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16 posts from December 2009


Watch Mayor Newsom's Video Update - 12.21.2009

Mayor-youtube Watch Mayor Newsom's latest video update on Youtube about the most relevant issues in San Francisco. In this segment the Mayor Newsom talks about the City's projected budget woes and the future of Treasure Island.

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Mayor Newsom and Treasurer Jose Cisneros launch new payday lending program

Mayor Gavin Newsom and Treasurer Jose Cisneros today announced the launch of Payday Plus SF 12/17/09 – Mayor Gavin Newsom and Treasurer José Cisneros today announced the launch of Payday Plus SF, an alternative payday loan offered by six San Francisco Credit Unions that will provide responsible small dollar loans of up to $500, with low interest rates, financial counseling, and an extended repayment term. The program is designed to help San Franciscans avoid high-interest rate payday loans that often trap borrowers in a cycle of debt.

For-profit payday lenders may charge annual interest rates of over 400%, and the industry relies for 90 percent of their revenue on borrowers who repeatedly renew or re-open their payday loans. As a result, the typical borrower usually pays around $500 in interest for a $300 loan, and still owes the principal, according to the Center for Responsible Lending. Read more

S.F. Police Department Implements New Online Crime Information Site

CrimeMapping.com logo 12/15/09 - The San Francisco Police Department, in conjunction with the Omega Group, is excited to present to the community an interactive Web site called CrimeMapping.com. This site enables citizens to query and to map calls for police services to incidents near an address. CrimeMapping.com also includes a Crime Alerts service that allows users to receive reports regarding incidents of crime near the subscriber’s home or business via e-mail. Read more


Mayor Newsom Announces Agreement to Transfer Treasure Island to San Francisco

Newsom_treasuer_island 12/16/09 – Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom announced today that they had reached a broad outline of terms for the conveyance of former Naval Station Treasure Island from the Navy to the City’s Treasure Island Development Authority. The terms of the agreement include a guaranteed payment to the Navy of $55M followed by an interim payment of another $50M, plus an additional share of potential further profits. The agreement also requires the inclusion of transactional protections customary in the private sector for these types of transactions. Specifics of the deal will be worked out as quickly as possible. Read more


San Francisco H1N1 Swine Flu Mass Vaccination Clinic on Dec 22nd

H1N1 swine flu vaccination 12/16/09 - The San Francisco Department of Public Health is holding an H1N1 Swine Flu Mass Vaccination Clinic open to San Francisco residents who fall into high-risk priority groups.

  • When: Tuesday, December 22, 2009 10:00am-7:00pm
  • Where: Bill Graham Civic Auditorium; 99 Grove Street in Civic Center Plaza
  • Who Can Attend: Any San Francisco resident in one of the high-risk priority groups listed below:
    • Pregnant women
    • All people from 6 months through 24 years of age
    • People who live with or provide care for infants less than 6 months of age
    • Health care and emergency responders with direct patient contact
    • Adults ages 25-64 with medical conditions that put them at risk for complications from influenza (heart, lung or kidney disease, asthma, diabetes, or weakened immune system)
    • Children less than 10 years old needing their second dose of H1N1 vaccine (first dose of vaccine must have been received before December 1st)
  • Cost: Free
More information: http://www.sfcdcp.org/fluvaccine.html