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Advocate: An Update on Legislative, Regulatory, and Political Issues Affecting Commercial Real Estate
April 16, 2010
Volume 16, Issue 4
San Francisco City Hall News
UPDATE: San Francisco Ordinance Prohibiting Smoking in Enclosed Areas and Certain Unenclosed Areas
EFFECTIVE DATE April 24, 2010

Mayor Newsom signed this legislation on March 25, 2010; the effective date is April 24, 2010.  Please click below to review the signed copy of this measure.
 
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San Francisco Commercial Lighting Efficiency Ordinance
Measure will be considered by the Land Use and Economic Development Committee on April 19, 2010

The Commercial Lighting Efficiency Ordinance will be considered by the Land Use and Economic Development Committee on April 19, 2010 starting at 1:00 p.m.  BOMA San Francisco supports this legislation--please consider attending the Land Use Committee hearing to voice your support!
 
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San Francisco's 'Sit/Lie' Ordinance
 
Please take a moment to review the recently introduced 'sit/lie' ordinance that would amend the San Francisco Police Code to prohibit sitting or lying on a public sidewalk during specified hours.
 
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Fix Muni Now - Sign the Petition!
If you're a resident of San Francisco and a registered voter, you can help!
 
Thanks to the tenacious efforts of Supervisor Sean Elsbernd, the campaign to Fix Muni Now has officially begun to collect signatures to place the Muni reform measure on the November 2010 ballot. San Franciscans from all across the City are clamoring to sign the petition that will finally lead to better service and a more stable transit system for all residents.  If you're a resident of San Francisco and a registered voter click below to find out how you can help.

 
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UPDATE: San Francisco Stormwater Management Ordinance

Thank you for your feedback on the San Francisco Stormwater Management Ordinance that would amend the San Francisco Public Works Code to require the development and maintenance of stormwater management controls for specified activities that disturb 5,000 square fee or more of the ground surface including, but not limited to, the construction, modification, conversion, or alteration of any building or structure and associated grading, filling, excavation, change in the existing topography, and the addition or replacement of impervious surface.  The measure will also create a Stormwater Management Plan to verify that no additional run-off will be created by a new development/project, and that any such new run-off is being properly treated or mitigated in an approved fashion.  Click below for an update on the measure!
 
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Voluntary Soft Story Seismic Retrofit Ordinance

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed legislation on March 16, 2010 introduced by Mayor Gavin Newsom to support property owners throughout San Francisco who act immediately to voluntarily retrofit and strengthen wood framed, soft story homes and multi-unit buildings to help protect them from collapse due to a major earthquake.  When the next earthquake occurs, San Francisco's overall economic resiliency will depend on structurally safe housing for people to live in.  BOMA San Francisco members understand that the small businesses in our commercial buildings can only operate when their employees have a seismicly safe place to live.
 
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San Francisco's Three-Year Budget Projection Through 2013
 
The joint report by the Controller’s Office, Mayor’s Office, and Board of Supervisors’ Budget Analyst on San Francisco's three-year budget projection, FY 2010-11 through 2012-2013, was posted online on Friday, April 2. 2010.
 
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San Francisco Office of Labor Standards Enforcement - San Francisco Health Care Security Ordinance
Update as of April 2010

Update includes information on 2011 Health Care Expenditure Rates and the deadline to submit the 2009 Annual Reporting Form.  Please click below to read more!
 
 
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Improving San Francisco Business Tax?
Presentation by The Office of Economic Analysis

Please click below for a presentation by the Office of Economic Analysis that outlines their recommendations for a new business tax structure – one squarely aimed at owners of commercial rental properties – that would give some relief to current payroll tax paying businesses by creating a new tax on commercial rents at 1.395%.
 
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Controller's Office Monthly Economic Barometer
January 2010

This issue of the Monthly Economic Barometer introduces seasonally-adjusted recent change information, to better highlight trends in the data that can be obscured by seasonal factors. This seasonal adjustment is performed by the Office of Economic Analysis and is not related to official seasonal adjusted figures released by other government agencies, such as EDD or the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
 
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HireSF - New Online Employment Resource for San Francisco Businesses
 
HireSF.org is a new initiative of the Workforce Development Division of the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD), to help San Francisco businesses find the most qualified local job seekers to fill their open positions. The site has been designed as a virtual one stop job matching system, so that employers can easily recruit from among the 46,900 San Francisco residents who are looking for work.
 
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BOMA News
BOMA San Francisco's Political Action Committee's Positions on the June 2010 Local/State Ballot Measures
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Energy & Environment News
UPDATE: CPUC Zero Net Energy Use Proposal - New & Existing Buildings
We Need Your Feedback!
 
Please click below to read the California Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan--the commercial section starts on page 35--regarding Zero Net Energy (ZNE) use by new and existing buildings in California, and when such an energy standard should go into effect.  The Strategic Plan provides the necessary background information on ZNE and articulates the California Public Utilities Commission's (CPUC) long-term energy efficiency goals for each economic sector and identifies specific strategies to assist in achieving those goals.
 
 
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Mandate and Schedule for Zero Net Energy in all Public Buildings
We Need Your Feedback!

Please take a moment to review California State Assembly Bill (AB) 2679 that establishes a mandate and schedule for Zero Net Energy in all public buildings by clicking below..
 
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Energy Deregulation: Direct Access

BOMA held a workshop, sponsored by Glacial Energy, on April 1, 2010 entitled 'Direct Access: How Electricity Deregulation Could Impact Property Operations & Profitability.'
 
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PG&E - Peak Day Pricing Information
 
Please click below to read more about PG&E's Peak Day Pricing.
 
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EPA: Lead Safety During Renovation for Contractors

At the BOMA San Francisco Codes & Regulations Committee meeting on March 24, 2010, the committee members discussed new rules for residential contractors to help prevent lead exposure.  The EPA may impose similar requirements on commercial contractors as well. 
 
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General News
You're Invited! Rich Gordon for California Assembly 2010
April 22, 2010 Fundraiser

Please consider attending a fundraiser for Rich Gordon for California State Assembly on April 22, 2010.  Mr. Gordon is currently the President of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors.  We'd love to have you attend and support Mr. Gordon as he campaigns for the California State Assembly in 2010!  To RSVP, please email Sasha Horwitz at sasha@gfpublicaffairs.com or call her at (415) 291-9501
  
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Economic Recovery? The Outlook for 2010

Click below to view the economic outlook for 2010 authored by Dr. Mark Dotzour, Chief Economist of the Real Estate Center for Texas A & M University and Marc Intermaggio's--BOMA San Francisco's Executive Vice President--summary of Dr. Dotzour's analysis. 
 
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ABOUT RETROCOM ENERGY STRATEGIES
 

 

RetroCom Energy Strategies, Inc. is a Woman Owned Small Business established to deliver Retrocommissioning, Commissioning, LEED Consulting and Energy Engineering services in non-residential buildings. RetroCom principals and staff have more than 100 years of collective experience delivering energy services, energy engineering, measurement and verification services, facility operations/automation systems consulting, and maintenance management in commercial office, retail, healthcare, education, and government buildings. 

The company is an active supporter of the Building Owners and Managers Association, both locally and nationally and an active participant with the Association of Energy Engineers and the US Green Building Council. RetroCom Energy Strategies is an approved Retrocommissioning Services provider for all three investor owned utility companies in the state of California and  the developer of Supported Retrocommissioning, an enabling process designed to teach building operations personnel how to maintain the results from their Retrocommissioning project. 

In addition to its Elk Grove corporate office, RetroCom maintains an Engineering Center in Santa Cruz , California. For more information on how RetroCom Energy Strategies can help BOMA San Francisco members reduce building operating costs, contact their sales department by clicking here to arrange for a site evaluation, or click here to visit their website.

 

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ADVOCACY EVENTS
•  Earth Awards Luncheon 
April 22, 2010
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•  Codes and Regulations Committee Meeting
April 28, 2010
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•  Energy and Environment Committee Meeting
May 4, 2010
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•  GAPAC Meeting
May 5, 2010
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•  Emergency Preparedness Committee Meeting
May 11, 2010
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