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 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 (
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

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.

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.


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:


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

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


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 or at (415) 701-2483.

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


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