BOMA | Building Owners and Managers Association of San Francisco
Advocate: An Update on Legislative, Regulatory, and Political Issues Affecting Commercial Real Estate
February 19, 2010
Volume 16, Issue 2
Save The Date!
San Francisco Small Business Network Mega-Mixer
February 22, 2010
Please consider attending the San Francisco Small Business Network's (SBN) Mega-Mixer on Monday, February 22, 2010 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at First Bank, 550 Montgomery Street, 10th floor.
 
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BOMA News
BOMA International 2010 Winter Business Meeting & National Issues Conference
Summary Report of BOMA San Francisco's Visits to Capitol Hill on February 3, 2010
The following is a summary report on BOMA San Francisco's visits to Capitol Hill on February 3, 2010, as part of the BOMA International 2010 Winter Business Meeting and National Issues Conference.
 
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BOMA Is Now Accepting Data for the 2010 Experience Exchange Report®
Your Colleagues are Sharing Their Data…Shouldn´t You?
The online EER survey has step–by–step features that make submitting your income and expense data easier than ever. You can start and stop the survey at your convenience. What will happen to the data you already submitted? The data will be stored, saved and ready when you´re ready. All data must be submitted by March 31.
 
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BOMA 360 Performance Program™
BOMA International is pleased to announce the development of the BOMA 360 Performance Program, a groundbreaking new program designed to validate and recognize commercial properties that demonstrate best practices in all major areas of building operations and management. A BOMA 360 Performance Building designates that a property is being managed to the highest standards of excellence.
 
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BOMA's New Floor Measurement Methodology
Simplify Lease Calculations
In 1915, BOMA International published the first Standard Method of Floor Measurement for Office Buildings. It has been accepted and approved by the American National Standards Institute. Throughout the years, the standard has been revised to reflect the changing needs of the real estate market and the evolution of office building design.  BOMA International is pleased to introduce the latest version of the office standard.
 
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Energy & Environment News
California's New Green Building Code – CALGREEN
As you may know, California became the first state in the nation to adopt a statewide mandatory green building code, on a unanimous vote by the state’s California Building Standards Commission.  BOMA California played a significant role in shaping and gaining approval of this statewide green building directive from the Commission.  Indeed, Matthew Hargrove, BOMA California's advocate in Sacramento, recently received some ink in the San Francisco Chronicle on this recently!
 
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San Francisco City Hall News
Office of the Controller's Economic Impact Analysis: Temporary Revision of Payroll Tax Expense
The San Francisco Office of the Controller has released a report on the economic impact of a temporary revision of the payroll expense tax (what is this?).
 
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CALL TO ACTION! Support Payroll Tax Relief For Businesses
New Jobs Payroll Tax Exclusion Measure to be heard on February 24, 2010
The New Jobs Payroll Tax Exclusion Measure is scheduled to be heard by the San Francisco Budget and Finance Committee on February 24, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at City Hall, Room 250. BOMA San Francisco building owners and property managers should consider attending the committee hearing, and promote attendance by their tenants,  to support payroll tax relief for the businesses in San Francisco.   
 
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BOMA San Francisco Welcomes Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown
BOMA San Francisco was proud to welcome former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown to the City Club on January 28, 2010 to address BOMA San Francisco members for this month's member luncheon.  Affable and charismatic, Mayor Brown dazzled the audience with his thoughts on a number of issues including Obama's first year in office, the economy, the issues State of California is facing, and so much more.  
 
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Supervisor David Campos Speaks to San Francisco Chamber Members
Your BOMA San Francisco Advocacy Team attended a meeting with San Francisco Board of Supervisors member David Campos on Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce to talk about the issues facing his district (District 9), his thoughts on the San Francisco's budget deficit and overall economy, the challenges facing Muni and much more.  
 
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Theresa Sparks Speaks to BOMA San Francisco GAPAC Members
Your BOMA San Francisco Advocacy Team welcomed Theresa Sparks--who kindly visited us on her lunch break--to BOMA's Government and Public Affairs Committee (GAPAC) on Friday, February 12, 2010 to talk about her current role as Executive Director with the San Francisco Human Rights Commission (HRC), her previous position as president of the San Francisco Police Commission, what issue areas she feels are important as she embarks on her most recent endeavor as a candidate for supervisor in District 6, and much more!  
 
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Public Hearing on Newly Proposed Fire Department Administrative Bulletins
Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 10:00 a.m.
The San Francisco Fire Department will conduct a hearing on two proposed Fire Department Administrative Bulletins on Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in the Fire Commission Room, Fire Department Headquarters, 698 Second Street at Townsend in San Francisco.  The purpose of the hearing is for the Department to receive public comment on the following four newly proposed Administrative Bulletins.
 
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California/San Francisco Young Democrats' Bay Area Statewide Candidates Forum
Your BOMA San Francisco Advocacy Team attended the California/San Francisco Young Democrats' Bay Area Statewide Candidates Forum on Saturday, February 6, 2010.  It was a well organized event that brought together an impressive group of candidates vying for a number of publicly held offices to discuss their qualifications to members of the Young Democrats in California and members of the public.
 
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UPDATE: San Francisco Ordinance Prohibiting Smoking in Enclosed Areas and Certain Unenclosed Areas
Update as of February 18, 2010
We recently posted information on the blog in regard to a measure recently introduced by Supervisor Eric Mar that would, according to the legislative digest, amend the San Francisco Health Code to prohibit smoking in certain enclosed areas, certain unenclosed areas and sports stadiums.  The ordinance will have an impact on all commercial buildings in San Francisco.
 
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General News
SFDPW Battery Street Sewer and Pavement Renovation
February 2010 through August 2010
The San Francisco Department of Public Works (SFDPW) is scheduled to begin major roadway renovations on Battery Street between Market Street and Embarcadero. The scope of work includes the installation of new sewers, asphalt pavement, curbs and curb-ramps.  This work will begin in February 2010 and will last approximately 6-months, ending in August 2010.  The work sequence will begin at the Embarcadero segment of the project limits and continue south toward Market Street completing the project (10- blocks).
 
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Historical San Francisco Jobs vs. City Budget
2000-2009 = $2.4 billion City budget increase with negative job growth
From 2000-2009 there has been a $2.4 billion increase in the budget for the City and County of San Francisco--a city of approximately 800,000 people--while private sector jobs have decreased by 77,000 over the same time period.  
 
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Destination-Based Elevator Control System Requirements
Please click below to read the latest draft of the destination-based elevator controls administrative bulletin from the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection that will govern future installation of such elevators controls in San Francisco, insuring they are completely accessible to the disabled.
 
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UPDATE: Mandatory Recycling and Composting Ordinance
San Francisco now has a city-wide mandatory recycling and composting requirement. There are five mandatory areas that property managers need to address in the ordinance:
 
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UPDATE: San Francisco High Rise Sprinkler Retrofit Ordinance
Non-compliance = No Permits from SFDBI
We recently posted information on the blog related to the upcoming deadline for compliance with San Francisco's High Rise Sprinkler Ordinance (HRSO).  Mr. Steve Panelli, Chief Plumbing Inspector for the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection  (SFDBI), kindly addressed the BOMA San Francisco Codes and Regulations Committee about this issue on January 27, 2010.  Mr. Panelli stated that enforcement of this ordinance will become much more strict: Buildings that are not fully sprinkled or do not have a letter on file with the SFDBI stating how and when the owners expect to complete their sprinkler retrofit work will NOT be issued any further building permits for tenant improvements, etc.  The strict enforcement of the city's HRSO will commence March 2010.
 
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Tenant Installation of Access Controlled Egress Systems
Mary Tse, Inspector for the San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD), informed the BOMA San Francisco Emergency Preparedness Committee (EPC) members on January 12, 2010 about a trend that SFFD high-rise inspectors have noticed where tenants, to protect their employees, are installing access controlled doors--many times without the proper permit from the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection (SFDBI). 
 
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Service Animals in Places of Business
We've received a few questions from members regarding service animals in commercial buildings and places of business.  Please click below for the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) Technical Assistance document that addresses common questions regarding service animals and for California's definition of service animals and additional resources.
 
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DataSF - Get Your City Data Here!
Do you know about DataSF, the central clearinghouse for datasets published by the City & County of San Francisco? If not, check it out, here. Also, take a look at the DataSF App Showcase for your mobile phone!
 
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UPDATE: StreetSmARTS Anti-Graffiti Vandalism Program
The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) and the Department of Public Works (DPW) have joined forces in combating graffiti vandalism in the City by launching an innovative new pilot program called StreetSmARTS. The program connects established urban artists, or “writers”, with private property owners to create vibrant murals, a proven and effective strategy for making property less vulnerable to graffiti vandalism. StreetSmARTS also aims to restore San Francisco’s stature as a recognized, international destination for mural art. The SFAC and DPW will unveil the first StreetSmARTS mural in late March.
 
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Civil Grand Jury Report: Parking For The Disabled
Abuse Or Overuse?
Those who live, work or visit San Francisco understand how coveted a curbside parking space can be.   Small business owners in San Francisco are especially sensitive to this issue as convenient, available parking is key for people who want to patronize almost any business in the city--especially in these tough economic times where our local small businesses need as much help as they can get.
 
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UPDATE: CAPSS and the Seismic Strengthening of Soft-story, Wood-frame Buildings
In February 2009, the Community Action Plan for Seismic Safety (CAPSS) delivered to Mayor Gavin Newsom the report titled Here Today-Here Tomorrow: Earthquake Safety for Soft-Story Buildings. This report focuses on policy recommendations for multi-unit, wood frame soft-story buildings in San Francisco.   Please click here for more information on the recommendations and to download the complete report.
 
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ACTION ALERT- Sit/Lie Law for San Francisco
If you’ve walked through the streets of San Francisco lately, you’ll know that people are often sitting outside stores and restaurants, harassing those passing by to donate money (or sometimes, just plan harassing!).  Not only does this detract from the commercial and aesthetic appeal of our business districts, it also makes us feel unsafe in our own neighborhoods.  San Francisco Chronicle columnist C.W. Nevius has wrote a great article recently about a grass-roots effort by residents of the Haight to deal with this unruly behavior in their neighborhood once and for all.
 
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Got TP?
Everyday, thousands of partially used toilet paper rolls go to waste as cleaning crews replace them with new rolls for use the next day.  Thankfully, there is a program that can help transport the harvested partial rolls for distribution to various non-profit organizations throughout San Francisco.  Indeed, three hundred rolls of toilet paper were recently donated to Larkin Street Youth Services. These donations will last and serve the youths in their transitional house for at least the next six months.
 
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ADVOCACY EVENTS
•  Emergency Preparedness Committee Workshop
Focusing on Developing an Effective Corporate Emergency Preparedness Training and Exercise Program
February 23, 2010
Please click here for more information and to register. 
•  Codes and Regulations Committee Meeting
February 25, 2010
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•  Energy and Environment Committee Meeting
March 2, 2010
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•  GAPAC Meeting
March 3, 2010
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•  Emergency Preparedness Committee Meeting
March 9, 2010
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