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14 posts from July 2010


Mayor Signs Balanced Budget for 2010-11

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom Signs Balanced Budget for 2010-11 Mayor Gavin Newsom today signed a balanced budget for San Francisco’s 2010-2011 fiscal year that invests in jobs, protects public safety, and preserves the City’s social safety net for the most vulnerable – without new general tax increases. The City’s final $6.55 billion balanced budget closes the once-projected $482.7 million deficit through City government efficiencies and reforms and significant public employee union concessions.

“Once again, San Francisco has shown that by working together, we can balance our budget without new taxes, while still making vital investments in job creation, public safety, education and vital public health and family services,” said Mayor Newsom. “Working together with the Board of Supervisors and through strong partnerships with our public employee unions, we have prevented police and firefighter layoffs, invested in our roads and parks, restored funding to children and family services and protected innovative education initiatives. I extend my gratitude to Board President David Chiu and Supervisor John Avalos, Chair of the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee, for their stewardship and dedication throughout the budget process, and I salute our public employee unions for their leadership in ensuring our budget protects and serves all San Franciscans.” Read more.


Mayor Newsom's Video Update

Mayor Newsom's YouTube Update: July 26, 2010 Mayor Newsom discusses the 20th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act, Improvements in MUNI ontime performance, success of the JobsNow! program, and answers questions received by Twitter.

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Mayor Commemorates 20th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act

Mayor Newsom Commemorates 20th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act Mayor Gavin Newsom today commemorated the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in San Francisco City Hall with a day of community-building and celebration.

July 26th marks the 20th Anniversary of the signing of the ADA, the first of its kind legislation that ensures access to people with disabilities in employment, public accommodations, telecommunications and the civic arena. Among many of the celebrations taking place nationwide on this day, Mayor Newsom kicked off the San Francisco celebration, which featured video greetings from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Congresswoman Jackie Speier, and disability rights activist Judy Heumann, two-way blogging stations, an array of educational “micro-workshops,” voter registration, and a disability-themed film festival at the San Francisco Main Library. Read more.


Mayor Highlights Success of JobsNow Program

Mayor Newsom Highlights Success of JobsNow Program Successful Federal Stimulus Program That Has Put 3,620 San Franciscans Back to Work Will End September 30 Without Congressional Extension

Mayor Newsom and the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce today co-hosted a breakfast reception to celebrate the achievements of the JOBS NOW! program and to recognize the hundreds of employers, employees and supporters who have made the program a success.

“For all those who seek the dignity of work and pride of a paycheck, a jobless economic recovery is no recovery at all. I see the human face of this lingering recession with families struggling to make ends meet everyday,” said Mayor Newsom. “The JOBS NOW! program is putting San Franciscans back to work now, boosting our local economic recovery efforts, and giving our City’s families the hope for a better future in these challenging times. We have to work together to see it continued.” Read more,


Mayor and Police Chief Announce Drop in S.F. Violent Crime Rate

San Francisco Mayor Newsom and Police Chief Gascon Announce Drop in Violent Crime Rate Latest Six Month Statistics Continue Historic Drop in Crime Rate Since 2008

Mayor Gavin Newsom today joined Police Chief George Gascón to discuss the first half year accomplishments of the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) and the continued drop in the total violent crime rate in the first six months of 2010.

From January through June of 2010, the total violent crime rate has dropped 20% from 2008, and 10% from 2009.

“The results demonstrate our commitment to making San Francisco the safest big city in America,” said Mayor Newsom. “We reduce crime through the use of innovative strategies and by working collaboratively with the diverse communities that we serve. I want to commend Chief Gascón and the men and women in our police force who serve on the frontlines of crimefighting and prevention every day.” Read more.