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Nearly 500 Property Owners Miss Deadline For Soft Story Building Retrofits

The owners of nearly 500 “soft story” buildings missed a city deadline Friday to apply for permits to do seismic retrofitting work, a San Francisco building department official said on Monday.

Out of the 3,464 buildings required to get permits to start seismic improvements by last Friday, 484 are still out of compliance, according to Department of Building Inspection spokesman Bill Strawn.

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Voters to decide on raising bridge tolls to fund $4.45 billion in transportation funding

Last week the state Legislature passed SB 595, which will now ask voters in all nine Bay Area counties to decide on whether to phase in the rate increase. For some local commuters, that could add up to as much as $9 to cross the Bay, money which will then go toward beefing up the region’s existing infrastructure and transit agencies.

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With Local Economy Surging, SFO Brings Back Plans for $237MM Hotel

San Francisco International Airport’s new airport-owned and privately managed $237 million Grand Hyatt luxury hotel is on track for a completion date of July 2019.

The deal between SFO and Hyatt gave branding and managing rights to Hyatt, but allows SFO to retain ownership of the property. The airport will finance the $237 million for the hotel’s construction. Groundbreaking for the hotel was held on June 20th of 2017.

No zoning changes were required to accommodate the hotel, which is going up in approximately the same location as the prior hotel, giving up-close views of jumbo jets on the tarmac.

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Apple ‘spaceship’ neighbors: Some say life has been hell

SUNNYVALE — At the end of Nightingale Avenue, a tall yellow brick facade now blocks the view of the Santa Cruz Mountains to the south. Residents call it the “prison wall.”

For Apple, the facade is part of the 100,000-square-foot wellness center at its brand-new “spaceship” campus.

But for some of the Nightingale residents, the prison wall — nicknamed for its drab color — symbolizes four years of pent-up frustration living next door to Apple’s huge construction project.

As Apple puts the finishing touches on its $5 billion campus set on 175 acres, Sunnyvale’s Birdland neighborhood has become a microcosm of the tensions that can erupt as tech expands and residents deal with clogged streets, fewer parking spaces and higher housing costs.

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City sues Mission landlord who had tenants living in dangerous basement

The San Francisco city attorney has sued the owner and commercial occupant of a building that illegally housed tenants in the unit’s squalid, hazardous basement for at least 11 years.

The suit, filed Tuesday in San Francisco Superior Court, is directed at Melissa Mendoza of Hillsborough, who owns the three-story unit in the Outer Mission, and the building’s master tenant, Ernesto Paredes of Daly City.

Mendoza and Paredes are accused of violating fire, electrical, plumbing and other municipal codes, failing to respond to numerous code violation notices and operating a public-nuisance building. The unit, located at 4680-4690 Mission Street, houses the Clean Wash Center laundry on the ground floor.

City fire officials have referred to the building as “a death trap” and say the fire code violations were “egregious.”

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Effort to bring tech campus to former Alameda naval base

ALAMEDA — The city is looking to transform three buildings at the former Alameda Naval Air Station into a tech campus, and is now seeking design and architectural firms to offer proposals for taking on the project.

The 519,219-square-foot complex — known as the Bachelor Enlisted Quarters — was once used as a dormitory and for dining facilities for sailors. The overall site, which includes the buildings, nearby parking and sports fields, totals about 21 acres.

The city said it wants to create “a cool, one-of-a-kind technology campus” that would be close to the other tech companies already located at the former Navy base, such as Google, Wrightspeed, Saildrone, Natel Energy and Astra Space, according to a background report.

The site is within walking distance to a ferry terminal to San Francisco. St. George Spirits, Faction Brewing and Rock Wall Wine Company are also nearby.

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NAI Senior Advisor Joby Tapia Closes Novato Multifamily Property for $3,020,000

NOVATO, CA – January 2016 – NAI Northern California announced the sale of 729 Cherry Street in Novato, California.

The property sold for $3,020,000, or about $300 per square foot, a 10% premium over the market rate for the area. The property is located close to Downtown Novato and consists of 15 units, including 2 bed/1 bath and 1 bed/1 bath units.  Joby Tapia represented the seller and persevered through two evictions and a fire during escrow.  Tapia was able to balance the needs of the seller along with the demands of the buyer to negotiate acceptable reconstruction terms. The diligence and service provided by Tapia salvaged the deal.

Tapia is an accomplished Multifamily Executive with over 16 years of experience managing commercial and multi-family assets, including market rate and rent-controlled properties, for both private and institutional owners in Northern California.

About NAI Northern California

NAI Northern California is full service commercial real estate firm in the San Francisco Bay Area and part of NAI Global, the largest managed network of Commercial Real Estate Brokerage Service firms in the World. Recognized as one of the Top 25 Commercial Real Estate Firms by the East Bay and San Francisco Business Times, NAI Northern California provides comprehensive brokerage, leasing, debt, advisory, and property management services for corporate end users, property owners, developers, investors, and financial institutions.

 

5 Health and Wealth Hacks You Can Start Today

Almost everyone wants to be healthier and more financially secure. Much of the advice you see is either unsupported or difficult to implement. Here are 5 areas confirmed by virtually all research to be positive, beneficial additions to your life that you can easily embrace right now. It’s worth noting that health always improves your base from which you can work towards financial success and the reverse isn’t often true.

  1. Start your day at 5:30 am. The statistics are undeniable. This is the right decision. Furthermore, no research supports the common “I’m a night person” statement. Unfortunately, saying “get up early” is as effective as saying, “get a job”. So here’s how to actually do it.
  • Step 1: Figure out your personal motivating factors
  • Step 2: Visualize value you’ll receive like success & health
  • Step 3: Visualize the negatives of late rising like grogginess, running late, wasteful mornings and missed opportunities
  • Step 4: Tell friends and family, share this article, and tell them you are committed to this change. This will help your guilt factor. You could also commit to Soul Cycle or another cultish early morning group class.
  • Step 5: Practice now (or next time you’re home) by getting in bed with your alarm set for 3 minutes later. Gently but immediately get out of bed. Do this 5-10 times. Seriously. Don’t skip this last step.

Read the rest of James Kilpatrick’s health and wealth hacks here!