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13 posts from August 2010


San Francisco Achieves 77% Landfill Diversion Rate, the Highest of Any U.S. City

San Francisco Recycle Bin City’s Aggressive Recycling Program Also Creating Jobs & Stimulating Growth of New “Green Economy”

Mayor Gavin Newsom today announced that San Francisco achieved 77 percent landfill diversion rates, surpassing the goal of 75 percent landfill diversion by 2010 and setting national recycling rate records, the highest of any city in the United States. New statistics show that the City is up from 72 percent landfill diversion from the year before.

The figures compiled by the City’s Environment Department for 2008 show that San Francisco diverted just over 1.6 million tons of material—double the weight of the Golden Gate Bridge—through recycling, composting and re-use. Of this only 560,000 tons went to landfill, the lowest disposal on record.

“San Francisco is showing once again that doing good for our environment also means doing right by our economy and local job creation,” said Mayor Newsom. “For a growing number of people, recycling provides the dignity of a paycheck in tough economic times. The recycling industry trains and employs men and women in local environmental work that can’t be outsourced and sent overseas, creating ten times as many jobs as sending material to landfills.” Read more.


City Announces State Grant for Affordable Housing in Mission Bay

Mayor Newsom Announces State Grant For Affordable Housing in Mission Bay California Department of Housing & Community Development Names Mission Bay a Model for Sustainable Development & Establishes Mission Bay as a Priority for Future State and Federal Funding

Mayor Gavin Newsom today announced that the Mission Bay redevelopment project has been designated as one of 5 Gold Level “California Catalyst Communities” by the California Department of Housing Community Development (HCD) and will receive a $1,350,000 state grant. The Catalyst Community designation, part of HCD’s California Sustainable Strategies Pilot Program, is given to communities that are models of sustainable development and demonstrate a commitment to increasing housing supply and affordability, improving the link between jobs and housing, stimulating job creation and enhancing transportation choices. The City will receive $1,350,000 to support affordable housing in Mission Bay. This designation establishes Mission Bay as a priority for future State and Federal funding. Read more.


Mayor Launches New Anti-Truancy Partnership

MayorNewsom Launches New Anti-Truancy Partnership Mayor Gavin Newsom today launched a new citywide anti-truancy education campaign in partnership with local small businesses to combat truancy among San Francisco students. Joined by Superintendent Carlos Garcia and Board of Education Vice President Hydra Mendoza, today’s launch focused on the lower 24 th Street small business corridor in the Mission District and will soon be implemented in small businesses corridors citywide.

“Combating truancy and chronic absences through an aggressive, focused and coordinated effort must be our shared priority this school year,” said Mayor Newsom. “By enlisting the help of small businesses, merchants and the entire community to keep kids in school, we can close the ‘graduation gap’ and help our students succeed for the future.” Read more.


Mayor Newsom's Video Update

Mayor Newsom's Video Update: August 18, 2010 Mayor Newsom highlights three economic redevelopment projects signed within the last few weeks: Hunters Point Redevelopment Project, Transbay Transit Center & Treasure Island project in addition to the opening of Blick Arts Materials and SF Arts Market in Central Market this week.

Watch now on YouTube.


Mayor Announces Sunday Streets on August 22nd

Penguins to Penguins route from the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park to the San Francisco Zoo on Ocean Beach on Sunday, August 22nd

San Francisco Golden Gate Park Mayor Gavin Newsom today announced the return of Sunday Streets on Great Highway on Sunday, August 22nd. Reprising the popular Penguins to Penguins theme with a 4.5-mile route that runs the nearly the entire length of JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park, Sunday Streets on Great Highway connects the existing Sunday car-free area to MLK Drive to Ocean Beach along the Great Highway from Lincoln to Sloat Boulevards.

“Since 2008, San Francisco has produced 14 successful Sunday Streets events to activate our neighborhoods and communities in a unique and fun way to promote healthy active lifestyles. San Francisco has produced more car-free events than any other major city,” said Mayor Newsom. “These events are collaborations between City agencies, non-profit partners, sponsors, and community leaders to showcase each neighborhood’s Sunday Streets route, and this weekend’s event highlights many of the unique features and institutions on the Westside of our City including our world class Golden Gate Park and zoo.” Read more.