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14 posts from June 2009


Mayor Appoints George Gascon as San Francisco Chief of Police

Mayor new police chief gascon Gascón brings 30 years of experience from the Mesa, AZ and Los Angeles Police Departments where his focus was on police accountability, community policing, use of force, and COMPSTAT

06/17/09 - Mayor Gavin Newsom today announced the appointment of George Gascón as San Francisco’s new Chief of Police. Gascón brings over 28 years of experience as a member of the Los Angeles Police Department where he focused on issues of police accountability, community policing, use of force, and COMPSTAT. Gascón currently serves as Police Chief of the Mesa, Arizona Police Department.

"After sitting down with Chief Gascón and discussing his vision for our police department, he was the obvious choice to succeed Chief Fong," said Mayor Newsom. "Chief Gascón has a keen understanding of the public safety issues facing San Francisco, whether its foot patrols, sanctuary city, or gang violence – and his extensive resume shows a great deal of experience dealing with those very same issues. I have no doubt that he will do a fine job and I look forward to him rolling up his sleeves and getting to work." Read more


Mayor Unveils iPhone App to Make Recycling Easier

Ecofinderiphone Mayor Newsom is announcing the release today of San Francisco’s first iPhone app based on a City data feed, making recycling much easier for our residents. San Franciscans already lead the nation in recycling – in May we announced a 72% diversion rate of all materials going to the landfill – but we want to do more. Last week we passed the nation’s first mandatory recycling and composting laws. We’ve pledged to recycle 75% of the materials that would otherwise go to the landfill by 2010 and zero waste by 2020. We will only reach these lofty goals together — with the help of all our residents. That’s why the City’s environment department (@SFEnvironment) has launched an iPhone version of the popular web-based EcoFinder tool.

Residents can now find out where to recycle or properly dispose of materials using our convenient, location-based mobile application. Instead of dumping old electronics or furniture on the sidewalk, the EcoFinder iPhone app tells you where these materials should go, based on your location.


Mayor Newsom Launches Summer Jobs for Youth

Newsom’s plan will create 1,400 jobs for youth under 18 years old

Mayor-summer-jobs 06/11/09 - Mayor Gavin Newsom today launched the Summer Empowerment & Employment Development (SEED) Program. SEED will provide education and training to inspire youth to become advocates in their communities. This includes job training, mentoring, attending workshops, a community service project, and supporting the City’s summer lunch program for children and youth living in public housing sites.

"Traditionally, summer is the time when the majority of young people have their first work experience, and SEED is a creative way to provide that opportunity," said Mayor Newsom. "Young people must have the opportunity to work, thrive, and to contribute to the vitality of the local economy, and in some cases their own family’s economic survival. Part-time work experience for high school students leads to more confidence in their abilities, better time management skills, and enhanced academic success."

Despite economic and fiscal challenges, the City will continue funding on-going youth employment initiatives. This summer 1,400 slots for youth under 18 years old will be made available via DCYF funded initiatives, such as the Mayor’s Youth Employment and Education Program (MYEEP) (675 slots), New Directions (220 slots) which targets youth engaged in the juvenile justice system, Workreation (157 slots), and Youth Works (200 slots), amongst others.  Read more

Mayor Praises Board of Supervisors for New Recycling and Composting Ordinance

Measure is Key to Reaching 75% Landfill Diversion

Mayor-recycling 06/09/09 - Mayor Gavin Newsom today commended the Board of Supervisors for its passage of the mandatory recycling ordinance. The ordinance, which today passed on the Board’s first reading, requires residential and commercial building owners to sign up for recycling and composting services.

Mayor Newsom’s ordinance will require all residences and businesses in San Francisco to take advantage of the city’s recycling and composting collection programs. While several other cities require recycling service and participation, San Francisco is the first city to require the collection of food scraps and other compostables. Refuse collection has been mandatory since the 1930s.

"San Francisco has the best recycling and composting programs in the nation, and we’ve already attained an impressive, and first in the nation, 72 percent recycling rate because of them," said Mayor Newsom. "I am pleased with the leadership the Board of Supervisors has demonstrated on this important legislation. By collaborating with all of our stakeholders, businesses, colleagues, and citizens, we can build on our success and continue to lead the nation in recycling." Read more.


Digital Television (DTV) Transition Program

Digital Television transition image

On June 12, 2009, all full-power television stations will switch from the analog method of transmitting TV signals to only broadcasting a digital signal that cannot be received by analog TV sets. If you currently use "rabbit ears" or a rooftop antenna to get reception on your television, then you need to take some action to continue receiving television broadcasts once the switch to digital is complete. You will need to do one of the following:

  • Buy a digital TV converter box
  • Buy a TV with a digital tuner or
  • Purchase pay TV service (cable or satellite TV) for your analog TV(s)
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and National Telecommunications Information Agency (NTIA) have been directed to provide information to consumers about the DTV transition. The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) also has developed helpful materials to guide consumers through this transition.

How to set up your digital converter box

If you have having trouble setting up your box, please contact your converter box manufacturer’s technical support line. The City and County of San Francisco does not provide technical support.

Local Digital TV Assistance Centers

The following local nonprofits are offering assistance in the DTV transition:

  • Self-Help for the Elderly
    407 Sansome Street, San Francisco
  • Southeast Asian Community Center (SEACC)
  • Media Alliance: Oakland Digital TV Assistance Center
    1431 23rd Avenue
    Oakland, CA

For more information

The FCC provides the following flyers with information about what you can do to prepare for the switch to Digital TV:

The following websites also have useful information about the DTV transition
By phone: Call 1-888-DTV-2009 (1-888-388-2009) (voice) or 1-877-530-2634 (TTY) (in English and Spanish only). For other languages, San Francisco residents can call 3-1-1 [http://www.sfgov.org/311] for basic information about the Digital TV transition or contact the local assistance centers above.