Fine Arts: Mayor Announces Commemoration of 1915 International Exposition

04june2014_palace_fine_artsMayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the Palace of Fine Arts will host a year-long series of events and programs to commemorate the 2015 Centennial of the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition (PPIE). The California Historical Society (CHS), Maybeck Foundation and Innovation Hangar are partnering with the Recreation and Park Department (RPD) to recapture the zeitgeist of the PPIE.  Beginning this fall, exhibits focusing on the theme of Then, Now and Tomorrow will provide an opportunity to reflect on San Francisco today and imagine the San Francisco of the future.
“All cities have moments – defining moments – which forever change the image and nature of that city, and for San Francisco, the success of the 1915 World Fair marked a prosperous new beginning after the horrific experiences of 1906,” said Mayor Lee. “I am thrilled that these exhibits will be a part of our citywide celebration of 1915.  It’s a uniquely San Francisco way to celebrate a centennial – to focus on then, now and the future. ” Read more.


City Budget: Mayor Presents Proposed Balanced 2014-16 Budget

Mayor Presents Proposed Balanced 2014-16 Budget Mayor Edwin M. Lee today presented his proposed two-year balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2014-15 and 2015-16. The Mayor’s proposal balances a two year budget that closes budget deficits of $66.7 million in FY 2014-15 and $133.4 million in FY 2015-16. To deliver this two-year consensus budget proposal, Mayor Lee worked with the Board of Supervisors and heard directly from residents and community leaders in their districts, held an online budget town hall, and met with hundreds of residents, nonprofit organizations, City Commissioners, labor organizations, business owners, and advocates to discuss priorities and address concerns.
“We are making strategic investments to grow our economy, create jobs and make sure that our City remains affordable for low and middle income families,” said Mayor Lee. “This responsible and balanced budget protects social services for people who need them most, is affordable over the long term, increases City services including public safety; and supports our continued economic recovery. We are making historic investments in housing, transportation, and education. But the hard work is not yet done, and I look forward to working with the Board of Supervisors to deliver a budget that invests in the people of San Francisco.” Read more. 

The Mayor’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2014-15 and 2015-16 is available online: http://sfmayor.org/index.aspx?page=880


Summer Jobs +: Mayor Launches Summer Jobs + 2014 Initiative for SF Youth

21may2014_summer_jobsToday Mayor Edwin M. Lee and the United Way of the Bay Area along with City Departments and private sector employers announced the launch of Summer Jobs+ 2014, challenging employers to create 7,000 jobs, internships and paid job training for San Francisco youth (ages 14-24) this summer and throughout the school year. Now in its third year, Mayor Lee’s Summer Jobs+ initiative will connect San Francisco employers with low-income and disconnected San Francisco youth so that they can share in the City’s economic success and get the practical job experience and skills they will need to succeed in today’s economy.

We are investing in the future success of San Francisco’s youth,” said Mayor Lee. “Last year, we worked together and exceeded our own aggressive goal and placed more than 6,800 young adults in jobs and paid internships. This year, we are setting an even more ambitious goal. We need to continue investing in programs that strengthen our youth workforce, especially for our low-income and disadvantaged youth. Once again, I am again calling upon employers, large and small, across San Francisco to join us in supporting the future of our young people by creating 7,000 meaningful employment opportunities for our youth this summer and beyond.” Read more.


Health Initiative: Mayor Unveils Behavioral Health Improvement Initiative

Behavior-health-16may14Mayor Edwin M. Lee today unveiled the CARES (Contact, Assess, Recover & Ensure Success) initiative that provides a new comprehensive, citywide approach to helping residents suffering from severe mental health and substance abuse issues.

The CARES initiative will expand the Community Independence Placement Project, add a new psychiatric respite center at San Francisco General Hospital that includes peer counselors; provide new support for family members and Transitional Aged Youth; and additional case managers to care for residents with severe mental health and substance use issues. This initiative will also support a longer-term effort to advance Citywide data-sharing and coordination practices. Read more.


Transportation Funding: Mayor Introduces Transportation Improvement Bond

Transportation-funding-15may14Mayor Edwin M. Lee and all 11 members of the Board of Supervisors today introduced a proposed $500 million general obligation bond for the November 2014 ballot for infrastructure projects that would significantly improve San Francisco's transportation network without raising property tax rates. The bond would increase Muni reliability and travel speed, upgrade transit stops and stations, improve pedestrian and bicycle safety, and prepare for growth on the City's busiest travel corridors.

"San Francisco deserves a safe, reliable and affordable transportation system, and today we are making an historic investment in our City's vital transportation infrastructure as we plan for a growing and successful City," said Mayor Lee. "This investment will make it easier for San Franciscans to get around the City as they go to work, school, home and everywhere in between. If passed this November, the $500 million general obligation bond will improve MUNI, improve pedestrian safety and improve our bike network – all without raising property tax rates." Read more.