Greater Rincon Hill CBD Approved and Established

On July 31,2015, the Greater Rincon Hill CBD property owners’ vote results were read aloud at a special San Francisco Board of Supervisors meeting. Weighted vote results were 75.07% supporting and 24.93% opposing the creation of the Greater Rincon Hill CBD. With no majority protest of the creation of the CBD, the Board of Supervisors present for the special meeting voted unanimously to create the Greater Rincon Hill CBD.

A new assessment to benefit the CBD will appear on property tax bills mailed out this fall.  After the first 50% of property taxes are collected in December, the CBD will receive a distribution of funds from the City and start operations – tentatively in January 2016!

Thank you to everyone who helped to support the Greater Rincon Hill CBD!

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CBDs 101 Reading Materials

For Rincon Hill neighborhood business and property owners, the August 29, 2012 meeting at the Sailors’ Union of the Pacific (450 Harrison Street @ 1st Street) in the library room from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. provides a “CBDs 101” overview.

Rob Edwards discusses “The ABCs of CBDs” (PDF file)

Jim Chappell discusses “Do CBDs Increase Property Values” (PDF File) with the following documents footnoted in the report for further reading:

Impact Analysis of San Francisco’s Property and Business Improvement Districts (CBDs/BIDs) – Fall 2012

New on 2/11/2013Mayor Lee Celebrates Positive Impacts of CBDs

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What legislation governs CBDs in San Francisco?

The two pieces of underlying legislation that govern Community Benefit Districts in San Francisco are as follows:
The California Streets and Highways Code, Section 36000 et seq., entitled the Property and Business Improvement District Law of 1994, as modified by Article 15 of the San Francisco Business and Tax Regulations Code, the Community Benefit Ordinance of 2004.
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Why form a CBD in the Rincon Hill and Transbay neighborhoods?

Should we form a Community Benefit District in the Rincon Hill and Transbay Neighborhoods?

The problem: The City provides only a basic level of such services as police protection and street cleaning. Also, the City is prepared to spend $15 million on capital improvements in our neighborhood, such as parks, wider sidewalks, and trees, but only if someone else pays for the maintenance and operations.

The solution: We can solve this problem by creating a Community Benefit District (CBD). There are several CBDs throughout the City. It requires that property owners pay a small annual assessment, but we are guaranteed that this money will be spent in our neighborhood. It would pay a higher level of services for safety on our streets, maintaining the open space, street sweeping, removing graffiti, and building a strong neighborhood image that would increase our property values and give us a voice at City Hall.

How do we start? In order to create a CBD, the law requires that we ask property owners what their level of interest in the CBD would be. That’s why a survey has been mailed to property owners in the neighborhood and is online at:

Who are we? We are a group of neighbors who are interested in forming the CBD. New members are always welcome. We have a Steering Committee, and they have written this survey.

CBDs are public-private partnerships formed by community stakeholders to improve their neighborhood.  CBDs are funded and managed by and for the property owners of the neighborhood. The services provided are often similar to what the city government provides – but more, better, or sometimes just different from the city’s efforts. And while each building can maintain their own property in an exemplary fashion they cannot maintain a neighbor’s property without permission.

Here are some of the services typically provided by a CBD:

  • Special patrols to reduce auto burglary, petty street crime, and behavioral issues on the street
  • Park and open space maintenance, sidewalk sweeping, instant graffiti removal, sidewalk power washing, and litter pick-up
  • A consistent neighborhood voice at City Hall, creating a strong neighborhood image that improves property values. 

Why form a CBD now? We have a unique opportunity: In 2011, the owners of nine large undeveloped properties, along with the City, formed the Rincon Hill Infrastructure Financing District (IFD). Once developed, these properties will generate $15 million in property taxes. The IFD will make the Rincon district eligible to receive $15 million for capital improvements, subject to the Supervisors’ release of funds for each project, rather than the money being spent citywide,

But there is one stipulation – In order for the IFD to sell bonds and the neighborhood to access this capital, the City requires a long-term source of maintenance and operations funding be put in place. This is the impetus for forming a Community Benefit District in Rincon Hill now.

Range of Assessments: The level of assessments will be based on what kinds and levels of services are provided. While the total budget and assessments have not yet been determined, it appears they will be in this range:

Condominium unit       $75 to $175/year
2-story Commercial building, 50’ frontage, with retail on ground floor and offices on second floor       $1,000 to $2,000/year
High-rise office building, with retail on ground floor       $15,000 – $25,000/year


What’s Next? The formation process is governed by State and City law and requires a few significant steps, including surveying property owners’ level of interest, development and adoption of a complete multi-year services plan, ratification and establishment of the new CBD by the SF Board of Supervisors, electing a board of directors and hiring an executive director.


1. Form Steering Committee/Exec Committee April/May
2. Apply for City Grant/20 letters from prop/biz owners June
3. Mail Survey July
4. Develop/Iterate Service mix, boundaries, assessment methodology, assessments May-October
5. Steering Committee select plan October
6. Develop Management Plan & Engineer’s Report October
7. Obtain petitions from 30% + 1 of weighted assessments of all properties October
8. Board of Supervisors Committee vote November
9. Vote of full Board of Supervisors to hold ballot election November
10. Affirmative vote of 50% +1 of ballots returned December-January
11. Board Hearing and vote to establish form the non-profit CBD and start up February


If the process is successful, the new CBD will launch and begin services by Spring 2013.

A group of neighbors have formed a Steering Committee to direct this effort. Over the next several months we’d like to invite you to participate in this process. Help us craft options for discussion and neighborhood-wide adoption: the boundaries, service plans and assessments.

Address associated with Steering Committee member Steering Committee Member
33 Clementina Jenny Bogard
33 Clementina Sterling Mace
333 Harrison/Emerald Fund Oz Erickson
88 King/One Embarcadero Towers Michael Anthony
BayCrest Dane Ince *
BayCrest Jamie Whitaker *
City and County of San Francisco Courtney Pash
Climb SF Gabriel Rojas
One Rincon Hill Chris Collins
One Rincon Hill Jim Meehan
The Metropolitan Shalini Bhatia *
Portside John Cornwell **
Portside Katy Liddell
Rincon Lofts Katina Johnson *
Sailor’s Union of the Pacific Terry Lane
Terra Gallery Heather Biehl
The Brannan Ken Craig
* executive committee
** chair


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