Tuesday, January 30, 2018

San Francisco County Transportation Authority Update - Transportation Task Force 2045 Revenue Options & 2018 Board Elections

Transportation Task Force 2045 Proposes Transportation Revenue Options in New Report

In 2017, Transportation Authority Chair Aaron Peskin collaborated with former Mayor Edwin M. Lee to convene the 60-person Transportation Task Force 2045, comprised of neighborhood and civic groups, labor, business - including BOMA San Francisco - and advocacy organizations, as well as local and regional transportation agencies.

Meeting over the course of seven months, the task force examined revenue and expenditure options for a potential local transportation revenue measure in 2018. Topics covered included an assessment of transportation needs, consideration of operating and capital priorities for the expenditure plan, and identification of a menu of possible sources to fund these. The final report documents the task force’s recommendations for voter or legislative consideration.

2018 Board Elections and 2017 Annual Report

The San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA or Transportation Authority) Board held elections in January and re-affirmed the agency’s leadership with Commissioner Aaron Peskin re-elected as chair and Commissioner Katy Tang re-elected as vice chair. Commissioners Jane Kim and Norman Yee were also re-elected as chair and vice chair of the Treasure Island Mobility Management Agency, a role the Transportation Authority plays to implement transportation improvements on Treasure Island and Yerba Buena Island.

In thanking his colleagues and looking ahead, Chair Peskin said, “We had a productive last year and I look forward to continuing to advance our priorities in 2018. In particular, we must continue our focus on creating local funding sources to pay for critical transit and roadway improvements, building on the work of the Transportation 2045 Task Force, and press ahead toward Vision Zero, our goal to end traffic fatalities by 2024. Whether it's neighborhood-level pedestrian safety improvements or building out our downtown core to accommodate booming job growth, smart investments in infrastructure and operations will curb congestion and keep San Francisco moving. I am committed to tackling it all, and look forward to working with colleagues and the public in the coming year.”

The agency’s annual report, which summarizes our planning, funding, project delivery, and oversight activities in 2017 is available for download here.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Central SoMa Hearing at the Planning Commission - February 1st

The next hearing at the Planning Commission regarding the Central SoMa Plan will be on February 1st. This will be an informational hearing to continue the discussions of the Draft Plan. It will focus on presenting to the Planning Commission the information we received since the last hearing on August 2017, including comments received at the two informational hearings regarding Central SoMa at the Board of Supervisors’ Land Use & Transportation Committee.

March 1st is the target for Plan initiation at the Planning Commission, which begins the formal process of adopting the Plan. Two weeks before that hearing, they will release the legislative package, including the amendments to the General Plan, Planning Code, and Zoning Map, as well as documents intended to guide the implementation of the Plan.

Please note that Planning Commission hearings begin at 1:00 p.m. at City Hall Room 400. Please check the Planning Commission agenda page on Monday, January 29th to see where the Central SoMa item is on the agenda.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Transbay Joint Powers Authority Citizens Advisory Committee Applications Now Available - Deadline is February 20, 2018

The Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA) is soliciting applications from BOMA members and Bay Area residents interested in serving on the TJPA Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC). The TJPA seeks to appoint Committee members that represent the diversity of the Bay Area. 

This is a unique opportunity for BOMA members to get involved and to provide industry input regarding this project. Many of the newest member buildings are now - or will soon be - adjacent to the transit hub mega-structure, so please consider applying.
CAC terms are for a period of two years and each member is eligible to serve a maximum of three consecutive terms. The TJPA CAC meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 5:30 pm in the TJPA office at 201 Mission Street, Suite 2100, San Francisco, CA. Meetings are from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Consistent attendance is required.
If you are interested in being considered, please review this announcement and submit an application to the Transbay Joint Powers Authority via e-mail cac@tjpa.org or by mail 201 Mission Street, Suite 2100, San Francisco, CA 94105.

Friday, January 19, 2018

San Francisco 2017 Gross Receipts Tax and Payroll Expense Tax Filing Deadline - February 28th

The San Francisco Office of the Treasurer and Tax Collector has announced the 2017 Gross Receipts Tax and Payroll Expense Tax Annual Online Filing is available. The filing deadline is February 28th, 2018. The Treasurer's office will mail out the filing notice that includes a Business Account Number and Online PIN.

To enter the Online Return, you will need:

1. Seven-digit Business Account Number
2. Last four digits of your business tax identification number (Federal EIN or SSN)
3. Eight-digit alphanumeric Online PIN (same as prior years)

This year’s filing, instructions and resources are accessible at: http://sftreasurer.org/2017GRPY

Below are additional news and updates to assist you with the filing:
  • For 2017, the Gross Receipts Tax adjustments factor is 75% and the Payroll Expense Tax rate is .0711% (.00711).
  • Small Business Enterprise Thresholds increase: The Treasurer's office has increased the small business enterprise thresholds for Gross Receipts Tax and Payroll Expense Tax. The small business enterprise exemption thresholds for the Gross Receipts Tax is $1,090,000 in San Francisco Gross Receipts for all businesses except lessors of residential real estate. The small business exemption thresholds for the Payroll Expense Tax is $300,000. 
  • Quarterly Payments Displayed: This year, the online return will display all estimated tax payments we have received up through November 30th, 2017 on the “Quarterly Payments” page. This information is also summarized and displayed on the Obligation Summary page towards the end of the filing. 
  • Estimated Quarterly Payment Penalties: Late or underpaid 2017 Gross Receipts and Payroll Expense estimated quarterly payments will now be assessed a 5% penalty. 
  • Protesting the Quarterly Payments/Penalties Displayed: During the filing, if you have made a payment on or after December 1st, 2017 or you believe the payment information is wrong, you may file under protest by checking the “I disagree…” box and enter the payment information from your records. NOTE: Taking this action will trigger a review of your account by Treasurer staff. Taking this action will NOT automatically affect any estimated tax payment penalties or the amount due in the filing or Payment Portal. If you do not wish to pay the amount due, you may edit the amount to an amount less than the amount due in the Payment Portal. Penalties and interest will accrue on unpaid amounts remaining after the deadline.
For any additional questions or assistance, please contact our customer service department by submitting your questions online: http://sftreasurer.org/customer-service.