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

REGISTER FOR OUR EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS WORKSHOP & LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE FERRY BUILDING EVACUATION DRILL – OCTOBER 1, 2009

SUBSCRIBE TO BOMA SAN FRANCISCO’S NEW ADVOCACY BLOG!

SAN FRANCISCO RECREATION AND PARK GENERAL MANAGER PHIL GINSBURG SPEAKS AT BOMA SAN FRANCISCO'S GAPAC MEETING

SUPERVISOR JOHN AVALOS TOURS THE HISTORIC RUSS BUILDING AT 235 MONTGOMERY

BOMA SAN FRANCISCO PAC SUPPORTS PROPOSITION A ON THE NOVEMBER BALLOT

SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER POLITICAL COLUMNIST MELISSA GRIFFIN SPEAKS TO BOMA SAN FRANCISCO MEMBERS

REMINDER: MANDATORY RECYCLING AND COMPOSTING ORDINANCE

COALITION OF BUSINESS GROUPS OPPOSE CA ENERGY COMMISSION REVISIONS TO ENERGY BENCHMARKING LAW (AB 1103)

SAN FRANCISCO POLICE DEPARTMENT CHIEF GEORGE GASCON IS FORMALLY SWORN IN AT CITY HALL

SAN FRANCISCO CONTROLLER BEN ROSENFIELD'S BUDGET UPDATE

MID-MARKET BALLOT MEASURE: SUPPORT THE ARTS AND RENEW MARKET STREET

CALIFORNIA CABLE CAR INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

GEARY BOULEVARD MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION ANNUAL AWARDS LUNCHEON

SAN FRANCISCO BETTER MARKET STREET PROJECT - GIVE YOUR FEEDBACK!

H1N1 SWINE FLU - LETTER TO BUSINESSES & ORGANIZATIONS FROM THE SAN FRANCISCO DEPT. OF PUBLIC HEALTH

UPDATE: MANDATORY COMPOSTING AND RECYCLING ORDINANCE

THE BOMA 2009 ONLINE EXPERIENCE EXCHANGE REPORT IS AVAILABLE NOW!

DEPARTMENT OF BUILDING INSPECTION: 10 MOST COMMON ERRORS DURING PLAN CHECK

SAN FRANCISCO BUILDING CODES – NOW ONLINE!

SFPUC’S FREE WATER-WISE EVALUATION


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September 29, 2009                       Volume 15, Number 9
This Issue of the BOMA San Francisco Advocate Is Brought To You By:

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BOMA NEWS


REGISTER FOR OUR EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS WORKSHOP & LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE FERRY BUILDING EVACUATION DRILL – OCTOBER 1, 2009

* Learn what the law requires
* Understand the basics & get resources to help you plan
* Find out what has worked & what hasn’t worked in actual incidents & drills

Click here to register!  Sponsorships are available—click here for the form.  Please click here for more information or contact John Bozeman, BOMA San Francisco’s Legislative Assistant at (415) 363-2662 x 116 or johnb@boma.com.


BOMA San Francisco, Equity Office Properties and San Francisco Department of Emergency Management recently executed an emergency preparedness drill at The Ferry Building, simulating a magnitude 6.2 earthquake at the height of the morning commute.  The purpose of the drill was to test Equity Office’s emergency plan as well as tenant, visitor, and the public’s response.  Our seminar will present the best practices and lessons learned from the drill to assist BOMA members in strengthening their own emergency preparedness plans.  The program is presented as part of BOMA’s Emergency Preparedness Committee’s commitment to educate members on the best emergency preparedness measures.


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!


SAN FRANCISCO RECREATION AND PARK GENERAL MANAGER PHIL GINSBURG SPEAKS AT BOMA SAN FRANCISCO'S GAPAC MEETING

San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department General Manager Phil Ginsburg spoke to the members of BOMA San Francisco's Government and Public Affairs Committee (GAPAC) on September 2nd to talk about his new position, and his plans for the Department going forward.

Please click here for our blog post on the meeting.


SUPERVISOR JOHN AVALOS TOURS THE HISTORIC RUSS BUILDING AT 235 MONTGOMERY

BOMA San Francisco hosted a building tour of  The Russ Building at 235 Montgomery for  Supervisor John Avalos recently. Built in 1927, the 31-story building is a California State Historic Landmark and a great example of how a high-rise building is managed, and how an existing building can be retrofitted to address today's energy efficiency requirements and accommodate tenants in a modern office environment.

BOMA San Francisco would like to thank Supervisor Avalos for taking the time to tour The Russ Building. We appreciate our relationship with the Supervisor and look forward to working with him more on issues that affect both the commercial real estate industry and the City in the future.

We would also like to thank the Shorenstein property management team at The Russ Building for organizing the tour: Mike Cashion, Property Manager; Annie Chang, Assistant Property Manager; and, Arthur Wolf, Chief Engineer.

Please click here to view our blog post of the tour.


BOMA SAN FRANCISCO PAC SUPPORTS PROPOSITION A ON THE NOVEMBER BALLOT

The BOMA San Francisco Political Action Committee (BOMA SF-PAC) supports Proposition A, which will be before the San Francisco electorate on November 3, 2009. Proposition A will help the San Francisco government better manage its finances by requiring the creation of a two-year budget, a five-year financial plan and the alignment of future City employee union contracts.

Proposition A is a good first step to reforming local government by mandating that prudent financial policies and practices are put into place that are more in-line with practices long ago adopted by the private sector.

BOMA SF-PAC supports Proposition A and urges all San Francisco voters to do so as well.

Please click here to view our blog post on this issue.


SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER POLITICAL COLUMNIST MELISSA GRIFFIN SPEAKS TO BOMA SAN FRANCISCO MEMBERS

BOMA San Francisco welcomed the ingeniously clever and ever-entertaining San Francisco Examiner political columnist Melissa Griffin to our member luncheon at the City Club recently. Melissa covers the political scene in San Francisco with wit and a wry sensibility. If you haven't had a chance to peruse her Thursday column in the Examiner, or her blog, then you're in for a treat!

We thank Melissa for taking to our members today, and look forward to having her speak at future BOMA San Francisco events in the future.

Please click here to view our blog post of the event.

 

GENERAL NEWS


REMINDER: MANDATORY RECYCLING AND COMPOSTING ORDINANCE

As we have  posted on the blog previously, San Francisco will have a city-wide mandatory recycling and composting requirement effective October 21, 2009. There are five mandatory areas that property managers need to address in the ordinance:

* Sign-up and pay for adequate recycling, composting and trash service.
* Have the appropriate number, color and size containers placed close together in convenient locations at your site.
* Educate and train tenants and employees on the program.
* Work with the hired janitorial staff or contractors to create an effective program.
* Make sure your building is participating in separating materials.
*
There could be fines for buildings that do not provide an adequate program (#1-4 above), but there will not be fines for buildings that do not properly separate all materials until at least July 1, 2011.

Please click here to review the ordinance and here for FAQs. 

Please contact the San Francisco Department of the Environment at (415) 355-3768 if you need assistance in starting a recycling and composting program to comply with the new law. Your business may also qualify for the Department's Mini-Grant program that can help offset the costs of meeting the City's new refuse requirements. Please click  here for more information and to apply.


COALITION OF BUSINESS GROUPS OPPOSE CA ENERGY COMMISSION REVISIONS TO ENERGY BENCHMARKING LAW (AB 1103)

In an unprecedented coalescence of the California Association of Realtors, the California Chamber of Commerce, the California Building Industry Association, BOMA, NAIOP, IREM and others who are part of the California Business Properties Association (CBPA) , the business community made it clear that the California Energy Commission's (CEC) draft regulations implementing AB 1103 for non-residential buildings were too broadly stated and that the Commission was overstepping its authority if it mandated anything other than the use of the Energy Star Portfolio Manager program to assess a property's energy consumption profile.

Written by CBPA Vice President Matthew Hargrow, the response letter, which you can read here, pulls no punches calling out the CEC staff for overreaching their authority that was not authorized by the California Legislature.

Please click here to review the draft regulations, original legislation and the CEC legal opinion.


SAN FRANCISCO POLICE DEPARTMENT CHIEF GEORGE GASCON IS FORMALLY SWORN IN AT CITY HALL

Your BOMA San Francisco Advocacy Team attended the public swearing in of the San Francisco Police Department's new Chief, George Gascon, at City Hall on Friday, August 21st. Those in attendance included: State Senator Mark Leno, San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris, Public Defender Jeff Adachi, and City Supervisors Ross Mirkarimi and David Campos.

BOMA San Francisco congratulates Chief Gascon on his new position. We appreciate the close relationship BOMA has with the San Francisco Police Department via our Emergency Preparedness Committee and we look forward to working with the men and women of the Department to help protect the commercial real estate industry in San Francisco.

Please click here to view our blog post on Chief Gascon’s swearing-in ceremony.


SAN FRANCISCO CONTROLLER BEN ROSENFIELD'S BUDGET UPDATE

Your BOMA San Francisco Advocacy Team attended a presentation by San Francisco Controller Ben Rosenfield recently for an update on the City's local economy and FY 2009-2010 budget.

For the details, please click here to view our blog post on the presentation.


MID-MARKET BALLOT MEASURE: SUPPORT THE ARTS AND RENEW MARKET STREET

As you know, the corridor on Market between 5th and 7th streets leaves much to be desired. Thankfully, an ordinance has been introduced to revitalize this section of Market Street with the intention of creating a vibrant and thriving arts district. The Mid-Market ARTS ordinance will restore--at no cost to the taxpayer--the artistic and cultural haven that once existed in the great theater district of San Francisco. At the same time, the revenue generated will provide a much-needed, stable financing source for arts education programs for children living in the Tenderloin. Please click here for more information and to read the ordinance.

The initiative has qualified to be November 2009 ballot. For more information, or to become a supporter, please contact Daniel Palay at (415) 643-8507.


CALIFORNIA CABLE CAR INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) in conjunction with the Department of Public Works (DPW) has initiated the California Cable Car Infrastructure Improvement Project designed to replace aging underground components and repave the roadway along a 17-block area of California Street from Drumm Street west to Van Ness Avenue. Additional underground work, not requiring street repaving, will occur on Hyde Street between California Street & Pacific Avenue, and on Mason Street between California & Washington streets.

Please click here for a fact sheet and here for our blog post on the project.




TOOLS YOU CAN USE

 

GEARY BOULEVARD MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION ANNUAL AWARDS LUNCHEON

Your BOMA Advocacy Team attended the Geary Boulevard Merchants Association Annual Awards Luncheon recently. The luncheon honored the small business owners along Geary Boulevard that have contributed back to the community in various ways.

The well-attended event featured the following speakers:

Attorney General Jerry Brown
Assemblywoman Fiona Ma
Superior Court Judge Quentin Kopp
Board of Equalization Chairwoman Betty Yee
Supervisor Eric Mar

BOMA San Francisco congratulates the members of the Geary Boulevard Merchants Association as well as David Heller, President of the association, for his outstanding work in hosting and producing this annual event.

Please click here to view the blog post on the event.


SAN FRANCISCO BETTER MARKET STREET PROJECT - GIVE YOUR FEEDBACK!

San Francisco Better Market Street project will initiate a 6-to-12-month series of trials starting in September 2009, including an integrated package of landscaping, sidewalk cafes and storefront improvements, transit improvements, street and traffic improvements, and other physical improvements that are iterative and are regularly monitored and refined as needed. The project team will work with community partners, including BOMA San Francisco, to gather on-the-ground data that will inform the desired improvements for Market Street and other streets serving surrounding districts and neighborhoods.

Here is your opportunity to offer your perspective on what works and what needs to be improved or changed during the trial period. As a BOMA San Francisco member and commercial real estate professional, your perspective will inform both immediate operational decisions and the longer-term vision for Market Street and surrounding areas.

Please send your thoughts to:

* Call 311 or log onto http://sfgov.org/311
* Twitter: by typing 'd sf311' first before sending private Twitter message to 311
* Send an email to
marketstreet@sfgov.org
* Comment on the Market Street Facebook page (coming soon).

Please click here for more information on the San Francisco Better Market Street Project and here for our blog post on the issue.

H1N1 SWINE FLU - LETTER TO BUSINESSES & ORGANIZATIONS FROM THE SAN FRANCISCO DEPT. OF PUBLIC HEALTH

The San Francisco Department of Public Health has issued two very informative documents to assist organizations to be better prepared for the upcoming flu season. The first is a concise two-page overview of the current status on the H1N1 virus. The second document is a more in-depth PowerPoint that may be helpful for any presentations you may have coming up. Please feel free to re-distribute as you deem appropriate.

Please click here for the letter and here for the PowerPoint presentation.


UPDATE: MANDATORY COMPOSTING AND RECYCLING ORDINANCE

As we have posted on the blog previously, San Francisco will have a city-wide mandatory recycling and composting requirement effective October 21, 2009. There are five mandatory areas that property managers need to address in the ordinance:

* Sign-up and pay for adequate recycling, composting and trash service.
* Have the appropriate number, color and size containers placed close together in convenient locations at your site.
* Educate and train tenants and employees on the program.
* Work with the hired janitorial staff or contractors to create an effective program.
* Make sure your building is participating in separating materials.
*
There could be fines for buildings that do not provide an adequate program (#1-4 above), but there will not be fines for buildings that do not properly separate all materials until at least July 1, 2011.

Please click here to review the ordinance and here for FAQs.

Please contact the San Francisco Department of the Environment at (415) 355-3768 if you need assistance in starting a recycling and composting program to comply with the new law. Your business may also qualify for the Department's Mini-Grant program that can help offset the costs of meeting the City's new refuse requirements. Please click here for more information and to apply.


THE BOMA 2009 ONLINE EXPERIENCE EXCHANGE REPORT IS AVAILABLE NOW!

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DEPARTMENT OF BUILDING INSPECTION: 10 MOST COMMON ERRORS DURING PLAN CHECK

You'll be one step closer to finishing your project if you avoid these common pitfalls during the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection plan review:

* Incomplete information regarding existing conditions. Such information should include current legal use and occupancy of all related building areas, building construction type, property line setbacks, and abutting property conditions.
* Confusion due to too much information overlaid. Separate plans should be provided for existing conditions, partial demolition, and proposed work. On more complicated projects, provide separate architectural and structural drawings.
* Plans are not coordinated among architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, and other designs. Also, lack of coordination between views such as plans and elevations.
* Inadequate dimensioning of plans.
* Fire-resistant assemblies are not detailed and do not conform to approved designs.
* Incorrect story count. Detailed substantiation must be provided, including spot elevations of floors and adjacent grade around perimeter and profiles, to allow plan reviewers to confirm story or basement determination.
* Lack of clarity and consistency of plans, including symbols and designations, such as existing vs. new walls.
* Sloppy, illegible, incorrect and incomplete permit application forms and submittal documents such as plans.
* Lack of adequate accessibility documentation and accessibility checklist.
* Failure to provide adequate cover-sheet information, including correct codes being used for design, contact information, design professional's signature, index of drawings, etc.


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.



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.

 
SAVE THE DATE!  CODES AND REGULATIONS SEMINAR – OCTOBER 29, 2009

Please mark your calendar for October 29th  for BOMA San Francisco’s Codes and Regulations Annual Seminar.   This information-packed seminar will give attendees the tools to understand the new green building codes and standards, and how they will be interpreted and enforced in San Francisco in the coming years.  Click here for more information.  Sponsorships are available!  
 

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 “When I was state finance director, I often had to convince companies to locate in California rather than another state. One of my best arguments was Proposition 13, because it allows companies to pencil out exactly what they will pay in property taxes for the life of their plants.” – Tom Campbell, Former U.S. Congressman
 

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