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9 posts from August 2009


Bart Strike Info - Alternative Transportation Options

Bart-strike As Thursday August 13, 2009, one of BART's unions has declared a strike. All BART service could stop as of the Sunday night close of service with no BART service on the following Monday morning.  BART is operating regular service throughout the weekend. Commuters should check with BART for updates regarding BART service status. We also encourage commuters to plan for an alternative mode of transportation using the valuable information provided by Muni and 511.

Mayor Newsom's Statement on Bart Strike

Bart web site

Muni Commuter Options

511 - Transit Alternative Options

Mayor Announces JOBS NOW initiative for the Unemployed

Mayor_job_initiative_13aug09 08/12/09 - Today Mayor Newsom announced a new initiative, JOBS NOW, to put 1,000 San Franciscans back to work using $25 million in federal stimulus funding. The program began a pilot phase in May and has already placed almost 200 workers.

"Times are tough, so we need to get creative and innovative about how we find people jobs and get them working again," said Mayor Newsom. "These resources come directly from President Obama’s stimulus plan and the people that find jobs through this program are the living, breathing proof that stimulus dollars are reaching the people who need the most help."

The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) includes $5 billion nationwide to create the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families Emergency Contingency Fund (TANF-ECF), which provides federal funds to pay for 80 percent of the costs of subsidized employment programs. California will receive $1.8 billion in federal funds to pass through to counties for this program. Read more

City Reaches Accord to Close Potrero Power Plant in 2010

Ca - Herrera SAN FRANCISCO (Aug 13, 2009) -- City Attorney Dennis Herrera has reached an agreement with Mirant to permanently shutter the company's Potrero power plant by the end of 2010, and to secure the Atlanta-based energy giant's unprecedented commitment to join the City in actively pushing for the plant's closure should state or federal energy regulators attempt to delay it. Under terms of the agreement signed by Mirant officials today, the company will also pay at least $1 million to the City to help address pediatric asthma in nearby communities and to initiate other mitigations in neighborhoods adjacent to the fossil-fueled facility. Mirant will pay another $100,000 to the San Francisco City Attorney's Office for legal fees and costs.

The groundbreaking accord follows nearly a decade of often bitterly contentious legal, political and regulatory maneuvering by Herrera, Supervisor Sophie Maxwell, former Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin, the S.F. Public Utilities Commission and many other community leaders to finally close the City's last remaining large power plant. Efforts in recent years to speed the closure of the nearly 50-year-old facility have included opposing the renewal of the state permit for its antiquated "once-through" cooling system, and working to install cleaner, municipally-owned replacement generators that had been secured in a 2002 legal settlement to meet state-mandated electricity generation requirements. Earlier this year, Herrera also filed a civil lawsuit against Mirant for violating the City's Unreinforced Masonry Buildings ordinance at the Potrero site. Read more


Mayor Newsom Signs the 2009-2010 Budget

Mayor_signs_budget 08/04/09 - Today Mayor Newsom signed a balanced budget for the 2009-10 fiscal year that focuses on solving the budget challenge by attracting new jobs and making smart infrastructure investments in order to put San Franciscans back to work. The budget preserves basic services, maintains police officers and firefighters, and taps the rainy day fund to prevent teacher layoffs and balance the city’s budget. Healthy San Francisco, the city's first-of-its kind universal health care program, will continue to grow. The Board of Supervisors approved the $6.6 billion city budget for fiscal year 2009-10 with some revisions that did not rely on any new taxes and restored $43 million for vital social services.