“I’ve been coming up here for 10 years now, you can actually see that we have an impact,” says CVAR Director Bruce Engles, who relished the chance “to talk to elected officials about laws that are coming up that could have an impact on REALTORS®, our business and our clients.”
Seven CVAR REALTORS® joined Engles, Board of Directors President James Baiseri, other CVAR board members and staff for Legislative Day in Sacramento last week, seeing firsthand how we can have an impact on Legislators when we tell them about issues affecting the real estate industry.
CVAR members talked to Assemblymembers Ling Ling Chang, Marc Steinorth, Chad Mayes and Chris Holden, along with Sen. Mike Morrell–one of our own, who happens to be a member of Citrus Valley Association of REALTORS®!
While the Citrus Valley Association of REALTORS® is dedicated year-round to advocating for real estate professionals and their clients in the political arena, on Legislative Day, our CVAR team in Sacramento were the advocates, talking about the “Hot Issues” currently coming before the Legislature (they included PACE liens; a law to distinguish between legitimate support animals and pets, which is a hot-button for rental property owners; and a proposed law that would require landlords to accept Section 8 vouchers, which at this point is voluntary).
Making their first trip to Legislative Day were CVAR REALTORS® Nicole Jones of HomeSmart, Evergreen Realty in Upland; Kevin Lee of Coldwell Banker Millennium in Glendora; Brittany Susca and Terry Susca of Realty World All Stars in Rancho Cucamonga; Frank Martinez of Century 21 Primetime REALTORS® in Montclair; Gabriel Favela of Berkshire Hathaway in Covina, and Olivia Tamba, of Century 21 Beachside in Upland.
Any CVAR REALTOR® is eligible for the annual expense-paid Legislative Day, with their minimum contribution of $148 to the REALTOR® Action Fund, which funds the political activity in Sacramento on behalf of the real estate industry.
“What I found out is, information gives you a certain amount of power,” said Engles. “And I found out how much the legislative process, whether it’s Federal, state, county or local, impacts not only REALTORS® and the profession of real estate sales and marketing, but also our clients.
“Now, I can’t understand how people can’t be involved,” added Engles. “If they knew what we know, they would be involved.”
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–Laurie Schenden, Communication & Marketing Manager