Monday, October 31, 2016

San Francisco Department Fee Reviews & Schedule

BOMA San Francisco Members:

Please click here to review all of the fees charged by departments in the City and County of San Francisco.

This report contains fee information for Fiscal Years 2016-17 and 2017-18 as mandated by various San Francisco Municipal Code sections.

The CPI adjustment factor for most fee increases effective July 1, 2016 is 3.18% and 2.50% for fee increases effective July 1, 2017. The July 1, 2016 rate is based upon Bureau of Labor Statistics data for CPI-All Urban Consumers for the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA area and the July 1, 2017 rate is based on CPI as projected by the Controller using California Department of Finance and Moody's forecasts. CPI adjustments will be updated during the FY 2017-18 and FY 2018-19 budget deliberations.

When possible, based on information received from departments, the Controller has certified that fees do not produce revenue which is significantly more than the costs of providing the services for which each fee is assessed.  

BOMA California's Ballot Positions for the November 2016 Election

BOMA California members have taken the following positions on the statewide ballot propositions (Note: Of the 17 measures, BOMA took positions on five propositions):

PROP 51 – YES/SUPPORT - $9 Billion In Bonds For Education And Schools

The board adopted a “support” position for the state to issue $9 billion in bonds to fund improvement and construction of school facilities for K-12 schools and community colleges.

SUMMARY: Authorizes $9 billion in general obligation bonds for new construction and modernization of K–12 public school facilities; charter schools and vocational education facilities; and California Community Colleges facilities. Fiscal Impact: State costs of about $17.6 billion to pay off both the principal ($9 billion) and interest ($8.6 billion) on the bonds. Payments of about $500 million per year for 35 years.

PROP 52 – YES/SUPPORT - Medi‐Cal Hospital Fee Program

The board adopted a “support” position to support the hospitals draw down additional federal monies to draw matching federal funds, which will take pressure off other areas of the state budget.

SUMMARY: Extends indefinitely an existing statute that imposes fees on hospitals to fund Medi-Cal health care services, care for uninsured patients, and children’s health coverage. Fiscal Impact: Uncertain fiscal effect, ranging from relatively little impact to annual state General Fund savings of around $1 billion and increased funding for public hospitals in the low hundreds of millions of dollars annually.

PROP 53 – NO/OPPOSE – Statewide Vote Requirement for Certain Revenue Bonds

The board “opposes” this measure which will require voter approval before the issuance of public infrastructure bonds (“revenue bonds) over $2 billion.

SUMMARY: Requires statewide voter approval before any revenue bonds can be issued or sold by the state for certain projects if the bond amount exceeds $2 billion. Fiscal Impact: State and local fiscal effects are unknown and would depend on which projects are affected by the measure and what actions government agencies and voters take in response to the measure's voting requirement.

– Legislative Sunshine; Stop Last Minute Gut-and-Amends

The board “supports” this measure which will prohibit the Legislature from passing any bill until it has been in print for 72 hours prior to a vote.

SUMMARY: Prohibits Legislature from passing any bill unless published on Internet for 72 hours before vote. Requires Legislature to record its proceedings and post on Internet. Authorizes use of recordings. Fiscal Impact: One-time costs of $1 million to $2 million and ongoing costs of about $1 million annually to record legislative meetings and make videos of those meetings available on the Internet.

PROP 57 – NO/OPPOSE - Felons convicted of non-violent crimes and juvenile trials

The board “opposes” this measure over concerns it may exacerbate the homeless problem in urban areas by releasing inmates earlier than sentenced.

SUMMARY: Allows parole consideration for nonviolent felons. Authorizes sentence credits for rehabilitation, good behavior, and education. Provides juvenile court judge decides whether juvenile will be prosecuted as adult. Fiscal Impact: Net state savings likely in the tens of millions of dollars annually, depending on implementation. Net county costs of likely a few million dollars annually.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

VOTE! BOMA SF-PAC Voter Guide for the November 8, 2016 Election

BOMA San Francisco's Political Action Committee's Voter Guide
November 8, 2016 Election

Did you know that BOMA San Francisco has a Political Action Committee that campaigns for candidates and issues that promote the economic vitality of the industry and the City and County of San Francisco?

The BOMA SF-PAC is looking forward to the November 8, 2016 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). If you are a registered voter in San Francisco, please reference this guide when you vote!

If you have any questions, please contact Ken Cleaveland at and John Bozeman at

NO POSITION --- Proposition A - School Bonds                                              
OPPOSE --- Proposition B - City College Parcel Tax                      
SUPPORT --- Proposition C - Loans to Finance Acquisition and Rehabilitation of Affordable Housing                                        
OPPOSE --- Proposition D - Vacancy Appointments    
SUPPORT --- Proposition E - Responsibility for Maintaining Street Trees and Surrounding Sidewalk
NO POSITION --- Proposition F - Youth Voting in Local Elections
NO POSITION --- Proposition G  - Police Oversight
OPPOSE --- Proposition H - Public Advocate
NO POSITION --- Proposition I - Funding for Seniors and Adults with Disabilities
SUPPORT --- Proposition J - Funding for Homelessness and Transportation 
SUPPORT --- Proposition K - General Sales Tax 
OPPOSE --- Proposition L - MTA Appointments and Budget  
OPPOSE --- Proposition M - Housing and Development Commission
NO POSITION --- Proposition N - Non-Citizen Voting in School Board Elections
SUPPORT --- Proposition O - Office Development in Candlestick Point and Hunters Point
SUPPORT --- Proposition P - Competitive Bidding for Affordable Housing Projects on City-Owned Property
SUPPORT --- Proposition Q - Prohibiting Tents on Public Sidewalks
SUPPORT --- Proposition R - Neighborhood Crime Unit
NO POSITION --- Proposition S - Allocation of Hotel Tax Funds
OPPOSE --- Proposition T - Restricting Gifts and Campaign Contributions from Lobbyists 
SUPPORT --- Proposition U - Affordable Housing Requirements for Market-Rate Development Projects
NO POSITION --- Proposition V - Tax on Distributing Sugar-Sweetened Beverages
OPPOSE --- Proposition W - Real Estate Transfer Tax on Properties Over $5 Million
OPPOSE --- Proposition X - Preserving Space fo Neighborhood Arts, Small Businesses and Community Services in Certain Neighborhoods

Regional Proposition

SUPPORT --- Proposition RR - BART Safety, Reliability and Traffic Relief


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

FEEDBACK REQUESTED: Transit Center District Plan Exterior Signage Interim Controls - May Become Permanent

Supervisor Jane Kim recently held a hearing about the Transit Center District Plan exterior signage interim controls last week and permanent control of exterior building signage may be a next step.

BOMA San Francisco members should review the controls and please send your comments to and if you feel there are any impacts that the City and County of San Francisco should consider. 

The controls essentially do the following:

  • Require that signs be dimmable and turned off from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m
  • Restricts signs within 200’ of a park or future park to 50 sq ft or less and below 35’
  • Restricts signs within the City Park (roof of Transbay) on design, size and height.


The Planning Department has to do a study every 6 months of the interim controls:

Planning Study. Upon the imposition of interim zoning controls by either the Board of Supervisors or the Planning Commission, the Planning Department shall conduct a study of the contemplated zoning proposal and shall propose permanent legislation. As to any controls which are placed in effect for more than six months, the staff of the Planning Department shall report to the entity imposing the controls six months from the date of the imposition of the controls and at least every six months thereafter. The report shall inform that body of (1) the status of the planning study, (2) the findings and recommendations to date, and (3) the estimated time of completion of such study and proposed permanent legislation. These reports shall be considered in a public hearing duly noticed in accordance with the basic rules of the body that imposed the interim zoning controls.

The Planning Department is working on a draft of this study, and we wanted to check in with BOMA members to see if there had been any issues, complaints or concerns with the controls.