Friday, June 15, 2018


BOMA San Francisco congratulates Mayor-Elect London Breed on her historic win! Thank you to BOMA members for volunteering or attending an event for London over the last few months.

If you have any questions, please contact John Bozeman, BOMA San Francisco's Director of Government and Industry Affairs at

About London Breed

Board of Supervisors President London Breed recently served as Acting Mayor, leading San Francisco following the tragic passing of Mayor Edwin Lee.

London first won election to the Board of Supervisors in November 2012. In January of 2015, her colleagues elected her President of the Board. She was re-elected as District 5 Supervisor in November 2016 and unanimously re-elected as Board President two months later.

London is a native San Franciscan, raised by her grandmother in Plaza East Public Housing in the Western Addition. She graduated with honors from Galileo High School and attended the University of California, Davis, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science/Public Service with a minor in African American Studies. She went on to earn a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco.

Before her election as District 5 Supervisor, London served as Executive Director of the African American Art and Culture Complex in the Western Addition for over a decade, transforming the struggling center into a vital, financially-stable community resource that provides after school arts and cultural programs for youth and seniors. She also served as a San Francisco Redevelopment Agency Commissioner for five years and in 2010 was appointed by then-Mayor Gavin Newsom to be a San Francisco Fire Commissioner, where she served until her election to the Board of Supervisors.

London has dedicated her entire adult life to serving our communities and improving the City’s housing, environment, public safety, transportation, and quality of life.

San Francisco's Tall Buildings Study - Seismic Effects and Geotechnical Considerations

A recent article in the New York Times, At Risk in a Big Quake: 39 of San Francisco’s Top High Rises, "includes a list of buildings that are potentially vulnerable to a large quake." The San Francisco Bay Area is in seismic zone and those who live and work in the area are likely aware of that fact.

In light of the potential for seismic activity, The City and County of San Francisco's Office of Resilience and Capital Planning is in the process of producing a report on the subject of seismic effects on tall buildings in San Francisco, as well as geotechnical considerations related to tall buildings.

BOMA San Francisco, through our Codes and Regulations Committee, participated in the first stakeholder meeting on March 6, 2018 that provided an overview of the Tall Building Study and learned more about the team's progress to date. The team leading the Study from Stanford University and the private sector, also provided an overview of their effort at the March Codes and Regulations Committee.

The Study is expected to be completed in October 2018.

The report will:
  • Clearly characterize the issues and available information;
  • Propose regulatory and procedural recommendations where appropriate to the subject studied;
  • Scope out future work items.
The work under this project will be performed under the six tasks, detailed below, and compiled in the report.
  • Task 1: Seismic Performance Characterization of Existing Tall Buildings 
    • This task is developing an inventory for purposes of establishing the broad scope and context of tall buildings in San Francisco.
  • Task 2: Tall Building Effects 
    • This task summarizes seismic risks with tall buildings with recommendations for new policy and further research. 
  • Task 3: Standards for Post- Earthquake Structural Evaluation
  • Task 4: Barriers to Reoccupancy of Tall Buildings
  • Task 5: Costs and Benefits of Higher Performance Goals for New Construction
  • Task 6: Geotechnical Engineering for Tall Buildings 
    • This task will review and compile best practices in geotechnical engineering that could apply in San Francisco.
Please contact with any questions you may have.

Monday, June 4, 2018

BOMA California Voter Guide for the June 5th Election - Statewide Ballot Propositions

The Primary Election on June 5th holds a lot of intrigue for those interested in the political process and many of us waiting to see how many same-party-on-party battles we will see in the General Election.

However, there are several propositions on the ballot too. The State Legislature changed the way ballot proposition work a few years ago and only those approved by the legislature can be on the June ballot. That is why you will have to wait until November to vote on most of the controversial items.

As a standard practice, BOMA California only takes positions on propositions that have a unique or disproportionate impact on the commercial real estate industry. However, we also hold several seats on the California Business Properties Association board of directors which has taken a position on all the measures.

CBPA has taken the following positions on these measures and recommends you support all the propositions:

Proposition 68 -- Issues $4 billion in bonds for water infrastructure, parks, and environmental protection.


Proposition 69 -- Requires certain tax and fee revenue related to transportation be used for transportation purposes.


Proposition 70 -- Requires a one-time two-thirds vote to use revenue from the cap-and-trade program.


Proposition 71 -- Changes the date for when voter-approved ballot measures take effect.


Proposition 72 -- Excludes rainwater capture systems from property tax assessments.