It was a fantastic 10th annual State Legislative Breakfast! Members from across Ventura, San Bernardino and Los Angeles got to mingle and hear from state legislators from across the state. Given all the hot button issues surrounding housing in California, it is no surprise extra tables and chairs had to be brought into the room as more people showed up then had RSVP’ed.

This is one of the most important functions AAGLA holds every year as it is the opportunity for many policy makers to meet the individuals who are impacted by legislation that comes before the representative bodies. It is important for lawmakers to see the faces of those who operate and supply the rental housing industry. Landlords are rarely depicted well in the press and popular culture and these face to face encounters are essential in telling the true story of private rental housing providers.  Multi family housing has been a tremendous avenue for people of all backgrounds to build wealth for their families and help give them a chance to achieve a piece of the American dream. Often the nuances and complexities of operating are lost on the general public and lawmakers who do not live and breathe the business every day. Apartment buildings are economic beehives which employ plumbers, carpenters, pool men, gardeners and every other trade under the sun.  It is the independent rental owner who houses the vast majority of California and as a society we should be doing everything we can to encourage people to take on the tough endeavor of operating multi-family.

Attendees got to hear from Tracy Hernandez the CEO of the Los Angeles Business Federation and received an eagle eye view of the business climate in the State.  All attendees got to hear personally from the state legislators on their thoughts as it relates to housing in California. AAGLA is grateful for the legislators taking time out of their busy schedules to join us.

Special Thanks to…

Senator Henry Stern

Senator Scott Wilk

Senator Bob Hertzberg

Senator Mike Morrell

Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi

Assemblymember Miguel Santiago

Assemblymember Mike Gipson

Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas

Assemblymember Laura Friedman

Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell

Assemblymember Dante Acosta

Tracy Hernandez- CEO  LA Business Federation

The breakfast was a casual, friendly and fun atmosphere where members got to enjoy delicious food while hearing from lawmakers on the most pressing issues.  The Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles is celebrating it’s 100th year as the voice of Multi family industry and we encourage anyone who may have missed the breakfast to join us at upcoming events. We want you to be involved! Your involvement ensures AAGLA’s voice is strong  in Sacramento. It is the advocacy of our members that protects property owners everywhere. It is our collective duty to tell our story and educate all the lawmakers.  If you were not able to attend get involved in our robust community. Advocacy, networking, growth and fun go hand in hand!

Thank you to all the members who joined us and participated.