Wednesday, October 15, 2014

UPDATE - SPECIAL GUESTS AND ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS at BOMA San Francisco's Emergency Preparedness Seminar on October 21, 2014 - REGISTER NOW!






SPECIAL GUESTS



REGISTER 


NOTE: You can also register in-person on the day of the event! 

Location: The Ferry Building, Port Commission Hearing Room, Second Floor 
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


BOMA San Francisco's Emergency Preparedness Seminar on October 21st is for any building owner, manager, engineering staff, security personnel, and tenant representative that wants to learn more about emergency preparedness in high-rise commercial office buildings.   More information below.





Attendees will:
  • Learn lessons from BOMA San Francisco’s August 2014 Police/Fire Drill at 100 First Street: 1) incident management and 2) communication with relevant stakeholders, i.e., the 100 First Street Kilroy Property Management Team and participating tenant, security team members, engineering staff, and the San Francisco Police and Fire Departments; 
  • Learn strategies for working with San Francisco’s emergency responders; 
  • Gain resources to help YOU be better educated and prepared for such emergencies. 

The program is presented as part of BOMA’s Emergency Preparedness Committee’s commitment to educate members on the best emergency preparedness strategies and will show how simulated emergencies can strengthen your entire building teams’ response to a critical incident.

Speakers

Ryan Rusler, Har-Bro Restoration and Chair of BOMA's Emergency Preparedness Committee
Stacia Keisner, CBRE, Vice-Chair of BOMA San Francisco’s Emergency Preparedness Committee
Eileen Kong, Senior Asset Manager, Kilroy Realty, 100 First Street
Deborah Cho, Property Manager, Kilroy Realty, 100 First Street
Makrizia Fabio, Assistant Property Manager, Kilroy Realty, 100 First Street
Sean Bennett, Chief Engineer, Able Engineering Services, 100 First Street
Caleb Leichliter, Security Manager, Universal Protection Service, 100 First Street
Kelly D'Innocenti, Workplace Services Administrator at Box, 100 First Street Tenant
Ann Mannix, Captain, San Francisco Police Department, Tactical Unit
Tony Dumont, Captain, San Francisco Fire Department, Paramedic Unit
Jackson Talbot, Director of Security, Cushman & Wakefield, Transamerica Pyramid Center
Jeff Ellis, Security Manager, Universal Protection Service, Transamerica Pyramid Center
Shea Baldez, Program Manager, SF CARD
Misa Gidding-Chatfield, Property Coordinator at PM Realty Group, 388 Market Street
Sean O' Mara, Private Sector Liaison, San Francisco Department of Emergency Management 


The BOMA San Francisco Emergency Preparedness Committee's 2014 Annual Emergency Preparedness Seminar is generously sponsored by (in alphabetical order):



















Monday, October 13, 2014

UPDATE - SPECIAL GUESTS at BOMA San Francisco's Emergency Preparedness Seminar on October 21, 2014


SPECIAL GUESTS







UPDATE - October 13, 2014

BOMA San Francisco Members:

If you haven't, please be sure to register for this exciting event!

BOMA San Francisco's Emergency Preparedness Seminar on October 21st is for any building owner, manager, engineering staff, security personnel, and tenant representative that wants to learn more about emergency preparedness in high-rise commercial office buildings.   More information below.


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Original Post - October 8, 2014

Register today for the 2014 BOMA San Francisco Annual Emergency Preparedness Seminar on October 21, 2014 as seating is limited! The BOMA San Francisco Emergency Preparedness Committee members are putting the final touches on the seminar program details now - you will not want to miss this event.


NOTE: You can also register in-person on the day of the event! 

Location: The Ferry Building, Port Commission Hearing Room, Second Floor 
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 



Attendees will:
  • Learn lessons from BOMA San Francisco’s August 2014 Police/Fire Drill at 100 First Street: 1) incident management and 2) communication with relevant stakeholders, i.e., the 100 First Street Kilroy Property Management Team and participating tenant, security team members, engineering staff, and the San Francisco Police and Fire Departments; 
  • Learn strategies for working with San Francisco’s emergency responders; 
  • Gain resources to help YOU be better educated and prepared for such emergencies. 

The program is presented as part of BOMA’s Emergency Preparedness Committee’s commitment to educate members on the best emergency preparedness strategies and will show how simulated emergencies can strengthen your entire building teams’ response to a critical incident.

Speakers

Ryan Rusler, Har-Bro Restoration and Chair of BOMA's Emergency Preparedness Committee
Stacia Keisner, CBRE, Vice-Chair of BOMA San Francisco’s Emergency Preparedness Committee
Eileen Kong, Senior Asset Manager, 100 First Street
Deborah Cho, Property Manager, 100 First Street
Makrizia Fabio, Assistant Property Manager, 100 First Street
100 First Street Tenant Representative
Jeff Ellis, Security Manager, Transamerica Pyramid Center
Shea Baldez, Program Manager, SF CARD 
Sean O' Mara, San Francisco Department of Emergency Management Public Sector Liaison 
San Francisco Police Department Representatives
San Francisco Fire Department Representative

Sponsorship is still available.  Email John Bozeman at johnb@boma.com for the details.  

The BOMA San Francisco Emergency Preparedness Committee's 2014 Annual Emergency Preparedness Seminar is generously sponsored by (in alphabetical order):
















Wednesday, October 8, 2014

REGISTER TODAY! BOMA San Francisco's Emergency Preparedness Seminar - October 21, 2014





BOMA San Francisco Members:

Register today for the 2014 BOMA San Francisco Annual Emergency Preparedness Seminar on October 21, 2014 as seating is limited! The BOMA San Francisco Emergency Preparedness Committee members are putting the final touches on the seminar program details now - you will not want to miss this event.


NOTE: You can also register in-person on the day of the event! 

Location: The Ferry Building, Port Commission Hearing Room, Second Floor 
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 



Attendees will:
  • Learn lessons from BOMA San Francisco’s August 2014 Police/Fire Drill at 100 First Street: 1) incident management and 2) communication with relevant stakeholders, i.e., the 100 First Street Kilroy Property Management Team and participating tenant, security team members, engineering staff, and the San Francisco Police and Fire Departments; 
  • Learn strategies for working with San Francisco’s emergency responders; 
  • Gain resources to help YOU be better educated and prepared for such emergencies. 

The program is presented as part of BOMA’s Emergency Preparedness Committee’s commitment to educate members on the best emergency preparedness strategies and will show how simulated emergencies can strengthen your entire building teams’ response to a critical incident.

Speakers

Ryan Rusler, Har-Bro Restoration and Chair of BOMA's Emergency Preparedness Committee
Stacia Keisner, CBRE, Vice-Chair of BOMA San Francisco’s Emergency Preparedness Committee
Eileen Kong, Senior Asset Manager, 100 First Street
Deborah Cho, Property Manager, 100 First Street
Makrizia Fabio, Assistant Property Manager, 100 First Street
100 First Street Tenant Representative
Jeff Ellis, Security Manager, Transamerica Pyramid Center
Shea Baldez, Program Manager, SF CARD 
San Francisco Department of Emergency Management Public Sector Liaison - Sean O'Mara
San Francisco Police Department Representatives, TBA
San Francisco Fire Department Representative, TBA

Additional speakers and content to be announced soon!

Sponsorship is still available.  Email John Bozeman at johnb@boma.com for the details.  

The BOMA San Francisco Emergency Preparedness Committee's 2014 Annual Emergency Preparedness Seminar is generously sponsored by (in alphabetical order):











UPDATE - Mandatory Seismic Retrofit Program for Wood Framed Buildings




UPDATE - October 8, 2014

BOMA San Francisco Members:

If you have buildings in your portfolio that meet the Mandatory Seismic Retrofit Program for Wood Framed Buildings, please be sure that you have complied with the initial screening requirement that was due to the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection on September 15th.  Details in this article in the San Francisco Chronicle, here.

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UPDATE - June 20, 2014

The San Francisco Department of Building Inspection will be hosting a Q&A session on the City's Soft Story Program on August 11, 2014 at the Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Public Library from 3:00-5:00 p.m.

The purpose of the gathering is to assist those property owners that qualify for the Mandatory Seismic Retrofit Program for Wood Framed buildings (details in our previous blog post, below) in completing their screening forms prior to the September 15, 2014 compliance deadline. Please pass along this information to your friends and colleagues who may be affected or who may be interested in attending to learn more about the program and its requirements.

RSVP by clicking here.

For more information on the Soft Story Program visit www.sfdbi.org/softstory.

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Original Post - April 18, 2013


UPDATE - April 18, 2013

The Mandatory Seismic Retrofit Program for Wood Framed (soft story) Buildings legislation was signed by Mayor Ed Lee this morning - the anniversary of the 1906 earthquake.  We thank the City and County of San Francisco for its continued leadership in earthquake resiliency.

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UPDATE - March 18, 2013

BOMA supports the Mandatory Seismic Retrofit Program for Wood Framed Buildings, or Soft Story Building Legislation, that is scheduled to be heard at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors' Land Use and Economic Development Committee.  This measure derives from CAPSS, Community Action Plan for Seismic Safety, an effort that BOMA San Francisco Codes and Regulations Committee members have been involved with since its inception.

This legislation, which includes sensible phase-in provisions for owners of residential/mixed-use properties, is a step in the right direction for the City and County of San Francisco to improve housing resiliency in the event of a major earthquake in the region.


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UPDATE - December 19, 2012

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.  

BOMA San Francisco Codes and Regulations Committee member Will Grogan will be in attendance and will provide a report on the CAPSS meeting discussion at the February 27, 2013 Codes meeting.

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Original Post - November 26, 2012 

The CAPSS/Earthquake Safety Implementation Program continues to work toward a more resilient San Francisco. Here is a very brief update on their activities:
  • Patrick Otellini appointed Director of Earthquake Safety
  • Soft-story building program final review
  • Private School Earthquake Safety Working Group progress
  • Upcoming CAPSS/Earthquake Safety Implementation Program Public Meeting

A Message from Laurence Kornfield

Dear Friends,

Big news! The Mayor has appointed Patrick Otellini to be San Francisco’s Director of Earthquake Safety. We are fortunate to have such a qualified and enthusiastic new Director. Patrick comes to the CAPSS/Earthquake Safety Implementation Program from the private sector where has spent over a decade working across the spectrum of San Francisco’s building community – he is intimately familiar with the City’s permit approval and inspection processes, building owner and user concerns, the pragmatic construction issues of costs, scheduling, and financing. He has been closely engaged in the CAPSS earthquake safety work, including serving as a committee chairperson on the 2010 Mayor’s Soft Story Task Force. Patrick, who will be working directly under City Administrator Naomi Kelly, brings passion, vitality and commitment to the position of Director of Earthquake Safety. I am thrilled that we are fortunate enough to get Patrick Otellini in this role.

I will continue to work on the CAPSS/Earthquake Safety Implementation Program (ESIP) both on our ongoing programs and as an advisor to Patrick and his staff, as we embark on our challenging 30-year implementation program. I am extraordinarily grateful to have Patrick join me in the leadership of our crucial earthquake safety programs. Patrick’s commitment, the overwhelming support of the City leadership, and your continued involvement mean that we will succeed in making San Francisco a safer and more resilient city.

With much thanks,

Laurence Kornfield

Click here to download the Mayor’s Office press release.

Soft-Story Building Final Review

All of the pieces are now in place to move forward with a program to dramatically improve the safety of many of San Francisco’s most hazardous buildings. Over the next few months the Earthquake Safety Working Group will work to determine the best ways in which to implement the proposed regulations for earthquake upgrade of vulnerable soft-story buildings, focusing on buildings having five or more dwelling units and three or more stories (ESIP Task A.3.a). Much of the groundwork for these regulations was laid under the 2010 Mayor’s Soft Story Task Force. The CAPSS team is looking forward to a collaborative, consensus-based effort to make San Francisco’s housing stock more resilient and safer. More details on this in the near future.

Private Schools Earthquake Safety

A Private Schools Earthquake Safety Working Group, under volunteer chairperson Laura Samant, is studying the technical and policy issues related to the earthquake risk of private schools in San Francisco, and will propose ideas for how the City may best address private school safety (ESIP Task A.6.f). The group is exploring challenging issues such as community expectation for school safety, evaluation of earthquake risk, and potential building improvement opportunities. A report on the findings of this Working Group is to be delivered to the City Administrator and the Mayor in late 2013. If you would like to receive information about the activities of the Working Group by email or to participate in the Working Group, please contact Micah Hilt, micah.hilt@sfgov.org.

The next meeting will be in City Hall, Room 370, on December 6, 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Click here to download our notice to the private schools.

Upcoming CAPSS/Earthquake Safety Implementation Program Public Meeting

December 10, 11:00 a.m. until 1: 00 p.m. at City Hall, Room 370.

Please join the CAPSS team for an update on their many CAPSS/Earthquake Safety Implementation programs. This will be an opportunity to ask questions and to learn how you can get further involved in their activities.

Building Rating Systems

The CAPSS recommendations for improving San Francisco’s earthquake resilience were founded on an ability to evaluate or rate building earthquake performance and to effectively communicate about building performance with the public (ESIP Task A.6.h). Building rating systems for buildings of all types, from older homes to new high rises, are now being developed. The CAPSS/Earthquake Safety Implementation Program staff is working with the groups preparing these rating systems to assure that proposed rating systems will meet San Francisco’s needs. Expect to see one or more rating system proposals within the next few months.

Update to the Community Safety Element Adopted

The Board of Supervisors, following the lead of the Planning Commission, unanimously adopted an update to the Community Safety Element of San Francisco’s General Plan that incorporates many earthquake resilience goals, including those outlined in the CAPSS work. Thank much to Planning Department and Department of Emergency Management staff for their help in preparing this document.

Shelter-in-Place and Neighborhood Support Center update

The Shelter-in-Place and the related Neighborhood Support Center concepts focus on keeping San Franciscans in their homes, in their neighborhoods, and informed and supported after an earthquake. This will empower communities, reduce the demand for emergency housing, and facilitate a more rapid recovery. The Department of Emergency Management, SF SAFE, the Neighborhood Empowerment Network, SPUR, CAPSS/Earthquake Safety Implementation Program and many other groups and agencies have worked together to prepare demonstration programs, work which is actively continuing (ESIP Task A.4.b). More details on this coming soon!

A few of the other CAPSS/ Earthquake Safety Implementation Program programs underway:

  • Demonstration of one- and two-family home earthquake improvements (ESIP Task A.6.b)
  • Focus on earthquake improvements for economically-disadvantaged San Franciscans (ESIP Task A.6.e)
  • Provide information and assistance about renter’s insurance and other insurance (ESIP Task A.1.b)

Thank you for your continued support of CAPSS and our Earthquake Safety Implementation Program.

Laurence Kornfield
Special Assistant to the City Administrator
laurence@kornfield.org

Patrick Otellini
Director of Earthquake Safety
patrick.otellini@sfgov.org

Micah Hilt
Earthquake Safety Implementation Program
micah.hilt@sfgov.org



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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

UPDATE: Destination-Based Elevator Control System Requirements in California




UPDATE - October 7, 2014

The California Building Standards Commission has adopted regulations very similar to the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection's AB-090 that, barring any unusual and unforeseen challenges, will become part of the California Building Code effective July 1, 2015. 

Click here for the approved final version of the code.  You can reference the dispatch elevator requirements in Section 11B-411 beginning on page 23.  It would be prudent for building owners to make sure all new installations meet these standards in order to avoid future path of travel problems. 

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Original Post - March 17, 2010



BOMA San Francisco Members:

Please find the final draft of the destination-based elevator controls administrative bulletin (AB-090) from the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection that will govern future installation of such elevators controls in San Francisco, insuring they are completely accessible to the disabled, here.

Your BOMA San Francisco Advocacy Team is pleased to announce that the final draft (#10) of this bulletin--a product of more than two years of consideration by the many affected parties--was unanimously approved by the San Francisco Building Inspection Commission (BIC) on March 17, 2010.  BOMA San Francisco Codes and Regulations Committee Chair, Skip Soskin (Huntsman Architectural Group), spoke on behalf of the association at the BIC meeting and kindly conveyed BOMA's support for the bulletin.

Please click here to read BOMA San Francisco's support letter for AB-090.  The bulletin now goes to the Board of Supervisors for final approval. Support for the adoption of the bulletin has been widespread and includes BOMA San Francisco, the disability community, various elevator industry groups, and manufactures and installers, among others.  

If you have any questions about the final draft of the bulletin, please contact Ken Cleaveland, BOMA San Francisco's Director of Government and Public Affairs at kenc@boma.com.

UPDATE - San Francisco Gross Receipts/Business Tax Seminar on November 6th



UPDATE - October 7, 2014

Join City and County of San Francisco officials for a free seminar to learn more about how the business tax will be changing.  The seminar will include an overview of the new changes and a schedule of tax filings. The seminar is hosted by the City and County of San Francisco.

Thursday, November 6, 2014, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
San Francisco Public Library, Latino Room
100 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA

Register Today
Seating is limited. Please RSVP to Marianne Thompson at 415.554.6297 or marianne.thompson@sfgov.org.

The City has begun to phase in a Gross Receipts Tax (GRT) and reduce the Payroll Expense Tax over the next five years. The GRT will only apply to businesses with more than $1 million in annual gross receipts, exempting most small businesses. Business registration fees will also change for all businesses.

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UPDATE - July 30, 2014



BOMA San Francisco Members:

In an ongoing effort by the City and County of San Francisco to measure the effectiveness of their Gross Receipts Tax outreach efforts, the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development has created a survey for businesses, merchant groups, merchant corridors, business groups, and associations to whom City representatives have presented to in person.

Please take a moment to participate in this survey.

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UPDATE - May 29, 2014

BOMA San Francisco Members:

The recent BOMA San Francisco organized Gross Receipts Tax luncheon was quite informative.  Thank you to our guests, Manny Fishman, attorney at law with the firm of Buchalter Nemer, along with Greg Kato, Policy and Legislative Manager with the San Francisco Treasurer's Office.

Resources mentioned during the event:

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Original Post - May 19, 2014

San Francisco's newly enacted Gross Receipts Tax (GRT) requires that building owners and managers keep detailed records of rents, operating expenses, taxes, and other revenues and costs associated with the ownership and operation of office properties and other business ventures. Investors in and syndicators of real estate doing business in San Francisco have reporting obligations as well.

Our own resident expert on the Gross Receipts Tax, Manny Fishman, attorney at law with the firm of Buchalter Nemer, along with Greg Kato, Policy and Legislative Manager with the San Francisco Treasurer's Office, will offer practical advice on the new forms being distributed by the Treasurer's Office to calculate the GRT as well as how and when your real estate firm needs to comply with the new business tax law. 

This is one BOMA luncheon program you can't afford to miss. Come prepared with your questions about San Francisco's Gross Receipts Taxes and new Business Licensing Taxes.

Friday, October 3, 2014

UPDATE - BOMA SF-PAC Slate Card for the November 4, 2014 General Election



BOMA San Francisco's Political Action Committee's Slate Card
November 4, 2014 General Election

Candidates Endorsed

David Chiu for California State Assembly (San Francisco)
Marc Levine for re-election to the California State Assembly (Marin/Sonoma)
Kevin Mullin for re-election to the California State Assembly (San Mateo)

A - San Francisco Transportation and Road Improvement Bond - SUPPORT
B - Adjusting Transportation Funding for Population Growth – Neutral
C - Children’s Fund; Public Education Enrichment Fund Reauthorization – No Position
D - Retiree Health Benefits for Former Redevelopment Agency and Successor Agency Employees – No Position
E - Tax on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages – No Position
F- Pier 70 Development Project at Bayview/Hunter’s Point – Neutral
G - Additional Transfer Tax on Residential Property Sold Within 5 Years of Purchase - OPPOSE
H - Requiring Certain Golden Gate Park Athletic Fields To Be Kept As Grass With No Artificial Lighting – OPPOSE
I - Renovation of Playgrounds, Walking Trails, and Athletic Fields – SUPPORT
J - Increase San Francisco’s Minimum Wage to $15/hour by 2018 – Neutral
K - Mayor Lee/Board of Supervisors Affordable Housing Policy Statement – SUPPORT
L - Balanced Transportation Policy Statement - SUPPORT

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

BOMA San Francisco Members Meet With San Francisco's Department of Public Works Director - Mohammed Nuru






BOMA San Francisco Members:

BOMA San Francisco's Government Affairs Policy Advisory Committee (GAPAC), met with San Francisco's Department of Public Works (SFDPW) Director Mohammed Nuru recently. Here are the highlights from the meeting:

SFDPW Management
  • On-time and on budget philosophy.
  • Data used to propose and track projects
    • Other agencies are interested in this management tool
    • Use data every month to understand how resources are being used.
  • 98 % response time via SF311.
  • The Department has a strategic plan
    • All managers have a performance plan 
    • In house university to help staff to become educated about new practices and tools.

Mohammed Nuru with GAPAC Chair Horace Green
Proposition B Update – The Road Repaving and Street Safety Bond (2011)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

UPDATE: The SFpark Pilot Program Evaluation




UPDATE - September 30, 2014

The pilot phase of SFpark has concluded.  Here is an update of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency's (SFMTA) rigorous evaluation of the parking program and next steps.

SFpark was a federally funded demonstration of a new approach to managing parking. It used better information, including real-time data where parking is available, and demand-responsive parking pricing to help make parking easier to find. The SFpark project collected an unprecedented amount of data to enable a thorough evaluation of its effectiveness.

The SFpark pilot phase ran from 2011 to 2013.  The evaluation shows that the SFpark pilot delivered:
  • Lower average hourly parking rates 
  • Improved parking availability 
  • Greater ease in finding parking 
  • Fewer parking citations through easier payment (including credit/debit card and pay-by-phone) 
  • Decreased greenhouse gas emissions 
  • Decreased vehicle miles traveled (through reduced parking search time) 
A short version of the evaluation will give you the highlights of the SFpark experience:

http://sfpark.org/docs_evalsummary

You can review the results in more depth by viewing the full evaluation:

http://sfpark.org/resources/docs_pilotevaluation/

In addition to its local benefits, the pilot project was designed to enable rigorous evaluation of its merits and to share methodologies with cities around the world. To that end, the SFpark team has also produced a how-to manual for transportation professionals, and a technical manual for technology professionals, in cities around the world. The policy goals behind SFpark are well known, but the technology and data that drove the project were particularly transformative, and many other cities around the world are hoping to recreate San Francisco’s success.

http://sfpark.org/resources/docs_techmanual/

http://sfpark.org/about-the-project/pilot-evaluation/#data

As the pilot winds down, the SFMTA will continue to share the evaluation results with San Franciscans and will consider possible applications beyond the pilot later in the fall of 2014
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Original Post - August 31, 2010

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) is testing a new parking management system: SFpark. It uses sensors, new meters, and real-time parking data to take the guesswork out of parking in the City. These elements work together to, according to the SFMTA, make parking easier to find and more convenient. The benefits will cascade to drivers, Muni riders, bicyclists, pedestrians, visitors, merchants and more.  SFpark will be testing its new parking management system at 6,000 of San Francisco’s 25,000 metered spaces and 12,250 spaces in 15 of 20 City-owned parking garages. The pilot phase of SFpark will run for two years starting summer 2010.  Click here to view a map of the pilot areas.

SFpark sensors, installed in parking spaces and in City-owned garages, track in real-time where parking is and isn’t available. Sensor data is uploaded wirelessly to the SFpark data feed, which will then make that information available to the public via SFpark.org, street signs and smart phone applications. Real-time information about where parking is available will help drivers find parking with less hassle.

Parking will also frequently cost less. SFpark will adjust meter prices based on demand to encourage drivers to make trips in off-peak hours and to use parking lots and garages. While high-demand spaces will gradually go up in price, other spaces will decrease in cost.

As meter and garage pricing shifts to increase availability, instead of some blocks being full and others empty, the goal is to have, on average, at least one parking space available on every block. Once a space is found, longer time limits and new meters that accept credit and debit cards will make it easier to avoid parking tickets.

Three main technical components comprise the SFpark project—sensors to record parking availability, new meters to make it easier to pay, and a data feed to process and distribute information about where parking is available.

If you have any questions or concerns about SFpark, please contact Ken Cleaveland, BOMA San Francisco's Director of Government and Public Affairs at kenc@boma.com, and John M. Bozeman, BOMA San Francisco's Legislative Assistant, at johnb@boma.com.

Monday, September 22, 2014

UPDATE: BOMA California Advocacy Update - EV Charging Station Bill Signed by Governor Jerry Brown



UPDATE - September 22, 2014

AB 2565 requires commercial and residential property owners to the approve installation of an electric vehicle (EV) charging station by renters, so long as the station meets certain requirements.

As reported previously, BOMA California members expended an abundance of effort working on AB 2565.  Indeed, BOMA members went from vociferously opposing the measure - it  initially mandated that all commercial properties across the state install EV chargers - to supporting the bill after it was significantly changed and all of our members' language requests were accepted by the bill's author. 

The measure provides protections for property owners against unreasonable costs and assures that any EV installation insisted upon by tenants conform to the statewide standards adopted by the State.

Click here to read the law which will go into effect next year.

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UPDATE - April 30, 2014

BOMA California members were successfully able to have AB 2565 amended to remove the mandate that electric vehicle chargers be installed in all parking lots with 50 or more spaces. 

However, the bill now takes a policy that was meant to protect residential property owners from a homeowner’s association preventing them from installing charging stations, and applies those protections to commercial and residential leases to trump the property owner.

Although we are happy to work with the author in to advance his goal of trying to increase installations of EV Charging stations, BOMA members believe that this bill has enough unintended consequences and it needs to be amended.  BOMA California members conclude that the only efficacious way to significantly increase installations is to incentivize charging stations by reducing the ROI– either through subsidies, matches, grants, and/or tax credits, actual consumer demand, or as a tenant amenity.

Click here to see the current version of the bill and see how it could impact lease negotiations.
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Original Post - April 9, 2014

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Mandate

Last week, a bill in the California State Legislature, AB 2565, was amended to require that at least one percent of parking stalls have an electric vehicle charging station installed for all lots with 51 or more spaces. 

BOMA California has received member feedback regarding, costs, operational issues, loss of use, ADA issues, and feasibility of compliance, and is working with the author to detail the issues related the proposed mandate.  Although BOMA members understand that a growing number of electric vehicles are on the road - a good thing considering that they promote environmental sustainability - it would be prudent to allow for data-driven market solutions to this issue.  


EV-Ready Building Standard Proposals

In response to an Executive Order issued by the Governor in late-2012, the Department of Housing & Community Development (HCD) and the Building Standards Commission (BSC) are moving forward with regulations to require EV-Ready building standards starting in July of 2015. 

Instead of installing fully operational (and costly) charging stations for electric vehicles, these building standards would be limited to items that would facilitate the later installation of the charging stations at a significantly reduced cost. 

For example, all new homes will be required to have an electrical panel with enough empty plug slots to allow for the later installation of EV charging equipment. In addition, there will also need to be 1-inch wide conduit (piping) for the later installation of the wiring connecting the electrical panel with a point in the garage.  For apartment complexes having more than 16 units and commercial projects, similar requirements for electrical panels and conduit will apply to 3% of the parking spaces.

At least six legislative measures have been introduced in the Legislature to help the State of California understand the demand for EV charging infrastructure going forward and how to meet it. As an industry, BOMA views these measures as positive steps for environmentally sustainable transportation in California. 



The regulatory process will start in April and adoption is expected this summer with the standard applying to projects whose permit applications are submitted to the local building department on or after July 1, 2015.

Apture