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10 posts from July 2009


Mayor Proposes United Nations Global Warming Center at San Francisco's Hunters Point Shipyard

Global_warm 07/31/09 - Mayor Gavin Newsom today unveiled a proposal to locate a United Nations center focused on global warming and green technology at the former Hunters Point Shipyard. The proposed center would be part of the United Nations "Global Compact" and would be focused on promoting sustainable and clean technologies. A UN Global Compact Center would likely include a clean tech business incubator, offices of the UN Global Compact, and a retreat / conference center to facilitate the exchange of sustainability best practices and other innovations related to combating global warming.

"Locating the UN Global Compact Center in San Francisco will reinforce our city’s commitment to global justice and sustainability," said Mayor Newsom. "Once completed, the United Nations center can serve as an anchor for other sustainable businesses at the Shipyard in much the same way that the University of California and the Stem Cell Institute have anchored Mission Bay’s burgeoning biotech and life sciences cluster." Read more


Board of Supervisors passes $6.6 billion 2009-10 city budget

Bos_slide2 Yesterday the Board of Supervisors passed a $6.6 billion city budget for fiscal year 2009-10 with 9 Supervisors voting in favor and 2 voting against (Supervisors Sean Elsbernd and Carmen Chu). The Board made additional changes to the budget as approved by the Budget Committee. The Committee had spent 3 months and over 200 hours of public testimony from hundreds of San Franciscans reviewing the Mayor's proposed Budget before passing a balanced city budget that did not rely on any new taxes and restored $43 million for vital social services. Supervisor John Avalos who chaired the Budget Committee stated his approach to this year's difficult budget: "Since the beginning of the budget process, I have stressed the need for a 'share the pain' budget where all City departments give back so that we can maintain a full range of vital City services. For future years, we will need more cooperation on the budget process from all stakeholders so that we are not counting on getting a few big unions to reach a balanced budget, but on getting some concessions from all City departments, agencies, and unions. I am proud of the work we have done on the Budget Committee to strike a balance with the Mayor’s office to restore the programs and services that our residents depend on without threatening public safety."

For more information about the Budget meetings pleas visit the Board of Supervisors' web site


Mayor Newsom Announces Release of San Francisco's First Annual Housing Report

San Francisco's First Annual Housing Report 07/21/09 - Mayor Gavin Newsom announced the release of the first Mayor’s Office of Housing Annual Report. The Annual Housing Report offers a transparent explanation of housing-related activities funded by the City – from housing the homeless, to assisting first-time home buyers, to rebuilding public housing. The report describes the City’s efforts to increase affordable housing options and is informative for homeowners and renters alike.

"As we face challenging economic times, San Francisco strives to provide residents with decent and affordable housing, and to aggressively push housing development as an economic stimulus," said Mayor Newsom. "Home construction plays a vital role in maintaining strong communities since construction of new housing creates valuable jobs and revenue for our City, as well as places to call home for residents of all income levels." For a copy of the report go to www.sfgov.org/moh. Read more


Learn how easy it is to make Recycling a way of life in San Francisco

Recycling Moments In San Francisco, recycling is a way of life—and on the new Recycling Moments website, you can learn more about our city's recycling efforts and share your great recycling moments.  Whether it’s discovering that you can turn chicken bones into organic compost, or that you were able to get all those half used cans of paint picked up for free, everyone’s got a story to share.

For more information visit RecyclingMoments.org
(please notice this is an external web site that requires a flash viewer)


Mayor Newsom announces the first microloan of the City's Local Economic Stimulus Plan

Mayor Newsom announces the first microloan of the City’s Local Economic Stimulus Plan $50,000 provided to start- up beauty supply store in Noe Valley and organic granola company in the Mission

07/14/09 - Mayor Gavin Newsom today announced that the City has awarded the first two loans through the San Francisco Revolving Loan Fund (RLF). The loans will allow two, women owned, small businesses to open or expand their businesses in San Francisco – Bubbles & Shampoo, a beauty supply store / salon in Noe Valley and 18 Rabbits, an organic granola company in the Northeast Mission. Each business received a loan of $25,000 through the Revolving Loan Fund.

"Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, but like many in the nation, San Francisco small businesses are shedding jobs while consumer spending drops and bank loans and credit diminish," said Mayor Newsom. "Our small businesses are too important to fail - that is why we created the Revolving Loan Fund to boost and aid entrepreneurism with more loans and free resources. The loans are designed to bridge the funding gap experienced by many small companies who have viable business plans but are failing to access funds." Read more