Monday, August 31, 2015

UPDATE: BOMA SF-PAC Slate Card for the November 3, 2015 San Francisco Municipal Election




BOMA San Francisco's Political Action Committee's Slate Card


The BOMA SF-PAC is looking forward to the November 3, 2015 election and our members have already endorsed candidates for elected office and taken positions on the following propositions in San Francisco (click here to learn more about the various measures):

SUPPORT --- Proposition A - Affordable Housing Bond                                                          
NO POSITION ---Proposition B - Paid Parental Leave for City Employees                                      
SUPPORT --- Proposition C - Expenditure Lobbyists                                                                
SUPPORT --- Proposition D - Mission Rock                                                                              
OPPOSE --- Proposition E - Requirements for Public Meetings                                              
OPPOSE --- Proposition F - Short-Term Residential Rentals                                                  
OPPOSE --- Proposition G - Disclosures Regarding Renewable Energy
SUPPORT --- Proposition H - Defining Clean, Green, and Renewable Energy
OPPOSE --- Position I - Suspension of Market-Rate Development in the Mission District
OPPOSE --- Proposition J - Legacy Business Historic Preservation Fund
SUPPORT --- Proposition K - Surplus Public Lands


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

PG&E to Host Free Building Operators' Best Practices Luncheon Series




BOMA San Francisco Members:

As part of the Step Up and Power Down* initiative launched by PG&E, City of San Francisco and City of San Jose, PG&E is excited to offer a new Operations & Maintenance educational series for commercial building operators. These free sessions will include lunch and be led by industry experts who will share the latest in building operations best practices. 

Featured topics include building measurement strategies, waste water treatment, energy optimization strategies, new codes and regulation. The series will also include sessions that address specific subjects proposed by participants.

The series will be held monthly and begin in late August at the Pacific Energy Center in San Francisco and the Environmental Innovation Center in San Jose. Web-based simulcasts will also be available for those unable to attend in person. To learn more or RSVP, please email info@stepupandpowerdown.com with the Best Practices in the subject line.

*Step Up and Power Down is a movement to reduce energy waste by turning simple, everyday actions into new, energy saving routines and habits.

Getting to the Pacific Energy Center in San Francisco

The Pacific Energy Center is located at 851 Howard Street, in between 4th and 5th Streets, two blocks south of the Powell Street BART/Metro Station in downtown San Francisco. Public parking is available nearby.

Getting to the Environmental Innovation Center in San Jose

The EIC is located at 1608 Las Plumas Avenue and accessible via automobile, bicycle paths and public transit. The VTA Line 77 bus stop is ¼ mile away from the facility. Surface parking is available at the facility.

Friday, August 7, 2015

San Francisco Department of Building Inspection's Permit Cost Calculating Schedule



BOMA San Francisco Members:

Please click here to review the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection's data for use in calculating a building's valuation for building permits in the City and County of San Francisco.  This schedule is effective as of June 1, 2015.

For additional information, please contact the Department's Technical Services Division at (415) 558-6250.

  

BOMA International's Political Action Committee (BOMAPAC) Needs Your Support




BOMAPAC is BOMA International’s political action committee. It enables BOMA International’s advocacy team to raise money to re-elect political candidates for federal office who know and understand – and support – commercial real estate issues.

Whether or not you are politically aware, there is no better way to support the candidates and the issues that impact your professional and personal lives. Your contribution, combined with the donations from your BOMA colleagues from across the U.S., will help ensure that BOMA International has the power to back those members of Congress who show leadership and commitment to commercial real estate issues. So let your voice be heard!

Help BOMA Advocacy Leader, Jim Collins (pictured above), as he leads the effort for BOMA San Francisco to ensure that congressional seats are held by individuals who understand real estate’s issues and challenges and can have a positive impact on your livelihood.

Can we count on you to send a check or fill out this form with your credit card information? Members typically donate $100 to $250, but any amount would help the cause. Checks or credit card information should be sent to:

BOMA San Francisco
Attention to: Ken Cleaveland (kenc@boma.com)
233 Sansome Street, Suite 800
San Francisco, CA 94104
Your support of the BOMA International PAC enables them to pursue their vital effort to protect and enhance our industry in the following ways:
  • BOMA PAC is the only voice solely representing multi-tenant office building owners and managers in Washington, DC.
  • BOMA has been the lead organization in pressing for a permanent 15 year Leasehold Depreciation schedule with Congress.
  • BOMA has been a key leader in promoting tax credits for energy efficiency upgrades to commercial real estate.
  • BOMA was one of the key groups who lobbied Congress to renew the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act coverage for commercial property owners, which was recently passed.
  • BOMA continues to lobby to retain the so-called carried interest tax obligation on real estate developments as a capital gains tax item rather treating it as ordinary income. 
  • BOMA International is the only commercial real estate organization that is active and effective in the international building codes writing and adoption process. New codes or amended existing codes can have a huge and long-lasting impact on our industry.
*Federal law requires political action committees to report the name, mailing address, occupation and employer of each individual who contributes in excess of $200 in a calendar year. Contributions are not tax deductible. Corporate contributions or contributions by foreign nationals are prohibited.

BOMA San Francisco Members Meet with San Francisco Supervisor David Campos




L to R: John Bozeman (BOMA Staff), Kathy Mattes (Chair, BOMA SF-PAC), Supervisor David Campos, Manuel Fishman (Chair, BOMA SF Government Affairs Committee), and Jason Beck (BOMA SF-PAC Member)

BOMA San Francisco Members:

BOMA's Government Affairs Committee members have been meeting with public officials recently to represent your interests.San Francisco Board of Supervisors member, David Campos, spoke to BOMA representatives recently at San Francisco's City Hall.

Supervisor Campos' Background
Synopsis

This meeting was held to update Supervisor Campos on the fast-paced commercial real estate market in San Francisco. Proposition M, the Office Development Annual Limitation Program, was mentioned and Campos was receptive to our member's concerns. Even so, he would need to review a legislative proposal and hold further discussions with BOMA members to understand the impact of any change to the law.

Supervisor Campos' Legacy Business Registry program was mentioned and Campos has kindly agreed to attend the next Government Affairs Committee meeting on July 8th to provide context regarding his proposal to BOMA members.

Meeting attendees informed Campos of the economic benefits for all of San Francisco, i.e., taxes and jobs generated, from our industry and from the tenants that lease space from BOMA building members.

Lastly, our members' effort to address an imminent labor shortage via the BOMA Foundation and our partnership with San Francisco State University was detailed.  The Foundation's effort to introduce underprivileged youth to the commercial real estate industry through our partnership with Juma Ventures was also discussed.

BOMA San Francisco members appreciate Supervisor Campos' time and are honored to be a resource for her constituents.

UPDATE: San Francisco Safer Market Street Changes Begin on August 11, 2015



UPDATE - August 7, 2015

A Safer Market Street is just days away with the upcoming turn restrictions on Market Street going into effect Tuesday, August 11th

Turn restrictions between 3rd and 8th streets will prohibit private vehicles at most intersections from turning onto Market Street eliminating conflicts at the intersection, increasing transit reliability, and improving safety for all users. Instead, private vehicles will proceed straight across Market Street.The locations of the turn restrictions are indicated in the following turn restriction notice.

Safer Market Street is one of over 24 Vision Zero high-priority projects to be completed by February 2016.

The SFMTA Board unanimously approved the Safer Market Street project June 16, 2015. It includes a series of traffic engineering solutions, such as turn restrictions, extension of existing transit-only lanes, and new loading and painted safety zones.

One advantage of these solutions is that they can improve safety conditions quickly with minor disruptions and without major construction. Less than two months after board approval, the majority of work at the intersections is complete, and the remaining intersection work will be complete later this month. The turn restriction signs will continue to go up throughout this week and will remain bagged until Monday, Aug. 10. Beginning Tuesday morning, Aug. 11, the turn restrictions will be enforced, and violators may be ticketed. Parking control officers (PCOs) will be at every intersection beginning at 7 a.m. on Tuesday to assist in guiding traffic across Market Street in accordance with the upcoming turn restrictions. PCOs will be on hand Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for two weeks following the unveiling.
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UPDATE - June 25, 2015



On June 16, 2015, the SFMTA board unanimously approved the Safer Market Street project; a critical Vision Zero initiative that will help the City reach its goal of eliminating all traffic fatalities by 2024. Safer Market Street will reduce the number of private vehicles on Market Street between 8th and 3rd Streets, extend the existing transit-only lanes, add loading zones and install painted safety zones.

IMPLEMENTATION

The paint crew began restriping at Hyde Street in preparation for the turn restrictions yesterday (June 23rd), just a week after board approval. The paint crew will continue their work through July along with the sign and meter shops, to install the turn restriction signage and loading zones respectfully. It is expected that the work for the turn restrictions, loading zones, and painted safety zones will be complete by early to mid-August. The signs will be bagged until all are complete, at which time the turn restrictions will go into effect, and will be enforced by SFMTA parking control officers and SFPD. In preparation for this, staff will post re-route maps as well as work with mapping/GPS providers to ensure directions are updated to safely navigate the project area. The transit-only lanes will be complete by January 2016.

Keep checking the project page for more information in addition to our FAQ and factsheet.

Below are links to recent related news articles:

http://www.citylab.com/design/2015/06/to-improve-street-safety-san-francisco-bans-cars-from-turning/396473/

http://sf.streetsblog.org/2015/06/17/sfmta-bucks-uber-bans-private-autos-from-turning-on-to-mid-market-street

http://hoodline.com/2015/06/safer-market-street-plan-sparks-opposition-from-uber-hearing-to-be-held-tomorrow

http://sf.streetsblog.org/2015/06/15/tomorrow-support-car-restrictions-for-a-safer-market-which-uber-opposes/

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/SFMTA-OKs-safety-measures-for-Market-Street-6331508.php

http://www.kgoradio.com/common/page.php?id=129041

http://sf.streetsblog.org/2015/06/17/sfmta-bucks-uber-bans-private-autos-from-turning-on-to-mid-market-street/

http://sfappeal.com/2015/06/sfmta-approves-plan-to-ban-turns-on-market-street-despite-uber-opposition/

http://sfist.com/2015/06/17/sorry_uber_no_turn_for_you.php

https://medium.com/urban-design-and-planning/sfmta-it-s-time-to-prioritize-buses-bikes-and-pedestrians-on-market-street-97ae398cee57

http://www.sfbike.org/news/mid-market-street-win/

http://walksf.org/sfmta-backs-turning-restrictions-on-market/

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UPDATE - June 9, 2015

The City is one step closer to Vision Zero pending SFMTA Board Approval of the Safer Market Street project.

Market Street is the City’s premier civic and commercial corridor hosting hundreds of thousands of people arriving by means of transit, walking, biking or driving. More bikes travel down Market Street than vehicles, making it one of the busiest bikeways west of the Mississippi.

High collision rates, however, also make Market Street a high-injury corridor, with four of the top 20 intersections for pedestrian-injury collisions and the top two intersections for bicycle injury collisions. Safer Market Street is one of over 24 Vision Zero projects being expedited to address the recent spike in fatalities along high-injury corridors such as Market Street. The proposed changes, including a package of turn restrictions, the extension of existing transit-only lanes and supplemental safety treatments, will help the city reach its Vision Zero goal of eliminating all traffic fatalities by improving safety conditions for all users.

The team recently submitted its environmental documentation to the planning department and completed its third round of outreach, in which it met with community organizations and concerned property owners to inform them of the proposed changes and address any questions or concerns.

Years of analysis and outreach to the community have informed the proposed changes and pending the approval of the SFMTA Board of Directors June 16, 2015 construction can begin within the month. The turn restrictions would be unveiled as a package once complete later this fall.

Question or concerns please contact Kate Elliott at kate.elliott@sfmta.com

Date, time and location of SFMTA Board of Directors Meeting:

City Hall Room 400, June 6, 2015 1:00 pm
1 Charles B. Goodlett Drive
San Francisco, CA 94102


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UPDATE - May 20, 2015

BOMA San Francisco Members:

BOMA's Government Affairs Committee members have been meeting with public officials to represent your interests.
Recently, representatives from the SFMTA Safer Market Street initiative spoke to our members about the project. Please click here to review the project fact sheet and here for the presentation.

Questions or concerns? Feel free to contact Kate Elliott at kate.elliott@sfmta.com or at (415) 701-2483.

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Original Post - March 4, 2015

The Safer Market Street team is planning changes to the way various modes of transportation move up and down on Market Street.  These updates will commence in the Spring/ Summer of this year and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) is hosting a public hearing next Friday March 6 to solicit public feedback on the project.

Safer Market Street is one of over 24 projects to be expedited to address the disproportionately high number of severe and fatal collisions along high-injury corridors such as Market Street. Safer Market Street will help achieve the Vision Zero goal of eliminating all traffic fatalities citywide by improving safety across all transportation modes. The extension of transit-only lanes and turn restrictions between 3rd Street and 8th Street on Market will reduce conflicts between pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists.

To date they have held two Community Workshops to receive feedback on the proposed transit-only lanes and turn restrictions as well as informational signage as you approach Market Street and potential new loading zones. Click here for the Public Hearing Notice that provides details on the location and conditions of the transit-only lanes, turn restrictions, loading zones and parking changes incorporating public and SFMTA feedback. Additionally, an updated fact-sheet can be found here with more details and graphics regarding the proposed conditions.

The Public Hearing is Friday, March 6, 2015 @ 10:00 am City Hall Room 416 (Hearing Room 4) 1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Place.

Safer Market Street website

Questions? 

Kate Elliott
Public Information Officer
SFMTA | Municipal Transportation Agency
1 South Van Ness Avenue, 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone:  415-701-2483

Thursday, June 25, 2015

UPDATE: California Proposes New Elevator Maintenance Rules


UPDATE - June 25, 2015

As detailed in our previous posts. the rules are most likely going to change for Group V elevator maintenance and inspections.

To represent our members' interests, BOMA San Francisco's Codes and Regulations Committee representatives had a rare opportunity to discuss the proposed changes with the California Department of Industrial Relations, Occupational Safety and Health Division, Elevator Unit (Cal/OSHA) chief, Dan Barker recently. The purpose of the gathering was to help the Department understand any negative impacts, e.g., cost, availability, safety issues, et cetera, that may result from these changes.

Also, the National Elevator Industry, Inc. (NEII) is making building owners aware of the efforts underway by the Cal/OSHA to develop theGroup V elevator codes.  Cal/OSHA has proposed over 60 pages of changes - more than 125 specific modifications - to the ASME A.17.1 (2013) /CSA B44-13 Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators.  

The draft amendments to the ASME Code under discussion are so significant and controversial that, if enacted through formal rule making, they will drastically alter current elevator designs for all of the major elevator companies and impose significant new costs and construction delays on California building owners.

Key areas of concern in Cal/OSHA's pre-rule making draft and initial estimates of potential costs are set forth below.

KEY AREAS OF CONCERN:
  • Prohibits certain machine-room-less (MRL) designs in California.
  • Adds new restrictions for other MRL designs.
  • Prohibits elevator controls from being located in the building hoistway, requiring control rooms to be constructed.
  • Significant cost increases and delays for new construction.
  • Significant cost increases for elevator maintenance on existing buildings.
  • No demonstrable safety benefit; in fact, creates new workplace safety issues.
  • Lack of empirical data to support changes.
  • Disproportionate impact on low to mid-rise buildings.
  • Stunts technological innovation and eco-efficient building designs.
  • Moves California building transportation backwards 20 years.
SIGNIFICANT NEW COSTS:
  • Elevators unique for California
    • $100K-$200K per elevator
  • Larger cars, larger hoistways, less space to rent
    • $25M annually
  • No Hydraulic machine room-less elevators
    • $25M annually
  • Control rooms must be outside of hoistway
    • $100M annually
  • Licensed mechanics required to perform new tasks
    • $33.6M annually
The draft proposed rules are currently under review internally at Cal/OSHA. Formal rule making has not commenced, but we expect the rule making package to be completed and ready to file by late summer.

If you have any feedback, please send it to mhargrove@cbpa.com.

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UPDATE - May 29, 2015

BOMA San Francisco's Codes and Regulations Committee members reviewed a letter that the National Elevator Industry Association wrote to the head of the California Department of Industrial Relations. Click here for a presentation related to the missive and here for an attachment to the letter.

The communication states that the 60 pages of amendments that the Department is considering adopting would make California unique as having the strictest and most expensive elevator requirements in the country.

Please be aware of these proposed changes for elevator maintenance if they are permanently adopted.

If you have any feedback, please send it to mhargrove@cbpa.com.

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UPDATE - April 28, 2014

Since 2012, members of BOMA San Francisco's Codes and Regulations Committee have been working with BOMA California and the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health on changes to statewide elevator maintenance rules.  Our members' feedback was detailed in a BOMA amended 2012 Division Circular Letter.

On April 22, 2014, the Division held a meeting to review a draft of new elevator regulations regarding:
  • Elevator maintenance;
  • The qualifications for elevator inspectors and/or mechanics;
  • And, requirements for other conveyances.
BOMA California members continue to maintain their feelings that routine upkeep of elevators - specifically those that do not affect the safe operation of the system - may eventually require Division mandated oversight by a certified elevator mechanic.  Any proposed changes along those lines would increase the time and cost for the maintenance of elevators and add a modicum of value to the safety of the elevator system.

BOMA San Francisco Board Member Kevin FitzPatirck kindly attended the April 22, 2014 meeting for BOMA members and relayed their comments.

If you have any questions or feedback regarding the draft proposal of new elevator regulations, please contact kenc@boma.com.

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Original Post - October 12, 2012



Elevator Categories of Work Circular Letter Withdrawn

BOMA California representatives are pleased to report that the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health has given notice that it has formally withdrawn Circular Letter 11-01 in its entirety, effective immediately.   Prior to this retraction, BOMA San Francisco's Codes and Regulations Committee members suggested edits to the Circular Letter which was sent to the Division on May 12, 2012.

According to the Division, the Circular Letter was initially published because they had received inquiries regarding if certain work on conveyances were covered by state law. After receiving more information from the elevator industry the Division has decided that clarifications are more appropriately addressed through a formal rule making process. BOMA California members agree and applaud the Division for this decision.  BOMA thanks our colleagues in the elevator industry for their diligence.

There will be future efforts by the Division regarding rule making so this issue is likely to be revisited by year end.

UPDATE: San Francisco Safer Market Street Changes Approved





UPDATE - June 25, 2015



On June 16, 2015, the SFMTA board unanimously approved the Safer Market Street project; a critical Vision Zero initiative that will help the City reach its goal of eliminating all traffic fatalities by 2024. Safer Market Street will reduce the number of private vehicles on Market Street between 8th and 3rd Streets, extend the existing transit-only lanes, add loading zones and install painted safety zones.

IMPLEMENTATION

The paint crew began restriping at Hyde Street in preparation for the turn restrictions yesterday (June 23rd), just a week after board approval. The paint crew will continue their work through July along with the sign and meter shops, to install the turn restriction signage and loading zones respectfully. It is expected that the work for the turn restrictions, loading zones, and painted safety zones will be complete by early to mid-August. The signs will be bagged until all are complete, at which time the turn restrictions will go into effect, and will be enforced by SFMTA parking control officers and SFPD. In preparation for this, staff will post re-route maps as well as work with mapping/GPS providers to ensure directions are updated to safely navigate the project area. The transit-only lanes will be complete by January 2016.

Keep checking the project page for more information in addition to our FAQ and factsheet.

Below are links to recent related news articles:

http://www.citylab.com/design/2015/06/to-improve-street-safety-san-francisco-bans-cars-from-turning/396473/

http://sf.streetsblog.org/2015/06/17/sfmta-bucks-uber-bans-private-autos-from-turning-on-to-mid-market-street

http://hoodline.com/2015/06/safer-market-street-plan-sparks-opposition-from-uber-hearing-to-be-held-tomorrow

http://sf.streetsblog.org/2015/06/15/tomorrow-support-car-restrictions-for-a-safer-market-which-uber-opposes/

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/SFMTA-OKs-safety-measures-for-Market-Street-6331508.php

http://www.kgoradio.com/common/page.php?id=129041

http://sf.streetsblog.org/2015/06/17/sfmta-bucks-uber-bans-private-autos-from-turning-on-to-mid-market-street/

http://sfappeal.com/2015/06/sfmta-approves-plan-to-ban-turns-on-market-street-despite-uber-opposition/

http://sfist.com/2015/06/17/sorry_uber_no_turn_for_you.php

https://medium.com/urban-design-and-planning/sfmta-it-s-time-to-prioritize-buses-bikes-and-pedestrians-on-market-street-97ae398cee57

http://www.sfbike.org/news/mid-market-street-win/

http://walksf.org/sfmta-backs-turning-restrictions-on-market/

--------------------

UPDATE - June 9, 2015

The City is one step closer to Vision Zero pending SFMTA Board Approval of the Safer Market Street project.

Market Street is the City’s premier civic and commercial corridor hosting hundreds of thousands of people arriving by means of transit, walking, biking or driving. More bikes travel down Market Street than vehicles, making it one of the busiest bikeways west of the Mississippi.

High collision rates, however, also make Market Street a high-injury corridor, with four of the top 20 intersections for pedestrian-injury collisions and the top two intersections for bicycle injury collisions. Safer Market Street is one of over 24 Vision Zero projects being expedited to address the recent spike in fatalities along high-injury corridors such as Market Street. The proposed changes, including a package of turn restrictions, the extension of existing transit-only lanes and supplemental safety treatments, will help the city reach its Vision Zero goal of eliminating all traffic fatalities by improving safety conditions for all users.

The team recently submitted its environmental documentation to the planning department and completed its third round of outreach, in which it met with community organizations and concerned property owners to inform them of the proposed changes and address any questions or concerns.

Years of analysis and outreach to the community have informed the proposed changes and pending the approval of the SFMTA Board of Directors June 16, 2015 construction can begin within the month. The turn restrictions would be unveiled as a package once complete later this fall.

Question or concerns please contact Kate Elliott at kate.elliott@sfmta.com

Date, time and location of SFMTA Board of Directors Meeting:

City Hall Room 400, June 6, 2015 1:00 pm
1 Charles B. Goodlett Drive
San Francisco, CA 94102


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UPDATE - May 20, 2015

BOMA San Francisco Members:

BOMA's Government Affairs Committee members have been meeting with public officials to represent your interests.
Recently, representatives from the SFMTA Safer Market Street initiative spoke to our members about the project. Please click here to review the project fact sheet and here for the presentation.

Questions or concerns? Feel free to contact Kate Elliott at kate.elliott@sfmta.com or at (415) 701-2483.

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Original Post - March 4, 2015

The Safer Market Street team is planning changes to the way various modes of transportation move up and down on Market Street.  These updates will commence in the Spring/ Summer of this year and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) is hosting a public hearing next Friday March 6 to solicit public feedback on the project.

Safer Market Street is one of over 24 projects to be expedited to address the disproportionately high number of severe and fatal collisions along high-injury corridors such as Market Street. Safer Market Street will help achieve the Vision Zero goal of eliminating all traffic fatalities citywide by improving safety across all transportation modes. The extension of transit-only lanes and turn restrictions between 3rd Street and 8th Street on Market will reduce conflicts between pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists.

To date they have held two Community Workshops to receive feedback on the proposed transit-only lanes and turn restrictions as well as informational signage as you approach Market Street and potential new loading zones. Click here for the Public Hearing Notice that provides details on the location and conditions of the transit-only lanes, turn restrictions, loading zones and parking changes incorporating public and SFMTA feedback. Additionally, an updated fact-sheet can be found here with more details and graphics regarding the proposed conditions.

The Public Hearing is Friday, March 6, 2015 @ 10:00 am City Hall Room 416 (Hearing Room 4) 1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Place.

Safer Market Street website

Questions? 

Kate Elliott
Public Information Officer
SFMTA | Municipal Transportation Agency
1 South Van Ness Avenue, 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone:  415-701-2483

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

U.S. Department of Energy Crowdsourcing Initiative Seeks Buildings-Related Problems to Solve




BOMA San Francisco Members:

The U.S. Department of Energy's Building Technologies Office is partnering with the successful SunShot Catalyst crowdsourcing initiative to identify and solve problems related to software development, data, and/or automation.

In the first Ideation phase of the initiative, those working in the building technology space are invited to submit problem statements describing challenges that need to be overcome in order to promote better engagement with building occupants and to improve the ability to balance energy and occupant comfort objectives in a building. In addition to submitting problem statements, participants are invited to vote and comment on ideas that have already been submitted. To browse buildings-related statements that have been submitted, follow this link.

Individuals who submit a problem statement will have a chance to win a $1,000 cash prize!
Problem statements need to be submitted by July 15, 2015.

So what are you waiting for? Go and submit your problem statement by clicking here. You will need to:
  • Add a title and description of the problem statements
  • Make sure that Ideation is selected in the Campaign drop down box 
  • Use Buildings tag for your problem statement 
  • Add up to 5 URL links to the idea (optional) 
For more information about the SunShot Catalyst and complete contest rules, visit the SunShot Catalyst website.

Competition phases following Ideation will focus on developing products that address submitted problem statements, and contestants will have a chance at up to $1,000,000 in total prizes.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

San Francisco's Economic Barometer - Quarterly Update


BOMA San Francisco Members:

The purpose of the Economic Barometer is to provide the public, elected officials, and City staff with a current snapshot of San Francisco economic indicators. The Economic Barometer reviews general economy-wide employment indicators, as well as major sectors of the City's economy, including real estate and tourism.

Issuance of the Economic Barometer will be on quarterly basis. Indicators will be updated at sfbarometer.weebly.com, which will include data visualizations of the economic indicators along with a PDF of the quarterly summary. Data on the website will be updated throughout the quarter as it becomes available.

Highlights:
  • San Francisco's unemployment reached a new low of 3.4% in April, the city's lowest April unemployment rate since 2000.
  • Technology industry employment is accelerating in San Francisco and San Mateo counties. Jobs in the Computer Systems Design and Related Services industry, the largest technology industry in the San Francisco, grew 18% in twelve months through March 2015. While tech growth had slackened somewhat during 2013, the second half of 2014 saw its employment growth return to levels seen in the early stages of the area's economic recovery.
  • Class A office rents have followed the same trend. According to JLL, asking rents grew 15% over the past 12 months, after growing only 6% from March 2013 to March 2014. Class A vacancy has dropped from 11.3% to 9.9% by March of this year.
  • Across all industries, private non-farm employment grew 5.1% annually through March, somewhat slower than the rates seen in 2012. However, five years into a period of economic expansion, current rates of employment growth remain very high by historical standards.
  • On the other hand, while housing prices are still rising rapidly, growth has slowed. According to Zillow, the city's median housing value rose by 11%. In 2013, prices were growing at a 20% annual clip.

Apture