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RESULTS: BOMA SF-PAC Voter Guide for the June 5, 2018 Election
BOMA San Francisco's Member Interests Were Well-Represented


BOMA San Francisco's Political Action Committee's Voter Guide

June 5, 2018 Election Results

BOMA San Francisco has an active Political Action Committee (BOMA SF-PAC) that campaigns for candidates and issues that promote the economic vitality of the industry and the City and County of San Francisco. Here is a brief report of results of the June 5th election.

The recent June election in San Francisco was contentious. Arguably, there hasn’t been such an acerbic election season quite like this in decades – maybe even in the City’s history. There was an unexpected Mayor’s race, two massive tax measures on the ballot targeting our industry, and a decisive supervisorial race in District 8. Thanks to the leadership of the BOMA San Francisco’s Political Action Committee (BOMA SF-PAC), your interests were well represented during what can only be described as a chaotic period in San Francisco. 

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


San Francisco

WON Mayor – London Breed

LOST Board of Supervisors, District 8 – Jeff Sheehy


WON Governor - Gavin Newsom

WON State Assembly District 17 – David Chiu

WON State Assembly District 19 – Phil Ting

WON State Board of Equalization District 2 – Malia Cohen


WON US Senate - Dianne Feinstein 

WON US Congressional District 12 – Nancy Pelosi

WON US Congressional District 14 – Jackie Speier 

Local Propositions

  • PASSED Proposition A - Charter Amendment: Revenue Bonds for Public Utilities Commission Clean Power, Water, and Clean Water Facilities
    • Authorizes the SFPUC to issue revenue bonds for power facilities when approved by ordinance receiving a two-thirds vote of the Board of Supervisors. Amends the Charter to allow the SFPUC to finance new power facilities that increase delivery of energy.
    • This amendment to the City Charter gives almost unlimited power to the PUC and Board of Supervisors for revenue bonds to be issued, without voter approval, to replace or expand the city’s electrical power systems. This authority could be used later to bypass existing bond measure ballot requirements in order to construct competing power systems, an action San Francisco voters have rejected before.
  • PASSED Proposition B - Charter Amendment: Appointed Board Members and Commissioners Seeking Elective Office
    • A Charter amendment requiring appointees on San Francisco boards and commissions to give up their seats when running in state or local elections, a common practice in the past that helped prevent appointed office-holders from enjoying unfair advantages.
  • PASSED Proposition C - Ordinance: Tax on Commercial Rents to Fund Child Care and Education.
    • .5% additional GRT on leases of commercial space; 1% on warehouse space
      • Estimated to raise $146 million annually;
      • Funds early child care and education;
      • Tax would not apply to gross receipts from leases that have the following uses: industrial, arts, or non-formula retail, non-profit and small businesses;
      • Requires 50% + 1 voter approval to pass;
  • FAILED Proposition D - Ordinance: Additional Gross Receipts Tax on Commercial Rents for Housing/Homeless
    • 1.7% additional GRT on leases of commercial space
      • Estimated to raise $70 million annually;
      • Funds low/middle income housing and homeless services;
      • Tax would not apply to gross receipts from leases that have the following uses: PDR, retail and services, entertainment, arts and recreation, non-profit and small businesses;
      • Requires 67% voter approval to pass;
  • PASSED Proposition E - Referenda: Repeal of Ordinance Banning the Sale of Flavored Tobacco Products
    • This referendum suspended an ordinance passed by the Board of Supervisors banning sales of flavored tobacco products. The ordinance was supported by healthcare organizations and opposed by small business advocates. A coalition opposed to the ordinance collected signatures to put this referendum on the ballot. A ‘yes’ vote is a vote to keep the ban on sales of flavored tobacco products in place; a ‘no’ vote is a vote to repeal the ban and allow sales of flavored tobacco products.
  • PASSED Proposition F - Ordinance: City-Funded Legal Representation For All Residential Tenants in Eviction Lawsuits
    • “No Eviction Without Representation Act”
    • This voter initiative requires the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development to create a program that provides legal services for residential tenants facing eviction. These matters are best addressed legislatively rather than by the ballot. Legislation to implement such a policy is pending at the Board of Supervisors.
  • PASSED Proposition G - Ordinance: Parcel Tax for San Francisco Unified School District (Teacher Salaries)
    • “Living Wage for Educators Act of 2018”
    • San Francisco Unified School District parents and the teachers union collected signatures to place this parcel tax on the ballot to fund a 2% salary increase for teachers following a three year, 11% increase approved last November. If passed, the $298 per parcel tax would appear on property tax bills starting July 1 of this year. Increasing salaries may help reduce a teacher shortage but the additional tax may be burdensome to some San Francisco businesses and residents.
  • FAILED Proposition H - Ordinance: Use of Tasers by San Francisco Police Officers
    • “The Safer Policing Initiative”
    • This initiative ordinance authorizes the San Francisco Police Department to train and deploy officers to use Tasers as a non-lethal alternative to firearms. Most big-city police departments equip officers with Conductive Energy Devices (CEDs), including Tasers. While the Police Commission has approved a taser policy, it places unreasonable limitations on their use and has yet to be implemented.
    • BOMA San Francisco has supported providing our City’s law enforcement professionals with all tools and equipment that helps them to protect public safety.
  • FAILED Proposition I - Declaration of Policy: Relocation of Professional Sports Teams
    • “Thou Shall Not Covet” other cities sports teams.
    • A non-binding Declaration of Policy that aims to discourage the Golden State Warriors from moving from Oakland to San Francisco next season. This last-ditch demand won’t stop the move or prevent other sports teams from relocating as they choose.
  • PASSED Regional Measure 3
    • Toll revenues would be used to finance a $4.45 billion slate of highway and transit improvements in the toll bridge corridors and their approach routes.
    • If approved by a majority of voters in San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma counties.
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•  Energy & Environment Committee 
August 7, 2018
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Ferry Building, Port Commission Hearing Room, San Francisco, CA
Please click here for more information.
•  Government Affairs Policy Advisory Committee (GAPAC) Meeting
August 8, 2018
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
235 Montgomery Street (Russ Building), 7th Floor, San Francisco, CA
Please click here for more information.
Emergency Preparedness Committee (EPC)
August 14, 2018
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
225 Bush Street, Suite 1810
Please click here for more information.
Codes and Regulations Committee 
August 29, 2018
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
201 California Street, 2nd Floor Conference Room, San Francisco, CA
Please click here for more information.
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