News: Leadership


SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Mike Gatto joined the California Apartment Association for dinner Wednesday, Oct. 23, before making a presentation on his political philosophy, the 2013 legislative session and what to expect next year. Gatto, D-Burbank, spoke for about a half-hour during the dinner, held at Mulvaney’s B&L in Midtown on the eve of the CAA Board of Directors Meeting. An apartment owner himself in Southern California, Gatto shared one litmus test he uses to evaluate legislation. “If there’s ever a bill that really, really hurts one person, chances are it’s not a good piece of legislation,” he said. Gatto also… Read More

Tagged: Sacramento Valley

Southern California lawmakers and rental housing VIPs gathered in San Diego on Friday, Sept. 27, to discuss this year’s action in Sacramento, share a meal and mingle. It all happened during two lively hours as the California Apartment Association-San Diego held its first Legislative District Leadership Breakfast at the Westgate Hotel. Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, who represents the 80th District, said she strives to keep the needs of both renters and property owners top of mind. “Obviously, as renters, we care about the rights of our tenants and being able to live in places that are nice and where they can… Read More


(As required by Article 4, Section 4.16 of the Amended and Restated CAA Bylaws.) The 2013 CAA Nominating Committee, chaired by Linda Zeller (Gerson Bakar & Associates, San Francisco) is pleased to announce the slate of candidates for seats on the 2014 CAA Board of Directors. We would like to thank CAA members for their participation; more responses were received from qualified applicants than there were open seats. Due to the precise requirements detailed in the Bylaws of the Association, which indicate a specific number of seats available for each Classification of Membership, the job of the Nominating Committee was… Read More


ONTARIO — Thanks to CAA-Apartment Association Greater Inland Empire, local leaders in multifamily housing received an inside view of state and local legislative issues — and the regional economy as a whole. It was all part of CAA-AAGIE’s inaugural Legislative Leadership Conference, held June 7 at the Double Tree Hotel in Ontario. Discussion of legislation focused primarily on the rental housing industry, with themes and speakers including the following: State Leaders: Rental Legislation and the State Budget Moderator: Debra Carlton – CAA senior vice president, public affairs Speakers: state Sen. Norma Torres andAssemblyman Jose Medina Local Leaders: What’s Next for… Read More

Tagged: Greater Inland Empire

The California Apartment Association is pleased to announce the hiring of government-affairs veteran Tommy Thompson as the South Coast Division’s new executive director. Thompson, who joined CAA earlier this month, assumes responsibility for all CAA operations within the South Coast region, which includes Orange County and the cities of Long Beach and Signal Hill. While Thompson’s duties are wide-reaching, he’ll mainly focus on advocating for the rental housing industry within the halls of local government. No stranger to the nexus between public policy and business, Thompson’s most recent job included six years as director of government affairs for the Building… Read More

Tagged: Orange CountyLong Beach