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The nominating period for the 2015 CAA Board of Directors is underway. Applications are due by noon Monday, July 21, 2014. Pertinent documents are accessible below: Memo from Nominating Committee Chair, Laura Khouri CAA Board of Directors’ Responsibilities, Code of Ethics and Current Planning Objectives 2015 CAA Board of Directors Application

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Before throngs of rental housing professionals headed to the state Capitol, the Capitol’s top elected official headed to them. For more than 30 minutes Tuesday, Gov. Jerry Brown captivated a crowd at the Sacramento Convention Center, telling stories about his wide-ranging political history, offering observations about current challenges in California government and looking ahead to a possible fourth term as governor. Brown served as keynote speaker at the California Apartment Association’s annual Legislative Conference. He and Assemblyman Tom Daly, D-Anaheim, delivered talks that primed the crowd for an afternoon of meetings with legislators on bills important to the rental housing… Read More

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The Genesis House, a shelter that provides temporary housing in the Inland Empire, has reopened after a major renovation project partly shouldered by the California Apartment Association. The California Apartment Association’s Greater Inland Empire division, also known as CAA-AAGIE, partnered with HomeAid Inland Empire to overhaul the 60-year-old, uninhabitable eight-unit apartment building. HomeAid Inland Empire and CAA Inland Empire contributed more than $40,000 in construction money and obtained nearly $60,000 in in-kind donations of labor and materials. This saved Lutheran Social Services more than 40 percent on the cost of the Genesis House renovation project. The Genesis House, near Van… Read More

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Gov. Jerry Brown will return to a CAA podium next month as the keynote speaker at the California Apartment Association’s annual Legislative Conference. Brown will address California’s top rental housing officials Tuesday, April 22, at the Sacramento Convention Center. Shortly after the governor’s morningtime speech, attendees will head to the Capitol to educate lawmakers about the important roles the rental housing industry plays in California. The governor last spoke at CAA’s Legislative Conference in 2012. In 2013, the governor canceled his appearance to attend the funeral of a slain police officer. State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, addressed CAA in his… Read More

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A former California Assembly speaker delivered a dinnertime speech. The state’s legislative analyst offered a bright economic forecast. And rental housing leaders took aim at California’s drought. These are some of the highlights from the California Apartment Association’s first board meeting of 2014, held Thursday, Feb. 20. On the eve of the meeting, CAA held its leadership dinner, with former Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg as the guest speaker. Now running for state Senate District 18, Hertzberg provided a boisterous speech that touched on a number of issues, from his own political background to the far-reaching influences of technology to how… Read More

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Ron Granville, a real estate management professional whose experience spans five decades, has taken the gavel as the California Apartment Association’s board president for 2014. Granville, chief executive officer and partner at Northern California-based Woodmont Real Estate Services, led his first CAA board meeting as president Thursday, Feb. 20, in Sacramento. He said he is honored to guide an association dedicated to serving the ethical members of the state’s rental housing industry. “Millions of Californians live in rental housing, whether large-scale apartment complexes or single-family homes,” Granville said. “At CAA, we have a great responsibility to help property owners and… Read More

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In November, the CAA-AAGIE Advisory Board unanimously approved the incoming leadership for 2014. Jennifer Bedford from Western National Property Management was appointed as chairwoman, Kelly Vickers from Sares-Regis Group as chairwoman-elect, Mark Yepez from BRE Properties as treasurer, Bob Wilson from Bluestar Properties as secretary, and Melanie Francis from For Rent Media Solutions as immediate past chairwoman. Bedford joined Western National Property Management in 2001 and is currently a regional manager. She is responsible for communities in the Orange County and Inland Empire submarkets, encompassing approximately 1,600 units, including several lease-up developments. Bedford is a licensed real estate saleswoman in… Read More

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Twice this summer, the California Apartment Association’s Inland Empire Division helped low-income renters who’d fallen on particularly hard times, including both fire victims and families facing eviction. To recognize the efforts, San Bernardino County’s housing authority passed a resolution Tuesday thanking CAA-Apartment Association of the Greater Inland Empire. In the first case, CAA-AAGIE launched a donation drive in August for Housing Authority residents who lost their possessions in a fire.  Collected items included clothing, food, household supplies, school supplies and more. “With the help of AAGIE, most of the needs of the affected residents, which included several children, were met… Read More

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At the CAA Annual Membership Meeting, President Laura Khouri announced the results of the 2014 California Apartment Association Board of Directors’ election and welcomed newly elected directors to the board. In accordance with the CAA bylaws, directors serve a term of three years; newly elected directors begin their terms Jan. 1. 2014 newly elected members of the CAA Board of Directors, representing specific membership categories: Independent Rental Owner Membership Classification: Michael Pierce, Prodesse Investments, Inc. Bruce Rueppel, Guard Hill Holdings Owner/Management Company Membership Classification: Ben Lamson, Bluestar Properties, Inc. Jim Reeder, Glenmoor Realty, Inc. Corporate Membership Classification: Mike Bissell, SARES-REGIS… Read More

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SACRAMENTO — A Tokyo-based housing company sent eight representatives to Sacramento on Monday, Oct. 21, for a crash course in California’s multifamily housing business. Working through an interpreter, the delegation from Mitsui Fudosan Housing Co. asked questions – and got plenty of answers – from California Apartment Association senior staff. Tom Bannon, chief executive officer of CAA, discussed the services that CAA provides to its members while providing an overview of the rental housing market in the Golden State. Bannon also discussed the importance of the association’s public affairs work. “The association constantly is working with state legislators as well… Read More

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