Yerba Buena

Established in 2008, the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District is one of the largest CBDs in the City of San Francisco, representing over 1,550 properties. The CBD's success during its initial 7 year formation was validated when the district was renewed until 2030. This dynamic neighborhood is an urban cultural center featuring art galleries, museums, recreational and entertainment facilities, activities for children and families, housing, hotels and shopping. Anchoring the neighborhood is Yerba Buena Gardens, a spectacular public open space. The CBD focuses on fostering a safer and more secure community, enhancing environmental quality and beauty, and reinforcing the viability of the economic base.

Funded Services

Services may include but are not limited to:

  • Safety & security
  • Cleaning & maintenance
  • Marketing, promotion & district identity
  • Streetscape improvements
  • Economic viability


Service areas
Annual First Year costs
Cleaning and Streetscape Imprvement Activity Costs $1,281,665.91 40.66%
Satefy and Security Activity Costs $1,024,744.40 32.51%
Branding, Activation, and Marketing Activity Costs $436,614.14 13.79%
Management and Operations $410,811.64 13.03%
Assessment Revenues


Other Revenues/General Benefit Contributions $524,879.20 5.08%


The Yerba Buena CBD is located between 2nd and 5th, and Market and Harrison streets.


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 Yerba Buena CBD is for FY 2018-2019 and pertinent information can be found here.


Cathy Maupin, Executive Director
5 Third Street, Suite 914,
San Francisco, CA 94103