Five Months and Counting

Five Months and Counting 

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For just over five months, I’ve served as volunteer President of the Apartment Association of Orange County.  Having been a board member for close to 7 years, this certainly won’t end my involvement with the association and will likely not be my only run as President, but it has been a great experience thus far.  Between being a dad, my day job, side ventures and two monthly/bi-monthly writing commitments, it’s hard to keep up with the blog but it’s necessary.  Read below some of the highlights of my first 6 months as President.

– Reestablishing our relationship with CSUF Mihaylo School of Business and specifically the Real Estate Land Use Institute.  While we hope this relationship will expand to include a number of different research and other educational/career opportunities for the students, we were pleased to host them at our trade show in March.

– Meeting with key elected officials in Washington, DC to discuss the needs of the housing industry locally and nationwide.  Always good to meet with friends we have supported throughout their political careers and especially those I have rented to in the past.

– Meeting with key elected officials in Sacramento to explain how the issues we are facing on a daily basis are adversely impacted by the various bills they are reviewing and voting on.  We have a great reputation and are known as a valuable resource.  It’s no wonder legislators and their staffers contact our office for feedback on housing related bills and policies.

– Participating in grassroots efforts at the city level, meeting with councilmen and women to discuss the outlook on housing in their cities and discovering how we can be of further assistance to city offices and agencies.

– Attended the great program put on by Denise Cato and staff at the Fair Housing Council of Orange County.  They recently celebrated their 50th anniversary and I was fortunate to be there to celebrate with Denise and company.  As a former board member at FHCOC, this was a special event and it is great to see the direction that the council is headed.

– Hosted several prominent speakers and presenters at our general membership meetings at the association, including Jon Coupal of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.  Taxpayer advocates such as Jon are crucial not just to our association and industry, but our members, especially in a high tax State such as California.

– Meeting with local agencies and key city staffers to consult and advise on housing polices and procedures, including important discussions on increasing section 8 voucher acceptance levels across Orange County.  Sadly, there is a 7 year wait for very low income and 10 year wait for low income S8 vouchers in the City of Anaheim alone.  Countywide, the very low income waiting period for an S8 voucher is closer to 11 years.  Can you imagine needing help today and having to wait more than a decade for assistance?

– Planning programs and educational events that will stimulate and educate our members and their employees.  This means new faces, new ideas and new locations.  We have some exciting things planned for Summer 2015, including a Social Media program that is truly unique.

Well, it’s been a great first five months and none of this would be possible without our fantastic Executive Director, Lou Penrose, and our great staff at the Apartment Association of Orange County.  Come out to our programs and events to help support our industry and the business community in Orange County!

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