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8 posts from June 2010


Mayor celebrates launch of Virgin America's SFO flights

Mayor celebrates launch of Virgin America’s SFO flights Mayor Gavin Newsom today joined Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to celebrate the launch of Virgin America’s first international city, Toronto, and to announce its next new destination, Mexico.

“San Francisco is proud to have Virgin America as its hometown airline,” said Mayor Newsom. “Over the last few years, they’ve created hundred of new jobs, lowered fares and helped make SFO one of the nation’s few growing airports.”

The airline celebrated its Toronto service on a flight from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)-San Francisco International Airport (SFO)-Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ). Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger joined Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson onboard the LAX-SFO leg. Upon touchdown at SFO, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom welcomed Sir Richard, and the Governor. Following the celebration at SFO, the SFO-YYZ flight continued on to Toronto. Read more.


Mayor Issues Soda Free Summer Proclamation

Mayor Issues Soda Free Summer Proclamation Urges all City residents to ‘Rethink Your Drink’ and go soda-free this summer.

Mayor Gavin Newsom today issued a proclamation declaring this summer, through August 2010, as a Soda Free Summer , and encouraged all San Franciscans to opt for healthy alternatives to calorically sweetened beverages. For the past three years, the Soda Free Summer Campaign has sought to increase awareness about the health impacts of drinking sugar-sweetened beverages, address the public health crisis of obesity, inactivity, and poor nutrition, and promote the Mayor’s fitness challenge Shape Up San Francisco .

“San Francisco has some of the best water in the world,” said Mayor Newsom. “Grab a reusable bottle, and fill it up. You’re being good to your body, your pocket book and the environment all at once.” Read more

Mayor kicks off "San Francisco Week" at Shanghai World Expo

Mayor kicks off "San Francisco Week" at Shanghai World Expo San Francisco Is Only City in the United States with “Official Participant Status”; San Francisco Showcases Cultural Icons and “Green & Sustainable” Business Practices

Mayor Gavin Newsom officially kicked off “San Francisco Week” at the 2010 World Expo by officially opening the San Francisco Exhibit in the Expo’s Urban Best Practices Building.

As Shanghai’s Sister City, San Francisco was asked to participate in the World Expo 2010. San Francisco was named as an “official city participant” in 2009, the only City in the United States to receive this designation. As an official participant, San Francisco has been given the use of a special “city space” in the “Urban Best Practices Building.” Read more


Mayor Announces 1st City Green and Blue Awards Winners

Mayor Announces 1st City Green and Blue Awards Winners Mayor Gavin Newsom offered congratulations to the winners of the first annual City Green & Blue Awards, where city departments and individual city employees were recognized and celebrated for their outstanding leadership in areas of sustainability and climate planning.

“Stewardship of the environment is a commitment that affects every San Franciscan,” said Mayor Newsom. “We are pleased to honor the departments and dedicated individuals for every creative solution they have put to work to increase the livability of our city.” Read more


Mayor Newsom Kicks Off World Cup Celebration

Mayor Newsom Kicks Off World Cup Celebration SF Recreation & Parks & Nonprofit, Corporate Sponsors to Broadcast 14 World Cup Matches Free in Civic Center Plaza June 11 – July 11 for Fans of All Ages

Mayor Gavin Newsom today joined FC Gold Pride’s Marta Vieira da Silva and San Jose Earthquakes’ Ikenna “Ike” Opara to kick off the free, month-long showing of the 2010 World Cup at Civic Center Plaza. Fourteen World Cup matches beginning June 11, and culminating with the finals on July 11, are slated to be broadcast live at no cost to taxpayers over a large-format video screen in the plaza. Free soccer-based activities emphasizing fun and exercise will be provided to all youth participants. A range of food and beverage options for purchase will also be available to event-goers.

“The World Cup brings people from every nation together in our international city to celebrate the thrill of sport and the spirit of competition,” said Mayor Newsom. “There’s no greater sporting event than the World Cup and we hope soccer fans of all ages will come out to City Hall’s front yard to enjoy the games.” Read more

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