Legislation and  Ballot Measures and Campaigns


Building Operations Task Force (Building Electrification/Decarbonization)

The Building Operations Task Force (BOTF) is being created to provide input on the implementation of the Building Operations section of San Francisco’s Climate Action Plan. This includes:

• understanding opportunities, challenges, and solutions for moving into a low-carbon future.

• providing feedback on policy proposals related to building performance and electrification.

• ensuring that any recommendations improve health, economic, equity, and resilience outcomes.

• increasing stakeholder knowledge, capacity, and opportunities to decarbonize buildings.

Building Operations Task Force (BOTF) Overview

BOTF May Meeting Notes and Agenda

BOTF June Meeting Notes and Agenda

BOTF June Presentation Slides

BOTF Resources and Events


Concrete Building Safety Program (Seismic Retrofitting of Non-Ductile Concrete Buildings)

The City of San Francisco is developing a new earthquake retrofit program to identify and strengthen vulnerable concrete buildings. CCSF is convening a Working Group of internal and external partners to provide guidance and feedback to City staff on the development of the Concrete Building Safety Program.

The Working Group will:

  • Help the City understand the concerns of stakeholders from vulnerable communities
  • Provide useful recommendations for program policy & design that support programmatic goals
  • Help ensure program products have a high level of usability among the general public
  • Support the program at public meetings or participate in other forms of community education and outreach

October 2022 CBSP Meeting Documents

November 2022 CBSP Meeting Documents

January 2023 CBSP Meeting Documents

February 2023 CBSP Meeting Documents

April 2023 CBSP Meeting Documents

June CBSP Meeting Documents

Facade Inspection for Tall Buildings
Ordinance amending the Existing Building Code to require buildings with fifteen or more stories constructed after 1998 to conduct and submit façade inspection reports by November 1, 2023.

Sponsor: Aaron Peskin
Legislation: Façade Inspections Ordinance
Status: Passed Under 30 Day Rule-a Hearing at the Board of Supervisors' Land Use Committee has not yet been scheduled.

COVID-19 Tenant Protections
Ordinance amending the Administrative Code to extend by 60 days the restrictions on evicting or imposing late fees on residential tenants who could not pay rent that came due during the Covid-19 emergency.

Sponsor: Dean Preston
Status: Passed

Tenant Organizing
Ordinance amending the Administrative Code to require residential landlords to allow tenant organizing activities to occur in common areas of the building; require certain residential landlords to recognize duly-established tenant associations, confer in good faith with said associations, and attend some of their meetings upon request; and provide that a landlord’s failure to allow organizing activities or comply with their obligations as to tenant associations may support a petition for a rent reduction.

Sponsor: Aaron Peskin
Legislation: https://sfgov.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=10514976&GUID=1E551549-F00F-493B-B2DB-4C5CFBB8880C 
Status: Passed 

Residential Vacancy Tax
Ordinance amending the Business and Tax Regulations Code and Administrative Code to impose an excise tax on owners keeping certain residential units vacant,  to fund rental subsidies and the acquisition, rehabilitation, and operation of affordable housing; increasing the City's appropriations limit by the amount collected under the tax for four years from November 8, 2022; and affirming the Planning Department's determination under the California Environmental Quality Act.

Sponsor: Ballot Measure Initiative
Legislation: https://sfelections.sfgov.org/sites/default/files/20220207_ExciseTax.pdf 
Status: Approved by voters on November 8, 2022 election.

Automatic Sprinkler Requirements for Existing High-Rise Buildings
Ordinance amending the Fire Code to require automatic sprinkler systems in existing high-rise buildings; and affirming the Planning Department’s determination under the California Environmental Quality Act.

Sponsor: Aaron Peskin
Legislation: https://sfgov.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=10401536&GUID=5078C726-EF52-4FA2-B519-5BAA5F599780 
Status: Passed

Tenant Opportunity to Cure; Eviction Protections
Ordinance amending the Administrative Code to require landlords pursuing certain types of evictions to first provide their tenants 10 days written notice and an opportunity to cure, unless the eviction is based on an imminent health or safety issue or the non-payment of COVID-19 rental debt; and making findings that the eviction protections in the Rent Ordinance are more protective than those found in State law pursuant to California Civil Code, Section 1946.2.

Sponsor: Dean Preston
Legislation: https://sfgov.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=10341833&GUID=9C9CB71D-1B0B-437B-AD4D-B7DE38F69604   
Status: Passed; SFAA successfully sued to overturn this ordinance in part.

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