This special report, produced in partnership with the San Diego Building Owners and Managers Association, examines the issues and trends facing property managers and commercial real estate owners today.

  • It's time to be eco-'logical' about water

    "You don't miss your water till your well runs dry," sang by Joni Mitchell decades ago, holds so very true today. Though today you can turn on the tap anytime, there is an underlying tension about what lies ahead of us as it relates to future water shortages. Water districts and fire marshals in the states of Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and California are concerned that we are on the verge of a major water crisis.

  • Keep the lawyers out of it: How to get along with your tenants without going to court

    Let's face it. If property managers and tenants could work out their problems without getting their lawyers involved or going to court, they would. So what business practices should a property manager adopt to minimize tenant litigation while still properly administering a project? Here are three principles to use to achieve this: prevention, consistency and dialogue.

  • CB Richard Ellis' winning formula

    Historically, CB Richard Ellis has been one of the largest commercial property management companies in San Diego. CBRE manages more than 12 million square feet of office, industrial and retail space with 14 managers and 40 employees dedicated to local asset management.

  • BOMA leaders take real estate's message to Capitol Hill

    More than 100 BOMA leaders from all around the country convened March 12-13 at the nation's capitol for the BOMA International National Issues Conference. Though BOMA chapters work frequently with local government representatives, the annual conference is a time when BOMA representatives are able to meet personally with their representatives on Capitol Hill to discuss issues crucial to the commercial real estate industry. At this year's conference, BOMA members were able to educate staff members on commercial real estate priorities from a local and national perspective.

  • Washington state bill for warranties on new homes appears dead

    OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A measure that would require warranties on new homes appears to be dead this session, with Speaker of the House Frank Chopp saying the bill needs more work.

  • Homeowners hope to boot fraternity from neighborhood

    BALTIMORE -- Fed up with litter, loud music late at night, public urination and drunken behavior, homeowners in the neighborhood of a Johns Hopkins University fraternity hope a zoning technicality will help them get the frat boys out.

  • Ruling stops developer from turning golf course into condos

    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- A ruling by a bankruptcy court judge has stopped a developer from turning at least part of a North Myrtle Beach golf course into condominiums.

  • OC man wants to trademark names of communities

    COTO DE CAZA, Calif. -- An Orange County man has filed applications to trademark the name of the enclave where he lives as well as several other communities.

  • New civil code extends notice period for termination of tenancy to 60 days

    On Sept. 30, 2006, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Assembly Bill 1169, which has since been codified as Civil Code Section 1946.1. This statute, a companion to Civil Code Section 1946, went into effect Jan. 1, 2007 and requires landlords to provide a tenant with 60 days notice prior to a proposed date of termination. This newly enacted statute doubles the previous required notice of 30 days.

  • Alpha Mechanical retrofits Juvenile Hall Complex with oil-less compressors

    The county of San Diego is always looking for ways to reduce electrical usage and demand; and particular interest involved the HVAC system (last upgraded in 1998).

  • The benefits of eco-friendly roofing systems

    Building owners, property managers and homeowners all have one thing in common: a roof over their structure that is either energy efficient or not.

  • Security services: What's the value of training time?

    Everyone would probably agree the caliber of service provided by any contract security firm is directly related to the quality of training its security officers receive. But can the same be said for the quantity of training they receive? Do more hours in class equate to better performance on the job? Far from it. Yet, in the security industry, quantity is still king.

  • BOMA plants another resource for property managers with 'GREEN' launch

    Consider these statistics: The commercial office building industry spends approximately $24 billion annually on energy and is the single-largest operating expense for office buildings, typically a third of variable expenses. With such a large investment made each year in this valuable resource, BOMA International wanted to assist BOMA members in making environmentally friendly decisions for their properties by creating an online resource, the Green Resource Energy and Environment Network, or GREEN, viewable at

  • BOMA International honored as Energy Star Partner of the Year

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International as an Energy Star 2007 Partner of the Year for its outstanding contributions to reducing greenhouse-gas emissions by promoting energy management in commercial buildings. BOMA received the award in the "Energy Efficiency Program Delivery" category at a ceremony March 21 in Washington, D.C., that honored 80 businesses for their efficiency accomplishments.

  • 2007 commercial real estate legislative issues

    The San Diego Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA) has established itself and is well-known in the business community as a legislative force representing the commercial real estate industry in the city and county of San Diego, and nationwide through partnerships with BOMA California, BOMA International and a number of other national real estate organizations. With nearly 300 members, BOMA San Diego represents more than 25 million square feet of commercial office space in San Diego County.

  • 30 easy ways to save energy

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that the real estate management industry can reduce energy usage by up to 30 percent simply by improving building operating standards. If a 1 million-square-foot portfolio can reduce its energy consumption by just 10 percent, it would be the environmental equivalent of removing almost 5,000 cars off the road for one year.

  • Guidelines for business record retention for commercial property managers, landlords

    Property managers and landlords often ask, "How long should I keep the files of my former commercial tenants?"

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