August 13 
Summer Mixer @Gordon Biersch
August 20
Emergency Preparedness
August 20
Monthly Luncheon
August 28
BOMA & Bauer's Wine Bus Tour
September 8
Environmental Health & Safety
September 17
Luncheon and Mini-Trade Show
Sep 22
Elevator Issues Workshop
Sep 24
Tailgate at the Sports Bar Mixer

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  AUGUST 2015

President's Message

This summer certainly doesn't seem to have slowed any of us down.  Business for our commercial real estate companies and for BOMA has been booming!   As you will see in this issue of Corridors, we have a lot going on:  advocacy issues, education options, special events and programs. 

Our Board and Committees are also busy planning next year, too.   Keep a watch for more news about increased member benefits in 2016, a changing calendar of events, and of course, the slate of new directors and officers.

I hope to see you soon at one of these great events.


Preserve Prop 13 for Commercial Real Estate

Special interests continue to pressure legislators to adopt some version of a Split Roll Tax whereby commercial real estate will be taxed at higher rates and/or more frequently than at the sale of the property.

In coordination with Californians to Stop Higher Property Taxes the CA Business Roundtable has launched web ads to combat the continuous narrative of the split roll property tax proponents. We have shared this ad below: https://youtu.be/xBzjEm22cbo

BOMA California through our advocacy group, CBPA (the California Business Properties Association), is aggressively opposing efforts to undermine Proposition 13.  Proponents have introduced SCA 5 which would overturn Prop 13 by implementing a split roll, and it is currently pending in the Legislature.  The same proponents are agitating for a ballot initiative to do the same. 

Please share these videos with colleagues in commercial real estate and post them on your own websites.  This is part of the education campaign not just for our members and tenants, but for the general public as well.  And don't forget, these efforts cost significantly – consider supporting the effort with a donation to CBPA and/or the CSHPT.

BOMA partners with VERGE Sustainability Conference

BOMA Silicon valley is pleased to announce it has partnered with the Green Biz Group on its 2015 VERGE Conference.  The conference will be held October 26-29, 2015 at the Fairmont Hotel in downtown San Jose, CA. 

This partnership means that BOMA members will receive discounted entrance fees to the conference activities and updates on the critical sustainability information provided at the event.  (BOMA SV members:  Watch for a special email in late August with your discount registration code.)

VERGE focuses on the technologies and systems that accelerate sustainability solutions across sectors in a climate-constrained world. It focuses on transformative but practical, scalable, solutions-oriented exchanges through seven program tracks: Grid 2.0, Next-Gen Buildings, Smart Cities, Food & Ag Tech, Sustainable Water Systems, Connected Transportation, and Intelligent Supply Chains. Participants come from a broad range of sectors and job functions, including buildings and facilities, fleets, IT, energy, sustainability, strategy, policymakers and the public sector.

To learn more about the conference, visit the VERGE San Jose page.

Fall Focus on Recognition, Information and Fun!

BOMA committees continue to offer members and CRE colleagues a variety of events and programs.  This Fall is no exception!

Here is a quick preview of what the Committees are planning for you.  Mark your calendars!

AWARDS COMMITTEE: Chair Randy Shuayto, Hines is busy this month with the TOBY judging. (There are four exceptional entries this year.)  The TOBY Awards, Volunteer of the Year Awards and the installation of our 2016 Board of Directors will all take place at the Westin Sainte Claire on October 15.  Our Celebration of Commercial Real Estate is a do not miss event!

PROGRAMS COMMITTEE: Chair Mitsie Smith, Smith Commercial Management is finalizing the speakers for our September 17 luncheon, "A Practical Guide to Managing Mixed-Use Properties".  She partners with Government Affairs Chair Sarahann Shapiro, Pahl & McCay for our November 19 "Advocacy Update: Key CRE Legislative Issues" lunch program.

ASSOCIATES COMMITTEE: Chair Persis McGinn, WG Construction wraps up the 2015 Associate sponsored events with their September 24 Tailgate at the Sports Bar Mixer.

EDUCATION COMMITTEE: Chair Leslie Fisk, CBRE has organized a "The Ups and Downs of Elevators" Workshop, September 22, as well as two RPA/FMA classes:  Environmental Health & Safety Issues, September 8-October 27 and Ethics is Good Business - ShortCourse, November 6.

EMERGING LEADERS COMMITTEE: Chair Brian Chavez, PS Business Parks is planning an October 1 workshop on planning! The workshop will cover Special Events Planning: catering contracts, setting event budgets, and all the details to create a successful event for your tenants or other business groups.

ENERGY & SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE: Chair Jonathan Leder, Oracle and his committee are offering the October 22 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations, Part II: How-to Workshop on Installing & Managing Stations at your Properties. A follow-up to last year's Part I Intro to EV Charging Stations, this workshop again covers some of the basics of installing stations as well as the options and challenges of managing the stations on your property.

SHARE YOUR HOLIDAY COMMITTEE: And our year will, of course, end with our annual charity event.  More details to follow...but mark your calendars now for December 4 at the Westin Sainte Claire in downtown San Jose.

Water Saving Heroes Campaign

The Santa Clara Valley Water District is running a campaign to honor and recognize Water Saving Heroes in Silicon Valley. They want to have a positive message reinforcing good water conservation and will be naming the winners of "Water Saving Heroes" at the Silicon Valley Business Journal Structures event on Sept 24.

The deadline to nominate a Water Saving Hero is August 28.

They are looking to receive nominations from business leaders in property management, Commercial Real Estate, Developers, Construction, Landscape Architects, etc.   Awards will be made in 3 categories: Business Leader, Company and Association.

Here is the campaign link to the SCV Water District Nomination page:

Winners announced at Structures on September 24 will also have an ad with a bio and portrait of the winners in a Business Journal issue following the event.  A great opportunity for BOMA members to receive public recognition.

BOMA supports this valuable effort.  Please review the entry materials and consider participating.  This is a great opportunity to focus on our industry's response to the drought crisis.