January 11 - March 1, 2018
Thursday evenings
RPA/FMA Class: Design, Operation & Maintenance of Building Systems II
February 22
Quarterly Luncheon
CRE Market Outlook
March 8
Mystery Mixer
April 4
RPA Class:
Budgeting & Accounting
April 12
Associates Night Trade Show

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President's Message

Dear fellow BOMA Silicon Valley Members,

As the year is coming to an end and the holiday season is upon us, I started to reflect on all that was 2017. At the end of each year I find myself saying, “Well, the year just flew by”. I don’t know if that comes with maturity (nice way of saying getting older) or if it was because we have experienced so much in one year locally, nationally and worldwide it doesn’t seem real.

I know that our BOMA of Silicon Valley members have big hearts because during our annual charitable event “Share Your Holiday” everyone comes out to support and this year was no exception. But the act that really touched me and gave me so much joy to be part of this community was how quickly the cry for help for our neighbors in the north was answered, too. Within hours the BOMA office was filled with requested items and for that, thank you. I’m hopeful that 2018 will bring happiness and hope to all who were affected across our nation and around the world.  Locally, I know Tiffany Lauchlan with her burst of energy and contagious laugh is ready to get the ball rolling as your 2018 President. She will kick of her term with the Winter Business Conference being held in Washington D.C. in January.

I’m blessed to have been part of an amazing group of people serving the board and committees this year. Your passion, commitment and support is truly a testament to this organization and its ability to provide leadership, education, advocacy, development and relationships. Being a part of BOMA Silicon Valley and the Board these past several years has positively helped me grow into the person I am today and will continue to shape me for the future. If you have not renewed your 2018 membership do so now and consider joining a committee in 2018.

Thank you all for your commitment to BOMA Silicon Valley. Looking forward to seeing you in 2018.

President, BOMA Silicon Valley

2017 Share Your Holiday Adopts 133 Kids

BOMA’s annual charity event was a wonderful success!  The hardworking committee and volunteers not only put on an amazing luncheon event on December 1; but their efforts and the generous support of sponsors and attendees translated into our most successful campaign ever. The funds raised allowed us to shop for 133 kids and their families. Volunteers are shopping for clothes and toys for each child, plus each family will receive a food box and a $100 Target giftcard per child to help fill in the “gaps” and allow the parents to provide whatever is needed to make the holidays a bit brighter and a good start for their New Year.

Thank you all who supported this event and especially the hard-working committee who put it all together:

Share Your Holiday Co-Chairs:
Tatiane Martins
, Hudson Pacific Properties and Sam Russel, Accel Air Systems, Inc.

Decor Chair: Gizelle Lamb, Cushman & Wakefield

Gift Distribution Chair: Terry Riecken, CMD Builders

Sponsorship Co-Chairs:
Steven Delmonico, Veritiv and Marissa Laubach, Environmental Roofing & Waterproofing

Committee Members:
Alissa Hall, Swift Real Estate Partners, Betsy Esquivel, Restoration Management Company, and  Melissa Wood, All Seasons Roofing & Waterproofing

$25,000 Fine For Not Recycling A Thermostat!
TRC Has The Solution

Who knew that those old thermostats could cost you $25,000? That’s the fine for failing to recycle mercury thermostats. Why such a hefty penalty?  Because when mercury thermostats are discarded with everyday trash, the mercury bulb will break, and the mercury will escape and become a dangerous hazard.

According to California law, it’s illegal to dispose of mercury thermostats in the trash or leave them at customers’ premises. HVAC, demolition contractors, property managers, and residents are responsible for recycling all mercury thermostats they remove from service.

Everyone can comply with the law and avoid the $25,000 fine by enrolling in the Thermostat Recycling Corporation’s (TRC) free and easy recycling program. Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC) is a non-profit stewardship organization that facilitates and manages the collection and proper disposal of mercury-containing thermostats.  After receiving collection containers from TRC, property managers and contractors can collect mercury thermostats and then send back the containers (when full or after one year) with an enclosed prepaid shipping form. 

Staying compliant with the law is a good thing, but what’s even better is that property managers, contractors, or property owners get a $5 rebate for every recycled mercury thermostat. That’s right, instead of paying the fine, TRC will pay you! It’s a win win situation. You get rewarded for doing the right thing, avoid the $25,000 penalty, and the environment is protected by proper mercury disposal.

If interested, enroll in the program by visiting recyclethermostats.org/request or contact Stacey Morrison at smorrison@sgamarketing.com or at 562-597-0205 with any questions.

Funds For Your Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (Air District) is pleased to announce that the 2018 Charge! Program is now open and accepting applications until 4:00 PM on March 9, 2018. The program webpage is in the process of being updated to reflect the 2018 program.

Charge! is an incentive program that offers grant funding to help offset a portion of the cost of purchasing and installing new publicly available charging stations at qualifying facilities within the Air District’s jurisdiction. Applications are only accepted online and can be accessed through the Program webpage.

The goal of the Charge! Program is to rapidly expand access to electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in order to accelerate the Bay Area’s adoption of EVs and ultimately achieve the region’s EV deployment goals of 110,000 EVs by 2020, and 247,000 by 2025.

Both public and private entities are eligible to apply. For 2018, $5 million is allocated to this program, and awards are made on a first-come, first-served basis. For a full list of eligibility requirements, please see the Charge! Program Application Guidance located at www.baaqmd.gov/charge.

As a reminder, applicants to the Charge! Program are required to attend a pre-application workshop prior to submitting an application. Workshops are held as online webinars; the next webinar is scheduled for:

  • Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, 10AM-11AM (Register)

Additional workshops will be scheduled in the future and posted on the Program webpage.

For additional information about this program, contact Ken Mak, Acting Supervising Staff Specialist at kmak@baaqmd.gov or (415) 749-8660.

Members In The News

Gachina Landscape Management was awarded the John Redmond Memorial Award for Crescent Village Apartments in San Jose for the best entry in ALL maintenance categories at the 2017 CLCA State Trophy Awards.

The CLCA sponsors the Trophy Awards to encourage interest in landscaping, recognize crafts people who produce outstanding landscapes, create pride in superior workmanship and to bestow public recognition on companies, institutions, municipalities and residents for their interest in a beautiful California.