News: Safety


National Night Out visited Lido Apartment Homes in San Bernardino this week. The annual community-building event came to this apartment complex Tuesday, Aug. 4, thanks to Cannon Management, Atap (All Things Are Possible) and CAA’s Greater Inland Empire Division. Observed across the country, National Night Out brings police and residents together under positive circumstances, fostering better relationships between residents and law enforcement, building camaraderie among neighbors and making streets safer. Over 150 attendees gathered at Lido Apartments for the event, as well as 30 vendors and a number of city officials. Representatives from the city of San Bernadino included police… Read More

Tagged: Greater Inland Empire

Every year, California experiences thousands upon thousands of small earthquakes – hundreds each day. Ninety-nine percent are so small we never feel them. Once in a while, though, we get a large tremor — like the 5.1 quake in Orange County this past spring — that reminds us to prepare for the Big One that seismologists keep talking about. When it comes to the rental housing industry, California lawmakers have authorized local governments to establish seismic-retrofit standards for particular types of buildings they consider to be hazardous during an earthquake. These would include certain unreinforced-masonry buildings, specified wood-frame, soft-story, and… Read More

Tagged: Tri-County

A California law taking effect July 1 aims to eventually phase out smoke detectors that take replaceable batteries. For now, however, landlords just need to make sure they’re existing smoke alarms are working.  So don’t go ripping your nine-volt powered smoke alarm from the ceiling. The law first focuses on the folks selling smoke detectors. It says battery-powered smoke alarms sold in the Golden State must have non-replaceable, non-removable batteries that last for at least 10 years. This regulation, however, has a yearlong exception that will keep old-fashioned-but-in-stock smoke detectors from going to waste. Property owners, managing agents, contractors, wholesalers… Read More


Proposed changes to warning requirements under Proposition 65 fail to clarify when signs are needed and pose unnecessary burdens and risks to the rental housing industry, the California Apartment Association said this month. These are among the sentiments in CAA’s June 9 comments to the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), regarding the agency’s pre-regulatory proposal to change the warnings required under Prop 65. CAA’s comments also ask that its members be permitted to continue using current Prop 65 warning signs, which differ only slightly from those proposed by OEHHA. Extensive comments were also submitted by the California Chamber… Read More


Meth-lab type explosions occur while making pot-based product The rental housing industry is seeing an explosion in marijuana use — literally. Property damage and personal injury reports have been rising as more drug manufacturers use butane to extract and concentrate compounds from marijuana. The end product is a clear, golden brown cannabis derivative known by different names, such as hash oil, dabs, shatter, wax, milk, ear wax, honey, snake tails, or butane hash oil. In the central San Joaquin Valley it is often called “honey oil.” In 2014, there already have been several reported cases of explosions in the Fresno… Read More

Tagged: Greater Fresno

Federal officials are reminding contractors to follow lead-safety rules or possibly face tens of thousands of dollars in fines. Just about everyone who is paid to work on pre-1978 rental housing — where lead paint is presumed to be present — must provide specific disclosure pamphlets to tenants and be trained in lead-safe work practices. The California Apartment Association has teamed up with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to make sure all apartment owners, managers and maintenance personnel are following these federal regulations. The EPA issued the regulations in 2008 as the Renovation, Repair and Painting rule, and it took… Read More


The California Apartment Association and a Los Angeles City Council committee Tuesday backed a proposal to scour the city for “soft story” apartment buildings vulnerable to collapse during a major temblor. The project would identify soft-story structures from roughly 29,000 apartment buildings erected prior to 1978. These types of buildings often have wooden frames and carports at ground level. Without proper reinforcement, they’re prone to significant damage during the intense shaking of an earthquake. Finding soft story buildings is likely a precursor to mandatory retrofitting. San Francisco passed this type of legislation this year, and CAA helped ensure financial help… Read More


The California Apartment Association joins the city of Antioch in celebrating the passage of a half-cent sales tax to promote public safety. CAA’s Political Action Committee contributed $18,000 to the campaign for Measure C. The measure, approved during Tuesday’s election, is projected to bring $4.7 million into the city’s general fund to hire additional police and other safety officers.  The tax will begin in April 2014.  The half-cent sales tax represents about one-third of the city’s budget deficit.  CAA Contra Costa Napa Solano Division members, other businesses and citizen stakeholders will help the City Council and city staff by researching… Read More

Tagged: Contra Costa

A bill signed by Gov. Brown this week gives survivors of human trafficking the right to terminate residential leases to protect themselves against their abusers. The law also strengthens existing protections for survivors of domestic violence who are forced to vacate a rental property for their personal safety. Authored by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, SB 612 allows a tenant to precipitate the move-out process by providing the landlord with a written report, prepared by a medical provider, declaring that abuse occurred. This increases protections for victims of crimes including domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, elder or dependent abuse, and… Read More


The city of Los Angeles may soon begin a study to inventory “soft story” apartment buildings — ones in which the ground floor may not be strong enough to support upper levels during a major earthquake, the L.A Times reported Wednesday, Aug. 21. Locating and counting these vulnerable structures could lay the groundwork for an eventual proposal to require seismic retrofitting on soft story buildings in L.A. The push comes as the 20-year anniversary of the Northridge quake approaches. The 1994 temblor destroyed or seriously damaged roughly 200 soft story buildings, according to the Times story. If Los Angeles ultimately… Read More