Monday, November 17, 2014

IMMEDIATE CALL TO ACTION: BOMA San Francisco Janitorial & Security Contractors Now Impacted By San Francisco Formula Retail Employer Requirement Ordinances

BOMA San Francisco Janitorial and Security Members,

Legislation is being fast-tracked at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors that, until this afternoon, didn't impact your industries (janitorial/security contractors), now requires your immediate attention. Please contact the San Francisco Board of Supervisors – details below.

There are two ordinances for you to review:
  • Supervisor Eric Mar
    • Police Code - Hours and Retention Protections for Formula Retail Employees
      • Abstract
        • Ordinance amending the Police Code to regulate the operation of Formula Retail Establishments, including requiring employers to offer additional hours of work, when available, to current part-time employees; and requiring successor employers to retain employees for 90 days upon a change in control of the business.
  • Supervisor David Chiu
    • Police Code - Fair Scheduling and Treatment of Formula Retail Employees
      • Abstract
        • Ordinance amending the Police Code to require Formula Retail Establishments to provide employees with two weeks notice of work schedules, notice of changes to work schedules, and compensation for schedule changes made on less than seven days notice and unused on-call shifts; and to provide part-time employees with the same starting rate of hourly pay, access to time off, and eligibility for promotions, as provided to full-time employees.

Both measures respectively address employee management and retention at Formula Retail (chain store) establishments and, until recently, did not affect the janitorial/security industries. Amendments that were inserted - without consultation to BOMA or representatives of your industries - were approved today at a special meeting of the Budget and Finance Committee and the Board of Supervisors will consider both measures tomorrow at their meeting at City Hall.

What’s the Bottom Line?

Both pieces of legislation now apply to janitorial and security contractors who contract with formula retailers, even if those contractors do not qualify as formula retailers.

What Should I Do?

Please contact (call and email) the following San Francisco Board of Supervisors and tell them to send both measures back to the Budget and Finance Committee for further review and discussion with employers directly impacted by the legislation:

Mark Farrell
Katy Tang
Scott Weiner
London Breed
Malia Cohen

Special thanks to Dee Dee Workman, Vice President of Public Policy with the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, who alerted us to this change. She’s worked tirelessly on this issue and we are appreciative of her efforts.

Friday, November 14, 2014

BOMA International Advocacy Update - Significant Issues at Stake in Lame-Duck Congress

The U.S. Congress returned to Washington on November 12th  following a decisive mid-term election that saw a shift of control on Capitol Hill as Republicans gained a majority in the Senate and further strengthened their hold on the House for the upcoming 114th Congress. While the newly elected legislators will be sworn in this January, the current Congress must now turn to a significant amount of unfinished business in what is expected to be a fairly short lame-duck session to conclude the 113th Congress. 

Up for consideration will be the already-expired 15-year leasehold depreciation provision, which is included in a larger package of business tax extenders.  Also on the agenda is the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA), which is set to expire at the end of 2014 if Congress fails to act on legislation to extend the federal backstop program. BOMA is continuing to work with its partners in the Coalition to Insure Against Terrorism (CIAT) to urge Congress to pass a multi-year reauthorization of the program immediately. The Senate already passed a seven-year extension of the program by an overwhelming 93-4 vote back in July.

We urge you to visit BOMA International’s Legislative Action Center today and write Congress to request renewal of both these important policies.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

BOMA San Francisco's Nearly Perfect November 2014 Election Results

The BOMA San Francisco Political Action Committee (BOMA-SF-PAC) campaigns for candidates and issues that promote economic vitality and the health of the commercial real estate industry - and against those that would harm it. Click here to view their list of accomplishments.

With regard to the recent November 4th election – the BOMASF-PAC slate outcome was nearly perfect! Thank you for voting BOMA, your source for sensible political recommendations that benefit all businesses and residents in San Francisco.

BOMA-SF-PAC relies on contributions for funding. This is truly an investment in your future and the future of our industry. Contact for more information.


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) – Absentee votes are still being counted


Marc Levine for re-election to the California State Assembly (Marin/Sonoma)
Kevin Mullin for re-election to the California State Assembly (San Mateo)
Mark Farrell for re-election to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors – District 2
Katy Tang for re-election to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors – District 4
Scott Wiener for re-election to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors – District 8
Malia Cohen for re-election to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors – District 10
Nick Josefowitz for BART Board of Directors - District 8

A - San Francisco Transportation and Road Improvement Bond - SUPPORT
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
K - Mayor Lee/Board of Supervisors Affordable Housing Policy Statement – SUPPORT

L - Balanced Transportation Policy Statement – SUPPORT – The only proposition that the PAC endorsed and didn’t pass.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Register for BOMA San Francisco's 2014 Annual Codes Seminar

BOMA San Francisco Members:

BOMA San Francisco’s annual codes update will feature presentations on a wide range of important topics -- especially for commercial property managers - including an overview of DBI’s 5th floor over-the-counter plan review process, practical examples of the recent Title 24 Energy Code changes that came into effect July 1st 2014, an update on SFFD annual high-rise inspections and advice for BOMA members. This is an opportunity for BOMA members to meet and interact with important city officials from the Building and Fire Departments responsible for enforcing these codes, and hearing from our own design and construction professionals on the most recent changes to our local codes and permitting processes and the most effective ways to comply. It’s BOMA San Francisco’s most important regulatory update of the year, so don’t miss out!


Gordon L’Estrange, LIONAKIS
Skip Soskin, Huntsman Architectural Group
Jackie Crivinar, BCCI Builders
Dimitri Contoyannis, Noresco
Kimberly Huangfu, Buchalter Nemer
Dennis Latta, Cushman & Wakefield, The Pyramid Center
David Sellards, CBF Electrical & Tel/Data Contractors
Bradley Onstad, CBF Electrical & Tel/Data Contractors
Gary Clifton, SFDBI Electrical
James Zhan, SFDBI Mechanical
Richard Halloran, SFDBI Technical Services
Mark Walls, SFDBI Plan Review Services
Lieutenant Lisa Moy, SFFD
Ken Cleaveland, Vice President, Public Policy, BOMA SF

Major Sponsor

Program Sponsors

#OrangeOctober - San Francisco Giants World Series Homecoming Parade on October 31, 2014 Starting at 12 Noon

BOMA San Francisco Members,

We keep having to post this information every two years and we're O.K. with that!

Please note that your 2014 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants will be celebrated with a parade down Market Street tomorrow, Friday, October 31st, starting at 12 noon.  The parade will begin at Market and Steuart streets and continue down Market Street to Civic Center Plaza.

BOMA San Francisco's Emergency Preparedness Seminar on October 21, 2014

L to R: BOMA San Francisco's Emergency Preparedness Committee Chair Ryan Rusler, SFFD Chief Joanne Hayes-White, BOMA San Francisco President Sarah MacIntyre, SFPD Chief Greg Suhr, and BOMA San Francisco's Emergency Preparedness Committee Vice-Chair, Stacia Keisner

BOMA San Francisco Members and Partners:

BOMA San Francisco's Emergency Preparedness Committee members held a well-attended Emergency Preparedness Seminar on October 21, 2014 at the Port Commission Hearing Room at the Ferry Building.   This information-packed emergency preparedness seminar was produced for property and facilities managers, tenants, building security staff, and public sector emergency responders.

Thank you to those members who attended and a special thanks to sponsors and event speakers (listed below) including San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr (follow him on Twitter!) and San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White.

  • Attendees learned 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; 
  • They also acquired strategies for working with San Francisco’s emergency responders; 
  • And, they gained resources to help them be better educated and prepared for such emergencies. 
The program was 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.


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 was generously sponsored by (in alphabetical order):

Film Production in San Francisco

BOMA San Francisco Members:
The San Francisco Film Commission is interested in getting your feedback in regards to how BOMA members feel about film production occurring in San Francisco, its impact on your property, and suggestions about how the Commission could make the experience better for everyone.

They've created a survey and would appreciate your feedback. All responses are anonymous and will not be tracked.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Building Energy Data Exchange Specification 1.0 Announcement + Webinar - November 13, 2014

BOMA San Francisco Members:

The U. S. Department of Energy is excited to announce the launching of the Building Energy Data Exchange Specification (BEDES) Data Dictionary 1.0.

Over the past year, more than 80 stakeholders participated in a Working Group that reviewed and tested BEDES Beta to ensure that the final version would meet their needs. The BEDES Data Dictionary 1.0 is the product of that process. It establishes terms, definitions and field formats for over 650 commonly collected pieces of information about buildings, their energy performance, physical and operational characteristics, and energy conservation measures. BEDES will provide a powerful platform for consistent data exchange between tools and databases in the building energy efficiency sector.

View the BEDES Dictionary

On November 13 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. eastern time, the BEDES team will present a webinar on the BEDES Dictionary 1.0, as well as the Working Group’s recommendations for its implementation and management. 

Register for the webinar here.

You can learn more about future plans and the history behind BEDES on DOE's BEDES website.

BEDES 1.0 would not exist without the expertise and input of Working Group members, and it will continue to grow and evolve with the help of this dedicated community. As a member, you can contribute to the future evolution of BEDES Dictionary and implementation activities, learn about what others are doing, and view upcoming events. BOMA members can join the Working Group by signing up for the Forum on LBNL's BEDES website.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Your Feedback is Requested - Tenant Bicycle Access Ordinance Amendment

BOMA San Francisco Members:

UPDATE - October 28, 2014

The San Francisco Department of the Environment is seeking your input on a proposed definition to include as regulation in the Tenant Bicycle Parking in Existing Commercial Buildings Ordinance. The definition provides clarification on the buildings subject to the ordinance.

Tbe proposed definition to clarify which commercial properties are subject to the ordinance (the ordinance currently reads, “the principal occupancy of which is a commercial use”):

Buildings subject to the Tenant Bicycle Parking in Existing Buildings Ordinance, must have the majority (50 percent or more) of its square footage occupied for commercial use. The square footage used for this calculation shall be the net floor area; i.e. the actual occupied area not including accessory areas such as corridors, stairways, toilet rooms, mechanical rooms and closets.

Please provide your comments to by October 31, 2014 by 3:00 p.m.


REMINDER - January 30, 2014

The San Francisco Department of Environment has kindly extended the date for BOMA members to submit the Bicycle Access Plan and/or applicable exemptions with the Department to January 31, 2014.

Please contact the Department of the Environment with any questions:

San Francisco Department of the Environment (SF Environment)
City & County of San Francisco
Phone: (415) 355-3727

UPDATE - November 4, 2013

The San Francisco Department of Environment has kindly extended the date for BOMA members to submit the Bicycle Access Plan and/or applicable exemptions with the Department to January 31, 2014.


UPDATE - October 30, 2013

With regard to the Tenant Bicycle Access in Existing Commercial Buildings Ordinance a property owner or manager must file a Bicycle Access Plan and/or any applicable exemptions with the San Francisco Department of Environment by October 31, 2013.  If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact

BOMA members only need to fill out this form if there are specific details and limitations on bicycle access in the building.  This includes the route to elevators or stairs that accommodate bicycle access or the route to a designated area for bike parking and other information as listed in the law.  If you allow full bicycle access in your building without restriction, you do not need to fill out the Bicycle Access Plan.  

It is user friendly and can be submitted online.  You will receive an email confirmation of your submission (please check your spam filter if you do not see it).  The Plan will be kept on file at the Department of Environment and made available upon request to tenants. If you have already submitted a Bicycle Access Plan and would like to update a it, simply re-submit a Plan with the included updates. 

An exemption form is required if
  • Your building’s elevator is not available for bicycle access due to substantial safety risks; or 
  • Alternate covered off-street or alternate indoor no-cost bicycle parking that meets the security requirements of Planning Code Section 155.1(a)(6) and (7), meets the quantity and other requirements identified in the existing Planning Code, and is available within three blocks or 750 feet, whichever is less, that accommodates all tenants requesting bike access. 
The Department of the Environment, after consultation with the Municipal Transportation Agency and Department of Building Inspection, will either approve or deny the exception request. Commercial properties that file for an exception should also complete a Bicycle Access Plan to ensure that tenants are aware of the specified location to park their bicycles. 


UPDATE - May 21, 2012

The Tenant Bicycle Access in Existing Commercial Buildings Ordinance is now law.  We're honored to work with the San Francisco Bicycle Collation and Supervisor John Avalos' office to make this a reality.

Two articles were published in FM World (BIFM’s Facilities Management magazine) regarding the new law:
  • San Francisco beefs up bike access laws | FM World – the BIFM’s Facilities Management magazine
  • Think Tank: FMs vote for cycle parking | FM World – the BIFM’s Facilities Management magazine
What are the next steps for BOMA San Francisco Members?

Please click here to access a FAQ sheet to review what this ordinance now requires of commercial building owners and managers.  BOMA members (and non-BOMA members) will, at a tenant’s request, now have to:
  • Allow bicycles to be brought into the tenant space/or into a bike room on site for tenant employees only.
    • A building owner and manager will have to allow bicycles in the building without restriction (e.g., no prescription on path of travel, elevator use), but if they choose to restrict full access in anyway, they must fill out a Bicycle Access Plan (BAP) and submit that document to the San Francisco Department of Environment.  NOTE: the San Francisco Department of Environment is currently developing the BAP. 
      • If a building owner and manager chooses to restrict bicycle access, they must provide  parking (e.g., a bike room on site) and detail the location of the parking area and access to it in a BAP.
  • OR a building owner and manager can fully restrict bicycle access to the building.
    • If the building owner and manager decides to file an exemption to the BAP then they must locate no-cost secure bicycle parking (e.g., via neighboring garage) within three blocks or 750 feet - whichever is less - for all employees of a tenant who requests bicycle parking. 
The new law does not require building owners to build a bike room or dedicate a specific space for bicycle parking. It does allow the tenant’s employees to bring their bikes inside their rented space if the building owner does not provide them with a separate and secure storage area. If a building owner chooses to build a bike room, this legislation does not prohibit charging a reasonable fee for use.

If you have any questions please contact John Bozeman 

BART Modernizing Embarcadero and Montgomery Stations - Your Feedback is Requested

BOMA San Francisco Members:

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) is reviewing various improvement options to ease crowding at its two busiest stations – Embarcadero and Montgomery.

BART's average weekday ridership has now surpassed 400,000 per day and, during peak periods, almost half of all riders either board or exit at the Embarcadero or Montgomery stations. Aside from experiencing the most foot traffic, these two stations have the smallest platforms in the system.

As part of BART’s Station Modernization Program they are developing a comprehensive redesign of these stations to make the rider experience more comfortable and enjoyable. They want to hear from riders who use these stations.

Join the conversation by going to the project webpage to see the proposed modernization plan and take an online survey that will help BART prioritize the improvements.
Embarcadero Station

Montgomery St. Station 

Proposed station improvements include: 
  • Building new side platforms on the opposite side of the existing tracks
  • Installing platform screen doors adjacent to the trackway (like on the SFO AirTrain)
  • Reconfiguring platform for more efficient use of space 
  • Upgrading elevator and escalators
In addition, BART is identifying other modernization needs at Embarcadero and Montgomery to improve station functionality, safety, access, appearance, and the overall customer experience.