March 27, 2007 Volume
13, Number 2
This Issue of the BOMA-San Francisco Advocate Is
Brought To You By
Township Building Services
Questions or inquiries about the BOMA San Francisco Advocate
should be directed to Ken Cleaveland,
BOMA San Francisco's Government and Public Affairs Director
Phone: (415)362-2662x11 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Salutes Mayor Gavin Newsom March 29th @ Transamerica Pyramid – Don't
The BOMA SF Political Action Committee, in conjunction with
BOMA Member Scott Seligman (Seligman Western Enterprises) and
Steve Adams (Sterling Bank & Trust) are hosting a fundraising
salute to the Mayor and you are invited! The event is being held
Thursday evening, March 29th, on the 40th floor of the Transamerica
Pyramid, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Reservations requested. Click
here to download the invitation.
Giants & Support BOMA's PAC on April 4th!
The BOMA SF Political Action Committee is sponsoring its annual
outdoor BBQ behind the China Basin Landing building Berry Street
(across the street from AT & T Park) on Wednesday, April 4th,
beginning at 4 p.m. Special thanks are extended to the BOMA Associates
Committee for making all the arrangements, and to RREEF and McCarthy
Cook & Company for providing such an excellent venue for a party!
Members and guests may purchase tickets to the BBQ and the ballgame,
but only 250 game tickets are available! Click
here to download a reservation form.
Francisco Treasurer Issues New Rules for Parking Tax Affecting
Commercial Office Buildings
The City's Treasurer issued new regulations on March 20th expanding
the scope of the parking tax regulations in San Francisco. The
new interpretation extends tax liability to commercial property
owners who have provided parking spaces as part of a lease with
no separate financial transaction. This new extension of the
parking tax will not be retroactive, according to his deputy,
David Augustine, but owners are advised they do have an obligation
to pay the parking tax on such spaces moving forward. For a full
text of the announcement, click
Francisco's Office of Labor Standards Enforcement Issues
New FAQs on Sick Leave Ordinance
The city's voter-approved mandate to provide paid sick leave
to all employees, full time, part-time, and temporary, went into
effect February 5, 2007, but will not be fully implemented (meaning
useable) until June 4th. However, employers must accrue
sick leave now on the basis of one hour for every 30 hours worked.
To assist employers the Office of Labor Standards Enforcement
has issued an updated Frequently Asked Questions bulletin (FAQs)
which BOMA members may find useful and may wish to bring to the
attention of their tenants. There are other items BOMA members
may wish to share with tenants including a copy of the ordinance,
a copy of the signage required,
and a copy of OLSE's Fact
Sheet on the paid sick leave ordinance. For more information,
email your questions to PSL@sfgov.org or call 415-554-6271. Donna
Levitt is the Manager of the OLSE.
Much Does Graffiti Cost You? DPW Survey Underway
The city's Department of Public Works is responsible for cleaning
up graffiti on public property, but is trying to get a handle
on what it costs the private sector to clean off walls, replace
glass windows and doors, remove stickers, and polish out scratches.
BOMA is assisting in this effort to collect information. If you
wish to participate, click
here. Survey responses are requested by March 30. Special
note: Members are again encouraged to consider volunteering
to serve on the city's Graffiti Advisory Board. To apply, contact
Merle Goldstone at the Department of Public Works. Her email
address is: Merle.Goldstone@sfdpw.org. Meetings are once a month
for 2 hours at City Hall.
San Francisco Announces Public Policy Initiatives for
The association's Government and Public Affairs Committee finalized
BOMA's public policy initiatives for 2007 at its March 7th meeting.
The committee updated several long standing concerns, and added
new ones such as reforming the way ballot measures are submitted
to the electorate, calling for a change in the law which gave
monopolistic control of billboard sites to sign companies, and
better taxi service. Click
here for the full text.
National Issues Conference in Washington, DC Brings Commercial
Real Estate Issues to Capitol Hill
Delegates from across the country went to Washington, DC March
12-13 to visit with our Federal representatives and to carry
a message that the commercial real estate industry needs attention
on a number of issues. Ken Cleaveland, BOMA San Francisco's Director
of Government and Public Affairs, along with Michael Oddo, Metro
Maintenance, visited the offices of Speaker Pelosi, Representatives
Woolsey, Lantos, Lee, Tauscher, and Senators Boxer and Feinstein.
Top issues that were discussed included:
* Extension of the 15% leasehold improvements depreciation
* Extension of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA)
* Extension and enhancement of the energy tax credits law for
* Creation of Federal Risk Insurance Coverage for catastrophic
natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, floods,
* Reform of the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) Codes
For more information on the BOMA International legislative
agenda and position on a variety of issues, please go to www.boma.org.
Francisco Fire Department Issues Notice on Firewatch
At a recent meeting of the BOMA Codes and Regulations Committee,
San Francisco Fire Marshal Barbara Schultheis defined
what a firewatch was, and when it was required. She said:
"A firewatch is a person or persons
who have the sole duty of watching for the
possibility of fires. As you may imagine, a firewatch is
not something that we want to rely on under most circumstances,
due to human nature. However, occasionally, we are put in
the unfortunate position to require one. For example, if
a fire alarm in a building is out of service and repair will
take some time, we may require a firewatch. This would be
someone who walks the building and looks out for fires and
is able to call the fire dept and notify the occupants to
get out of the building. The details of who and how, etc.
would be determined on a case by case basis."
"I want to clarify that when a building
is undergoing alteration and the building is sprinklered,
the following section of the CFC applies:
systems. When the building is protected by fire-protection
systems, such systems shall be maintained at all times during
alteration. When alteration requires modification of a portion
of a fire-protection system, the remainder of the system
shall be kept in service. When it is necessary to shut
down the entire system, a fire watch shall be kept on site
until the system is returned to service."
If you have further questions about this, please contact the
Fire Marshal at (415) 558-3320.
Newsom Appoints Green Building Task Force – City to
Look at New Mandates
The Mayor recently appointed a task force to study ways in
which the city could promote the incorporation of "green" building
standards, such as LEED and Energy Star, into requirements of
City Planning and the Department of Building Inspection. The
first meeting was held March 15th, and the Mayor is hoping to
get solid recommendations on possible new incentives, as well
as voluntary and mandatory requirements the City could adopt.
BOMA is represented by Ken Cleaveland, and Ken Seibel of Tishman
Speyer; the design community is represented by Margie O'Driscoll,
the AIA/SF Executive Director, and Kirsten Ritchie of Gensler,
while construction is represented by Phil Williams of Webcor.
Several other consultants and a number of representatives from
the City's Building Department, Planning Department, and the
Department of the Environment are also participating. BOMA will
push for incentives and voluntary guidelines for adopting and
installing "green" technology, but the association is against
mandates, especially if applied to existing buildings.
International to Address Creation of a "Green Lease"
BOMA International has established a task force to review the
environmental issues surrounding carbon emissions created by
office buildings, and what our industry must do to reduce them.
Part of the task force's mission is to create a draft "green
lease" for review by the BOMA International Energy and Environment
Committee when it meets in New York City in July. BOMA and its
members have done much to promote sustainable practices in our
industry, including significant reductions in energy consumption,
water consumption, indoor air pollution, and garbage, but more
can be done if tenants are actively engaged in complying with
building rules on conservation. If anyone wishes to submit items
or ideas for inclusion in a "green lease", you are encouraged
to do so, and submit them to Karen Penafiel,
SVP for Government Affairs at BOMA International. Her email: email@example.com. Check out BOMA International's
new G.R.E.E.N. website too at www.bomasf.org/green.
Buildings To Compete At BOMA San Francisco Earth Awards
Luncheon April 26th.
Don't miss this exciting BOMA Earth Awards luncheon April 26th,
being held at the Hotel Nikko beginning at 11:30 a.m. Guest speaker George
Denise, facilities manager of Cushman & Wakefield's
award-winning platinum LEED certified Adobe Systems headquarters
in San Jose will present the message that "going green can green
your bottom line". $21,000 will be distributed as cash
prizes to the best large, medium and small commercial properties
at this luncheon. A special BOMA Earth Awards/San Francisco Business
Times supplement will also be distributed at the luncheon and
mailed to all subscribers that same week. To register for this
amazing event, click here.
For a complete list of all entries, click
City 311 Service to Start
City 3-1-1 information hotline will be launched March 29th.
3-1-1 is a reserved three number dialing service established
by the Federal Communications Commission in 1998 for local non-emergency
government services. The San Francisco 311 Customer Service
Center is accessible by dialing 3-1-1 from landline and wireless
telephones in the San Francisco 415 area code. The call
is toll free for those customers. Many office buildings offer
their local dial tone through building switches - usually PBXs
purchased from Avaya, Cisco, Lucent, Nortel, Genisys or a myriad
of other companies. Therefore, the city is requesting building
managers contact their telecommunications support companies to
ensure that 3-1-1, as well as the other N-1-1 services, can be
passed through their switches. BOMA members with switchboards
are advised to contact Heidi Sieck at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at
415.701.3150. The San Francisco 311 Customer Service Center is
a full service, non-emergency government services call center
using advanced technologies and highly trained customer service
representatives to provide better access to local government
Francisco Water and Sewer Rates to Increase July 1st
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is considering raising water
rates 15% and wastewater rates 9% effective
July 1, 2007. The new rates will have a lower base rate but a
higher cost allocation based on actual consumption. A new $1,300
per dwelling unit connection fee for water will also go into
effect. 90% of the increase is ascribed to capital improvements
of system. Members are encouraged to attend the Rate Fairness
Board Meeting 4/11/07 @ 5:30pm in City Hall Room 263 and Commission
Meeting 5/8/07 @ 1:30pm in City Hall Room 400. For more information
contact the SFPUC at 415-554-3155.
Groups Request CPUC to consider Direct Access
BOMA has been part of several meetings with California Public
Utilities Commissioners to promote the idea of re-opening electricity
markets to direct access for all customers. Recent meetings were
held with Commissioners Dian Grueneich, John
Bohn, Commission President Michael Peevey,
and Andrew Campbell, the chief advisor to Commissioner Rachelle
Chong. While the reception was positive, no specific
date or agreement to consider DA was given. Direct access ended
in California September 20, 2001, unless customers had pre-existing
contracts which they have maintained since then. BOMA San Francisco
had a power pool to purchase electricity for several years during
de-regulation, and saved members millions of dollars on the commodity
price of electricity by being able to negotiate with energy service
providers on the open market.
Francisco Building Inspection Commission Seeks Volunteers
for Building Department Advisory Boards and Committees
BOMA members are encouraged to apply for a variety of volunteer seats
on advisory committees under the supervision of the SF Building
Inspection Commission. These openings include seats on The Access
Appeals Commission, the Board of Examiners, the Code
Advisory Committee and the Unreinforced Masonry
Board. Forward your resume to Ann Aherne,
Secretary to the BIC, at email@example.com. For more information
on the Unreinforced Masonry Board, call Gary Ho (415-558-6083),
for more information on the Code Advisory Committee, contact Alan
Takagawa at 415-558-6688. For more information on the
Board of Examiners, contact Hanson Tom at 415-558-6157
and for the Access Appeals Commission, contact Neil Friedman,
Senior Building Inspector, at 415-558-6168.
Francisco Public Utilities Commission Announces Sustainability
The SFPUC is engaged in developing an organizational Sustainability
Plan. In August 2006, the SFPUC posted on its website the first
of four key deliverables, its Sustainability Indicators and Best
Practices Report. SFPUC staff and consultants had reviewed
over 400 comments on the draft report, revised the indicators
and used them to develop this second deliverable, the Draft Sustainability
Baseline Assessment, which is now available online for your review.
It will be posted for public comment through Monday, April
16. BOMA members can review this report at www.sfwater.org: [SFWATER.ORG
: Sustainability Plan].
Events of Potential Interest to BOMA Members
> Don't miss the special Disaster Experience – A Shelter
in Place Exercise workshop sponsored by BOMA on Friday, April
20, 2007. This morning half-day program is an interactive workshop
for building operations and management teams and major tenants.
It will outline and walk participants through an mock explosion
from a "dirty bomb" and how buildings close by must react in
such a circumstance. Register at www.bomasf.org
> March 30 – BOMA San Francisco Monthly Luncheon @
Palace Hotel – 11:30 a.m. Register at www.bomasf.org.
"The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist
is that the taxidermist leaves the skin." Mark