2016 BOMA Government Affairs Priorities & Objectives
Friday, February 26, 2016

Section: Government Affairs

BOMA San Diego’s Government Affairs priorities and political objectives for 2016 are provided below.  These priorities are based on BOMA’s guiding principles including promoting job creation, growth and retention; improving the state of commercial real estate and creating a more profitable work environment; and influencing legislation at the state and local level.  These are not listed in any specific order and will be implemented at the discretion of the Government Affairs Committee and Board of Directors.

Affordable housing funding & process improvements – Building on BOMA’s successful linkage fee referendum campaign in 2014, BOMA will continue to work with the San Diego Housing Commission to identify alternative funding sources for affordable housing units, as well as identify and advocate for ways to improve the process and approval for affordable housing that will save money and increase the number of units to help offset the need for even more revenue.  This will decrease reliance on the linkage fee and, therefore, decrease the chances of another attempt by the San Diego City Council to substantially increase the linkage fee.

City of San Diego infrastructure funding – Rebuild San Diego – The City of San Diego has billions in deferred infrastructure projects and maintenance needs.  Storm water pipes, streets and sidewalks, and city-owned facilities are in disrepair, and BOMA will advocate for prioritization of these improvements for funding, including dedicating incremental increases in revenue to these needs, as well as supporting additional funding from local, regional, state and federal sources for these purposes.  BOMA will also continue to advocate making affordable housing a priority for funding, or find ways to assist affordable housing construction through these proceeds.

State attempts to attack Prop. 13 – BOMA San Diego is part of a statewide coalition that adamantly opposes changing Prop 13 in order to tax commercial property at a higher rate than residential property or any other efforts to fundamentally change Proposition 13 protections.  BOMA feels this would drive business – and the associated jobs – out of California.  Additional information on this issue is available at: http://stophigherpropertytaxes.org/.  BOMA will continue to fight legislative or electoral efforts that will attempt to split the tax roles or increase taxes and, therefore, the proportional burden on commercial properties.
Recycled water implementation – The City of San Diego approved the Pure Water Program in 2014.  Implementation of that recycled water system will diversify San Diego’s water supply and decrease the cost of water currently being imported from other jurisdictions.  BOMA will continue to advocate for its full implementation, as well as support broad based efforts to fund Pure Water.

Rates & rate-setting methodology – BOMA is constantly monitoring water rates and the methodology used to determine water rates.  Water is one of the single costliest factors for doing business in the San Diego, and BOMA is pushing for a system that treats the commercial real estate industry as fairly as possible.  BOMA will continue to support fair and responsible rate setting.
Storm water regulations – How the City and County implement the State regulations will directly impact the BOMA memberships.  BOMA will work with these jurisdictions and agencies to advocate for a fair and transparent process.  BOMA will also support fair, broad based means to pay for implementation of the requirements of storm water requirements.


City of San Diego community plan updates – community plans govern land use policies within specific San Diego communities.  Many are out of date and do not reflect the current business climate or demographics.  BOMA has advocated for updating these as soon as possible in order to spur additional development opportunities.  BOMA will work with the City of San Diego and other entities, where appropriate, to support the responsible updating of these plans in a means that reflects economic reality and helps maintain an appropriate stock of employment lands in the region.
San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) Local Transportation System Funding – SANDAG is currently looking at ways to increase local funding for the region’s transportation system.  Moving goods and people efficiently is a priority for BOMA, and, as such, BOMA will continue to monitor SANDAG’s efforts to bring a measure to the public for a vote in 2016.  BOMA has been supportive, in the past, of broad based efforts to fund our regional transportation and transit needs, and will work to ensure this effort merits BOMA’s support. BOMA continues to stress the need for a balanced program that provides investments in both the highway system, local streets and roads, as well as the public transportation system.
Transit Oriented Development (TOD) – implementing TOD and building high-density projects along TOD designated corridors is vital for San Diego’s future.  BOMA will continue to advocate for TOD as a way to reduce reliance on long commutes while simultaneously addressing housing deficits.

Implementation of the City of San Diego’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) – the CAP will guide how the City plans to enforce state laws that require commercial real estate buildings to reduce their energy consumption.  Now that the plan has been adopted by the San Diego City Council, BOMA will work to ensure that the implementation of the plan will not inappropriately and disproportionately burden the commercial real estate industry.  BOMA will continue to advocate for an incentive based program that does not place additional restrictions and mandates on our members.
Elected officials – The BOMA GAC will sponsor breakfast events wherein committee members meet with elected officials in an intimate format to discuss important issues currently impacting our members.
Senior staff – staff members from local government agencies are invited to the monthly Government Affairs Committee to discuss policies that may positively or negatively impact our members.  This provides an opportunity for BOMA members to interact directly with key staff and provide our input throughout the decision making process.

Business community partnerships – BOMA will continue to heighten its regional profile through organizations like the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, the San Diego Regional EDC, JOBS Coalition, the Business Leadership Alliance, the Downtown San Diego Partnership and the San Diego County Taxpayers Association and other associations that tackle regional issues currently facing the broader business community.
Federal, state and local races – while BOMA does not endorse individual candidates we closely monitor elections at every level of government.  Key races in 2016 for BOMA San Diego include the re-election of Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Councilman Mark Kersey and Councilman Scott Sherman, as well as the open races in the City of San Diego for Council Districts 1, 3 & 9, as well as the City Attorney.  There are also likely to be closely watched elections in the County of San Diego, particularly the re-elections of Supervisors Dianne Jacob in the 2nd District, and Dave Roberts in the 3rd.  We’ll also be monitoring federal elections, including for the US Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer, as well as the local San Diego Congressional races, including the re-election of Congressman Scott Peters.

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