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Advocate: An Update on Legislative, Regulatory, and Political Issues Affecting Commercial Real Estate
January 25, 2013
Volume 19, Issue 1
BOMA Bay Area EARTH Awards Workshop - January 28, 2013
Watch the new EARTH Award preview video!
An interactive BOMA Bay Area EARTH Award workshop will be presented by the BOMA San Francisco Energy & Environment Committee to guide building owners and managers through the EARTH Awards application process.  If you have never submitted an Earth Awards application, or don’t think your property will qualify, bring your questions and doubts to the experts.
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BOMA Bay Area EARTH Awards - What's New for 2013?
Applications Due February 8, 2013
The greatest edition of the BOMA Bay Area EARTH Awards application is now available on the BOMA San Francisco website.  The application, now in its seventh year, raises the bar on what defines sustainable Bay Area commercial real estate.
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City Hall News
We Need Your Feedback - Planning Code Amendments for Bicycle Parking
The new measure will target primarily new construction projects and existing buildings where building alterations increase the gross square footage of a structure by 20% or more.  There are a few issues that will affect a BOMA members' ability to facilitate bicycle parking in an existing building going forward.   Any feedback on the following is appreciated. 
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UPDATE: Tenant Bicycle Access in Existing Commercial Buildings Law
Our members' work with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition on the Tenant Bicycle Access in Existing Commercial Buildings Ordinance was recently mentioned in The Atlantic.
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UPDATE: San Francisco Mobile Food Facilities Permits
Legislation Introduced to Address Current Issues
The San Francisco Examiner published an article recently that details the ongoing stakeholder discussion regarding Mobile Food Facilities.  BOMA San Francisco members and staff have been at the table advocating for respectable concessions for our members' ground floor tenants.
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UPDATE: Disability Access (ADA) Improvements for Small Businesses and Landlord Obligations
Effective January 1, 2013, commercial property landlords have the obligation of making disability access improvements and providing required notifications when entering into or amending a lease of a property up to 5,000 square feet of space. Effective June 1, 2013, the requirement is expanded to properties up to 7,500 square feet of space.
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UPDATE: New Signage Requirements for Privately Owned Public Open Spaces (POPOS)
Please note that Supervisor David Chiu's legislation updating the signage requirements for Privately-Owned Publicly Accessible Open Spaces (POPOS) has been enacted.
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SFMTA Accessible Parking Policy Advisory Committee
BOMA San Francisco's Government and Public Affairs Committee (GAPAC) member Jeff Spicker with Parking Concepts Inc. will volunteer his time and expertise as BOMA's representative on the SFMTA Accessible Parking Policy Advisory Committee.  Mr. Spicker will provide updates on the group's discussions and actions to members of the GAPAC when warranted.
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UPDATE: CAPSS - Community Action Plan for Seismic Safety Meeting
If you are interested in attending a CAPSS meeting, the next gathering will be on Monday, January 28, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at San Francisco City Hall, Room 34.  
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BOMA San Francisco News
San Francisco HOPE Director Bevan Dufty Speaks to BOMA San Francisco Members
Former District 8 San Francisco Supervisor Bevan Dufty spoke to the members of BOMA San Francisco's Government and Public Affairs Committee (GAPAC) recently.  Mayor Ed Lee appointed Mr. Dufty in 2012 as the Director of Housing Opportunity, Partnerships and Engagement (HOPE).
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BOMA California News
BOMA California Legislative Issues
2013 Preview
Although it's early in the legislative session in Sacramento, our partners at BOMA California have previewed the issues that may affect the commercial real estate industry.  Stay tuned for more information on how these measures progress over the course of 2013 through future blog posts. 
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BOMA International News
BOMA International Advocacy Update
Fiscal Cliff Averted, Energy Tax Incentives and Lead Paint Safety
Please take a moment to review the most recent advocacy updates from BOMA International: BOMA Priority Issues Pass Congress as Fiscal Cliff is Avoided; Senate Holds Hearing on Energy Tax Incentives; and, EPA Announces Public Hearing on Lead Paint Rulemaking.
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Energy and Environment News
FREE Energy Efficiency Training for Manufacturing Facilities and Commercial Buildings
The United States Department of Energy has developed a method for the calibration of buildings in order to improve their energy efficiency.  Previous studies on large scale commercial buildings have demonstrated energy savings of between 5 and 25 percent when this method is used by building operators/managers.
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Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Tax Credit
Fueling equipment for natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas (propane), electricity, E85, or diesel fuel blends containing a minimum of 20% biodiesel installed between January 1, 2006, and December 31, 2013, is eligible for a tax credit of 30% of the cost, not to exceed $30,000. 
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Who says, “Parking is a Commodity?”  City Park dares you, and we will prove you wrong!
City Park has over 75 parking locations, 650 highly trained employees on staff, and over $75 Million in annual revenues in San Francisco that says otherwise!  We have developed a reputation for providing property owners / managers with modern management systems that deliver:  Impressive economic results; “5 Star” Customer / Tenant service; State of the art technology enhancements; Marketing and Social Media programs that deliver; Fully transparent accountability, and; The Smartest parking minds in the business.
It is our reputation as the premier local “boutique” parking operator that has enabled City Park to continue to grow in its management and involvement in the highest profile parking projects in the San Francisco area, including; 5 Star Hotels, Class A Office Buildings, Remotely Managed (Unmanned) Garages, and Luxury Residential parking facilities.  As parking garage and lot owners ourselves, City Park brings an owner’s perspective and a unique “Modern Parking Model” to your parking asset that is unmatched in our local market.
So when you are considering who you want to manage your multi-million dollar parking asset, remember that choosing the lowest management fee or the highest rent is not always the best decision.  Parking is not a commodity…Choose your parking operator on the basis of their business acumen, customer service, entrepreneurial approach to maximizing your revenues, best practices process and procedures, smart use of technology, and local executive support.  As the saying goes, “You Get What You Pay For.”  For more information, contact Spencer Sechler, Director of Marketing at Spencer.Sechler@SFParkinginc.com or visit our website at www.CityParkSF.com




•  Energy and Environment Committee Meeting
February 5, 2013
Ferry Building, Port Commission Hearing Room
Please click here for more information.
•  GAPAC Meeting
February 6, 2013
BOMA San Francisco Office - 233 Sansome Street, 8th Floor
Please click here for more information.
Emergency Preparedness Committee Meeting
February 12, 2013
Post Montgomery Center Tower, 30th Floor
Please click here for more information.
•  Codes and Regulations Committee Meeting
February 27, 2013
201 California Street, 2nd Floor
Please click here for more information.
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