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Advocate: An Update on Legislative, Regulatory, and Political Issues Affecting Commercial Real Estate
May 21, 2010
Volume 16, Issue 5
BOMA San Francisco's Political Action Committee - Official Endorsements for the June 8, 2010 Primary Election
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Please find the BOMA San Francisco Political Action Committee's (BOMA SF-PAC) official endorsements for the June 8, 2010 election by clicking 'Read More' below! 

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San Francisco Political News
San Francisco Commercial Rent Tax Proposals
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BOMA San Francisco's Government and Public Affairs Committee welcomed Ben Rosenfield, San Francisco's Controller, and Ted Egan, the City's Chief Economist on May 5, 2010 to present two alternative proposals to the current payroll tax structure in San Francisco.  Both include a commercial rent tax.  With either proposal, the City expects to raise approximately $18 million annually from a commercial rent tax by charging 1.395% on the gross receipts for renters of commercial property.
 
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The San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee
April 21, 2010 Meeting
 
Your BOMA San Francisco Advocacy Team attended the monthly meeting of the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee (DCCC) on April 21, 2010. The DCCC is, as detailed on the Committee’s website, the governing body of the County Democratic Party and is comprised of local Democrats elected by voters in Assembly Districts 12 and 13, as well as partisan-level Democratic elected officials and nominees.  The DCCC is somewhat enigmatic to the voting public and doesn’t receive much attention by the local media As such, we took it upon ourselves to sit in on a committee meeting to gain a better understanding of how the DCCC functions and who are the key movers and shakers on that body. And, apparently, the business community is a threat. 
 
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Street Resurfacing Financing Working Group
DRAFT Recommendations - New Tax Proposals to Fix Streets
 
The Street Resurfacing Financing Working Group was formed in January 2010 at the request of the Mayor and Board President David Chiu to prepare a specific set of proposals or recommendations to the Mayor, the Board of Supervisors, and the Capital Planning Committee for financing the repaving and/or reconstruction of the City's public streets and rights of way.  As you may recall, BOMA San Francisco members have heard about the issue of street resurfacing before in May 2009, and the cost associated to 'catch up' to maintain and possibly improve the Pavement Condition Index (PCI) score--70 is considered passing; San Francisco is currently at 63.
 
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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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BOMA San Francisco PAC Endorses Theresa Sparks For District 6 Supervisor
 
The BOMA San Francisco Political Action Committee (BOMA SF-PAC) met with District 6 candidate for supervisor, Theresa Sparks--who kindly visited us on her lunch break--on April 27, 2010.  Ms. Sparks is currently the Executive Director with the San Francisco Human Rights Commission (HRC) and was previously the president of the San Francisco Police Commission.
 
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UPDATE: SFFD Emergency Evacuation Sign Revision - Final Version Approved by SF Fire Commission
 
On May 13, 2010 the San Francisco Fire Commission approved the final revised San Francisco Fire Department administrative bulletin relating to emergency evacuation signage in buildings (e.g., residential, hotel, and commercial office). 
 
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UPDATE: San Francisco Commercial Lighting Efficiency Ordinance
As of April 19, 2010
 
Your BOMA San Francisco Advocacy Team has been working with Supervisor Bevan Dufty and his staff on the Commercial Lighting Efficiency Ordinance that would  require commercial buildings to install or adopt more energy efficient lighting measures.
 
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San Francisco Controller's Monthly Economic Barometer
February 2010

The national business press is abuzz with news of economic recovery, but the local statistics are showing few signs of growth as of February 2010.
 
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BOMA News
Mandatory Building Benchmark Draft Regulations
***COMMENTS NEEDED***
 
New draft regulations for California’s historic building benchmarking law are in the final process of being prepared by Energy Commission staff for the formal adoption process. We are seeking input from building owners, property managers, and other real estate professionals to make sure the implementation of this historic law is a success. 
 
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Prop. 13 is Under Attack - Fight Split Roll Legislation AB 2492
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A split roll threat has once again resurfaced in the California Legislature. 
 
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Act Now! Fight Large Tax Increase on Commercial Real Estate
 
The United States Senate is considering a major tax increase on real estate development by changing the tax rate on carried interest to that of ordinary income (nearly 40%), rather than capital gain (15%). While the House of Representatives has already passed similar legislation, the Senate has never seriously considered such a proposal, until now! 
 
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Energy & Environment News
Mayor Gavin Newsom's Earth Day Breakfast
San Francisco 24x7 Energy Challenge Winners
 
Your BOMA San Francisco Advocacy Team attended  Mayor Gavin Newsom's Earth Day Breakfast on April 27, 2010 to recognize the winners from the first first annual San Francisco 24x7 Energy Challenge--a contest that celebrates the most energy efficient commercial buildings in San Francisco as well as properties that make the greatest gains in energy performance.
 
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UPDATE: CPUC Zero Net Energy Use Proposal - New & Existing Buildings
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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
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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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Upcoming Improvements to Energy Star Portfolio Manager
June 7, 2010
 
Effective June 7, 2010, several important updates will be made in Portfolio Manager [including related tools: Target Finder and the Automated Benchmarking System (ABS)] which may impact your energy performance ratings.
 
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UPDATE: EPA Poised to Address Lead in Commercial Buildings
 
On May 6, 2010 the EPA issued advance notice of its intention to regulate the renovation, repair and painting of public and commercial buildings under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). BOMA members have until July 6 to submit comments.
 
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