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Please Use This Helpful Voting Guide

 
Our members have endorsed candidates for elected office and taken positions on the following propositions. If you are a registered voter in San Francisco, please reference this guide when you vote! 
 

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

June 5, 2018 Election

The BOMA SF-PAC is looking forward to the June 5, 2018 election. Our members have endorsed candidates for elected office and taken positions on the following propositions. If you are a registered voter in San Francisco, please reference this guide when you vote!

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

Candidates

San Francisco

Mayor – London Breed

Board of Supervisors, District 8 – Jeff Sheehy

California

Governor - Gavin Newsom

State Assembly District 17 – David Chiu

State Assembly District 19 – Phil Ting

State Board of Equalization District 2 – Malia Cohen

Federal

US Senate - Dianne Feinstein 

US Congressional District 12 – Nancy Pelosi

US Congressional District 14 – Jackie Speier 

Local Propositions

OPPOSE 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.
SUPPORT 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.
OPPOSE 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;
OPPOSE 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;
SUPPORT 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.
OPPOSE 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.
SUPPORT 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.
SUPPORT 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.
OPPOSE 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.
SUPPORT - 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.

Window Signs Are Available at the BOMA San Francisco Office!

 
We're well on our way to defeating two big Commercial Rent Tax measures on the June 5 ballot. We need your immediate help to get us over the finish line; June 5 is 5 days from now.
 

We're well on our way to defeating two big Commercial Rent Tax measures on the June 5 ballot. We need your immediate help to get us over the finish line; June 5 is 5 days from now.

Campaign Media

Here are links to the campaign website, Facebook page and videos that are airing strategically on cable. There are also mail pieces/window signs and a social media/internet strategy component.

Website: http://www.votenosftaxes.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Votenosftaxes/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaEdMlphv6Nyz4uQM4swdxg

Our Ask

Time is of the essence! We respectfully request an immediate donation from our building members. Considering the potential asset value drop, should either Prop C or D pass, this investment is minimal! 

Vendor firms: Please donate what you can, considering this major threat to your clients. Prop C will add a new gross receipts tax of 3.5% and Prop D will add a new gross receipts tax of 1.7%. Both measures are effectively another blank check for elected officials to spend on pet projects without regard for massive projected future budget deficits. We must defeat these measures soundly.

Please click here to contribute directly to The Committee for an Affordable San Francisco, No on C and D.

Other Threats on the Horizon

While Propositions C and D on the June ballot both unfairly target commercial landlords with the largest proposed tax increase in San Francisco history, other threats loom as well. Measures being considered by elected officials and others include parcel taxes, additional taxes on commercial rents, sales taxes, business revenue taxes, utility taxes, and more.

Questions? Contact John Bozeman at johnb@boma.com.

Summary of the Two Proposed Gross Receipts Tax (GRT) Measures Targeting Commercial Real Estate

Current law requires commercial building owners to pay a blend of a payroll tax and .3% on gross receipts from leases to the City and County of San Francisco. That money goes into the City's general fund. The two new gross receipts tax measures on the June 5, 2018 ballot would impose additional taxes on commercial rent. These additional taxes would be dedicated to fund specific programs, plus unspecified general fund use. The two commercial rent taxes on the ballot are:

1. 3.5% additional GRT on leases of commercial space; 1% on warehouse space (Proposition C)

  • Estimated to raise $146 million annually
  • 85% funds early child care and education, 15% is for general use
  • 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

2. 1.7% additional GRT on leases of commercial space (Proposition D)

  • 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

Election Day and This Weekend - Get Involved!

Multiple Locations and Events Available

 
BOMA San Francisco is supporting London Breed for Mayor. This is our last chance - whatever is most convenient for you, get involved now.
 

 
 

BOMA San Francisco is supporting London Breed for Mayor. Please consider volunteering or attending an event for London at a time that is convenient for you. There are three campaign offices and multiple events that you can join and show your support for our next Mayor!

If you have any questions, please contact John Bozeman, BOMA San Francisco's Director of Government and Industry Affairs at johnb@boma.com.

This is our last chance - whatever is most convenient for you, get involved now.

Saturday, June 2, 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Mini Park at Turk Street and Fillmore Street

Richmond District Meet & Greet and Mobilization

Sunday, June 3, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

3425 Balboa Street

Click HERE to RSVP for above noted events.

Get Out the Vote (GOTV) Transit Stops and Visibility

Your help is needed in the lead-up to Election Day!

Click HERE to RSVP for GOTV activities.

Volunteering at the Campaign Offices and at Large

There are offices in San Francisco that are open Monday - Friday, 10:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Click HERE for office location info.

 

 
About London Breed
 
Board of Supervisors President London Breed recently served as Acting Mayor, leading San Francisco following the tragic passing of Mayor Edwin Lee.
 
London first won election to the Board of Supervisors in November 2012. In January of 2015, her colleagues elected her President of the Board. She was re-elected as District 5 Supervisor in November 2016 and unanimously re-elected as Board President two months later.
 
London is a native San Franciscan, raised by her grandmother in Plaza East Public Housing in the Western Addition. She graduated with honors from Galileo High School and attended the University of California, Davis, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science/Public Service with a minor in African American Studies. She went on to earn a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco.

Before her election as District 5 Supervisor, London served as Executive Director of the African American Art & Culture Complex in the Western Addition for over a decade, transforming the struggling center into a vital, financially-stable community resource that provides after school arts and cultural programs for youth and seniors. She also served as a San Francisco Redevelopment Agency Commissioner for five years and in 2010 was appointed by then-Mayor Gavin Newsom to be a San Francisco Fire Commissioner, where she served until her election to the Board of Supervisors.
 
London has dedicated her entire adult life to serving our communities and improving the City’s housing, environment, public safety, transportation, and quality of life.

Applies to Commercial Buildings Over 50,000 Square Feet

Deadline is June 1, 2018

 
If you own and/or are responsible for any commercial building over 50,000 s.f. this regulation applies to you and the deadline for completion is June 1, 2018.
 


The Energy Commission is hosting a webinar aimed at companies who own/manage buildings to help with AB 802 Benchmarking and Reporting Requirements. 
 
In October of 2015, the State of California passed Assembly Bill 802, directing the California Energy Commission to establish the Building Energy Benchmarking Program. The Program requires owners of buildings larger than 50,000 square feet with either no residential utility accounts or 17 or more residential utility accounts to benchmark and disclose their buildings' energy performance through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. The purpose of the program is to help building owners better understand their energy consumption through standardized energy use metrics that enable smarter and more cost-effective improvements in building energy use.

Important dates include:

June 1, 2018: Reporting deadline for buildings with no residential utility accounts
June 1, 2019: Reporting deadline for buildings with 17 or more utility accounts  

If you own and/or are responsible for any commercial building over 50,000 s.f. this regulation applies to you and the deadline for completion is technically June 1, 2018 (however, we have been told that due to several factors they will be allowing compliance to happen over the next few months and be considered “on time.”). If you are uncertain how to comply, this webinar is for you. 

Click here for more information on the AB 802 BENCHMARKING WEBINAR and to register: 

https://us18.campaign-archive.com/?u=c13b9ea79a18951bedc886670&id=9a7a7bc959&e=53f7e8e942 

For more information and resources, including the adopted regulatory language, please point your browser to the CBPA AB 802 Benchmarking Resources Page

http://cbpa.com/government/benchmarking-ab-802/ 

We have worked on this regulation for more than 8 years in conjunction with the California Energy Commission. Although we believe on paper, it is written as well as can be expected, we know that issues will come up during implementation.

Please make sure you report issues as they arise to the CEC via their help desk. Any major issues you run into, please include us so we can track and/or help to resolve.