Thursday, March 3, 2016

Changes to the San Francisco Business Registration Process

The San Francisco's Treasurer’s Office has gone live with online business registration. There is a nice story on their effort here

The online registration form is available at:

 Business starter kits, information, and other assistance is available at

What does this mean for BOMA San Francisco members and their small business tenants? It means that a person wishing to register their business can submit their registration online, sign a secure online form (DocuSign), and pay their registration, all in about an hour. They will get their Business Account Number (BAN) and Online PIN via email after they sign their online form. They will have to use it immediately if they wish to pay online. If the Treasurer's office needs further information because of the complex nature of the registration, staff are assigned to follow up.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

UPDATE: Transportation Demand Management in San Francisco

UPDATE - February 29, 2016

BOMA San Francisco Government Affairs Policy Advisory Committee (GAPAC) members were presented with an update recently regarding the Transportation Sustainability Program: Transportation Demand Management (TDM).

TDM is the shift component of the Transportation Sustainability Program (TSP), focusing on providing on-site transportation amenities in order to reduce reliance on driving. The City is developing a toolkit of TDM measures, and would like your feedback on their progress thus far.

Click here to review the presentation, and email with your feedback.


Original Post - October 2, 2013

Your BOMA Advocacy Team and BOMA members attended a workshop recently hosted by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) and the Business Council on Climate Change (BC3).  The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the participants' current commuter programs and provide feedback on the potential strategies to manage employee parking demand and incentives the public sector can provide via Transportation Demand Management.

Please click here to review the discussion summary.

Transportation Demand Management (TDM) is a set of programs and policies that respond to real and perceived barriers to taking trips by transit, bicycling, walking or ridesharing. TDM strategies include providing easily accessible, clear information about travel choices; encouraging and incentivizing mode shift; and, affecting and complementing land use.

The TDM partnership project is between 4 public agencies, the San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA), the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), the Planning Department, and San Francisco Department of the Environment (SF Environment), and private sector partners interested in participating in a series of pilot projects.

BOMA San Francisco Members Meet with Elected Leaders in Congress

(Photo: Sam Shapiro, Able)

BOMA California Delegation Meets With Senator Dianne Feinstein

On February 3, BOMA members from across the U.S. gathered in Washington, D.C., to educate members of Congress of BOMA’s top legislative priorities.

BOMA San Francisco members took to Capitol Hill to advocate for:

  • Improvements to energy efficiency incentives for commercial buildings;
  • A permanent reduction of the timeline for depreciating fire sprinkler retrofits; 
  • And, legislation curbing harmful and costly ADA drive-by lawsuits.
Not only did BOMA members raise awareness of these key issues, they also persuaded influential members of Congress to co-sponsor legislation helpful to the commercial real estate industry.

BOMA San Francisco members met directly with:

  • Senator Dianne Feinstien;
  • Senator Barbara Boxer's staff;
  • Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi's staff;
  • Congresswoman Jackie Speier;
  • And, Congressman Jared Huffman.

Feedback from BOMA San Francisco members has been positive across the board, with BOMA’s message about the importance of a strong commercial real estate industry for job growth and economic recovery hitting home.