Tuesday, March 17, 2009

BOMA San Francisco Leaders Meet With Supervisor Eric Mar

BOMA San Francisco leaders and staff met with Supervisor Eric Mar (District 1) on March 5, 2009 to introduce him to the association and to discuss the current state of commercial real estate in San Francisco. The meeting was very productive. BOMA representatives emphasized that its members house the majority of the city’s small business community, and legislation and/or taxes that are assessed on commercial property owners invariably also get passed on to these same small business tenants. Supervisor Mar is pictured with (from left to right): Katherine Mattes with CB Richard Ellis; Marc Intermaggio with BOMA San Francisco; Mike Freeman with McCarthy Cook & Co. LLC; Mark Buckingham with Hines; and Ken Cleaveland with BOMA San Francisco. Jim Christian with DRA Advisors, LLC was also in attendance, but had to leave before the picture was taken.


UPDATE: San Francisco Chamber of Commerce - Supes for Lunch with Eric Mar

Your BOMA advocacy team attended the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce's Supes for Lunch with Eric Mar event on March 18, 2009. Here is a brief synopsis of what transpired:

Supervisor Mar, who represents the Richmond District (District 1), mentioned that protecting working families, children and seniors is a top priority. On the issue of land use, the Supervisor understands the need for new development and supports job growth. Indeed, he is holding a Land Use & Economic Development Committee Green Jobs Hearing on March 23rd at 1:00 p.m. to discuss the economic stimulus package and green job development that will benefit low-income community members in City of San Francisco. The hearing will attended by representatives from labor, small business, and community groups.

In addition to job growth, Supervisor Mar wants to protect small business and cultivate diversity in the Richmond District. The Supervisor does not favor a formula retail ban for the Richmond District, and strongly supports conditional use scrutiny of all chain store applications. Lastly, he supports homeownership especially for working families but, at the same time, is sensitive gentrification and to the concerns of the Tenant Union.

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