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10 posts from November 2009


Mayor Newsom strengthens economic ties with sister city, Bangalore

Mayor in bangalore 11/30/09 – Today, Mayor Newsom and a team of business and city leaders signed seven memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with San Francisco’s sister city, Bangalore, the capital of the state of Karnataka, in India.

Mayor Newsom met with His Excellency B.S. Yeddyurappa, Chief Minister of Karnataka, along with several of his ministers. The MOUs are intended as a foundation for the sister city relationship, outlining areas where each city can benefit in tangible ways from the partnership. The seven MOUs relate to arts and culture, trade and business, education and research, fashion technology, theater, health care, and the environment. Read more.


DPW announces holiday construction moratorium and anti-cigarette initiative

Sfdpwlogo2009 The Department of Public Works announced today that the 2009 Holiday Moratorium on street excavation and construction begins Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2009 and continues to January 3, 2010. During this time, DPW will not issue street excavation permits to private contractors and halts its own road construction work on busy commercial corridors. Read more.

The Department of Public Works (DPW) also announced that it is partnering with the Middle Polk Neighborhood Association (MPNA) to promote a naming contest that will encourage smokers to properly and safely dispose of cigarette  butts and packaging. Residents are invited to submit a catchy, memorable name and slogan that motivates smokers to safely deposit cigarette butts in the proper place: in ashtrays/bins and not on the sidewalk or street. Entries can be submitted through the MPNA website at www.middlepolk.org, by emailing clean@middlepolk.org, or sending a message via twitter at www.twitter.com/sfdpw. All entries are due by December 8th and will be scored by a group of community judges and volunteers. Top prize for the winner is $150 in gift certificates to Polk Street Merchants. More contest rules and information can be found at the MPNA website at www.middlepolk.org. Read more.

SFMTA - Your Muni System Is Changing December 5 - Know Your Options

Sfmuni-changes2009 On Saturday, December 5, 2009, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which operates Muni, will implement significant transit route and schedule changes affecting over half of Muni’s existing bus routes and one rail line.

The package of service changes include:

  • Discontinued routes and route segments
  • Extended and modified routes
  • Changes to service hours and frequencies*
  • Modified express zones
  • Renumbered routes
  • Identification of other Muni service that is near changing routes or lines

* Peak period refers to weekday morning and evening rush hour service, approximately 7 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. The last bus departures listed for routes are for weekdays.

For planning and assistance in other languages, please call 311.  Trip planning assistance for Muni and other transit systems in the Bay Area is available by calling 511 or going online at www.511.org.

For a complete list of changes please visit the SFMTA website

Mayor Newsom Announces Interfaith Winter Schedule Program for 2009-2010

Sfhsa The Human Services Agency (HSA) has announced the 2009-2010 San Francisco Interfaith Winter Shelter Program for single, male adults. The program will begin on Sunday, November 22, and run through February 27, 2010.

“San Francisco is committed to providing our homeless residents with the necessary housing, shelter and supportive services they need,” said Mayor Newsom. “This need is even more critical during the colder months. The Human Services Agency and Episcopal Community Services are collaborating with the San Francisco Interfaith Council to provide additional shelter services to ensure our homeless residents have refuge from the cold.”

The first location to host the winter shelter will be St. Boniface Church at 133 Golden Gate Avenue. Interfaith shelter spaces are reserved on a first come first served basis. Read more.


Mayor Newsom Announces Shop SF, Incentive Program For All Bay Area Residents

Shop SF get more logo 11/19/09 – Today, Mayor Gavin Newsom announced that the City is bringing back the Shop SF, Get More incentive program this winter for San Francisco and Bay Area residents.  Shop SF, Get More is a city-wide program that offers special discounts and promotions exclusively for residents of the nine Bay Area counties through January, 2010.

Shop SF, Get More was a great shot in the arm for our small businesses last year,” said Mayor Gavin Newsom. “This year, we are bringing it back to showcase our world-class dining, museums, events, attractions, and hotels. Whether it’s shopping in Union Square or touring our diverse neighborhoods, there’s something for everyone.” Read more