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21 posts from January 2010


Watch Mayor Newsom's YouTube Update: Jan 15, 2010

Watch Mayor Newsom's YouTube Update: Jan 15, 2010 Mayor Newsom talks about the week that was in San Francisco from City Hall. Topics include the Mirant Power Plant Closing, Truancy Assessment Center, the Central Market Partnership and more.

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Mayor Newsom Announces Partnership to Revitalize Mid-Market Neighborhood

Mid_market 01/14/10 – Mayor Gavin Newsom today announced the Central Market Partnership, an economic development project to renew and coordinate efforts to revitalize the Central Market neighborhood. The Mayor was joined by Police Chief George Gascón, Fred Blackwell, Director of the San Francisco Redevelopment Commission, Ed Reiskin, Director of the Department of Public Works (DPW) and key neighborhood stakeholders representing small businesses, arts/cultural organizations, property owners, and homeowners.

“Our efforts will build on the district’s existing strengths, which include a concentration of historic building and theater/arts uses, to spearhead a financial and physical transformation of this long-neglected district,” said Mayor Newsom. “Central Market Street, once a pivotal part of our City’s economy and cultural life, has great potential to once again be the grand thoroughfare that it was meant to be.” Read More


Mayor Newsom and DA Harris Announce Collaborative Against Human Trafficking

Human_trafficking_2 01/11/10 – Mayor Gavin Newsom, District Attorney Kamala D. Harris and Supervisor Carmen Chu today launched the San Francisco Collaborative Against Human Trafficking. The partnership between city government agencies and community providers was formed to raise public awareness about the crime of human trafficking, develop policy to combat it and provide support for survivors.

“Human Trafficking is an egregious violation of human rights that not only harms the victims, but damages the community as a whole,” said Mayor Newsom. “San Francisco is a city that values an individual’s right to live free from violence, exploitation, or slavery. We are committed to working with our partners to eradicate human trafficking by holding the traffickers accountable, and to getting victims the help they need.” Read More

Mayor Newsom Receives Commitment from CAISO to Allow Closure of Potrero Power Plant

Mirant_2 01/12/10 – Mayor Newsom today received a long-sought commitment from the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), the nonprofit state organization that oversees the reliability of California’s electric grid, that will allow the complete closure of the polluting Mirant-owned Potrero Power Plant in San Francisco by the end of 2010. Following a phone meeting today between Mayor Newsom and CAISO President & CEO Yakout Mansour, Mayor Newsom received a formal letter from CAISO pledging to remove the “must run” designation of the Potrero Power Plant once the Transbay Cable and other transmission improvements now underway are completed this year. Mirant, which owns and operates the plant, has previously stated several times that they would shutter the plant once the CAISO requirement to operate it was removed. Read More

Watch Mayor Newsom's 2010 State of the City Address

2010state_addressWatch Mayor Newsom's 2010 State of the City Address at SFGTV.

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