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14 posts from July 2010

07/16/2010

Mayor Newsom Unveils Better Streets Plan

San Francisco Mayor Newsom Unveils Better Streets Plan Announcement comes as City wraps up the Valencia Great Streets Project

Mayor Gavin Newsom today unveiled the final draft of the Better Streets Plan (BSP), a plan that provides for the first time, a unified set of standards and guidelines governing the design of all city streets. The BSP calls for a fundamental rethinking of how the City designs, builds and maintains city streets, while emphasizing transit, cycling and walking.

“The Better Streets Plan incorporates sustainable design to make our streets safer and more welcoming, and seeks to transform our streetscapes and enhance our neighborhood quality of life,” said Mayor Newsom. “We need only look to Valencia Street, Divisadero Street and other projects to see the profound positive impact these streetscape improvements can have on our neighborhoods. I commend all those involved in the drafting of this plan for their work.” Read more.

07/14/2010

San Francisco Named Top Bay Area City for Solar Power

Mayor Gavin Newsom today announced that the City and County of San Francisco was named the number one city in the Bay Area for newly installed photovoltaic solar technology. The Northern California Solar Energy Association (NorCal Solar) made the announcement at its City/County Solar Awards Celebration. San Jose was named second in the use of solar technology, and Santa Rosa, third.

“San Francisco is lighting the way with solar power,” said Mayor Newsom. “Solar power will reduce greenhouse gases, grow our green economy, and lead the state towards a future of clean, renewable energy.”

San Francisco Named Top Bay Area City for Solar Power Currently, San Francisco has nearly 2,000 individual solar installations that generate almost 9 megawatts of clean, renewable electricity, enough energy to power 9,000 residences.

"San Francisco’s ‘Go Solar SF’ program proves that going green just requires the will and proper incentives to make it happen," said San Francisco Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting, who accepted the award on behalf of the City.  "By creating the largest municipal solar incentive program in the country, San Francisco has been able to triple its solar buildings and double its solar energy."

NorCal Solar is a non-profit educational organization whose mission is to accelerate the use of solar energy technology.  It serves as an important link between consumers, government, and the solar industry.  NorCal Solar created the City/County Solar Awards to raise public awareness about the benefits of solar technology and develop a spirit of friendly competition between municipalities.        

For more information on the Northern California Solar Energy Association please visit: www.norcalsolar.org 

City Announces Funds for Low and Moderate Income Homebuyers

City Announces Funds for Low and Moderate Income Homebuyers Mayor Newsom Announces Down Payment Assistance Loan Program (DALP) Funds Available August 1st For First Time Low And Moderate Income San Francisco Homebuyers

Mayor Gavin Newsom announced today that the Mayor’s Office of Housing will once again begin taking applications for down payment assistance loans beginning August 1st. The DALP is a revolving loan fund that assists low and moderate income first time homebuyers in purchasing market rate homes in San Francisco. Last year, due to overwhelming demands on the fund, the Mayor’s Office of Housing temporarily restricted available funds to only those purchasing properties through short sales or in foreclosure. Because of repayments into the fund, the Mayor’s Office of Housing will once again make down payment assistance loans to anyone who qualifies purchasing any market rate single-family unit in San Francisco.

“Owning a home in San Francisco need no longer be a dream out of reach for hundreds of low and middle income families,” said Mayor Newsom. “Our down payment assistance loan program can help families achieve homeownership at a time when homes in San Francisco are more affordable than at any time in recent memory.” Read more.

Mayor and SFMTA Announce Record Muni On-Time Performance

Mayor and SFMTA Announce Record Muni On-Time Performance On-Time Performance Reaches 75.0% for the 3rd Quarter of FY09-10

Mayor Gavin Newsom and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which operates the Municipal Railway (Muni), today announced that Muni achieved its highest-ever quarterly on-time performance (OTP) rate—75.0 percent—for the third quarter of Fiscal Year (FY) 2009-2010, which was January through March 2010. This OTP rate for the third quarter of FY 2010 follows 73 percent and 72 percent OTP rates for the first and second quarters of the fiscal year respectively. This is the highest OTP percentage recorded at the SFMTA.

“In the face of the most difficult budget crunch in generations, Muni managed to hit a high water mark for on-time performance,” said Mayor Newsom. “San Franciscans are the beneficiaries of a more reliable transit system. We won’t stop working to improve Muni until we restore 100 percent of service and achieve even better on-time numbers, but this piece of good news is welcome.” Read more.

07/13/2010

San Francisco and City Carshare Team up to Reduce City Fleet

San Francisco and City Carshare Team up to Reduce City Fleet New Partnership to Provide City Employees with City CarShare Vehicles for Official Use

Mayor Gavin Newsom today announced that in a continuing effort to lower city costs and carbon emissions, the City has partnered with the nonprofit car sharing organization City CarShare, to provide city employees with vehicles for official use. City staff will be encouraged to use City CarShare for short trips when teleconferencing, walking, bicycling, or public transportation is not viable.

The City entered into the agreement with City CarShare to maintain a smaller vehicle fleet and reduce costs by eliminating the need to purchase new vehicles. The City’s fleet, excluding emergency response vehicles and equipment, has been reduced by nearly 17 percent in the last five years. Read more