A Message from SomBa’s President:

I am a member of the Earthquake Safety Implementation Committee, I believe the sole representative for small business, which met on August 17, 2016.  Primarily the meeting was about the mandatory implementation of Seismic Retrofitting of two stories and more and three units and more soft story buildings. Under the current ordinance soft story buildings of three stories or more and five units or more are required to be retrofitted. The intention is to begin the implementation in 2020 and end in 2025.

I believe there are hundreds of buildings that are two story with a storefront on the ground floor and three or more units on the second and third floors. The retrofitting will most likely trigger full ADA compliance and regardless of the need of vacating of the commercial bushiness on the ground floor but then with ADA compliance there will be a reduction on area, making it financially not viable for businesses to return. No doubt landlords will be seeking rent increases and currently there is no City funding to compensate the commercial tenants.

I am of the opinion that only in poor soils conditions should the retrofitting be mandatory whereas it should be voluntary in stable soil conditions. Consider this, businesses in the majority of our commercial corridors, such as Noe Valley, Castro, Glen Park, West Portal, Geary, Sacramento Street, Fillmore, Taraval, Clement etc. will be affected and our commercial corridors will be devastated. I would appreciate your feedback.

Henry Karnilowicz, President of SomBA

SomBa would like to commend and thank Chevron for giving back to the community on Saturday morning, April 18th.

The event commenced on a gorgeous and sunny day at the Chevron gas station at 6th and Harrison with presentations by Chevron representatives and city officials and donating of checks to various non profits, including a check for $20,000(!) to Clean City. Snacks and refreshments were provided and radio station 107.7 The Bone, was broadcasting the event from their tent. Chevron and neighborhood appropriately dressed volunteers then set of with brooms and rolling garbage cans for two blocks surrounding the gas station. It was a fun event for a good cause.  Thank you Chevron.

SFCDMA Annual Dinner Recap:


On February 6th, 2014, SFCDMA held its 61st anniversary gala dinner event, at the Concordia-Argonaut Club on Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco. This event was well attended with over 200 attendees from merchant groups all over San Francisco, including a full table on behalf of SomBa. Shooting photos for the evening was SomBa’s very own Laura Kudritzki.  Also representing SomBa, were Hoogasian Flowers, Sinow Optometry, and The Mau Law Firm.

Henry Karnilowicz is President of SFCDMA (and SomBa) and was honored by various local politicians. The event was hosted by Emmy Award winning Producer Liam Mayclem, with entertainment from The Rat Pack and an excellent silent auction.  Notable speakers and award presenters were Mayor Ed Lee, SFPD Chief Greg Suhr and SFFD Chief Joanne Hayes-White. Many thanks to the Concordia-Argonaut Club staff and to the SFCDMA members who put on such a great event.

SomBa’s Past Mixers

Beer Hall

SomBa held a very successful mixer at the The Beer Hall. If you haven’t been there, they are located at 1 Polk Street.  Our mixer was on November 20th and was very well attended.  The Beer Hall has an excellent selection of craft beers, and many thanks to them for hosting our event. Stay tuned to our website for further updates on our next event.

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The SomBa Block Party at Folsom Street Foundry on June 6th:

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A Past Community Exchange!

Thank you to everyone who attended a Community Exchange at Don Ramon’s. So many new faces turned out to network and socialize on the cozy and cheerful upper balcony at Don Ramon’s Mexican restaurant on 11th Street. SOMA Business owners, employees and residents had a grand time mixing it up and making new contacts. Don Ramon’s not only allowed us to use their space for free, but also provided complimentary appetizers to accompany their amazing margaritas and sangria. We look forward to future events at Don Ramon’s and thank them for their hospitality. We also thank the very hard working SFPD Sergeant Tad Yamaguchi, and Paul Henderson from the Mayor’s Office for sharing details about neighborhood safety, security and the highly anticipated arrival of a new Police substation on 6th Street. Thanks everyone for making the April Exchange such a success and thank you Laura Kudritzki (SOMA photographer and SOMBA Board member) for capturing such wonderful images during the event.

PICS from SOMBA’s Holiday Mixer at the former Passion Cafe:

PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Laura Kudritzki