Japantown Community Benefit District

Japantown is a unique community in the heart of San Francisco. Although recently established in 2017, this neighborhood is rich in San Francisco history. As one of only three remaining Japantown's left in the United States, it serves as a regional tourism hub and as a central gathering location for many Japanese- Americans. The Japantown CBD will focus on providing environmental and economic enhancements to the district; including graffiti removal, pressure washing, marketing, and beautification improvements.  

Funded Services

Services may include but are not limited to:

  • Environmental Enhancements 
    • Sidewalk sweeping
    • Litter removal
    • Graffiti removal
    • Sidewalk pressure washing
    • Signage
    • Beautification improvements
  • Economic Enhancements
    • Business liaison to assist local merchants
    • Marketing and promotion
    • Events


Service areas
Annual First Year costs
Environmental Enhancements $118,062.50 31.25%
Economic Enhancements $184,177.50


Advocacy/Administration $66,115.00 17.50%
CBD Reserve $9,445.00 2.50%
Assessment Revenues $377,800.00 94.45%
Other Revenues/General Benefit Contributions $22,200.00 5.55%


The boundaries of the District include 67 parcels located on approximately seven whole blocks including blocks and partial blocks bounded by Geary Boulevard, Fillmore Street, Post Street, Laguna Street, Webster Street, Buchanan Street, and Sutter Street

Annual Report

Pursuant to California Streets and Highways Code, Section 36650, each Community Benefit District and Business Improvement District must provide an annual report after their first year of operation. Annual reports and financial statements are submitted to OEWD for review. OEWD reviews these documents and determines whether or not the CBD met four benchmarks:

1) Whether the variance between the budget of that fiscal year or calendar year was within 10 percentage points of their management plan budget by service category

2) Whether the CBD or BID, if required, met its respective general benefit obligation 

3) Whether the variance between the fiscal year or calendar year budget was within 10 percentage points of their actual spending for the same time period

4) Whether the CBD or BID indicated the amount of funds carried forward from the previous fiscal year or calendar year into the next

The report is heard before the Government Audit and Oversight committee of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors where OEWD presents on its findings and the CBD or BID presents on its accomplishments and metrics for the reporting period

The latest annual report approved by the Board of Supervisors for Japantown CBD is for FY 2018-2019 and pertinent information can be found here.


Japantown Community Benefit District Management Plan 

Japantown Community Benefit District Engineer's Report 

Japantown Community Benefit District Election Results 


Grace Horikiri, Executive Director
1765 Sutter Street, 
San Francisco, CA 94115