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With the help of the California Apartment Association, landscapers in Palm Springs can continue to use electric and battery-powered leaf blowers in the city — good news for rental property owners wanting to keep their communities looking sharp. The City Council on Wednesday considered banning all types of leaf blowers but decided on a 3-2 vote only to prohibit gas-powered models, phasing them out by 2019. CAA opposed prohibiting any type of leaf blower in the city. “Such a ban would add significant costs towards maintaining rental housing,” Ben Benoit, vice president of CAA in the Inland Empire, wrote in… Read More

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ONTARIO — More than 130 rental housing professionals and local elected officials gathered Tuesday for the California Apartment Association’s annual economic forecast for the Greater Inland Empire. This year’s event, held at the DoubleTree, featured economist Jay Prag of Claremont Graduate University’s Drucker School of Management, and Michael Cobb, market analyst with CoStar Group. Presenting at his third consecutive CAA economic forecast, Prag offered a thought-provoking lecture on an array of local, state, and national macro-economic issues, explaining how these factors might affect the multifamily housing industry in the coming years. Prag discussed the unintended consequences of a growing minimum… Read More

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The California Apartment Association has named Ben J. Benoit as its new vice president of public affairs in the Greater Inland Empire. Benoit, who began Jan. 3, comes to CAA’s Greater Inland Empire office with a history of service to his community. Benoit has served as a council member for the city of Wildomar and has brought a strong voice to many regional boards. While Benoit’s duties are wide-reaching, he’ll mainly focus on advocating for the rental housing industry within the halls of local government. CAA’s Greater Inland Empire office spans the counties of San Bernardino, Riverside and the eastern… Read More

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In San Bernardino County, District 1 Supervisor Robert Lovingood, a pro-business candidate supported by CAA’s political action committee, became the first incumbent to be re-elected in 20 years. In Riverside County, voters decided to keep Chuck Washington as their District 3 supervisor. Washington had been appointed to the seat by Gov. Jerry Brown. CAA Greater Inland Empire supported Washington, who is keenly aware of the need for high-density housing in Riverside County. In the city of San Bernardino, voters overwhelmingly passed Measure L, which was supported by CAA Greater Inland Empire, the mayor and six of seven council members. Measure… Read More

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ONTARIO — When it comes to the economy, things are neither booming nor busting, says Professor Jay Prag of the Drucker School of Management. Prag and Steve PonTell, chief executive officer and president of National Community Renaissance, spoke at the California Apartment Association’s Professional Property Managers’ Forum on Tuesday, Aug. 9. The CAA Greater Inland Empire event attracted about 80 rental housing professionals to the DoubleTree Ontario Airport. The good news is that Prag disagrees with the opinion of some economists, who are predicting another recession looming in the distance for the U.S. He said that a condition “just isn’t… Read More

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The California Apartment Association has named Matthew Buck as its new executive in the Greater Inland Empire. Buck assumed his new role July 1. Now vice president of public affairs, he previously served CAA members in the region as government affairs director. CAA’s Greater Inland Empire office spans the counties of San Bernardino, Riverside and the eastern region of Los Angeles County. “In his tenure as government affairs director for us the last few years, Buck has proven he’s ready to assume responsibility for CAA’s public affairs operations in the Greater Inland Empire,” said Tom Bannon, chief executive officer of… Read More

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CAA Greater Inland Empire’s new location is 10390 Commerce Center Drive, C-240, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730.

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The California Apartment Association Greater Inland Empire has donated $10,000 to Inland Empire United Way. The funds will assist United Way in providing a safety net for those in crisis and helping youth to achieve future self‐sufficiency. Six months ago, CAA and United Way formed a partnership aimed at working together to battle poverty and homelessness in the Inland Empire, where one in four children are part of a family that is struggling to make ends meet. Since that time, CAA members have begun volunteering, donating, and exploring ways to support United Way’s mission in the region. “Inland Empire United… Read More

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A law in Hesperia that allows the police chief to order the eviction of tenants from rental housing violates the U.S. Constitution, the California Apartment Association says in a letter to the city. The police chief’s eviction authority is part of Hesperia’s Crime Free Rental Housing ordinance, a pilot program that took effect Jan. 1. The ordinance also requires criminal background screenings, conducted by the Police Department, for all prospective tenants and mandates registration and inspection of all covered properties as well as the use a of crime-free addendum. “Unfortunately, compliance guidance is impossible to provide as many key provisions… Read More

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The CAA Greater Inland Empire Advisory Board has unanimously approved Kelly Vickers from Sares-Regis Group as chairwoman for 2016. As a regional vice president for the Sares-Regis Group, Vickers oversees company operations in the Inland Empire and San Diego. She has more than 17 years of property management experience in both an on-site and multi-site capacity and previously worked for Lewis Management Corp., Beacon Property Management and Equity Residential Property Trust. With CAA, Vickers served as vice chairwoman on the Inland Empire board for the last two years and currently chairs its political action committee. Vickers said CAA Greater Inland… Read More

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