2021 Local Priorities



2021 GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS PRIORITIES AND OBJECTIVES


BOMA San Diego’s Government Affairs priorities and political objectives for 2021 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.
 
COVID RESPONSE AND RECOVERY

Support the commercial real estate community, including its tenants in response to the various government actions related to COVID-19 – Work with members to develop proactive measures to support the commercial real estate community and also to oppose measures that unfairly and unnecessarily target commercial real estate relative to COVID-19.  This includes programs to support property owners and tenants who have been impacted by COVID-19 with fee, tax and other revenue support to offset costs from government mandates closures and restrictions, as well as oppose efforts to foist the cost of these impacts on the commercial real estate community.

FEES AND TAXES

Support broad based and reasonable affordable housing funding, process improvements and no increases in commercial targeted tax or fee increases – Building on BOMA’s successful linkage fee referendum campaign in 2014, and update of the City of San Diego’s Inclusionary Housing Ordinance, and following the failure of Measure A, the $900mm Housing Bond, BOMA SD will continue to work with City of San Diego officials, as well as 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. 

WATER AND STORMWATER
 
Support 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.

Oppose unreasonable and unwarranted rate increases & support appropriate rate-setting methodology as well as ratepayer safeguards – 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. BOMA will also pay close attention to the meter reading and billing issues continuing to face the City of San Diego.
 
Support fair, transparent and implementable 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, as well as an education-based enforcement system.

LAND USE/ENVIRONMENTAL

Support updates to community and general plans – 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 and create vibrant, healthy mixed-use communities.  BOMA will work with the City of San Diego and other entities 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.  BOMA will also advocate for “programmatic” EIRs to allow for by right development, as well as increases in density to help meet our region’s employment and housing needs.  In 2021, critical community plans to the jobs sector in the City of San Diego include:
  • University City
  • Mira Mesa
Support effective road and transit service and other infrastructure between jobs and homes – Both SANDAG and the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) is looking at placing a transportation/transit funding mechanism on a subsequent ballot (possibly as soon as 2022).  Under the leadership of their new Chair, SANDAG will be reviewing its “Five Big Moves” program, and San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, MTS’s chair, will also be considering their plans that would raise the local sales tax to pay for transit operations and potentially transit infrastructure.  This could include a broad expansion of rail, a new regional transit center, as well as bus, bus rapid transit and possible road/freeway enhancements, as well as new equipment and infrastructure to help optimize the system.  BOMA will make sure that the transit plans include critical connections to job centers and corridors in the MTS service area.
 
Work with San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) on local transportation system funding that meets the needs of our commuters and jobs corridors – Notwithstanding the failure of SANDAG’s proposal for transportation funding through a ½ cent sales tax increase at the ballot box in 2016, SANDAG will continue looking at ways to increase local funding for the region’s transportation system. It is possible that another SANDAG measure will be placed on a future ballot. Moving goods and people efficiently is a priority for BOMA, and, as such, BOMA will continue to work with SANDAG to bring a new measure to the public for a vote.  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 our City’s highway system, local streets and roads, as well as the public transportation system.
 
Support transit Oriented Development (TOD) to meet our region’s needs – BOMA supports implementing TOD and building appropriate high-density projects along TOD designated corridors as being 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.  This includes participation in the discussions around:
  • Reducing parking minimums, unbundled and shared parking regulations
  • Height limitation removal
  • Removing density limitations along transit corridors
  • Changing the ways infrastructure is finance and applying appropriate and reasonable standards for community infrastructure
Support appropriate amendment to and implementation of the City of San Diego’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) consistent with the intent behind its adoption – the new Mayor and Council will be considering an update to the City of San Diego’s Climate Action plan.  The CAP will continue to guide how the City plans to enforce state laws that require commercial real estate buildings to reduce their energy consumption.  BOMA will work with the new administration and council on any amendments to the City’s CAP and continue to 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.  This includes any efforts to use “climate change emergencies” to justify onerous measures on jobs creators.
 
Assure fair implementation of “Energy Performance Benchmarking” - the City of San Diego in 2018 adopted its own Building Energy Performance Ordinance (BEPO).  The effective date of implementation was moved to this year.  This is a part of the state rules created under AB 802, that require to benchmark and publicly disclose building energy usage to the California Energy Commission.  BOMA San Diego will work with the City to ensure the Council’s adopted consistency requirements with State law are effectively, implemented and also work with BOMA’s members to ensure compliance.
 
RELATIONSHIP BUILDING/PROFILE ENHANCEMENT
 
BOMA Breakfast – The BOMA GAC will sponsor breakfast events where committee members meet with public officials in an intimate format to discuss important issues currently impacting our members.
 
GAC Meetings – public officials and 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, NAIOP San Diego, the BIA, the San Diego Regional EDC, the Downtown San Diego Partnership, Circulate San Diego and the San Diego County Taxpayers Association and other associations that tackle regional issues currently facing the broader business community.