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The Byline
  JUNE 2014

President's Message

Gizelle LambJune is here already and school is out for the kids!  Time to plan vacations and enjoy the summer, if you can get away!  Some of our members are attending the Annual BOMA International Every Building Conference & Expo in Orlando, Florida this month.  We look forward to hearing some great feedback from those who attended. 

The Sherie Dunn Memorial Golf Tournament was a great success again! Thank you to all of our Sponsors and Volunteers. Without you, this event would not happen.  It was fun to see everyone getting out and enjoying a day of golfing and networking.  This event helps to raise funds for the Sherie Dunn Memorial Scholarship.  The recipients of these scholarships will be honored at the Celebration of Commercial Real Estate on October 8th. So save that date!

I am excited about two upcoming events: our new workshop on July 9th which is about installing Electronic Vehicle charging stations. Please look for the registration information on the Sustainability page.   

Also, the President's Mixer takes place on July 24th. Our own BOMA DJ, Mike Ybarra of Century Lighting & Electric, will be playing tunes.  Estrella Creek from Paso Robles and Inspiration Vineyards from Santa Rosa will be pouring their best! There will be raffle prizes to win, and if you feel like it, you can play some volleyball or even shoot some hoops!!

Our special guests for the evening will be prospective BOMA Principal members!  Associates, be sure to bring your clients to this event…what a great way to introduce them to BOMA!  There are still sponsorships available for this event so please check out the President's Mixer page on the website. I look forward to seeing you there! Have a great June!


Gizelle Lamb, RPA/FMA

Golf Tourney Hits onto the Fairway

Golf Committee Chairwoman Diane Rebecchi and her 30+ volunteers put together a successful tourney on June 5 at Cinnabar Hills Golf Club.  Golfers enjoyed a full day of fabulous golf, great food and drink on the 3 nines.

To see more pictures from the Tourney, go to our Photo Gallery.

Our outstanding sponsors outdid themselves this year to provide a great day for the golfers from start to finish.  At registration, each golfer received a Goodie Bag stuffed with great golf items in a reusable bag provided by Universal Protection Services.  Then to end the day, our Raffle Sponsors provided everything from an Apple TV to a weekend getaway!  

Thank you Sponsors, Golfers and Volunteers for making the Sherie Dunn Memorial Tourney a success!

Lawn Be Gone!

Today's drought stricken challenge is the struggle to preserve water while still maintaining a landscape that our clients and our communities can be proud of.  Lawns only make sense for people who use them.  If they are not being used by sports teams, children or pets they have no place in our modern landscape.

Clients who choose to eliminate their once desirable green grass are typically extremely satisfied with the end product.  One such success story is a recent turf elimination project at the highly prestigious Stanford Linear Accelerator Complex off Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park.  This center now wishes to be on the forefront of conservation and one of the first, small steps was removing a large un-used portion of their turf near their facilities department. The grass never thrived, consumed water, and did nothing to add value to the landscape except drain the one resource we are trying so desperately to conserve.

Their new landscape was installed by Gachina Landscape Management with the rebate support of BAWSA, (Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency), the City of Menlo Park Water District, and SLAC.  This project was fully funded by the Lawn-Be-Gone program and not a penny spent by the client!  The Lawn-Be-Gone program rewards clients for eliminating water-loving lawns and turning them into a low-water use, beautiful landscape which will require little maintenance and will be sustainable throughout a drought season such as this.  Customers are further rewarded for turf removal projects in reduced water consumption and reduced maintenance costs.

These new landscapes encompass cutting edge practices - drip irrigation conversions, sheet mulching (a practice where by cardboard is laid over turf to smother and kill it instead of manually removing it and sending it to the landfill), locally sourced mulch applications, and drought tolerant plantings.  

The end result - a modern, sleek, low maintenance and low water-use landscape which is appropriate and sustainable for years to come.

Samuel Anderson
Gachina Landscape Management