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Advocate: An Update on Legislative, Regulatory, and Political Issues Affecting Commercial Real Estate
March 23, 2010
Volume 16, Issue 3
San Francisco City Hall News
UPDATE: Destination-Based Elevator Control System Requirements - Final Draft Approved by Building Inspection Commission
 
Your BOMA San Francisco Advocacy Team is pleased to announce that the final draft (#10) of this bulletin--a product of more than two years of consideration by the many affected parties--was unanimously approved by the San Francisco Building Inspection Commission (BIC) on March 17, 2010.  BOMA San Francisco Codes and Regulations Committee Chair, Skip Soskin (Huntsman Architectural Group), spoke on behalf of the association at the BIC meeting and kindly conveyed BOMA's support for the bulletin.
 
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UPDATE: SFFD Emergency Evacuation Sign Revision
We Need Your Feedback!
 
We posted information on the blog previously regarding the San Francisco Fire Department's (SFFD) guidelines for new emergency evacuation signs.  Via BOMA San Francisco's Codes and Regulations Committee, members had expressed concern about the increased cost and size of the sign (below).  Indeed, the font size of 5/8" that was required by SFFD Administrative Bulletin 2.11 in 2009 made the sign larger than expected and impractical to post for BOMA San Francisco members.  The size of 5/8" was requested by the Mayor's Office on Disability, although it is not required by Title 19.  As such, the SFFD has kindly worked closely with BOMA San Francisco members and your BOMA San Francisco Advocacy Team to craft a revised version of the evacuation sign. 
 
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UPDATE: San Francisco Ordinance Prohibiting Smoking in Enclosed Areas and Certain Unenclosed Areas
Update as of March 22, 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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UPDATE: Pension and Muni Reform Efforts from Supervisor Sean Elsbernd
 
Please take a moment to review Supervisor Sean Elsbernd's report on his efforts to reform the pension rules for employees of the City and County of San Francisco as well as Muni drivers' salaries.
 
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San Francisco's 'Sit/Lie' Ordinance
 
Please take a moment to review the recently introduced 'sit/lie' ordinance that would amend the San Francisco Police Code to prohibit sitting or lying on a public sidewalk during specified hours.
 
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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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Energy & Environment News
Turn Off Your Building's Lights for Earth Hour 2010 & San Francisco's 24 x 7 Energy Challenge
March 27. 2010
 
Please take a moment to review the information, kindly provided by Mr. Hal Brownstone with Jones Lang LaSalle by clicking the 'read more' link below.  Mr. Brownstone is a BOMA San Francisco Energy and Environment Committee member and BOMA San Francisco's official representative for Earth Hour 2010 and the San Francisco 24x7 Energy Challenge.
 
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525 Market Street Awarded USGBC LEED Gold Certification
 
525 Market Street has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The distinction marks the largest-ever Gold level certification for an existing high-rise office building on the U.S. West Coast, at gross square footage of 1,161,736. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council.
 
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San Francisco 'Leeds' Major Cities for LEED-EB Certified Buildings
 
San Francisco 'leeds' all major metropolitan cities in USGBC LEED-EB Certified Buildings as of March 1, 2010.  Congratulations to all BOMA San Francisco members who have increased the energy efficiently and environmental sustainability of their existing buildings by pursuing LEED Certification. 
 
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Snapshot: Energy Deregulation State of California
 
Please take a moment to read the following article on energy deregulation in California produced by Steven Ring, Director of Client Solutions with Cushman & Wakefield and a member of BOMA San Francisco Board of Directors.
 
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Draft Regulations Implementing AB 1103
Benchmarking Requirements
 
Regulations for AB 1103, California’s historic building benchmarking law, are in the final process of being prepared by the California Energy Commission staff for the formal adoption process. We are seeking input from our BOMA San Francisco members to make sure the implementation of this historic law is a success. Click 'read more' below to read the draft regulations. Please send feedback, suggestions, and questions, to BOMA California representative Matthew Hargrove at mhargrove@cbpa.com and Ken Cleaveland, BOMA San Francisco's Director of Government and Public Affairs at kenc@boma.com.
 
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BOMA San Francisco Endorses Proposition 16
 
BOMA San Francisco is supporting Proposition 16 because it is in our best interests as commercial property owners to have reliability and predictability of electric power service for our buildings, our tenants, and their customers and clients. Nothing is more important than reliable power. Changing the source of that power is something that should not be done without overwhelming support of all customers. That is why BOMA San Francisco is supporting Proposition 16 as it would create a higher threshold of public support for any deviation away from the current Investor Owned Utility service to one owned and managed by a local government. It will not affect the current operations of existing public power entities.
 
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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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BOMA News
BOMA California Collaborates with American Heart Association on AED Legislation
 
BOMA California has collaborated with the American Heart Association (AHA) on California State Senate Bill 1281, a measure that addresses the liability of property owners who install Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) in their buildings for the benefit of their tenants and visitors.  The AHA is the official sponsor of the bill. 
 
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BOMA San Francisco & CREW SF Joint Membership Luncheon
February 24, 2010
 
BOMA San Francisco held its monthly luncheon in conjunction with CREW SF on Wednesday, February 23, 2010.  The event feature was a four panel discussion with commercial real estate leaders entitled: Survival of the Fittest--Mitigation, Management and Money-Making Through the Super Recession.   The panel, moderated by Gordon M. Hess, Principal, Director of Acquisitions for Ellis Partners, was comprised of these business professionals.
 
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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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General News
Union Square Business Improvement District Management Plan
 
Union Square Business Improvement District (BID) has recently announced that they have received the necessary funding to implement the Greater Union Square BID Management Plan. 
 
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HireSF - New Online Employment Resource for San Francisco Businesses
 
HireSF.org is a new initiative of the Workforce Development Division of the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD), to help San Francisco businesses find the most qualified local job seekers to fill their open positions. The site has been designed as a virtual one stop job matching system, so that employers can easily recruit from among the 46,900 San Francisco residents who are looking for work.
 
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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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TAKE ACTION NOW - CA Census 2010 Business Resource Guide
 
National Census Day, April 1, 2010 is fast approaching, and the California Complete Count wants to make census outreach for business as simple as possible. Please click here for a user-friendly Business Resource Guide with one-click access to tools, talking points, newsletter drafts and resources.  We need you to implement your outreach starting NOW through April 30, 2010.
 
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April 7, 2010
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April 13, 2010
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