a given that chief among any state self storage association’s interests are
state laws that pertain to the industry. After all, a state association’s
primary responsibility is to take care of its members. With that in mind, the
CSSA is highly active in California politics. Thus, the fact that the CSSA has
tabbed lawyer/lobbyist Randy Pollack to actively engage California legislators
in 2014 is a very good thing, indeed.
laws, taxes and which information avenues self storage owner/operators should
choose to inform the public about lien offenders and upcoming auctions are all
key issues for CSSA members. The role that print media play in getting the word
out is being questioned, especially in light of the financial burden it places
on self storage owner/operators and the fact that the internet has become a
form of media all unto itself.
look at Pollack and some thoughts from him about the year ahead.
grew up in a small town in upstate New York where, during his youth, he worked
in his father’s department store.
learned that being successful requires dedication to the business, long hours
(we were closed only three days a year) and most importantly ensuring that our
customers were satisfied,” Pollack says. "I turned this experience of
working with people into interning for Congressman Jack Kemp during my college
then attended McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento so he could pursue his
interest in government work. He began his career in government on the staff of
Governor George Deukmejian, who eventually appointed him to chief deputy for
Legal Affairs. Pollack then served in the Legislature as chief of staff to an
assemblyman and chief consultant to the Assembly Agriculture Committee. In
1997 he left government and joined a prominent law firm doing lobbying and legislative
work. Finally, in 2006, he started his own firm where he represented
several state and national trade associations and companies before the
Legislature and executive branch agencies.
he also is a lobbyist for the CSSA. Pollack is excited about the new year and
outlines his priorities for the upcoming year.
2013 legislative session had over 40 new members (out of 120) taking
office. 2013 was an important year as term limits changed and members can
now serve a total of 12 years in either or a combination of both houses of the
Legislature. One of our first priorities in 2013 was meeting with all of
the new members and educating them about the self storage industry, how they
operate, and the important role they play in our communities. As for our
legislative agenda, CSSA is still finalizing potential legislative ideas that
will streamline lien laws for operators. A rollout of the legislation will take
place in late January or early February.”
Pollack think are the most compelling strategies for getting state legislators
in the self storage camp?
years ago we had the opportunity of working with many legislators and
legislative staff in passing changes to California’s lien laws,” Pollack says.
"These relationships have continued and along with meeting new
legislators, we believe we will have a strong network to support CSSA’s
legislative agenda. These relationships have been developed based upon
CSSA’s willingness to spend the necessary time in the Capitol and at the local
level with legislators to convey issues of importance to the industry.”
can CSSA members be of service to Pollack?
have worked with many trade associations over the years,” he says. "Many
times the association’s membership is hesitant to get involved in the political
process. However, when CSSA introduced legislation several years ago, the
support of the membership was vigorous and focused. Our legislation passed
without a single ‘No’ vote. This was due in great part to the outstanding
effort of CSSA members who responded to our requests to send in letters and
make phone calls to their local legislators.”
"For our 2014 legislative
agenda,” Pollack concludes, "we will be providing updates to the
membership and developing a grassroots action plan where members will once
again be asked to help our legislative efforts through writing and meeting with their local legislators. The bottom line is
that you are the experts, and yours is the credible voice in our effort!”
So, as the holiday season winds down, it will be time to turn
your attention to 2014. The CSSA and Randy Pollack already have.