Thursday, October 10, 2019

BOMA San Francisco's Voter Guide for the November 5, 2019 Election - Learn More About Propositions and Candidates for Elected Office




BOMA San Francisco's Political Action Committee's Voter Guide
November 5, 2019 Election

The BOMA SF-PAC is looking forward to the November 5, 2019 election. Our members have endorsed candidates for elected office and taken positions on the following propositions. If you are a registered voter in San Francisco, please reference this guide when you vote!

If you have any questions, contact John Bozeman, BOMA San Francisco's Director of Government and Industry Affairs, at johnb@boma.com.

Local Propositions


SUPPORT - Proposition A: Affordable Housing Bond

Proposition A is an ordinance put on the ballot by Mayor London Breed and the Board of Supervisors that would allow the City to borrow up to $600 million by issuing general obligation bonds. The City would use this money to build, buy and rehabilitate affordable housing in the City.

Please review the details starting on page 44 of the Voter Guide.

SUPPORT - Proposition D: Traffic Congestion Mitigation Tax

Starting Jan. 1, 2020, Proposition D would impose a business tax on commercial rideshare companies for fares generated by rides that start in San Francisco as follows: 
  • 1.5% on a shared-ride fare; and 
  • 3.25% on a private-ride fare
The same business tax would also apply to driverless vehicle companies. The City would impose these taxes on fares charged by these companies until Nov. 5, 2045.


Candidates - San Francisco

Mayor, City and County of San Francisco

London Breed



San Francisco Board of Supervisors - District 5

Vallie Brown



San Francisco District Attorney

Suzy Loftus 



San Francisco City Attorney




San Francisco Treasurer

Jose Cisneros



Tuesday, October 8, 2019

SF72: Bay Area Public Safety Power Shutoff Information



From our partners at the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management:

Bay Area Public Safety Power Shutoff: San Francisco is not currently projected to experience an electric outage due to potential Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) affecting many other Bay Area counties. For specific locations and updated information about the possible PSPS event, visit: https://www.pge.com/en_US/safety/emergency-preparedness/natural-disaster/wildfires/public-safety-power-shutoff-faq.page

Although San Francisco is not directly impacted, people are encouraged to check on family and friends that may be in the affected areas. People that are dependent on electricity for their medical needs are especially vulnerable during power outages.

The San Francisco Department of Emergency Management is actively monitoring the potential PSPS event and is maintaining communications with PG&E, regional partners and City and County of San Francisco agencies. City Departments are accessing their continuity plans to ensure essential city functions can continue if city employees who live outside of San Francisco are impacted due to the PSPS event.

Text your zip code to 888-777 to sign up for emergency alerts including notices of potential electric outages in San Francisco.

Monday, September 30, 2019

UPDATE: Electric Vehicle Charging in Commercial Parking Garages Requirement by January 1, 2023



UPDATE - September 30, 2019

An ordinance requiring commercial parking lots and garages with more than 100 parking spaces to install electric vehicle charging equipment passed out of the Board of Supervisors Land Use and Transportation Committee today, unanimously, and will be heard by the full Board next week. 

The measure, if enacted, will require beginning January 1, 2023 any commercial parking lot or garage with more than 100 parking spaces to provide 10% of the parking spaces with Level 2 charging stations OR a lower number of fast charging stations (Level 3) OR by install functionally equivalent electric vehicle charging services such as battery swapping technology. 

Key to BOMA member interests is the waiver process that will allow the San Francisco Department of Environment to determine the actual number of charging stations based on:
  • Whether the existing local utility infrastructure is unable to supply sufficient electrical capacity;
  • Whether, due to site conditions it is technically infeasible to install, maintain, and operate charging stations;
  • OR, if there is a good faith effort by the garage operator/owner to engage at least two companies that install, maintain and operate EV charging stations to install the infrastructure at minimal or no cost to the garage owner but the companies declined because of financial infeasibity.
Background

BOMA supports a more sustainable built environment generally through voluntary means as opposed to mandates. Indeed, since 1987, BOMA San Francisco members have been leaders in recycling and environment stewardship of the commercial high-rise office building stock. Measures addressing energy efficiency, water savings, resource usage reduction or any other environmental concerns should be well-vetted, realistic and cost-efficient.

With regard to this ordinance, we sincerely appreciate elected leaders and their staff of informing us and our BOMA San Francisco Energy & Environment Committee leaders of this measure to determine the feasibility of implementing a well-intended policy objective. There were a number of possible issues that would have made the requirements of the ordinance difficult to execute if not for the explanation of the waiver process from City and County of San Francisco stakeholders and the understanding of that process from our members.

BOMA San Francisco members with parking garages/parking garage operator members, in general, have had Level 2 (or higher) charging stations for many years. The feedback received indicates that, due to a precipitous drop in those who drive to these structures on a daily basis, the usage for existing electric vehicle charging stations has diminished as well. What occurs is that those who do drive electric cars to San Francisco, either for work or to visit, can make it to the building garage and back home at the level of charge the vehicle has at the time they arrive. Also, charging a vehicle that has minimal depletion of a full charge, e.g., a Tesla 3 with 310 mile range, when it arrives to a garage means that the current electric vehicle charging stations can swap electric cars multiple times and adequately handle the vehicles that need to be recharged.

Even so, the ordinance as drafted is future-focused, as are our members. With more electric vehicles coming online and autonomous electric vehicles around the corner, this measure seems flexible enough to allow for private garage adaptability as EV chargers/battery swapping technology and need evolves.

If you have questions about the waiver process as detailed in the ordinance, please email johnb@boma.com.

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Original Post - July 19, 2019

Mayor Breed and Supervisors Rafael Mandelman and Aaron Peskin have introduced an ordinance that will require any commercial parking lot or garage – including the City and County of San Francisco – with more than 100 parking spaces to provide 10% of them for Level 2 charging stations for electric vehicles. The requirement will need to be completed by 2023.

Please click here to review the ordinance and let us know if you have any comments at johnb@boma.com. 

Click here to read a recent story on the issue from the San Francisco Chronicle.

Friday, September 20, 2019

UPDATE: San Francisco's 100% Renewable Electricity Requirement for Commercial Property Owners Passes Unanimously



UPDATE - September 20, 2019

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors recently - and unanimously - approved this ordinance. It will be heard again at their meeting next Tuesday and will then move to Mayor London Breed's desk for her consideration.

The legislation calls for the City’s largest commercial buildings to procure 100 percent renewable electricity from any of the City’s electricity providers by 2022. Then, starting in 2024, additional buildings will be subject to the requirement, eventually encompassing all commercial buildings 50,000 square feet or larger. The requirement is currently phased-in chronologically to ensure adequate renewable electricity is available for procurement:
  • 2022 – commercial buildings over 500,000 square feet;
  • 2024 – commercial buildings over 250,000 square feet; and,
  • 2030 – commercial buildings over 50,000 square feet.
Since 1987, BOMA San Francisco has supported and promoted a more sustainable built environment generally through voluntary means as opposed to mandates. Measures addressing energy efficiency, water savings, resource usage reduction or any other environmental concerns should be well-vetted, realistic and cost-efficient.

With regard to this ordinance, our BOMA San Francisco Energy & Environment Committee leaders sincerely appreciate collaborating and working with those at San Francisco's City Hall early in the process to determine the feasibility of implementing a well-intended policy objective. Indeed, there were a number of possible issues at the onset that would have made the requirements of the ordinance, without key amendments, difficult to implement if not for our member feedback and the understanding of City and County of San Francisco stakeholders.

They include the ability for the San Francisco Department of the Environment to determine compliance if:
  • The lack of GHG-free or renewable energy market resources available to meet demand, and/or;
  • The cost of all available 100% GHG-free or renewable electricity options is more than 5% of each provider’s default program offering, and/or;
  • And language that addresses long-term energy contracts.
Please email johnb@boma.com with any questions you may have.
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Original Post - July 19, 2019

San Francisco's ordinance requiring 100% Renewable Energy for commercial property owners ordinance is now moving through the legislative process at City Hall and will likely be heard at the Land Use and Transportation Committee soon.

Please click here to review the measure and us know if you have any feedback at johnb@boma.com

BACKGROUND

You can read Mayor London Breed's press release on this topic. Breed announced the proclimation on Earth Day in April 2019.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

SURVEY REMINDER: San Francisco Hazards & Climate Resilience Plan Workshop for Business and Commercial Property Stakeholders




UPDATE - September 5, 2019

Last week to participate in the SF
Hazards and Climate Resilience Survey!

Please  participate in this brief online survey. Your help will ensure that the City and County of San Francisco hears from a wide range of San Franciscans - including BOMA San Francisco members.

Anyone who lives or works in SF can participate, which is available in SIX languages! This survey will help the City understand how San Franciscans are preparing for and responding to natural hazards and climate change.

You can access the survey through the links below: 

English          Spanish (Español)          Chinese (中文)

Filipino          Korean (한국어)          Russian (русский язык) 



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Original Post - July 1, 2019

The City and County of San Francisco (CCSF) is hosting five workshops with key stakeholders to inform the strategies and implementation of the updated San Francisco’s Hazards and Climate Resilience (HCR) Plan. The HCR Plan presents how community members and San Francisco neighborhoods will be impacted by specific hazards and identifies how CCSF will prepare for and should respond to natural hazards (including earthquake, fire, extreme heat, and flooding) when they occur.

BOMA San Francisco members are invited to participate in a meeting with representatives of businesses and commercial properties located in CCSF to provide feedback on HCR strategies and implementation. This is also an opportunity to build relationships with CCSF agencies and other businesses to share information and coordinate efforts to strengthen the resilience of our community.

During this interactive two hour workshop, you will:
  • Learn about hazard issues (including earthquakes, flooding, and extreme heat events) and their impacts on the City & County of San Francisco, as well as existing and planned work to increase resilience.
  • Share your experience with hazard events to inform how the government agencies and community groups can improve responses to hazards.
  • Provide feedback on draft Hazards & Climate Resilience Plan strategies and how they could be implemented in partnership with residential property owners and managers as well as with other housing stakeholders.
Please RSVP by registering here.

Refreshments will be provided.

FAQs

How do I get to Bluxome Center?

It is 1 block away from the SF Caltrain station and 2 blocks from the K/T and N MUNI lines' stop at 4th & King Streets. There is no dedicated parking onsite, but there are plenty of metered parking spots on Bluxome Street.

Who is coordinating the Hazard & Climate Resilience Planning Process?

The Office of Resilience and Capital Planning is leading this effort in partnership with Department of Emergency Management, Department of Public Health, Department of the Environment, and SF Planning.

Have questions about the purpose or scope of the Hazards & Climate Resilience (HCR) Plan? 

Please contact Jim Buker, HCR Plan Project Manager, at (415) 554-4939

Friday, July 19, 2019

FEEDBACK REQUESTED - Electric Vehicle Charging in Commercial Parking




Mayor Breed and Supervisors Rafael Mandelman and Aaron Peskin have introduced an ordinance that will require any commercial parking lot or garage – including the City and County of San Francisco – with more than 100 parking spaces to provide 10% of them for Level 2 charging stations for electric vehicles. The requirement will need to be completed by 2023.

Please click here to review the ordinance and let us know if you have any comments at johnb@boma.com. 

Click here to read a recent story on the issue from the San Francisco Chronicle.

FEEDBACK REQUESTED: San Francisco's 100% Renewable Electricity Requirement for Commercial Property Owners




San Francisco's ordinance requiring 100% Renewable Energy for commercial property owners ordinance is now moving through the legislative process at City Hall and will likely be heard at the Land Use and Transportation Committee soon.

Please click here to review the measure and us know if you have any feedback at johnb@boma.com

BACKGROUND

You can read Mayor London Breed's press release on this topic. Breed announced the proclimation on Earth Day in April 2019.

Monday, July 1, 2019

San Francisco Hazards & Climate Resilience Plan Workshop for Business and Commercial Property Stakeholders - July 9th



The City and County of San Francisco (CCSF) is hosting five workshops with key stakeholders to inform the strategies and implementation of the updated San Francisco’s Hazards and Climate Resilience (HCR) Plan. The HCR Plan presents how community members and San Francisco neighborhoods will be impacted by specific hazards and identifies how CCSF will prepare for and should respond to natural hazards (including earthquake, fire, extreme heat, and flooding) when they occur.

BOMA San Francisco members are invited to participate in a meeting with representatives of businesses and commercial properties located in CCSF to provide feedback on HCR strategies and implementation. This is also an opportunity to build relationships with CCSF agencies and other businesses to share information and coordinate efforts to strengthen the resilience of our community.

During this interactive two hour workshop, you will:
  • Learn about hazard issues (including earthquakes, flooding, and extreme heat events) and their impacts on the City & County of San Francisco, as well as existing and planned work to increase resilience.
  • Share your experience with hazard events to inform how the government agencies and community groups can improve responses to hazards.
  • Provide feedback on draft Hazards & Climate Resilience Plan strategies and how they could be implemented in partnership with residential property owners and managers as well as with other housing stakeholders.
Please RSVP by registering here.

Refreshments will be provided.

FAQs

How do I get to Bluxome Center?

It is 1 block away from the SF Caltrain station and 2 blocks from the K/T and N MUNI lines' stop at 4th & King Streets. There is no dedicated parking onsite, but there are plenty of metered parking spots on Bluxome Street.

Who is coordinating the Hazard & Climate Resilience Planning Process?

The Office of Resilience and Capital Planning is leading this effort in partnership with Department of Emergency Management, Department of Public Health, Department of the Environment, and SF Planning.

Have questions about the purpose or scope of the Hazards & Climate Resilience (HCR) Plan? 

Please contact Jim Buker, HCR Plan Project Manager, at (415) 554-4939

IMPORTANT - PG&E's Public Safety Power Shutoff Program




As part of PG&E's Community Wildfire Safety Program, PG&E is implementing additional precautionary measures to help reduce the risk of wildfires. If extreme fire danger conditions threaten a portion of the electric system serving your community - including San Francisco, it may be necessary for them to turn off electricity in the interest of public safety. This is called a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS).

The PSPS Program now includes all electric lines that pass through high fire-threat areas – both distribution and transmission.

While customers in high fire-threat areas (based on the CPUC High Fire-Threat District) are more likely to be affected, a public safety power outage could impact any of the more than 5 million customers who receive electric service from PG&E, including BOMA San Francisco members. This is because the energy system relies on power lines working together to provide electricity across cities, counties and regions.

The Program will affect proactively turning off electric power for safety when extreme fire danger conditions are forecasted. The forecast can arise from high winds, high heat, low humidity, or other factors that contribute to a Red Flag warning. PG&E aims to notify those affected ahead of time, when possible, with a series of texts, social media updates, and other forms of communication that customers may sign up for. They will also utilize the AlertSF system.

What does the PSPS Program mean for BOMA San Francisco Members?

PG&E could decide to shut off power to San Francisco and/or the Bay Area as part of the PSPS Program. 

 Even if San Francisco is not subject to a wildfire, transmission lines that feed San Francisco and run through a shut off area could be affected, thereby turning off electricity to San Francisco. The transmission lines feeding the city primarily run from the east (roughly along Highway 92) and from the south up the Peninsula. The power shutoff could run for the duration of the Red Flag warnings which could last several days.

Many tenants believe that since their building has an 'emergency generator' they will be able to continue business as usual in their office space. Property owners and managers should consider planning for such an event and inform their tenants accordingly.

BOMA San Francisco members and the public can sign up for PG&E notifications to ensure they are on the notification list by going to the PG&E website:


The contact information PG&E currently has probably does not include your company’s emergency management team, but rather an administrative contact in the billing department during normal business hours. Make sure to get your emergency contacts into their 24/7 notification database!


Notifications can also be obtained by signing up for emergency messages from the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management at https://sfdem.org/PUBLIC-ALERTS. A useful website for planning for Red Flag warnings is National Weather Service - California Fire Weather Map https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/fire2/cafw/

Building owners, property managers, engineers and security professionals should all consider the issues that may occur during a Public Safety Power Shutoff.

A special thanks to BOMA San Francisco's Emergency Preparedness Committee members who contributed to this update for the benefit of the commercial real estate community and for all San Franciscans.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Salesforce Transit Center - Opening Date Announced




A Message from Mohammed Nuru, Board Chair

Transbay Joint Powers Authority

Salesforce Transit Center: Safe. Strong. Sustainable.

In September 2018 the Salesforce Transit Center was temporarily closed as a precaution after fissures were found in two beams on the bus deck of the new, four-block-long, one million-square-foot facility. I am happy to report that the problem has been fixed and we can move forward with reopening the facility, which independent experts have deemed to be safe, resilient and ready to resume operations to serve the Bay Area.

Our Commitment

We committed to reopening the facility only after determining the cause of the fissures, repairing the affected area, performing a facility-wide review, and fully cooperating with an independent review. I am happy to report that all of these steps are now complete and the Salesforce Transit Center will reopen to the public on July 1. Local bus service out of the street level bus plaza will resume in early July and regional bus service from the third level bus deck will resume later this summer.

Independent Review

Public safety is at the core of our work. I would like to apologize to our transit riders and to the public for the inconvenience they experienced due to the closure. As a taxpayer-funded project, we are held to a high standard in design, engineering, and construction excellence. We know we let you down. Be assured that the problem was addressed with thorough, proper, and independent oversight and all have concluded that the issue was localized to the Fremont Street location. I would like to thank San Francisco Mayor London Breed and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf for requesting the regional Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s independent review. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission has affirmed that the center can now reopen. We are thankful for the expert, independent review.

Moving Forward

The transit center is a safe, strong and sustainable facility and we are eager to welcome you back. From our five-acre world class rooftop park complete with year-round free events and activities to our acclaimed public art program to efficient and reliable transit options, there are many reasons to come to Salesforce Transit Center.

With Appreciation

For information about park activities, new services, hours of operation, and the temporary closure, please go to salesforcetransitcenter.com. Again, thank you for your patience as we carried out all of the steps necessary to reopen the transit center and welcome you back.

Best regards,

Mohammed Nuru
Board Chair, Transbay Joint Powers Authority



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