|The California stem cell agency is located south of Market Street in San|
Francisco, close to the San Francisco Giants ballpark(upper right). Since
the agency has been there, the area has grown from seedy to gentrified.
“I met with the mayor of San Francisco(Ed Lee), who's a dear friend, and he encouraged us to be aware that he's very committed to helping us find some space in San Francisco. Whether it means tax credits or incentives to a potential landlord, we still have to work that out. Obviously we still have to work out what the space will be. But the fact that the mayor has indicated very explicitly that he wants to keep us in San Francisco, I think it will bode well for us down the road.
“The current owner of the property (Stockbridge Capital Partners) has not been happy that for ten years they've had to supply free rent to us. And what they didn't anticipate was having to provide for over $755,000 in operating costs, which they thought some donors would take are of. Those donors -- some of whom passed away and others who chose to give money to other institutions, UC San Francisco, in particular, to the stem cell lab, which was very much appreciated, I know, by UCSF – but at the end of the day, there's no room for negotiations with this current owner.”
“I would not work on that assumption. I would work on the assumption somewhere between a dollar and more, again, dependent upon what kind of tax incentives the City of San Francisco would provide. We're very fortunate that my son(Joaquin Torres) is the deputy mayor for economic development, so we also have him working on this as well.”
“I'll ask more questions offline.”