Q. What is a Community Benefit District?
A. A Community Benefit District (CBD) provides essential services such as safety, cleaning and maintenance, and activation to supplement and complement those provided by local government.
CBDs are developed for a specific area like Civic Center where property owners have voted in favor of paying for special services to improve a neighborhood.

Q. When did San Francisco implement CBDs?
A. The San Francisco Community Benefit District Ordinance of 2004 was adopted unanimously by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in February and signed into law by Mayor Gavin Newsom in March 2004. Since that time, many CBDs have been established and efforts to establish new CBDs have grown all over the City. The Board of Supervisors approved the formation of the Civic Center CBD on January 4, 2011.

Q. Who manages the Civic Center CBD?
A. The Civic Center Community Benefit District, Inc., a non-profit organization formed July 1, 2011, implements the services, represents the owners and the institutions, and meets the following objectives:

  • Create and manage programs that best respond to the top priorities of the Civic Center CBD stakeholders
  • Maximize coordination with the City and County of San Francisco and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to avoid duplication of services and leverage resources
  • Deliver services through a cost-effective, non-bureaucratic and easy to assess, organizational structure
  • Provide for accountability to those who pay assessments.

The Civic Center CBD Board of Directors oversees the management and operations, which includes paid staff and contractors, for the Civic Center CBD Inc. Property owners who are assessed within the CBD will elect future members of the CBD Board of Directors.

To ensure that the CBD has broad representation and accountability, the Board of Directors is comprised of stakeholders within the district, a mix of large and small property owners, businesses, district art organizations, governmental, commercial and residential property owners and tenants.

Q. How can I get involved?
A. There are many ways for people to get involved with the Civic Center CBD. One way is to attend a meeting and/or serve on a committee. Committee and board meeting notices, agendas and minutes can be found on our Committee list.