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13 posts from October 2009

10/23/2009

Mayor Breaks Ground on New SFPUC Headquarters Building

Sfpuchq 10/21/09 – Mayor Gavin Newsom, joined by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, the Department of Public Works, Webcor Builders, KMD/Stevens Architects and the San Francisco Building & Construction Trades Council, today broke ground on the SFPUC’s new environmentally sustainable headquarters building at 525 Golden Gate Avenue.

“San Francisco is proud of its leadership in energy and water conservation, which are so important to California’s future,” said Mayor Newsom. “This new SFPUC headquarters will be a world-class, energy and water-efficient structure that exemplifies the highest standards of sustainability and sets an example for the Green Building movement and cities across the nation.”

To save ratepayer dollars over the long term and consolidate hundreds of employees currently spread throughout several leased facilities, the SFPUC is building a new headquarters and administration building at 525 Golden Gate Avenue, where a vacant, seismically unsound building once stood. With funding secured and necessary approvals in place, the expected LEED Platinum-certified building will be completed in Spring 2012. Read more

10/14/2009

Mayor Announces SF Open City's 311 Service Center to Developers

Mayor Announces SF Open City's 311 Service Center to Developers 10/14/09 - Today, Mayor Newsom announced that San Francisco is going to transform the City’s 311 Customer Service Center into a tool of even greater value by building an Open 311 platform. Open 311 will allow software developers to write web applications that do two things: 1) get service request data from the 311 system, and 2) submit new service requests to city departments.

"The success of DataSF and the DataSF App Showcase has proven that the public will create innovative applications when given access to the information they need," said Mayor Gavin Newsom. "We anticipate the same response and innovation from Open 311."

The 311 Customer Service Center, which launched in March 2007, has answered over 7 million calls and serves callers in more than 176 languages. Making an Open 311 API (Application Programming Interface) will open the current 311 service to those who wish to build applications on top of it. Read more.

Mayor Applauds Signing of Candlestick Point State Park Funding Bill

Mayor Applauds Signing of Candlestick Point State Park Funding Bill 10/13/09 - Mayor Gavin Newsom commended Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for signing into law today a bill that will fund and improve the Candlestick Point State Recreation Area.

"Thanks to the Governor and the important leadership of Senator Mark Leno who sponsored this legislation, we now stand ready to make significant improvements to the first urban state park in California," said Mayor Newsom. "This is a major step forward toward improving the quality of life through better recreation opportunities in southeast San Francisco."

Now pursuant to California law, the park’s boundaries – which include underutilized tracts of land – will be reconfigured in exchange for tens of millions of dollars of improvements and dedicated funding for the future operations and maintenance of the recreation area, which faced closure and a lack of funding in recent years. Read more.

Mayor Announces Nektar Therapeutics to Move and Create Jobs in SF

Mayor Announces Nektar Therapeutics to Move and Create Jobs in SF Relocation Will Bring 150 Jobs and Leading Biotech Company Headquarters to San Francisco

10/07/09 - Today, Mayor Gavin Newsom announced that Nektar Therapeutics has selected Mission Bay to establish a state-of-the-art R&D center and corporate headquarters.

"This is an extraordinary milestone for Mission Bay. With this move, Nektar will bring 150 biotech jobs to San Francisco and further establish Mission Bay as the premier biotech cluster in the nation, and arguably the world," said Mayor Newsom. "Nektar’s decision to relocate to San Francisco is proof that even in these challenging economic times, San Francisco continues to attract companies that are leaders in the biotech industry. I am proud to welcome Nektar Therapeutics to San Francisco." Read more.

Mayor Helps Launch First Tee San Francisco, City's First Golf Learning Facility

Mayor Helps Launch First Tee San Francisco, City's First Golf Learning Facility 10/07/09 - Today Mayor Newsom along with PGA Tour commissioner Timothy W. Finchem, PGA Tour professionals Paul Azinger and Nick Faldo, and Citibank launched the First Tee Learning Facility at Visitacion Valley Middle School.

"I remember when we broke ground on this new learning center and saw the community enthusiastically rally so students could participate in The First Tee program," said Mayor Newsom. "It is humbling to see what a terrific learning center we have now for these deserving youth."

The new learning center includes an indoor classroom facility, netted driving range, putting green and grass chipping area. The design and funding for the learning center was provided by First Tee of San Francisco and the construction was managed by the San Francisco Unified School District. Read more.

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