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13 posts from August 2010


Mayor Announces $50 Million Grant for New Public Safety Network

Mayor Newsom Announces $50 Million Grant for New Public Safety Network The U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and Mayor Newsom today announced the award of a $50.6 million grant to build a broadband communications network for Bay Area public safety agencies.  This network is one the first of its kind in the nation to be built utilizing the 700MHz spectrum, recently vacated by television stations.

The grant will fund the Bay Area Wireless Enhanced Broadband (BayWEB) project, which will provide Bay Area emergency responders with a dedicated and prioritized broadband communications system.  The system will allow fire, police and other public safety officials to transmit information more quickly and efficiently, during both day-to-day operations and major emergencies.  For example, new broadband applications can enable responders to view the layout of a burning building before entering it or transmit video images from an accident scene.

“When a major earthquake or disaster strikes next in the Bay Area, a regional, secure and dedicated communications network for our first responders will literally save lives, prevent further damage and protect public health and safety,” said Mayor Newsom. “I am proud that, working together with cities and our public safety and law enforcement agencies throughout the region, the Bay Area will now be one of the nation’s first regions to deploy this innovative emergency broadband communications network.”

Treasure Island Transfer Agreement Signed

Mayor Newsom Signs Treasure Island Transfer Agreement Transfer of Treasure Island to San Francisco will clear way for environmentally sustainable development project, create thousands of permanent and construction jobs.

Mayor Gavin Newsom, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus today signed the terms for the conveyance of former Naval Station Treasure Island from the Navy to the City. The terms of the agreement include a guaranteed payment to the Navy of $55 million followed by an interim payment of another $50 million, plus an additional share of potential further profits. The agreement also requires the inclusion of transactional protections customary in the private sector for these types of transactions. Led by Speaker Pelosi, the terms of the transfer were solidified in the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act. Read more.


Mayor Participates in Groundbreaking of Transbay Transit Center

Mayor Newsom Participates in Groundbreaking of Transbay Transit Center Speaker Pelosi, Secretary LaHood, Mayor Newsom and Other Dignitaries Participate in Transbay Transit Center Ceremony

Today Federal, State and local officials joined together with the Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA) and their honored guests to officially break ground on the Transbay Transit Center –the northern terminus for the California High Speed Rail system and a multi-modal facility that will accommodate eleven transit operators and serve more than 45 million passengers a year.

“Today, in breaking ground on the Transbay Transit Center, we are opening a new chapter in that history of progress,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi said. “We are coming together to create jobs and revitalize our economy, and we are laying the first building blocks of a new ‘Grand Central Station of the West." Read more.


City Launches Full Implementation Of Bicycle Plan

San Francisco Launches Full Implementation Of Bicycle Plan San Francisco’s bike plan moves forward to increase safe bicycle use in the City

Mayor Gavin Newsom today joined City Attorney Dennis Herrera, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) to launch the first San Francisco Bicycle Plan project. The project follows Friday’s order by the San Francisco Superior Court that lifted its 2006 injunction preventing the City from implementing portions of the plan. The SFMTA has announced its aggressive plan to move forward on 45 of the 60 near-term bicycle projects as part of the full Bicycle Plan that will invest in and implement bicycle facility improvements, educational efforts and innovative policies and programs to increase safe bicycle use in San Francisco. The 60 near-term projects will add 31 miles to the existing 48 miles of bike lanes in the City, an increase of 64 percent.

“Today we are on our way to becoming America’s best city for cycling,” said Mayor Newsom. “San Francisco is a proven leader in promoting bicycling as a healthy and environmentally sustainable transportation alternative. I want to commend the stewardship of City Attorney Dennis Herrera and SFMTA for their efforts in the lifting of the bicycle plan injunction so we can move forward. Bicycling has increased 34 percent since last year and I know that with a safer and more inviting bike network, more and more San Franciscans will start bicycling.” Read more.


Mayor Unveils Monumental Raygun Gothic Rocketship Sculpture

Mayor Newsom Unveils Monumental Raygun Gothic Rocketship Sculpture. Photograph by Steve Rhodes. San Francisco, CA—Mayor Gavin Newsom today joined the Black Rock Arts Foundation (BRAF) and the Port of San Francisco to celebrate the unveiling of Raygun Gothic Rocketship, a 40-foot-tall sculpture created by a team of Bay Area artists lead by Sean Orlando, Nathaniel Taylor, and David Shulman. The Rocketship, poised as if to board passengers for a typical run to a nearby stellar destination, will remain at the Pier 14 Tidal Plaza, at the base of Mission Street, on the Embarcadero for a 14-month temporary exhibition.

The 40-foot-tall artwork offers a retro-futuristic, highly-stylized vision of space travel circa 1930’s-1940’s science fiction and is the latest in a series of temporary public art exhibitions sponsored by BRAF to enliven and activate public spaces. The sculpture will be accompanied by a companion piece, the Rocket Stop designed by Alan Rorie, which tells the story of the Rocketship’s exploits, providing route, schedule and other information. The installation will be illuminated for nighttime viewing.

“We are very proud to have the work of local artists of this caliber represented along San Francisco’s iconic waterfront,” said Mayor Gavin Newsom. “Sean, Nathaniel, and David’s Raygun Gothic Rocketship is an important piece of our City’s strong temporary public art program that adds an important vibrancy and a vitality to our public spaces.”

“We at the Port are charged with creating opportunities for residents and visitors alike to connect with San Francisco’s spectacular waterfront,” said Port Executive Director Monique Moyer. “As the third in a series of large-scale sculptures to be installed temporarily at Pier 14, we are confident that this compelling piece will engage people and enhance their experience of the area. Pier 14 provides a fitting and fantastic backdrop for this whimsical work of art.”

To find out more about this project visit: www.blackrockarts.org/projects/raygun-gothic-rocket

Photograph by Steve Rhodes from flickr