Ken Cleaveland
Director
Government & Public Affairs
kenc@boma.com
IN THIS ISSUE

CALIFORNIA COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE SUMMIT – June 9th and 10th

 SUBSCRIBE TO BOMA SAN FRANCISCO’S NEW ADVOCACY BLOG!

CALIFORNIA STATE SENATOR LELAND YEE TALKS WITH BOMA SAN FRANCISCO

SFPUC'S GENERAL MANAGER AND ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER TALKS WITH BOMA SAN FRANCISCO MEMBERS

WHY GREEN OFFICE BUILDINGS MAKE FINANCIAL SENSE

BOMA SAN FRANCISCO’S EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS COMMITTEE

CALIFORNIA FIRE CODE:  ALCOHOL-BASED HAND RUBS

ADDITIONAL RISKS LANDLORDS SHOULD CONSIDER WHEN TAKING LETTERS OF CREDIT FROM COMMERCIAL LEASE TENANTS

SPLIT ROLL TAX STUDY SHOWS IDEA HURTS ECONOMY


VACANT OR ABANDONED BUILDING INSPECTION AND REGISTRATIONS

BOMA SAN FRANCISCO SUPPORTS CITY MANDATORY RECYCLING ORDINANCE

SAN FRANCISCO STORMWATER GUIDELINES FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION AND MAJOR RENOVATIONS

PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED REVISIONS TO FIRE DEPARTMENT ADMINISTRATIVE BULLETINS

UPDATE: LIGHTING EFFICIENCY IN COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS ORDINANCE

UPDATE: BOMA SAN FRANCISCO'S POSITION ON THE SFMTA BUDGET - MUNI AND PARKING GARAGE RATE INCREASES & EXPANSION OF METERING HOURS

UPDATE: AUTOMOBILE RESTRICTIONS ON MARKET STREET?

UPDATE: ANTI-GRAFFITI SUPER HUDDLE: "ZERO GRAFFITI FOR A BEAUTIFUL CITY"

SFPUC: WATER AND SEWAGE RATES TO INCREASE

JOINT HEARING: SAN FRANCISCO CITY PLANNING COMMISSION & BUILDING INSPECTION COMMISSION

SUPERVISOR BEVAN DUFTY AT THE SAN FRANCISCO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

NEW SAN FRANCISCO CHARTER AMENDMENTS INTRODUCED

THE BUSINESS COUNCIL ON CLIMATE CHANGE EVENT - GREEN OPPORTUNITIES IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

SAN FRANCISCO BUILDING CODES – NOW ONLINE!

SFPUC’S FREE WATER-WISE EVALUATION

WALTER H. SHORENSTEIN SHARES TIPS ON SURVIVING AND THRIVING IN TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES

UPCOMING BOMA EVENTS – CHECK THEM OUT!


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May 27, 2009                                Volume 15, Number 5
This issue of the BOMA San Francisco Advocate Is Brought To You By

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Post Montgomery Center



BOMA NEWS


CALIFORNIA COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE SUMMIT – June 9th and 10th

The California Commercial Real Estate Summit (CCRES) will be held in Sacramento on June 9 and 10, 2009.  This event is the one time of year that industry leaders from all sectors of the commercial, industrial, and retail real estate industry converge on California's Capitol to meet with policymakers. The summit gives you an opportunity to meet other industry leaders from across the nation, high-level staff from Governor Schwarzenegger's Administration, and California State Legislators. 

We encourage BOMA San Francisco members to attend this important summit.  To register for the CCRES, and for more information, please here.

Your BOMA San Francisco Advocacy Team has organized meetings—specifically for BOMA San Francisco members—with six Legislators that represent San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo Counties on June 10th:

Senators:

Leland Yee - (District 8 - San Francisco/San Mateo)
Mark Leno - Senator Mark Leno (District 3 -San Francisco/Marin)

Assemblymembers:

Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (District 13 – San Francisco)
Assemblymember Jerry Hill (District 19 – San Mateo)
Assemblymember Jared Huffman (District 6 – Marin)
Assemblywoman Fiona Ma (District 12 – San Francisco)

Please register for this event by clicking here.  This is a unique opportunity for BOMA Members to talk directly to California Bay Area legislators who vote on issues that affect the commercial real estate industry.


SUBSCRIBE TO BOMA SAN FRANCISCO’S NEW ADVOCACY BLOG!

Your BOMA San Francisco advocacy team has a new web-based tool to keep you in the loop on up-to-the-minute updates in the wild world of San Francisco politics: The all-new BOMA SAN FRANCISCO ADVOCACY BLOG!   The new blog will allow you to stay in touch with BOMA’s advocacy work as it happens. We are updating the blog with information and pictures from our meetings with San Francisco politicians, and the movers and shakers in City government departments, as well as cover the issues that impact the commercial real estate industry.  We encourage every BOMA member to sign up to automatically receive our blog updates via ONE daily email or news reader on our blog’s website.  Plug into the BOMA blog today!


CALIFORNIA STATE SENATOR LELAND YEE TALKS WITH BOMA SAN FRANCISCO

California State Senator Leland Yee stopped by the BOMA San Francisco office this afternoon to talk about the budget issues that are facing the State of California.  Here are the highlights:

* It will be a tough sell in the State Legislature to pass a constitutional convention, and Senator Yee feels that it will, most likely, be presented to the California electorate for their consideration.
* With regard to Propositions 1A-1F on the May Special Election Ballot, the Senator mentioned that they might not pass (indeed, they didn’t).
* Senator Yee encouraged BOMA San Francisco to continue to be engaged in the budget process at both the state and local level.
* Yee also announced he is running for a second term as State Senator.


SFPUC'S GENERAL MANAGER AND ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER TALKS WITH BOMA SAN FRANCISCO MEMBERS

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission's (SFPUC) General Manager, Ed Harrington, and Assistant General Manager, Laura Spanjian spoke to the BOMA San Francisco's Government and Public Affairs Committee (GAPAC) today about what the SFPUC is currently working on.  Please click here for our blog post with all the details.


WHY GREEN OFFICE BUILDINGS MAKE FINANCIAL SENSE

BOMA San Francisco's advocacy team attended a panel presentation recently that focused on the financial value of 'greening' an office building.  The panel included Kirsten Richie with Gensler who shared the variety of LEED ratings for commercial office buildings as well as new regulations/legislative measures facing the commercial real estate industry, and Lloyd Mariner with Glumac and Andy Canto with Siemens who discussed building operations and efficiency.

BOMA San Francisco President Margot Crosman (Unico) provided an enlightening real-life example of 100 Pine Street--the first LEED EB multi-tenant office building in the Western Region.   Ms. Crosman's efforts in 'greening' 100 Pine reflect her commitment to sustainable building practices and to the bottom line.  Please click here for our blog post on Ms. Crosman’s presentation.


BOMA SAN FRANCISCO’S EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS COMMITTEE

Our Emergency Preparedness Committee (EPC) has been busy recently. The work of the committee occurs in four subcommittees:

Communication Subcommittee:  The communication subcommittee is currently developing an emergency preparedness survey to be distributed, first to the EPC members, and then to the entire BOMA membership.  The subcommittee is also updating the BOMA San Francisco EPC website to include the most up-to-date sources of information related to emergency planning in high-rise buildings

Event Subcommittee:  The event subcommittee is planning an evacuation exercise that will allow for BOMA members to observe how emergency teams from both the public and private sector shelter tenants in place, and then have them evacuate a building.  This will be the first planned building evacuation in San Francisco.  There will be a follow-up seminar to discuss the lessons learned from the exercise and the best practices that were involved.

Training Subcommittee: The training subcommittee hosted a workshop for BOMA members on Active Shooter Preparedness on May 7, 2009.  Presented by Peter Franklin (DABFE) with Cushman and Wakefield, and organized by the Emergency Preparedness Committee (EPC) -Training Subcommittee, the presentation focused on how property managers and their building management associates can prepare themselves for an active shooter in their building.  The EPC Training Subcommittee will be organizing quarterly workshops in the future, so stay tuned!
 
Neighborhood Subcommittee:  The neighborhood subcommittee is developing a model program for neighboring buildings to use in a disaster situation that would pre-establish building to building mutual aide protocols that would function if the public sector was unavailable. 

A few of the public agencies that participate with the EPC committee include:

* San Francisco Department of Emergency Management
* San Francisco Fire Department
* San Francisco Police Department
* San Francisco Health Department
* FBI
* Homeland Security
* National Guard

The expertise of the committee members in property management, security services, and public safety is phenomenal.

The next committee meeting will be on June 9th , at the Pyramid Center, 600 Montgomery St., 48th Floor from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. BOMA members are invited to join the committee!   Please contact the EPC Chair, Ellen Kovach, at ekovach@swigco.com.


GENERAL NEWS

CALIFORNIA FIRE CODE:  ALCOHOL-BASED HAND RUBS

Please click here for the California fire code on wall mounted dispensers containing alcohol-based hand rubs. This is especially important for BOMA members who may have installed alcohol-based hand cleaners in response to the H1N1 virus.

ADDITIONAL RISKS LANDLORDS SHOULD CONSIDER WHEN TAKING LETTERS OF CREDIT FROM COMMERCIAL LEASE TENANTS

In the last decade, commercial landlords have favored obtaining from tenants standby letters of credit over security deposits because standby letters of credit provided added security in the event of a tenant's bankruptcy. The financial instability of banks that issue standby letters of credit and the erosion of the benefits of standby letters of credit in recent bankruptcy court decisions have reduced some of the benefits of standby letters of credit in the commercial lease context.

This Advisory describes the benefits and risks of standby letters of credit and the prophylactic measures that a landlord can take when obtaining a standby letter of credit as security for a tenant's obligations under a commercial lease.

Please click here to read the entire Advisory. Thank you to Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP for allowing us to post this information on our advocacy blog.


SPLIT ROLL TAX STUDY SHOWS IDEA HURTS ECONOMY

In light of the recent rejection of the revenue measures by the state’s voters, some political leaders, including our local Assessor/Recorder Phil Ting, are calling for more taxes, this time in the form of split roll property taxes. This is a bad idea, and one that will not help the state’s economy nor “fix” its budget deficit. In fact, a study was completed last year that examined the potential economic factors surrounding implementing a split roll tax and determined it would not be productive. Click here to read the study entitled "The Economic Effects of California Adopting a Split Roll Property Tax."

BOMA California is a member of Californians Against Higher Property Taxes, whose mission to educate the public and policymakers about the devastating impacts of higher property taxes. Although the idea of higher property taxes is very unpopular with voters and has been rejected time and again, some policymakers and advocacy groups continue to push the issue as a means of raising additional state tax revenue. This study shows that such proposals for property tax increases will only hurt California consumers and further damage our state’s struggling economy.

 
VACANT OR ABANDONED BUILDING INSPECTION AND REGISTRATIONS

Your BOMA Advocacy Team is monitoring proposed legislation at city hall that would require a commercial or mixed use-building owner (or agent) to register with the Department of Building Inspection if the building is entirely vacant for more than 1 year. There are a number of requirements associated with this measure, which you can read here.

We would like your feedback on this legislation. Please email John M. Bozeman, BOMA San Francisco's Legislative Assistant, at johnb@boma.com with your comments.


BOMA SAN FRANCISCO SUPPORTS CITY MANDATORY RECYCLING ORDINANCE

BOMA San Francisco supports Mayor Gavin Newsom's proposal for mandatory recycling in San Francisco, introduced at the Board of Supervisors meeting recently. You can read the current version of the ordinance here. Click here to read BOMA’s letter of support.

Click here and here for our local media's take on the issue.


SAN FRANCISCO STORMWATER GUIDELINES FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION AND MAJOR RENOVATIONS

Please click here to view a presentation of the city's stormwater management design guidelines. Sarah Minick with the SFPUC's Urban Watershed Management Program verbally shared this information with the BOMA San Francisco Codes and Regulations committee recently.  

The stormwater guidelines apply to all new construction and major renovations involving 5,000 square feet or more ground space in the separate sewer areas of San Francisco and all buildings subject to the new city green building ordinance. It’s important for commercial property owners to fully understand which policies and guidelines apply to their specific sites. To access the full list of possibilities and requirements, please click here.


PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED REVISIONS TO FIRE DEPARTMENT ADMINISTRATIVE BULLETINS

The San Francisco Fire Department will conduct a hearing on June 12, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. in the Fire Commission Room, 698 Second Street @ Townsend to receive public comment on the proposed revisions to the Department's Administrative Bulletins (most of which impact the BOMA membership!).

Please click on the links below for more detailed information on each Bulletin:

* 2.10 Checklist: Approval of Locks on Elevator Lobby Doors
* 2.11 Submittal Guidelines for Emergency Evacuation Signs
* 3.03 Fire Alarm Certification
* 4.13 Sprinkler & Standpipe Flow Rate and Required Pressures
* 5.09 Lockbox Program - Guideline for New and Replacement Lockboxes

If you are unable to attend the hearing, you can submit written comment on any proposed revised Bulletin. The Department must receive any written comment by no later than 5:00 p.m. on June 8, 2009.

Written comments may be sent to the following address:

San Francisco Fire Department
Office of the Fire Marshal
698 Second Street, Room 109
San Francisco, CA 94107

You can also email your comments to: firemarshal@sfgov.org


UPDATE: LIGHTING EFFICIENCY IN COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS ORDINANCE

Your BOMA San Francisco Advocacy Team worked on the Lighting Efficiency in Commercial Buildings Ordinance—which requires commercial buildings to increase the efficiency of fluorescent lighting by 2011—with the Department of the Environment to make sure it improves lighting efficiency in an orderly fashion without becoming an extreme economic burden on building owners. The ordinance, which was originally introduced by Mayor Gavin Newsom, is now being moved through city hall by Supervisor Bevan Dufty.

We applaud the Department for its willingness to work with BOMA and to draft this measure in a manner so that it is implemented and enforced through the building code and permit process.

Click here for the legislative digest and here to read the ordinance.


UPDATE: BOMA SAN FRANCISCO'S POSITION ON THE SFMTA BUDGET - MUNI AND PARKING GARAGE RATE INCREASES & EXPANSION OF METERING HOURS

The Board of Supervisors and Mayor Gavin Newsom recently struck a Muni budget compromise that will allow the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) to address its $129 million dollar budget shortfall by increasing fares and reducing or eliminating a number of Muni transit lines.

Unfortunately, as reported in the Examiner recently, Muni may be scaling back the number of fare inspectors that it planned to hire due to the budget deficit. The agency has 46 fare inspectors for 80 transit lines, which encompass over 1,000 vehicles in the Muni fleet. It's clear the agency needs more help on enforcing payment of transit fares.

As we had previously blogged, BOMA San Francisco recently sent Roberta Boomer, the Secretary to the SFMTA Board of Directors, a letter detailing the association's position regarding reasonable Muni fare increases (we supported them, indeed, we would rather have fare increases than service cuts); evasion of fare payment (we mentioned that we would like to have Muni increase its enforcement of fare evaders); and, reworking the labor contracts for municipal railway employees.

In the letter to Ms. Boomer, we also mentioned our opposition to any increase to parking meter fares, public garage rate increases, or expansion of metering times. We feel that such actions would discourage visitors and residents from patronizing our tenants' businesses and would be hurtful to the city's small business communities.

BOMA San Francisco's Government and Public Affairs Committee will be discussing the SFMTA's budget issues with Nathaniel P. Ford, Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer of the SFMTA, on June 3 at 12 p.m. at our office. Please contact Susan Court at scourt@cwpmc.com if you would like to join the committee.


UPDATE: AUTOMOBILE RESTRICTIONS ON MARKET STREET?

As we had previously blogged in March, the San Francisco Transportation Authority is in the process of producing a Strategic Analysis Report (SAR) to investigate options for restricting automobiles (not a full ban) on Market Street from the Embarcadero to Van Ness Avenue (a map of which can be viewed here).

A draft of the SAR or, "Transit Options for a Better Market Street," released recently, is now available here. You can also read about this issue in the Chronicle where your very own Ken Cleaveland, BOMA's Director of Government Affairs, is quoted:

Representatives from influential business organizations in San Francisco said Tuesday that City Hall is taking the right approach.

"When you talk about remaking Market Street, you need to wade into the pool, not dive into it," said Ken Cleveland, director of government affairs for the Building Owners and Managers Association of San Francisco.

He said it's important for the city to thoroughly analyze each change to make sure that businesses don't suffer and that traffic problems aren't shifted to adjacent streets.

According to the SFMTA, the next steps for SAR adoption are as follows:

* Present this draft as an information item at SFMTA's next Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting on Wednesday, May 26, 6-8pm;
* Revise and present the final report as an ACTION item at the CAC meeting on June 24, 6-8pm;
* Present the final report as an ACTION item at the Finance Committee (Commissioner Daly, who requested the SAR, sits on this committee) meeting on Tuesday, July 14, at 11:00am;
* Present the final report as an ACTION item at the Authority Board meeting on Tuesday, July 28, at 11:00am.

The SFMTA welcomes your feedback on the SAR throughout this process, particularly if you can send it to them before June 15th so they can incorporate your suggestions into the final document in time for the June CAC meeting.


UPDATE: ANTI-GRAFFITI SUPER HUDDLE: "ZERO GRAFFITI FOR A BEAUTIFUL CITY"

The BOMA San Francisco advocacy team attended the Anti-Graffiti Super Huddle: "Zero Graffiti for a Beautiful City" recently.  The event was organized by the  San Francisco Graffiti Advisory Board and attendees received information about the city's campaign to defeat graffiti vandalism and learn how to get involved. The event featured guest speakers including Supervisors David Chiu and Bevan Dufty, neighborhood resource tables, and a social hour where attendees were able to meet others who are concerned about this issue.  Please click here to view our blog post on the event.


SFPUC: WATER AND SEWAGE RATES TO INCREASE

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) will increase water and sewage rates over a five year period to both residential and commercial customers to pay for the Water System Improvement Program (WSIP)—mostly for seismic improvement projects.  The impact to commercial interests would be a 13% increase in water rates; sewage rates would go up by 1%.  Please click here for more information.  New rates would be effective July 1.


JOINT HEARING: SAN FRANCISCO CITY PLANNING COMMISSION & BUILDING INSPECTION COMMISSION

Your BOMA Advocacy Team attended a joint hearing of the San Francisco City Planning Commission and Building Inspection Commission recently. The following are the highlights from the hearing that affect the commercial real estate industry.

* The issue of tracking expired permits was discussed. The process, which may not continue due to the lack of staff, is done entirely by staff. That is, both the tracking of permit expiration and notifying the permit holders that their permit is expired is processed manually.
* Permit extensions--an issue now due to the downturn in the economy--was on everyone's mind. The Department of Building Inspection (DBI) issues, on average, 3-4 permit extensions per year, but could see that number rising as projects are put on hold until the economy bounces back.
* For projects that are delayed or abandoned, the revocation of a permit may not happen. Each project is reviewed on a case-by-case basis. There is a 3 year permit limit; project sponsors will have to go through the permit process again if the 3 year limit has passed.
* To assist project sponsors from abandoning their projects, there is proposed legislation, sponsored by the DBI, to grant more than one extension at a time (and still meet the code requirement). It will most likely be effective July 1st, and will give the applicant the chance to get to the project at a later point in the future. We will monitor the progress of the measure and post information on the blog as it becomes available.
* With regard to the Permit Tracking System (PTS), DBI should have a vendor selected for the internet/intranet based program by the end of the fiscal year. The PTS will create a seamless, real-time permit process where everyone involved can be appraised of any new developments with a permit, as they happen.


SUPERVISOR BEVAN DUFTY AT THE SAN FRANCISCO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Supervisor Bevan Dufty spoke at the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce recently about a number of issues that the Board of Supervisors are working on. Here are the highlights:

Muni Budget Battle

* The "police got greedy" with their cut of the Muni budget ($19 million) to patrol the buses.
* An estimated $11 million a year is lost due to fare evasion (click here for BOMA San Francisco's take on the issue).
* If you call 311 for transit information, the charge to Muni is $1.96 per call, or approximately $6 million a year. Supervisor Dufty is working with the controller's office to find a solution.
* There is lack of maneuverability with the Muni budget (e.g., the requirement that Muni drivers be paid--at minimum--the second highest salary of public-transit operators in the United States).

SFPD - Public Safety & Crime

* Public Safety & Crime is a serious issue for Supervisor Dufty.
* The Ingleside District Police Station is a model for how to restructure other police stations in the city, as well as the police department as a whole.
* The San Francisco Police Department is behind the times, technologically speaking, and should be brought up to modern standards.
* The Supervisor favors the internal promotion of the next Police Chief.
* SFPD is young: 50% or more of the police force has 10 or less years of service.

Formula Retail

* Supervisor Dufty supports conditional use for 'formula retail' (i.e., chain stores), but opposes outright bans of these types of businesses.

Future Ambitions

* Supervisor Dufty is running for Mayor in 2011.


NEW SAN FRANCISCO CHARTER AMENDMENTS INTRODUCED

The San Francisco Examiner recently reported on the new charter amendments introduced at the Board of Supervisors meeting last Tuesday.  Your BOMA Advocacy Team will be monitoring these suggested changes to the City Charter and reporting any new developments on our blog. 

Board of Supervisors President David Chiu

Create a two-year budgetary cycle for the city and require the adoption of a five-year financial plan.

Supervisor Sean Elsbernd

Eliminates the salary requirement that Muni drivers be paid, at the very least, the second highest salary of public-transit operators in the nation.

Supervisor John Avalos

Increase firefighter work week from 48.7 hours to 52 hours;

Strip the mayor of sole appointing authority for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency board of directors; board and mayor would each appoint three directors and one would be elected by voters.

Supervisor Bevan Dufty

Create an office management and budget with a director serving a 10-year term, mandate two-year budget cycle, require adoption of five-year financial plan.

Supervisor Chris Daly

Board of Supervisors would be empowered to force the mayor to spend appropriated money for certain programs or activities.

Permits, or “medallions,” to drive cabs would be prohibited to be auctioned off or sold, keeping intact the city’s current system.

Create a Community Development Commission to oversee community-development efforts.


THE BUSINESS COUNCIL ON CLIMATE CHANGE EVENT - GREEN OPPORTUNITIES IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

Your BOMA Advocacy Team attended The Business Council on Climate Change (BC3) panel presentation on Green Opportunities in the Built Environment, hosted by Swinerton Builders. The event was an overview of ways commercial property owners could reduce their operating costs while reducing their energy and water consumption, garbage output, and their building's carbon footprint. The event speakers included Dan Geiger, Executive Director of the US Green Buildings Council (USGBC); Rich Chien, Private Sector Green Building Coordinator at SF Environment; Megan White, Sustainability Coordinator, WEBCOR Builders ; Eric Corey Freed, Principal of organicARCHITECT; and, Adam Taylor, Green Building Coordinator of Swinerton Builders. Click here to view our blog post on what was discussed.

 

TOOLS YOU CAN USE


SAN FRANCISCO BUILDING CODES – NOW ONLINE!

We knew San Francisco’s building codes had to be online somewhere, and we finally found them!   Please click here to access the city's building codes (2007 edition), including city electrical, housing, mechanical, and plumbing codes.


SFPUC’S FREE WATER-WISE EVALUATION

At a recent BOMA San Francisco Environment Committee meeting, Susan Tensfeldt, Water Service Inspector with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), informed the committee that the SFPUC has a FREE program to assist both commercial and residential customers in saving money on their water bill.  The Water-Wise Evaluation program—which uses your billing history as a guide—will send a water conservation technician visit to your building to review your water usage and give you a report outlining how your property can save water and money.  With a 13% water rate increase coming in July, it’s important to take advantage of this program right away.  Please be aware that there is a 2-3 week lead time to schedule an appointment.  Call the SFPUC Water Conservation Section today at (415) 551-4730.


WALTER H. SHORENSTEIN SHARES TIPS ON SURVIVING AND THRIVING IN TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES

The San Francisco Chronicle recently published an edited transcript of Mr. Walter H. Shorenstein's (the founder of Shorenstein Properties, LLC) tips on how to make it and thrive in tough economic times. Here are the main points:

* Don't rely on the government;
* Stick with experience;
* Use common sense;
* Don't gamble too much.

Please click here for the article.



UPCOMING EVENTS OF INTEREST

UPCOMING BOMA EVENTS – CHECK THEM OUT!

Please click here to view BOMA San Francisco’s calendar of events—BOMA committee meetings, education events, seminars, social events, and workshops—for 2009.


BOMA SAN FRANCISCO’S GAPAC MEETING – JUNE 3, 2009

BOMA San Francisco’s Government and Public Affairs Committee will be discussing the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s (SFMTA) budget issues with Nathaniel P. Ford, Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer of the SFMTA, on June 3 at 12 p.m. at our office. 

The GAPAC meets the 1st Wednesday of each month at the BOMA San Francisco Office, 233 Sansome Street, 8th Floor, on May 6, 2009 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.  For information or to join the committee, please contact the 2009 GAPAC Chair, Susan Court with Cushman & Wakefield at scourt@cwpmc.com.


BOMA SAN FRANCISCO’S RECEPTION FOR SF CITY TREASURER JOSE CISNEROS – JUNE 4, 2009

BOMA San Francisco and Seligman Western Properties are throwing a reception for City Treasurer Jose Cisneros on June 4th from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. on the 40th floor of The Pyramid Center

BOMA SAN FRANCISCO BREAKFAST RECEPTION FOR CITY ATTORNEY DENNIS HERRERA – JUNE 17, 2009

BOMA San Francisco is holding a breakfast reception for City Attorney Dennis Herrera on Wednesday, June 17th from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. in the beautiful Solarium at 55 2nd Street.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to John M. Bozeman, BOMA San Francisco’s Legislative Assistant at johnb@boma.com.

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