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13 posts from February 2010

02/04/2010

City Announces $19.2 Million for New Energy-Efficiency Projects

Mayor Newsom Announces $19.2 Million for New Energy-Efficiency Projects 02/03/10 – Today, Mayor Newsom announced $19.2 million in funding for energy efficiency programs through the San Francisco Energy Watch program and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Newsom also highlighted the creation of new local jobs through the programs and outlined the total energy and financial savings from the City’s energy efficiency work on city buildings during the last 6 years.

“San Francisco’s energy-efficiency programs demonstrate how protecting the environment creates jobs and helps businesses and property owners save money” said Mayor Gavin Newsom. “To dramatically reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, we have to be responsible stewards of our buildings and facilities. That’s why we are leveraging all these funds to create green jobs and further our environmental goals.” Read more

02/03/2010

Mayor Highlights New Biotech Payroll Tax Exemption for SF Job Creation

Mayor Newsom Highlights New Biotech Payroll Tax Exemption for SF Job Creation Newsom also lauded new Controller’s report that shows biotech tax exemption and initiatives have been critical to industry’s growth in San Francisco

02/02/10 – Mayor Newsom today spoke in support of a biotech tax measure described during his recent State of the City address and introduced at the Board of Supervisors by Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier. The measure, which aims to extend the City’s biotech tax exemption, has not been scheduled for a hearing by the Board of Supervisors.

“The City’s future is tied to innovation-driven biotech firms,” said Mayor Newsom.  “Companies like Prosetta, and Nektar are locating and creating jobs here because we invested in biotech several years back.  We need to do whatever it takes to continue the expansion of biotech in San Francisco and an extension of the Biotech Payroll Tax exemption will help us do it.”  Read more

02/01/2010

City Releases $6 Million from Rainy Day Funds to Help San Francisco’s Schools

City Releases $6 Million from Rainy Day Funds to Help San Francisco’s Schools 01/29/10 – Mayor Gavin Newsom and Supervisor Bevan Dufty today announced that some program cuts to public schools will be prevented by providing up to $6 million from the city’s rainy day fund. The Mayor made the announcement in his remarks at the “Bridging the Bay” Afterschool Conference at Balboa High School.

The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) recently announced that cuts to programs, layoffs, furloughs, increased class size, less transportation and minimal summer school are all on the table to close the district’s two year budget deficit of $113 million. Read more