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13 posts from September 2009


Mayor Announces S.F. Urban Wind Power Task Force Recommendations


09/29/09 - Mayor Newsom today announced recommendations from San Francisco’s Urban Wind Power Task Force, charged with finding ways to encourage the expansion of local wind power generation in San Francisco. The Task Force’s 29 recommendations include working at the state-level to exempt small wind turbines from property tax increases, installing more City-owned small wind demonstration sites, and exploring offering permitting cost refunds.

"In order to meet our ambitious renewable energy and climate goals, we need to pursue all technologies available to us," said Mayor Newsom. "Anyone who’s ever been San Francisco knows that we have parts of the city that get a lot of wind. It’s time for San Francisco to start harnessing its collective ingenuity to construct small-scale urban wind sites on city and private property."

Other recommendations include developing a "San Francisco Wind Map," implementing a wind anemometer (wind meter) loan program to allow potential wind customers to borrow anemometers from the City to better understand their wind resource, and exploring the possibility of revising city-wide height limits to allow for greater wind power generation. Read more


Mayor Gavin Newsom's Statement on the Passing of Don Fisher

09/27/09 - Don Fisher was a great San Franciscan, a loving husband and father, and a dear friend. His unwavering commitment to our city's arts and civic culture will be remembered for generations to come. In San Francisco, flags will be flown at half mast to honor Mr. Fisher, his leadership, and his many valuable contributions to the city he loved.


Mayor Launches DataSF Application Showcase


Last month, at WordPress' headquarters with leaders from the technology community, we launched DataSF.org. This new web site is designed to improve transparency in government, increase access to City data, and engage our highly skilled workforce to create apps from that data.

After the kick off there was a discussion about next steps for Gov 2.0 in San Francisco with Tim O’Reilly, Matt Mullenweg and other technology innovators. One idea was to create a City App Store to highlight and centralize programs created from City data. This has worked for Apple and Facebook, at last check; there are 60,000 apps available in the Apple App store and more than 350,000 different Facebook apps. Why not create a government app store as well?

Today, I’m pleased to announce the launch of the DataSF App Showcase (www.datasf.org/showcase). The site will celebrate the innovators and innovations from a more collaborative and open government. On the site the public can browse examples of new ways in which Bay Area constituents are using City data to improve San Francisco. Read more


City Launches Better Market Street Project


The Better Market Street Project is a collaborative effort between the Department of Public Works, the Planning Department, the Municipal Transportation Agency, the Mayor’s Office of Workforce and Economic Development, and the County Transportation Authority. This effort also brings together community partners, and is well supported by other City departments and agencies.

The Planning Department recently surveyed people on Market Street to gauge public opinions about our city’s main street. The overwhelming consensus of the many people surveyed was that Market Street is not living up to its potential. We’ve also heard from diverse stakeholder groups on and around Market Street that they also see room for improvement on this important street. From residents who would like to see fewer shuttered buildings and more shops to commuters tired of having their bus get stuck in traffic, Market Street is ripe for improvement.

Learn more about this project on the Better Market Street Project web site


Mayor Gavin Newsom and Jennifer Siebel Newsom Celebrate Birth of Baby Daughter


09/18/09 - Today San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and Jennifer Siebel Newsom are celebrating the birth of a healthy baby daughter, Montana Tessa Newsom.

She was born in San Francisco at 12:39 p.m. today. She is 20.5 inches long and weighs 7 lbs. 12 oz.