Adopt Resolution commending Jim Baer for his success as a developer and consultant, and using his expertise and resources to help nonprofits and small businesses.(RECOMMENDED ACTION from Liz Kniss to Board of Supervisors, 3/29/11)
WHEREAS, Jim Baer joined Premier Properties in 1982, and became involved with the development of commercial buildings exclusively in Palo Alto. His focus on Palo Alto projects had resulted in his being among the most knowledgeable and effective consultants for land use approvals within the City of Palo Alto. He has participated in over 750 public hearings and has received over 100 Palo Alto project approvals, including the Campus for Jewish Life, the Jewish Seniors Residence, Emek Bereka, and Etz Chayim; and
WHEREAS, Jim Baer has excelled in his field and is constantly finding new ways to challenge himself. He is a regular lecturer on local land use matters, is a teacher at Stanford Law School, and serves as an expert witness for land use and real estate management issues in San Mateo, Santa Clara, and San Francisco Counties, and the Federal District Court; and
WHEREAS, in 2009, through Premier Properties, Jim Baer founded Wave One, a nonprofit dedicated to helping small businesses become green by achieving 40% energy and water savings and 33% renewable energy by 2012, and zero waste by 2015. Since its inception, the organization has assisted 40 Palo Alto businesses in achieving certification as a “Green Business” and has supported more than 35 additional businesses in adopting green practices; and
WHEREAS, in addition to establishing his own nonprofit, Jim Baer has been involved with countless community groups. He has served as a board member for Palo Alto Housing Corporation, Peninsula Conservation Center, American Red Cross, Leadership Palo Alto, Peninsula Open Space Trust, Avenidas, and Palo Alto Art League and participated as founding director for Home Equity Loan Program for Seniors, Mid-Peninsula Support Network, and Self Reliance, Inc.; and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Supervisors of the County of Santa Clara, State of California does hereby
honor and commend
for his success as a developer and consultant and using his expertise and resources to help nonprofits and small businesses. PASSED AND ADOPTED this Twenty Ninth Day of March, Two Thousand Eleven by unanimous vote.
edit to add:
Jim Baer is one of the city’s most active developers and real estate consultants. He is representing the three developers of the 101 Lytton project, Lund Smith, Boyd Smith Jr. and Scott Foster. Baer helped the Weekly develop its [$5 Million] office building on Cambridge Avenue and co-owned it until construction was completed in 2009, when the Weekly bought out his interest. The Weekly has no current financial ties to Baer.