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13 posts from February 2010


Mayor Newsom Opens Two New "Pavement to Parks"

Mayor Newsom Opens Two New "Pavement to Parks" 02/25/10 – Mayor Newsom today announced the completion and official opening of two new ‘Pavement to Parks’ sites at Showplace Triangle and Guerrero Park.  The Mayor also announced the plan for 12 more Pavement to Parks in 2010.San Francisco’s streets and public rights-of-way make up 25% of the city’s land area, more space than is found in all of the city’s parks. Many streets are excessively wide and contain large zones of wasted space, especially at intersections. San Francisco’s ‘Pavement to Parks’ projects seek to temporarily reclaim these unused swathes and quickly and inexpensively turn them into new public plazas and parks. Read more


City Announces Agreement with SFMOMA for Fire Station

City Announces Agreement with SFMOMA for Fire Station Proposed agreement would allow for SFMOMA acquisition of Howard Street fire station and provide SFFD with new state-of-the-art station on Folsom Street

02/22/10 – Mayor Gavin Newsom announced today that the City has reached a proposed agreement with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) for the exchange of the City’s existing fire station on Howard Street in return for a newly constructed, replacement fire station on Folsom Street. The agreement allows for SFMOMA to proceed with a $480 million campaign and expansion on Howard Street, while providing the City with a modern replacement for its outdated fire station.
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International mega star Carlos Santana will have to make more room on the award mantle.

2010 Mayor’s Art Award will be presented by Mayor Gavin Newsom to legendary musician Carlos Santana02/22/10 – The 2010 Mayor’s Art Award will be presented by Mayor Gavin Newsom to legendary musician Carlos Santana on Thursday, March 18, 2010, at a private event in the Green Room at the War Memorial Veterans Building hosted by the San Francisco Arts Commission.

“Carlos Santana is without a doubt one of San Francisco’s most beloved icons,” said Mayor Gavin Newsom. “When he burst onto the scene with his extraordinary new sound he solidified San Francisco’s position as one of the main stages in the history of rock ‘n’ roll. His music transcends not only musical genres, but also cultural, geographical and political boundaries, and he has brought millions of people together through his art. He is also an artist who gives back to his community. It is my great honor to present the 2010 Mayor’s Art Award to Carlos Santana for his commitment to improving the lives of others and for his tremendous contributions to music.” Read more


Mayor Newsom's Internet Budget Town Hall on Feb. 24, 2010

Mayor Newsom's Internet Budget Town Hall on Feb. 24, 2010 San Francisco Residents Urged to Submit Questions about Budget Choices, Priorities In Advance and During Ustream Budget Town Hall for Mayor to Answer

02/22/10 – Mayor Gavin Newsom will host an Internet “budget town hall” from 5 – 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 24th to discuss San Francisco’s projected $522 million budget deficit for the 2010-11 fiscal year. Veteran City Hall journalists Barbara Taylor of KCBS and Rachel Gordon of the San Francisco Chronicle will moderate the online town hall and select all the questions that the mayor will answer from those received online or in advance from San Francisco residents. Read more

Watch the Mayor's February 24, 2010 Online Towhall Meeting


Mayor Newsom Weekly YouTube Update: Feb. 19. 2010

Mayor Newsom Weekly YouTube Update for February 19. 2010 Challenges Republican Party to come out to San Francisco and meet thousands of San Franciscans that are employed through the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act

02/19/10 – Mayor Newsom used his YouTube update this week to highlight the success of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) in creating 2,910 jobs for San Franciscans on its One-Year Anniversary. Earlier this week, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) stated that stimulus program has “completely failed to create jobs.” Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) has said the Federal Stimulus Program might have saved some jobs, but it “didn’t create one new job.” Read more

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