J.P. Morgan Provides $600M CMBS Refi on San Fran Towers Leased to Uber

By Mack Burke : commercialobserver – excerpt The two towers are leased to Uber and are part of a larger mixed-use site around the $1.4 billion Chase Center, the new arena of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors A sponsorship group led by Uber and the NBA’s Golden State Warriors has secured $600 million in commercial … More J.P. Morgan Provides $600M CMBS Refi on San Fran Towers Leased to Uber

A Backlash Against Cities Would Be Dangerous

By Scott Wiener, Anthony Iron : theatlantic – excerpt Undue fears of urban density warp public policy—and make Americans more vulnerable. Cities are a boon for public health—even now. As public-health experts have known for decades, people who live in a city are likely to walk and bike more often, and they live closer to … More A Backlash Against Cities Would Be Dangerous

Now that Twitter employees can work at home forever, what’s to become of its headquarters?

By Brock Keeling : curbed – excerpt The tech titan’s move into an Art Deco monolith in Mid-Market was supposed to be a symbol of change. Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO, emailed his employees Tuesday to tell them that they can work from home permanently, even after the pandemic’s shelter-in-place order ends. “If our employees are … More Now that Twitter employees can work at home forever, what’s to become of its headquarters?

Tech Workers Consider Escaping Silicon Valley’s Sky-High Rents

By Sarah Frier : bloomberg – excerpt After major companies announce their employees won’t need to come in, many are recalculating the cost of living near the office… Both Facebook and Google have announced that most people won’t need to come in this year, and Twitter Inc. has told some workers that if they wish … More Tech Workers Consider Escaping Silicon Valley’s Sky-High Rents

‘Hub’ plan at Market and Van Ness faces key vote

By Ida Mojadad : sfexaminer – examiner Project would make room for more than 15,000 more residents in the transit-rich area Planning officials on Thursday will weigh key approvals to upzone the area of Market and Van Ness, a plan which could make room for more than 15,000 more residents in the transit-rich area. The … More ‘Hub’ plan at Market and Van Ness faces key vote

Coronavirus Impact: Santa Clara Co. proposal would allow more employees to work from home after pandemic

abc7news – excerpt (includes video) Board president Cindy Chavez is laying the groundwork for what some are calling a visionary plan. “Let’s be as creative and innovative as we can. Let’s not let all the suffering that we’ve had for the last eight weeks go to waste,” she said. After the COVID-19 pandemic is over, … More Coronavirus Impact: Santa Clara Co. proposal would allow more employees to work from home after pandemic

Report: S.F. Dept. of Building Inspection flooded with construction complaints

By Ted Andersen : bizjournals – excerpt San Francisco’s Department of Building Inspection has been hit with a slew of complaints of nonessential construction in violation of the shelter in place, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The city received 730 complaints of unauthorized work from March 30 to April 8 — 180 that went to … More Report: S.F. Dept. of Building Inspection flooded with construction complaints

State Initiates Environmental Review for Proposed Delta Conveyance Project, Begins Public Scoping

press release : eastcountytoday – excerpt SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) released a Notice of Preparation (NOP) for a proposal to modernize water infrastructure in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, initiating environmental review in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The NOP, announcing the preparation of an environmental impact report … More State Initiates Environmental Review for Proposed Delta Conveyance Project, Begins Public Scoping

Need to Protect Installed Solar Systems

December 9, 2019 Supervisors: re: Consider Legislation to protect installed solar rooftop systems Please consider legislation to protect installed solar rooftop systems as you move forward legislation to required them. As we celebrate the record number of solar panel installations in California, we need to consider what can to done legislatively to protect the installed … More Need to Protect Installed Solar Systems

100% Renewable Energy Requirements on new commercial Properties

sfgovtv.org : (ncludes video link to the hearing) Land Use and Transportation Committee presentation on proposed Ordinance 190708 Environment Code – 100% Renewable Energy Required for On-Site Electricity Demands in Nonresidential Buildings of 50,000 Square Feet or More. (Details) http://sanfrancisco.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=177&clip_id=33946&meta_id=756158 If you can watch the one public comment at the end of the presentation. Around 14:14. … More 100% Renewable Energy Requirements on new commercial Properties