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13 posts from October 2009


Commuter Alert! Bay Bridge is now Open (Monday, Nov. 2nd - 9 am)

The latest information on transportation alternatives are available via
511 - http://www.511.org.

Additional details of the closure can be found on the
- Web at: http://www.baybridgeinfo.org  or via
- Twitter - http://twitter.com/baybridgeinfo


Mayor Announces San Francisco's H1N1/Swine Flu Vaccination Plans

Mayor-swinefluplans 10/26/09 – Mayor Gavin Newsom today announced the initial arrival of the first major shipment of the H1N1 swine flu vaccine in San Francisco. Approximately 28,000 doses of the injectable vaccine have been delivered to the San Francisco Department of Public Health. High risk patients who get their healthcare at public health clinics will begin getting the vaccine today. Injectable vaccine is also available at Kaiser and other clinician offices throughout the City.

Meanwhile, Department of Public Health staff has begun cataloguing, organizing and distributing a large portion of H1N1 swine flu vaccine to 9 sites throughout the City in preparation for a series of H1N1 swine flu vaccination clinics designed especially for high risk individuals who do not have a primary care provider or whose primary care provider does not have the vaccine.

“This is a public health issue with a big City-wide effort behind it,” said Mayor Newsom. “We are working diligently to ramp up for a series of vaccination clinics beginning on Thursday, October 29 and continuing for up to six days if necessary. Right now, we are looking for volunteers among San Francisco residents—clinical and non-clinical individuals—who want to help us deliver this vaccine to high risk residents.” Read more.

The vaccine is free of charge at vaccine sites. To find out the locations and times for the H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine clinics that begin on October 29, go to http://www.sfcdcp.org/FluVaccinesSites.html.

Mayor Newsom Launches Art in Storefronts Pilot Program

Mayor-artprogram 10/23/09 - Mayor Gavin Newsom today launched the Art and Storefronts pilot program, a new economic development initiative in Central Market and the Tenderloin. The program engages San Francisco-based artists to reinvigorate neighborhoods that have been hard-hit by the economic downturn.

“Art in Storefronts harnesses the creativity of San Francisco’s artist community to help improve the quality of life and the business climate in our neighborhood commercial districts,” said Mayor Newsom. “These installations will transform vacant storefronts and commercial corridors into a destination for contemporary art, bringing new energy to the area. With increased foot traffic, Art in Storefronts will improve streetscape conditions and safety and foster neighborhood pride.”

The Art in Storefronts pilot program officially kicked off with a community celebration along Central Market and North of Market/Tenderloin sidewalks. Eleven vacant storefronts transformed into art installations and two murals were unveiled along Market between 5th and 8th Streets, and North of Market along Taylor Street. The public had the opportunity to meet the artists who will be stationed at their installations, with the artists giving impromptu art talks throughout the evening and providing maps to the newly-transformed storefronts.

The program was initiated by Mayor Gavin Newsom, working with the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD), the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC), in partnership with neighborhood based economic development organizations.

Following the Central Market and Tenderloin launch, the program will rollout on Third Street in Bayview (October 30), and Lower 24th Street in the Mission (November 20). All installations will remain on view through the end of January 2010. Read more.

For more information, please visit www.sfartscommission.org/storefronts


Mayor Breaks Ground on New S.F. General Hospital and Trauma Center

Sfghospital 10/22/09 – Mayor Gavin Newsom today joined San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (SFGH) to celebrate the rebuilding of the SFGH inpatient care facility. The groundbreaking ceremony is less than one year after 84% of San Francisco voters passed Proposition A, which authorized city financing of the project.

“The people of San Francisco appreciate the value of San Francisco General and they sent that message loud and clear last year,” said Mayor Gavin Newsom. “Now we are moving forward to strengthen General by building a new hospital that the entire city can be proud of for generations to come.”

The new 448,000 square-foot building, scheduled to open in 2015, will be nine stories (seven stories above ground and two below) and house 284 inpatient beds, 32 more beds than the current hospital. The new building will feature a state-of-the-art environment including patient care areas which have been designed to reduce errors and infections and improve quality and nursing care. The $887.4 million hospital will be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified and will feature a seismically compliant design allowing the hospital building to move 30 inches in any direction. Read more

For information on the San Francisco General Hospital rebuild, please visit www.sfdph.org/dph/rebuildSFGH/.

Mayor Newsom Announces New Open Data Policy for San Francisco

Sfopendata 10/21/09 – Today, Mayor Newsom joined with City departments and technology visionary Tim O’Reilly to announce an Open Data Executive Directive (PDF) for San Francisco. The Directive requires City departments make all non confidential datasets under their authority available on DataSF.org, the city’s one stop web site for government data.

“The City’s new Open Data policy will enhance open government, transparency, and accountability by improving access to City data,” said Mayor Newsom. “By providing more government data, San Francisco’s world class technology community will be able to create useful civic tools, with no cost to City government.”

The initial phase of DataSF includes more than 100 datasets, from a range of city departments, including Police, Public Works, and the Municipal Transportation Agency. Read more.