Executive Director's Update

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!

March 2016

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This month is very important for ALL of our members. If you attended our monthly Membership Meeting at the Petroleum Club you are aware of all the bills and challenges that face us this year. If you were not able to attend, then keep an eye out for both the Capitol Update by Greg Brown and our regular update (Sacramento Report) from our own lobbyist Ron Kingston. Ron also provides us with timely articles on critical issues as a feature so whenever you see a Special Report from Ron. be sure to take a look – it impacts YOU and our industry.

But this is also a BIG month for another very good reason. March 29 and 30 is our annual Lobby Day in Sacramento. It is a time when we gather together as a State Association (CalRHA) and let our representatives know how the bills they are voting on will impact us personally, professionally and as an industry. It is also a time that we are able to connect on a personal level at the Capitol reception in a more relaxed atmosphere – a time when you can talk with others in our industry to share the successes and challenges faced by those in different parts of California. And, CalRHA is growing and we are welcoming a new member, Berkeley Property Owners Association. As we have said, the larger we get, the stronger voice we have with our legislators.

Check out the calendar this month, too, there is a lot going on at AACSC and it begins with our first Product Service Council (PSC) and Management Service Council (MSC) quarterly luncheon at the Long Beach Yacht Club. The topics this year are great, so you won’t want to miss any of them.

We are now well into our first CAM (Certified Apartment Manager) class and we had 25 people begin the class. Thank you to our instructors. Lucille Aresco-Crowley who started the class with a bang is always a favorite. Then we had Michael Brennan, one of our attorneys who loves to teach; and Kirk Davey who taught the students the important financial management aspects of apartment management. So we are well on our way to educating more CAM graduates. If you are a CAM graduate and need to make sure that you maintain your certification, get in contact with Teresa Maldonado, our NEW Education Coordinator at AACSC, to see how you can join the new CAM Club. This group is for CAM graduates only and we are focusing on next level issues.

Also on tap for March is the next PN Mixer (Professional Network Mixer) in Torrance. It will be held on March 16. Be sure to look on your AACSC Weekly Update email for the location, or call the office. If you want to connect with the members, this is a relaxed and easy way to come and enjoy some time with friends. We also want to encourage you to bring along a friend – we will be having a 50/50 drawing at each event and giveaways by our vendors. This is also a new event, so join us as we relax and get to know each other.

Finally, I want to thank those who attended our Installation at the Virginia Country Club on January 29th to install our new President Steve Schiro. It was a great evening and Assembly Member Patrick O’Donnell was our guest who installed our Officers and Directors.

Two Months into 2016

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Two months into 2016 and our industry is about to experience a very active year in many respects. Issues we will be hearing about include rent control, REAP, sub-metering, lead-based paint, Section 8, and comfort animals.

It is hard to repeat the same message, but this bears repeating - if you know owners, landlords or management companies who are not members, please remind them that AACSC, YOUR Association, is the only one that has a full-time lobbyist. This means that we are aware of the very latest attempts to change how you can operate your properties. Too many times I run into very informed individuals who tell me that they are a member – that is until I ask them if the organization they are associated with lobbies bills on their behalf. At that point, I get that dear-in-the-headlights look. It matters to AACSC that we have the best when it comes to protecting your property rights and it should matter to you, too. There is one perfect thing about quality – it never goes out of style. Broken record? Yes, and I will keep on repeating this message because it is too important to miss. Just look at your investment and what it means to you, your family and how you want to protect it. Help us by referring new owners and staying alert to our communication.

What is new in 2016? We have already begun to streamline our communications to you with one weekly email update that tells you what is happening: classes, meetings, events and legal issues. We have added an education email on Thursday as well so you can easily plan your education calendar. But when you see a Red Alert email, we encourage you to look, read and act. A Red Alert email means that legislation that will affect you needs immediate attention. Often times the Red Alert is time sensitive so be aware when you see it and be ready to take action if required.

As you look through the magazine, we encourage you to communicate with us about what you would like to see, read about or learn. We are committed to making the Apartment Journal your go-to source for all things multifamily.

We are always looking for those of you who would like to get more involved at the Association. It is a great way to meet others in your industry who can either provide a service to you or who, in turn, might need your service. Make sure to join us every month for our membership meetings, too. We are going to change this up a bit this year so we hope you will come and experience the new AACSC in 2016.

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