Friday, November 30, 2012

Mercury Thermostat Recycling

BOMA San Francisco Members:

On January 1, 2006, State of California law banned the sale of new mercury-added thermostats for most uses. The Mercury Thermostat Collection Act of 2008 requires manufacturers to establish a collection and recycling program individually or with other manufacturers for out of service mercury-added thermostats.

A listing of hazardous waste collection facilities is also available and is sorted by city. The Thermostat Recycling Corporation also maintains a list of thermostat collection points. Please refer to the Universal Waste Regulations for information on how to properly manage your unwanted mercury thermostats.

Click here to visit the California Department of Toxic Substances Control website and for a helpful instructional video regarding recycling.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

BOMA International Advocacy Update - Tell Congress to Pass Tax Extenders Legislation Before 2013

At the end of 2011, the 15 year timeline for depreciating leasehold improvements and a number of other business tax breaks commonly referred to as tax extenders expired and were not renewed for 2012 by Congress. Consequently, building owners have had to return to depreciating leasehold improvements on a 39-year schedule. In an attempt to increase the urgency of the matter, BOMA International, along with 1,500 other organizations, sent a letter to Congress asking that the extenders package be passed before the end of the year. BOMA International is requesting your help in its efforts to educate Congress and urge immediate passage of the tax extenders package.

Visit BOMA’s Legislative Action Center and contact your legislators today.

RESULTS: November 6, 2012 VOTER GUIDE - BOMA SF-PAC Candidate Endorsements & Positions on City Propositions

UPDATE - November 29, 2012

BOMA San Francisco Members:

The November 2012 election was one for the history books, with an African-American President easily winning a second term and a record turnout from voters nationwide.  In California, Democrats took control of the state Legislature and win more seats in Congress.  For folks in the commercial real estate industry, the prospects of a successful push by the Democrats for a split-roll property tax has our industry alarmed. If Proposition 13 is not dissected, there are sure to be other efforts to increase taxes on business properties.

At the local level, the clear winner was San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, who scored 100% on all of the city propositions he supported or opposed. The city college parcel tax, the parks bond and the Housing Trust Fund measure passed. The Gross Receipts Tax measure also passed. Lastly, the measure to spend millions on studying ways to restore Hetch Hetchy Valley was defeated.

With regard to the supervisoral races, two progressive incumbents, John Avalos and David Campos, had no opposition and subsequently won their respective reelections.  District 1 incumbent, Eric Mar, easily won reelection even though small business person David Lee, his BOMA supported challenger, ran a good campaign.   BOMA’s support was principally channeled through our membership with the Alliance for Jobs and Sustainable Growth, a coalition of business and labor groups focused on  creating jobs and expanding the local tax base.  BOMA also supported Mike Garcia, a retired options trader and former member of the San Francisco Board of Appeals, for Supervisor in District 7. This seat will be vacated by termed-out Supervisor Sean Elsbernd, who had endorsed Garcia. Sadly, Garcia placed third, and the winner, Norman Yee, current Chair of the San Francisco Board of Education, inched out second-place union leader F.X. Crowley.  A recount effort may occur in the near-term.

The only supervisor race that gave any encouragement to moderate voters was District 5, where London Breed, a native of the district, won in a multi-candidate race, against recently-appointed and current Supervisor Christina Olague.  Olague had managed to alienate both progressive and moderate voters with her erratic positions on various issues. BOMA strongly supported David Chiu for reelection in District 3, as he has been an exemplary leader as the Board of Supervisors President, and someone who has successfully worked across the aisle to forge compromises and get things done. He won reelection easily.

In summary, our industry's results were mixed at the local level. Consequently, our political leadership believes that it's time for BOMA and its sister business organizations to do a better job of reaching out to San Francisco voters to educate them about the value we collectively bring to the City, its tax base, jobs, job growth, philanthropy, and opportunities for a brighter future. That will be no small task.


Original Post - September 26, 2012

The BOMA San Francisco Political Action Committee (BOMA SF-PAC) has endorsed candidates and taken positions on local ballot measures that will appear on the November 6, 2012 ballot.

Click on the image to enlarge.

Click on the image to visit the San Francisco Elections Department Voting Toolkit

BOMA San Francisco Welcomes SF Port Executive Director Monique Moyer

Monique Moyer, Port of San Francisco Executive Director

BOMA San Francisco Members,

It was an honor to welcome Port of San Francisco Executive Director Monique Moyer to BOMA's November member luncheon on November 29th.  

Ms. Moyer spoke about the history of the Port and ongoing projects:

and much more!

You can read more about the Port by visiting their website.

PG&E Tips for a Safer, More Energy Efficient Holiday Season

BOMA San Francisco Members:

As you decorate your building for the holiday season, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) reminds business customers that, along with good cheer, holiday lights can bring hazards and added costs to energy bills. For a safe and cost-efficient holiday season, PG&E offers the following lighting tips:
  • Before stringing outdoor lights, check for overhead power lines. Don’t place yourself or any object in a position where you or it may come in contact with a power line – the result can be fatal. Remember to look up before raising ladders or other objects and keep at least 10 feet away from overhead lines. 
  • Consider replacing older strings of incandescent holiday lights with more energy-efficient light emitting diodes or LEDs. LED lights are shatterproof, shock resistant, and produce almost no heat, making them safe to touch and greatly reducing the risk of fire. LEDs can also reduce decorative lighting energy costs up to 90 percent compared to older incandescent lights. 
  • Make sure lights used to decorate the outside of a  business are approved for outdoor use. Never use indoor lights outdoors. 
  • If stringing lights on outdoor trees, make sure tree limbs haven't grown into or near power lines. Branches or entire trees can become energized if they contact a power line. 
  • Check all light strands for cracked or broken plugs, frayed insulation, or bare wires. Worn cords can cause fires. Discard damaged sets of lights. 
  • Route cords inside your business so they won't trip anyone. Don't place them under rugs, furniture, or appliances. If covered, cords can overheat or become frayed and can cause a fire. 
  • Follow the manufacturer's limits for number of strings that can safely be connected together.
  • Always turn off indoor and outdoor decorative lights when closing the business, leaving the house or going to bed. 
For businesses that plan to close for two or more days during the holiday season, PG&E also offers the following energy-saving tips to save money while away: 
  • Set thermostats to turn the heat off 60 minutes before closing.
  • Close curtains, shades and blinds when your business is closed to help your building retain heat.
  • Turn off all lights except safety and security lights. 
  • Turn off all unused office equipment, including computers, monitors, printers, copiers, fax machine and scanners. 
  • For electric water heaters, check the time-of-use controllers to be sure the water heater is set to turn off at closing time and on at opening time. 
  • If your water-heating system includes a circulation pump, turn it off.
More information on holiday light safety and energy saving tips can be found at

San Francisco Sets Example by Publishing Energy Consumption Data for over 300 City Buildings

BOMA San Francisco Members:

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) has published a report detailing the energy performance of over 300 of San Francisco’s municipal facilities during the calendar year of 2011, including more than 37 million square feet of building area.

Please click here to review the publication.

As the owner and occupant of hundreds of buildings, the City and County of San Francisco has chosen to lead by example and provide transparency about its own operations. By compiling the data in this report for the first time and releasing it publicly, the City hopes individual departments obtain a fresh perspective on their own facilities, in order to track energy performance successes and help focus attention and resources on buildings that may benefit the most from energy-related improvements.

This benchmarking effort is part of the SFPUC’s larger energy efficiency and green building program. Indeed, the SFPUC has completed over 150 energy efficiency projects in municipal buildings, which are saving the City approximately $4.6M each year.

Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance

The catalyst for producing this report is the San Francisco Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance approved by the Board of Supervisors and signed by Mayor Edwin M. Lee in February 2011.

The ordinance requires owners of non-residential buildings over 10,000 square feet to annually benchmark and disclose the energy performance of their buildings, using the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Portfolio Manager tool to obtain ENERGY STAR ratings when possible.

2009 Existing Commercial Buildings Task Force - BOMA San Francisco's Involvement 

In February 2009, then Mayor Gavin Newsom created the Existing Buildings Efficiency Initiative Task Force (Task Force), co-chaired by BOMA San Francisco's 2013 president-elect Steven Ring, to recommend policies and actions to improve the energy efficiency of existing commercial buildings in San Francisco. The Task Force continued the work of the 2007 Green Buildings Task Force that was convened by the Mayor to develop expanded green building standards for major new private construction projects in San Francisco.

The Task Force report identified seven areas as key factors to improving energy efficiency in existing commercial buildings.  The Task Force's recommendations provided the framework for the City and County of San Francisco to introduce and enact the Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance.

BOMA San Francisco's applauds the City and County of San Francisco for leading municipalities in environmental sustainability and stewardship.  BOMA members look forward to partnering with the City of San Francisco achieve it's future environmental goals.  Indeed, the Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance is a manifestation of a true private/public agency partnership.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

UPDATE: Bay Area Air Quality Management District - Boiler Requirements

UPDATE- November 28, 2012

BOMA San Francisco Members:

In January 2013, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) will introduce lower emissions standards for boilers.  According to the members of BOMA San Francisco's Energy & Environment Committee, building owners and managers should be proactive and contact the BAAQMD to inquire if their boilers and generators are property permitted. If not, the replacements, e.g., broilers, offer an attractive payback potential.

At present, there are a number of commercial buildings in San Francisco that are out of compliance.  See our May 1st blog post, below, for more information and contact the BAAQMD:

Ron Pilkington
Supervising Air Quality Inspector
939 Ellis St.
San Francisco, CA. 94109

(415) 749-5053


Original Post - May 1, 2012

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) limits the air pollution emissions of nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, and particulate matter from industrial, institutional, and commercial boilers, steam generators and process heaters, all of which are collectively known as 'boilers' as well as stationary internal combustion engines (IC Engines). The Air District Inspection Staff will conduct inspections to ensure the equipment is registered or permitted and in compliance with emission standards.

Equipment Registration

Effective January 1, 2011 boilers, steam generators or process heaters with a rated heat input >2 MM BTU/hr to <10 MM BTU/hr must be registered with BAAQMD. Please click on the link below to register this equipment.

BAAQMD - Boiler, Steam Generator, Process Heater

If you have questions regarding the registration process or using the website, contact Duncan Campbell (415)749-4722 or

For Boiler FAQ’s click on the link below:


Permit to Operate

Boilers, steam generators or process heaters with a rated heat input >10 MM BTU/hr and IC engines with a >50 brake horsepower require a BAAQMD permit to operate. Please click on the following links for the Instructions for Completing BAAQMD Permit Application form and the BAAQMD Permit to Operate Application form.

BAAQMD – Instructions for Completing Permit ApplicationBAAQMD - Permit to Operate Application Form

If you have questions regarding the permit application process contact the BAAQMD Engineering Division (415)749-4990.

For IC Engine FAQ’s click on the link below:



Monday, November 26, 2012

CAPSS - Community Action Plan for Seismic Safety Update - November 2012

BOMA San Francisco Members:

The CAPSS/Earthquake Safety Implementation Program continues to work toward a more resilient San Francisco. Here is a very brief update on their activities:
  • Patrick Otellini appointed Director of Earthquake Safety
  • Soft-story building program final review
  • Private School Earthquake Safety Working Group progress
  • Upcoming CAPSS/Earthquake Safety Implementation Program Public Meeting

A Message from Laurence Kornfield

Dear Friends,

Big news! The Mayor has appointed Patrick Otellini to be San Francisco’s Director of Earthquake Safety. We are fortunate to have such a qualified and enthusiastic new Director. Patrick comes to the CAPSS/Earthquake Safety Implementation Program from the private sector where has spent over a decade working across the spectrum of San Francisco’s building community – he is intimately familiar with the City’s permit approval and inspection processes, building owner and user concerns, the pragmatic construction issues of costs, scheduling, and financing. He has been closely engaged in the CAPSS earthquake safety work, including serving as a committee chairperson on the 2010 Mayor’s Soft Story Task Force. Patrick, who will be working directly under City Administrator Naomi Kelly, brings passion, vitality and commitment to the position of Director of Earthquake Safety. I am thrilled that we are fortunate enough to get Patrick Otellini in this role.

I will continue to work on the CAPSS/Earthquake Safety Implementation Program (ESIP) both on our ongoing programs and as an advisor to Patrick and his staff, as we embark on our challenging 30-year implementation program. I am extraordinarily grateful to have Patrick join me in the leadership of our crucial earthquake safety programs. Patrick’s commitment, the overwhelming support of the City leadership, and your continued involvement mean that we will succeed in making San Francisco a safer and more resilient city.

With much thanks,

Laurence Kornfield

Click here to download the Mayor’s Office press release.

Soft-Story Building Final Review

All of the pieces are now in place to move forward with a program to dramatically improve the safety of many of San Francisco’s most hazardous buildings. Over the next few months the Earthquake Safety Working Group will work to determine the best ways in which to implement the proposed regulations for earthquake upgrade of vulnerable soft-story buildings, focusing on buildings having five or more dwelling units and three or more stories (ESIP Task A.3.a). Much of the groundwork for these regulations was laid under the 2010 Mayor’s Soft Story Task Force. The CAPSS team is looking forward to a collaborative, consensus-based effort to make San Francisco’s housing stock more resilient and safer. More details on this in the near future.

Private Schools Earthquake Safety

A Private Schools Earthquake Safety Working Group, under volunteer chairperson Laura Samant, is studying the technical and policy issues related to the earthquake risk of private schools in San Francisco, and will propose ideas for how the City may best address private school safety (ESIP Task A.6.f). The group is exploring challenging issues such as community expectation for school safety, evaluation of earthquake risk, and potential building improvement opportunities. A report on the findings of this Working Group is to be delivered to the City Administrator and the Mayor in late 2013. If you would like to receive information about the activities of the Working Group by email or to participate in the Working Group, please contact Micah Hilt,

The next meeting will be in City Hall, Room 370, on December 6, 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Click here to download our notice to the private schools.

Upcoming CAPSS/Earthquake Safety Implementation Program Public Meeting

December 10, 11:00 a.m. until 1: 00 p.m. at City Hall, Room 370.

Please join the CAPSS team for an update on their many CAPSS/Earthquake Safety Implementation programs. This will be an opportunity to ask questions and to learn how you can get further involved in their activities.

Building Rating Systems

The CAPSS recommendations for improving San Francisco’s earthquake resilience were founded on an ability to evaluate or rate building earthquake performance and to effectively communicate about building performance with the public (ESIP Task A.6.h). Building rating systems for buildings of all types, from older homes to new high rises, are now being developed. The CAPSS/Earthquake Safety Implementation Program staff is working with the groups preparing these rating systems to assure that proposed rating systems will meet San Francisco’s needs. Expect to see one or more rating system proposals within the next few months.

Update to the Community Safety Element Adopted

The Board of Supervisors, following the lead of the Planning Commission, unanimously adopted an update to the Community Safety Element of San Francisco’s General Plan that incorporates many earthquake resilience goals, including those outlined in the CAPSS work. Thank much to Planning Department and Department of Emergency Management staff for their help in preparing this document.

Shelter-in-Place and Neighborhood Support Center update

The Shelter-in-Place and the related Neighborhood Support Center concepts focus on keeping San Franciscans in their homes, in their neighborhoods, and informed and supported after an earthquake. This will empower communities, reduce the demand for emergency housing, and facilitate a more rapid recovery. The Department of Emergency Management, SF SAFE, the Neighborhood Empowerment Network, SPUR, CAPSS/Earthquake Safety Implementation Program and many other groups and agencies have worked together to prepare demonstration programs, work which is actively continuing (ESIP Task A.4.b). More details on this coming soon!

A few of the other CAPSS/ Earthquake Safety Implementation Program programs underway:

  • Demonstration of one- and two-family home earthquake improvements (ESIP Task A.6.b)
  • Focus on earthquake improvements for economically-disadvantaged San Franciscans (ESIP Task A.6.e)
  • Provide information and assistance about renter’s insurance and other insurance (ESIP Task A.1.b)

Thank you for your continued support of CAPSS and our Earthquake Safety Implementation Program.

Laurence Kornfield
Special Assistant to the City Administrator

Patrick Otellini
Director of Earthquake Safety

Micah Hilt
Earthquake Safety Implementation Program

Click to follow the CAPSS Program on Facebook!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Tax-Saving Mills Act in Effect for Owners of Qualifying Historic Properties

BOMA San Francisco Members:

Owners of historic properties in San Francisco are now able to take advantage of tax savings due to updates to the Mills Act, recently adopted by the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor. These changes will allow more eligible owners to take advantage of tax-saving legislation, while making it simpler and easier for owners to apply.

The Mills Act Program, a program developed to help promote the preservation of San Francisco’s historic landmarks, is considered the greatest economic incentive in California for private property owners of historic buildings.

A number of changes are now in effect including:
  • A timeline for processing applications in an effort to ensure timely completion; 
  • A reduction in application fees: 
    • from $9,159 for residential properties, to $2500 
    • from $18,310 for commercial properties, to $5000 
“These changes will improve access to the program, reduce processing costs and time and streamline the coordination between city departments, all of which makes it easier for owners to benefit from this program,” said Planning Director, John Rahaim.

These legislative changes aim to increase the number of Mills Act applications, specifically by small-scale residential and commercial properties. Other cities across the state have seen a positive impact on the reinvestment in historic properties and providing financial assistance, especially to single-family homes, small-scale residential and commercial properties due to this legislation. For example, San Diego has 1,100 active contracts; Los Angeles currently has 601 active contracts; and Oakland’s program, which began in 2008, has 24 active contracts. To date, San Francisco only has 6 contracts in effect.

For more information on the program, visit

Friday, November 16, 2012

BOMA California Legislative Update - 2013 CEQA Reform

California Environmental Quality Act Reform - 2013

California's elected leaders have publicly proclaimed to support CEQA reform in 2013. BOMA California is part of a broad coalition of business groups, schools, local governments, and others pushing comprehensive CEQA modernization. It is paramount that the state maintain CEQA’s original intent of environmental protection, while limiting abuses of the law that unnecessarily hinder economic growth and job creation.

Here are the policy principles for CEQA modernization that BOMA California is pursuing:

* Integrate environmental and planning laws;
* Eliminate duplication;
* Focus CEQA litigation on compliance with environmental and planning laws;
* Enhance public disclosure and accountability.

California needs to modernize CEQA to conform with California’s comprehensive environmental laws and regulations that preserve the environmental protections while preventing CEQA abuses that jeopardize community renewal, job-creation and the environment.

BOMA California - 2012 Year End Legislative Highlights

BOMA San Francisco Members:

During the 2012 legislative session, BOMA California and the commercial real estate industry had great successes on a number of key issues including a major reform to the state’s Americans with Disabilities (ADA) law, stopping an effort to implement a split roll property tax and crafting a workable Green Building code. 

BOMA California representatives were involved in 494 pieces of legislation introduced at the California State Capitol. Of the 67 bills deemed a high priority, three we supported were sponsored; two we opposed were signed by the Governor. 

The following are are just some of the highlights from 2012:

ADA Reform Signed by the Governor - Governor Jerry Brown has signed our ADA reform measure, SB 1186 that will curb lawsuit abuse regarding the Americans With Disabilities Act while promoting increased compliance with disabled accessibility building codes. This bill is being hailed as the most comprehensive and significant reform to California’s ADA law.  California has 40 percent of the nation’s ADA lawsuits but only 12 percent of the country’s disabled population.

Rewrite of the Accessibility Code - In conjunction with the success of SB 1186, BOMA California representatives have worked closely with the California Building Standards Commission to clarify and rewrite accessibility code provisions for all commercial and state-owned buildings. The state will use the federal provisions as the basis for California’s updated code with appropriate amendments where California’s code is more stringent. This major regulatory overhaul will significantly reduce the number of ADA lawsuits filed.

CEQA Reform - BOMA California members have focused on a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) reform package for several years. In 2012, we have engaged in a slightly different legislative strategy and organizations such as the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and the California Alliance for Jobs have taken highly visible public leadership roles in pushing for comprehensive CEQA reform.

Spit Roll Property Tax– For three years, BOMA California has helped keep proposed measures to eliminate protections of Proposition 13 for commercial real estate from reaching the Governor's desk. This latest attempt would have enacted an immediate 55% increase in all private non-residential state property taxes.  As part of the Californians Against Higher Property Taxes, BOMA California pressured groups pushing this split roll property tax measure to desist.

Mandatory Benchmarking – BOMA California has led the effort to write reasonable regulations implementing the state’s mandatory building benchmarking law. Prior to input from commercial real estate industry experts, the draft regulations were very onerous and cumbersome.  Due to BOMA California's involvement, many issues have been resolved, and revisions have been delayed several times in order to allow regulators and the industry time to prepare.

Green Building Codes – After thwarting several attempts to mandate LEED standards statewide for all commercial buildings, BOMA California has helped direct efforts appropriately to the California Building Standards Committee. BOMA led an industry wide effort to engage our experts in the public process and helped shape the nation’s first statewide green building code (known as CALGreen). These codes balance environmental issues with economic feasibility and current technology to provide the industry a reasonable standard.  CALGreen is now being updated for the third time thanks to BOMA California's efforts.

Financing for Energy Efficiency – We worked closely with the State Controller to craft a bill to make it more attractive for local governments to offer low loan interest rates to business owners for energy and water efficiency improvements to existing buildings.

Zero Net Energy - A zero net energy building is one which produces its entire annual energy needs from on-site sources (solar photovoltaic). A recent study sponsored by the industry showed that many commercial buildings – even the most energy-efficient – simply do not have enough roof space to sustain the amount of PV that would be needed to meet this requirement.  Due to ongoing concerns expressed by a number of groups, the California Energy Commission has again withdrawn a recent proposal to adopt a Zero Net Energy proposal by way of adding a third tier to CALGreen. While voluntary at the state level, the CalGreen tiers are routinely adopted as mandatory by local cities and counties. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

BOMA Members PG&E and the Transamerica Pyramid Center: A Model in Integrated Energy Management

BOMA San Francisco Members:

Please take a moment to watch the video, above, that highlights two BOMA San Francisco members: PG&E and the Transamerica Pyramid Center.

The Transamerica Pyramid Center has worked closely with PG&E to identify and receive incentives to reduce energy consumed by their buildings.  They've accomplished this by updating the lighting and HVAC equipment and installing a co-generation system that provides about 70 percent of the building's electricity, as well as all its space heating and hot water needs. In addition, the Center participates in a demand response program, shedding load on days when electricity usage is high across the state.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

UPDATE: San Francisco Mobile Food Facilities Permits - Legislation Introduced to Address Current Issues

UPDATE - November 6, 2012

Please click on the links below review to measures that Supervisor Scott Wiener has introduced at the Board of Supervisors regarding Mobile Food Facilities.
These measures, in aggregate, will amend existing regulations for Mobile Food Facilities (MFF or food trucks) to eliminate the current 'like food' consideration for appeals to MFF permit applications.  Indeed, it's the only consideration for a permit appeal at present - i.e., a food truck selling like food that is similar to an adjacent brick and mortar establishment.  The ordinance will also specify distances between trucks, the parking duration and add significant areas throughout San Francisco for MFF operators to sell food. 

Your BOMA San Francisco Advocacy team urges you to review these documents and critique them for content and effectiveness.  Send your comments to and  The measure will be sent to the Board of Supervisors' Land Use and Economic Development Committee for a minimum of 30 days before being further considered or amended.
Original Post - May 21, 2012

Click here to go to an interactive real-time map of approved and requested Moblie Food Permits 

BOMA San Francisco Members:

NOTE - the San Francisco Department of Public Works (SFDPW) has been updating interested parties regarding approved and requested (i.e., Notices of Intent) Mobile Food Facilities permits.  Please bookmark the following webpage and continue to review it for updated information on the status of requested permits near your property:

Notices of Intent (NOI) detail locations, hours of operation, and menus for a proposed Mobile Food Facility permit.  In addition to the interactive map, you can also download a list of NOI Mobile Food Facility permits by visiting the SFDPW webpage and clicking on NOI - Status.

Your BOMA San Francisco Advocacy team is continuing to work tenaciously with BOMA members, Supervisor Scott Wiener and his staff and the SFDPW staff to assuage the various issues that BOMA members have had with regard to the proliferation of Mobile Food Facilities in the Financial District and adjacent Districts.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email Ken Cleaveland at and John Bozeman at

Upcoming PG&E Benchmarking Classes - November 20th

Benchmarking Energy Use in Commercial Buildings
San Francisco – November 20, 8:30am – 12:30pm 

Sponsored by Pacific Gas and Electric Company
AIA 4.0 HSW/SD and GBCI 4.0 CE (LEED)

California law (AB 1103) will soon require the disclosure of an energy performance benchmarking score prior to selling, refinancing, or leasing certain whole buildings. Learn how to benchmark your building's energy performance with the help of PG&E's Automated Benchmarking Service – a free, easy-to-use service that automatically sends your commercial building's energy use information to the EPA's ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager every month. This class will include a hands-on benchmarking exercise using portable WiFi hotspots so that attendees can evaluate an actual building from start to finish and see the ENERGY STAR score.

You’ve Benchmarked Your Building: What’s Next?
San Francisco – November 20, 1:00pm – 4:30pm 

Sponsored by Pacific Gas and Electric Company
AIA 3.5 HSW/SD and GBCI 3.5 CE (LEED)

Getting your building's benchmarking score is just the beginning. This course explores how to set targets for improvement: estimating the actual amount of energy savings needed to reach a higher score; which low-cost and no-cost or capital upgrades might produce various magnitudes of savings; which utility incentive programs could help identify or finance those improvements; etc. It's not about what your building's score is today—it's about what you want that score to be and how to get it there!