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Advocate: An Update on Legislative, Regulatory, and Political Issues Affecting Commercial Real Estate
January 27, 2010
Volume 16, Issue 1
BOMA News
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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Energy & Environment News
How to Make your Parking Garage ‘Greener’ - Without Paint
So much has been published over the last few years, particularly in San Francisco, about the movement towards a more ‘green’ and sustainable way of living and doing business.  Indeed, many of the new and existing commercial and residential properties in San Francisco are being built or retrofitted to meet the United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.
 
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BOMA San Francisco Energy & Environment Committee Update
PG&E Peak Day Pricing, Rebates and More!
BOMA San Francisco's Energy and Environment Committee held its first meeting of the year on Tuesday, January 5, 2010, where PG&E representatives were on-hand to present information on Peak Day Pricing (PDP), the utility provider's new default rate design.
 
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BOMA San Francisco Earth Awards Entry Deadline
February 12, 2010
Every year, the BOMA San Francisco EARTH Awards program increases in popularity and represents a larger cross-section of commercial real estate properties in San Francisco.  As such, please note that the deadline to submit your 2010  Earth Award application, is February 12, 2010!  Submit your application TODAY!
 
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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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Luncheon Hosted by Mayor Newsom and USGBC-NCC Highlights Empire State Building Sustainability Retrofit
Your BOMA Advocacy Team attended the Coast2Coast Deep Green Retrofitting luncheon on January 8, 2010 hosted by Mayor Gavin Newsom and USGBC-Northern California Chapter with presentations by Mayor Newsom, Empire State Building owner Tony Malkin, USGBC founder David Gottfried, and others.  The luncheon was held to detail how the Empire State Building team is working to sustainably retrofit the iconic structure and inspire other existing commercial building owners in the Bay Area to consider moving in the same direction.
 
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City Hall News
UPDATE: San Francisco Ordinance Prohibiting Smoking in Enclosed Areas and Certain Unenclosed Areas
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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CALL TO ACTION! Support Supervisor Sean Elsbernd's Pension Reform Legislation
Supervisor Sean Elsbernd has recently introduced legislation that would reform city employees pensions.  Please contact the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor's office to pledge your support for Supervisor Elsbernd's measure.  Telephone calls and e-mails are urgently needed.
 
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2010 San Francisco Board of Supervisors Committee Structure
Please note that the San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu has released the 2010 committee structure for the Board.
 
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San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu Speaks to Chamber Members
Your BOMA San Francisco Advocacy Team attended a meeting with San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu on January 20, 2010 at the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce to talk about his first year as Board President, his thoughts on the City's budget deficit, the challenges facing the greater business community and much more.  The following are the highlights from today's meeting:
 
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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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SFUSD Superintendent Carlos Garcia Speaks to BOMA San Francisco’s Government Affairs Committee
Carlos Garcia, Superintendent of Schools for the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), spoke to the BOMA San Francisco Government and Public Affairs Committee (GAPAC) on January 6, 2010 about his work with the SFUSD and the future of the District. Click below for highlights from the meeting.
 
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Mayor Newsom Announces Central Market Partnership To Revitalize Mid-Market Neighborhood
Mayor Gavin Newsom announced on January 14, 2010 the Central Market Partnership, an economic development project to renew and coordinate efforts to revitalize the Central Market neighborhood. The Mayor was joined by Police Chief George Gascón, Fred Blackwell, Director of the San Francisco Redevelopment Commission, Ed Reiskin, Director of the Department of Public Works (DPW) and key neighborhood stakeholders representing small businesses, arts/cultural organizations, property owners, and homeowners.
 
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General News
Public Hearing on Newly Proposed Fire Department Administrative Bulletins
Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 10:00 a.m.
The San Francisco Fire Department will conduct a hearing on two proposed Fire Department Administrative Bulletins on Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in the Fire Commission Room, Fire Department Headquarters, 698 Second Street at Townsend in San Francisco.  The purpose of the hearing is for the Department to receive public comment on the following four newly proposed Administrative Bulletins.
 
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UPDATE: San Francisco High Rise Sprinkler Retrofit Ordinance
Non-compliance = No Permits from SFDBI
BOMA San Francisco was informed recently that buildings that are not fully sprinkled or do not have a letter on file with the Department of Building Inspection stating when and how they expect to complete their sprinkler retrofit work will NOT be issued any further building permits for tenant renovations, etc., effective next month.
 
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Tenant Installation of Access Controlled Egress Systems
Mary Tse, Inspector for the San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD), informed the BOMA San Francisco Emergency Preparedness Committee (EPC) members on January 12, 2010 about a trend that SFFD high-rise inspectors have noticed where tenants, to protect their employees, are installing access controlled doors--many times without the proper permit from the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection (SFDBI). 
 
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SFDBI 2010 Disabled Access Valuation Threshold
Please note that the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection (SFDBI) has updated the Disabled Access Valuation Threshold for 2010 to $128,410.86 (from $126,764.66 in 2009) per 2007 California Building Code (CBC) Section 1134B.2.1 Exception 1, and will be updated again in January 2011.
 
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Service Animals in Places of Business
We've received a few questions from members regarding service animals in commercial buildings and places of business.  Please click below for the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) Technical Assistance document that addresses common questions regarding service animals and for California's definition of service animals and additional resources.
 
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Update to San Francisco Better Market Street Project
In September 2009, the San Francisco Better Market Street Project initiated a series of trials including an integrated package of landscaping, sidewalk cafes and storefront improvements, transit improvements, street and traffic improvements, and other physical improvements along Market Street. The project team has continued to work with community partners, including BOMA San Francisco, to gather on-the-ground data will help identify improvements for Market Street and other streets serving surrounding districts and neighborhoods.
 
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StreetSmARTS Anti-Graffiti Vandalism Program
The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) and the Department of Public Works (DPW) have joined forces in combating graffiti vandalism in the City by launching an innovative new pilot program called StreetSmARTS. The program connects established urban artists, or “writers”, with private property owners to create vibrant murals, a proven and effective strategy for making property less vulnerable to graffiti vandalism. StreetSmARTS also aims to restore San Francisco’s stature as a recognized, international destination for mural art. The SFAC and DPW will unveil the first StreetSmARTS mural in late March.
 
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Civil Grand Jury Report: Parking For The Disabled
Abuse Or Overuse?
Those who live, work or visit San Francisco understand how coveted a curbside parking space can be.   Small business owners in San Francisco are especially sensitive to this issue as convenient, available parking is key for people who want to patronize almost any business in the city--especially in these tough economic times where our local small businesses need as much help as they can get.
 
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UPDATE: CAPSS and the Seismic Strengthening of Soft-story, Wood-frame Buildings
In February 2009, the Community Action Plan for Seismic Safety (CAPSS) delivered to Mayor Gavin Newsom the report titled Here Today-Here Tomorrow: Earthquake Safety for Soft-Story Buildings. This report focuses on policy recommendations for multi-unit, wood frame soft-story buildings in San Francisco.   Please click here for more information on the recommendations and to download the complete report.
 
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ACTION ALERT- Sit/Lie Law for San Francisco
If you’ve walked through the streets of San Francisco lately, you’ll know that people are often sitting outside stores and restaurants, harassing those passing by to donate money (or sometimes, just plan harassing!).  Not only does this detract from the commercial and aesthetic appeal of our business districts, it also makes us feel unsafe in our own neighborhoods.  San Francisco Chronicle columnist C.W. Nevius has wrote a great article recently about a grass-roots effort by residents of the Haight to deal with this unruly behavior in their neighborhood once and for all.
 
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Save The Date!
CAPSS Advisory Committee Workshop
February 10, 2010 - City Hall, Room 305
BOMA San Francisco members are invited to attend a workshop of the Community Action Plan for Seismic Safety (CAPSS) Advisory Committee.  The purpose of this workshop is to:
  • Review the expected damage and consequences of future, large earthquakes in San Francisco;
  • Discuss how these consequences can be addressed with policies and programs before the next earthquake strikes. 
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Announcement of CASp 2010 Exam Dates and Registration Information
Examinations on February 17-18, 2010
Your BOMA San Francsico Advocacy Team is pleased to announce that the Department of General Services (DSA) will be conducting the Certified Access Specialist (CASp) program examination on February 17 and 18, 2010.
 
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ADVOCACY EVENTS
•  Energy and Environment Committee Meeting
February 2, 2010
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•  Emergency Preparedness Committee Meeting
February 9, 2010
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•  GAPAC Meeting
February 10, 2010
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•  BOMA SF-PAC Meeting
February 17, 2010
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•  Codes and Regulations Committee Meeting
February 25, 2010
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