Wednesday, February 1, 2017

BOMA San Francisco Government Affairs Committee Members Meet with San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrell

BOMA San Francisco Government Affairs Policy Advisory Committee (GAPAC), met with San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrell recently. Mr. Farrell represents District 2 in San Francisco , which includes the Presidio, Marina, Cow Hollow, Pacific Heights, Presidio Heights, Anza Vista, Laurel Heights, Jordan Park, the Lake Street corridor, Sea Cliff and parts of Russian Hill.

For the first meeting of the year, BOMA San Francisco's Government Affairs Committee leaders wanted to hear from Mr. Farrell who has chaired the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee for the last four years.

BOMA members' activities contribute a lot of money to the City and County of San Francisco - via transfer taxes, property taxes, fees and jobs created. One aspect of paying into our local government is that the money is spent efficaciously for all who live and work in San Francisco. As such, his insight to how budget process works, and how the Board members and the Mayor's office might be looking at covering projected budget shortfalls, is very important to BOMA members and to their many small business tenants.

We also asked Mr. Farrell to speak about other issues of importance. Here is a synopsis of our conversation:

  • How will a Trump Administration affect City Hall public policy outcomes? 
    • The budget could be substantially impacted quickly if the Federal Government does stop funding for state and/or local programs that have already expected those funds for the fiscal year budget.
  • What will the public priorities be for the Board of Supervisors in 2017
    • Housing - especially affordable housing
    • Essential immigrant services 
    • Transportation 
    • Homelessness
    • Public Safety
BOMA thanks Mr. Farrell for his time and we look forward to working with him in the new year,

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