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Advocate: An Update on Legislative, Regulatory, and Political Issues Affecting Commercial Real Estate
January 27, 2012
Volume 18, Issue 1
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Tenant Bicycle Access in Existing Commercial Buildings
 
BOMA San Francisco leaders have been meeting with representatives of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (SFBC) and Supervisor John Avalos' office to work on an ordinance that would allow tenants' employees to have a secure place to store their bicycle during the workday. Your feedback is paramount as the first committee hearing at City Hall for this ordinance is tentatively scheduled for mid-February.
 
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Disability Access (ADA) Improvements for Small Businesses and Landlord Obligations
 
Please take a moment to review an ordinance recently submitted by Supervisor David Chiu - Disability Access Improvements for Small Businesses and Landlord Obligations.  BOMA San Francisco Codes and Regulations Committee members and Advocacy team have been meeting with the Supervisor and his staff to understand its potential impact on the aggregate commercial real estate industry.  We'd like to thank Supervisor Chiu for his early outreach to BOMA San Francisco to enlist our feedback.
 
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City Hall News
UPDATE: Recent America's Cup Hearing
Board of Supervisors Votes to Move Event Forward
 
On January 25, 2012, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to reject an appeal that would have prevented the 34th America's Cup from moving forward.
 
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UPDATE: San Francisco Redistricting Task Force
Proposed District Boundaries and Community Meetings
 
If you are a registered voter in San Francisco, please pay close attention to your supervisorial district line as the boundaries may change based on the Redistricting Task Force's recommendations.  Indeed, as of January 4, 2012, the first draft of redrawn district lines has been published.  
 
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UPDATE: Better Market Street Project - Reports
 
The City has released the first set of reports for the Better Market Street Project.  The 'Best Practices’ and ‘Existing Conditions' reports provide detailed research on the state of Market Street today and identifies alternate uses for the corridor based on exemplary precedents around the world.
 
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UPDATE: San Francisco Mobile Food Facilities Permits Issue on KQED's Forum Radio Program

The issue of Mobile Food Facilities (Food Trucks) was discussed on KQED's Forum radio program recently. Forum participants included:
  • Ken Cleaveland, BOMA San Francisco's Director of Government and Public Affairs
  • Matthew Cohen, founder of Off the Grid
  • Rob Black, executive director of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association
  • Tim Volkema, co-owner of the Kasa Indian eatery and the Kasa Indian food truck
 
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SFDBI 2012 Disabled Access Valuation Threshold
 
Please note that the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection (SFDBI) has updated the Disabled Access Valuation Threshold for 2012 to $136,060.00 (from $132,536.28 in 2011) per 2007 California Building Code (CBC) Section 1134B.2.1 Exception 1, and will be updated again in January 2013. 
 
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BOMA California News
California Redevelopment Needs BOMA Members' Support
 
A Redevelopment Bill has been introduced in the California Legislature, and it needs BOMA member support to move forward. 
 
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BOMA International News
Congress Returns with Tax ‘Extenders’ Fate Uncertain
 
With Congress returning to Washington, the fate of the tax "extenders" package remains in doubt. In 2011, Congress failed to extend a package of expiring tax provisions, which includes the 15–year timeline for depreciating leasehold improvements. Building owners must now return to the 39–year schedule unless Congress passes legislation to apply the reduced timeline to 2012 and beyond.
 
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Leasehold Depreciation Provision Lapses – Payroll Tax Cut Extended
 
Prior to leaving Washington in 2011, Congress approved a two–month payroll tax cut extension just eight days before its scheduled expiration. Typically, this 12.4 percent tax is split evenly between employees and employers. However, a bill President Obama signed into law in 2010 reduced the employees’ portion to 4.2 percent while employers continued to pay 6.2 percent in 2011. The payroll tax cut extension became the primary issue of concern in the remaining days and weeks of the first half of the 112th Congress.
 
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Energy & Environment News
UPDATE: BOMA Bay Area 2012 EARTH Award Application Now Available + EARTH Award Workshop

The BOMA San Francisco Energy & Environment Committee held a BOMA Bay Area Earth Award workshop at the Transamerica Pyramid today.  It was an informative session that was well attended by BOMA Oakland/East Bay and BOMA San Francisco building members.   Please be sure to submit your BOMA Bay Area Earth Award application TODAY!  The deadline is February 10, 2012.
 
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California Energy Commission Postpones Release of Proposed Energy Standards

The California Energy Commission (CEC) needs additional time to complete the full regulatory packet and has pushed back the release of their proposed changes to California’s Energy Efficiency Building Standards (Title 24, Part 6).
 
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BOMA/USGBC Launch New Report on Sustainability Policy Options
 
BOMA International was among 15 partner organizations who joined the U.S. Green Building Council January 18th to announce the release of a report that recommends nearly three dozen executive actions across 23 agency programs where the Obama Administration can drive the economic and environmental benefits of green building without new legislation. 
 
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General News
Community Meeting on Transbay Construction Activities
February 1, 2012

With the completion of demolition of the old Transbay, excavation of the new Transbay Transit Center site is now in full swing. All around the jobsite, the Transbay team is bustling with activity and would like to invite you to attend their next community meeting to see what exciting things are currently taking place.
 
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ADVOCACY EVENTS
•  Energy and Environment Committee Meeting
February 7, 2012
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•  GAPAC Meeting
February 8, 2012
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Emergency Preparedness Committee Meeting
February 14, 2012
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•  Codes and Regulations Committee Meeting
February 22, 2012
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FREE Emergency Preparedness Committee Workshop 
Social Media and Emergency Preparedness
February 29, 2012
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