up for the next Certified Apartment Manager (CAM) class starting in August so it will end just before the holidays in December. See you at our Summer Social on July 21 at the Hotel Maya in Long Beach!

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