Public Meeting Notice – November 12, 2015

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Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Greater Rincon Hill Association 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

4:30-6:00 p.m.

One Bush Street, Basement Level

Check in with security at front desk

This is a public meeting. 

The Executive Committee will discuss bylaws and the City Administration Agreement, and vote on appointments to Association committees.

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We are hiring! Greater Rincon Hill Association is looking for an Executive Director

Click here for a PDF copy of the Executive Director job description.

Executive Director 

We are currently seeking a dynamic and visionary Executive Director to lead a newly formed community benefit district in meeting its objective of ensuring the highest quality of life in the most vibrant neighborhood in San Francisco. In accordance with the Greater Rincon Hill District Management Plan, the Executive Director will be responsible for leading, managing, and evaluating community safety, minor streetscape improvement, and beautification projects.

The ideal candidate will be a charismatic and creative leader who can motivate others to achieve common goals, values interacting and collaborating with a broad and diverse constituency, and shares a passion for the mission of the GRHA and the neighborhood it represents.

Position Overview

This position offers the ideal candidate an opportunity to be at the helm of, and represent, a new organization serving the City of San Francisco’s new downtown: neighborhoods transitioning from primarily commercial-industrial use south of Market Street to an energetic mix of sleek residential and commercial towers, historic properties repurposed for modern living and working, small businesses and corporate headquarters, and new parks and greenspaces anchored by the “Grand Central Station of the West”, the new Transbay Transit Center and its 5.4-acre rooftop park. The GRHCBD is currently the City’s largest and most complex special assessment district, with over 3,300 parcels and growing.

Duties and Responsibilities

Financial Management 

1. Oversee preparation of the GRHA’s annual budget and other required financial documents to ensure accountability.

2. Provide financial information and supporting data to the Board of Directors for its annual budget review and approval process.

3. Prepare an annual report of projected revenues and proposed expenditures for the Board’s approval as defined in the Management Contract with the City and County of San Francisco.

4. Manage all fundraising and development activities, including event planning, grant writing, cultivation and stewardship of donors, and identification of new funding sources and cost-saving measures. Actively seek and maintain a diverse contributor base of individual, corporate, foundation, and government sponsors.

5. Lead the Association’s financial growth to maintain a healthy cash flow from operations, provide full services to the CBD’s constituents, and ensure adequate reserves to support Board-approved investments and contingency funds.

6. Ensure that Association revenues are allocated properly to achieve the GRHA’s service and facilities goals, including present program needs and flexibility for future changes.

7. Approve all financial transactions and invoices: ensure timely deposits and transfers of funds and authorize and ensure timely payment of bills.

Program Development and Implementation 

1. Manage the day-to-day activities of the Greater Rincon Hill Community Benefit District.

2. Oversee and support the design, development, and delivery of services and programs consistent with

the goals and objectives of the GRHCBD Management Plan.

3. Provide for quality-assurance monitoring of all District services, and correct any deficiencies in the program and its operation.

4. Regularly engage in site walks to assess the quality of the Greater Rincon Hill neighborhood, stay up to date on changing conditions, and propose improvements to the CBD’s quality of life.

5. Collaborate with other San Francisco CBDs and BIDs, City agencies, and outside experts to leverage opportunities and develop and implement best practices.

6. Develop a “brand” for the GRHCBD and generate marketing materials to promote economic development of the neighborhood and publicize its properties, public spaces, and activities.

7. Position the GRHA as the premier organization to provide solutions to neighborhood problems and facilitate stakeholders’ access to CBD resources.

8. Ensure compliance with all federal, state, and local regulatory and governmental reporting requirements, including maintaining the Association’s 501(c)(3) status and compliance with the Brown Act.

Organizational Management and Advocacy 

1. Recruit and/or hire, lead, motivate, and develop GRHA staff and the Board of Directors to work in partnership to accomplish the goals of the Association.

2. Support and manage Board Committees.

3. Ensure that legal and internal policies are adhered to in all employment and organizational practices, and partner with the Board to implement changes.

4. Oversee and support the administrative components of all program services, including contract negotiations, contract and grant reporting, and contracted work.

5. Work with contracted service providers to monitor security, janitorial, maintenance, and landscaping personnel. Read CBD security, incident, and condition reports to determine and implement solutions to problems and continually work to improve CBD services.

6. Cultivate and strengthen relationships with residential, corporate, small business, and nonprofit leaders within the CBD.

7. Represent the GRHA in public and social venues. Make presentations at community meetings on issues of common concern.

8. Advocate for and promote the GRHA to elected officials, government agencies, organizations, and the general public.

Employment Qualifications

 Passion for building community and neighborhood identity in a rapidly-growing, dense, mixed-use, urban setting.

 Ability to meet the needs of a diverse, broad-based constituency, including the ability to set realistic expectations and manage competing interests.

 Strong background in financial oversight of nonprofits.

 Ability to create and implement a comprehensive strategic plan and benchmarks for measuring its success.

 Ability to create and manage multi-million-dollar operating budgets and financial reports.

 Ability to raise charitable contributions from corporations, foundations, government sources, individuals, and public events.

 Ability to hire and manage staff, contractors, and vendors.

 Ability to engage, motivate, and manage a large community-based Board and its Committees.

 Collaborative and inclusive leadership style, with ability to create and sustain successful working relationships with Board members, GRHA staff, contracted service providers, community members, City staff, and elected officials.

 Strong organizational and project management skills; ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously.

 Highly motivated self-starter with ability to work independently while fostering a team environment to accomplish goals.

 Excellent public speaking, presenting, and written communication skills.

 Proficient computer skills, including MS Word, Excel, Outlook, databases, and internet.

 Experience in overseeing property services.

 Master’s degrees in community development, community organizing, public policy, nonprofit administration, public administration, or other relevant field a plus.

Work Expectations

This is a full-time position. Performance of responsibilities expected to be 30% office and 70% offsite, including some evening Board and community meetings and weekend events.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications.

How to Apply: 

Please send a cover letter and resume, with “Greater Rincon Hill Association” in the subject line, to

As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to identifying and developing the skills and leadership of people from diverse backgrounds. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply.

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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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