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12 posts from September 2010


City Announces $7.9 Million Federal Grant to Improve Broadband Technology Access

San Francisco Announces $7.9 Million Federal Grant to Improve Broadband Technology Access San Francisco’s most vulnerable populations will benefit from a broad-reaching stimulus fund grant

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and Mayor Newsom today announced award of the $7.9 million Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) competitive grant to increase access to technology. Entitled the San Francisco Community Broadband Opportunity Program (SF CBOP), the project is part of a nation-wide effort to increase sustainable adoption of high-speed Internet applications and encourage subscribership to broadband services. The program will provide extensive training, computers, and broadband connections throughout San Francisco, through partnering organizations, including senior centers, adult day and supportive housing sites, after school programs, youth organizations, digital media partners, and City College of San Francisco.

“San Francisco is at the center of the information and communications revolution that is changing the world, but too many people still don’t have access to broadband technology,” said Mayor Newsom. “I would like to thank Secretary Locke and the NTIA for their vision in awarding this grant, and Speaker Pelosi for her support and leadership.” Read more.


Mayor and Supervisors Introduce Agreement to Host America's Cup in San Francisco

28sept10_americas_cup_logo San Francisco – Mayor Gavin Newsom, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi and other members of the Board of Supervisors today introduced the formal agreement to host the 34th America’s Cup in San Francisco.  The purpose of the agreement, or term sheet, is to set forth essential terms and conditions agreed upon by the America’s Cup Committee of the Golden Gate Yacht Club and the City of San Francisco with the Protocol for the 34th America’s Cup.  If San Francisco is selected to host the 34th America’s Cup, the term sheet provides a framework for promptly negotiating a legally binding Host City Agreement and establishing the terms and conditions under which the San Francisco would be prepared to host the America’s Cup event, subject to all necessary approvals and environmental review required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). In addition to Mayor Newsom, Board of Supervisors President Chiu and Supervisor Mirkarimi, the agreement was also initially co-sponsored by Supervisors Michela Alioto-Pier, Carmen Chu, Bevan Dufty, and Sophie Maxwell.
“We believe there’s no better place on earth than San Francisco Bay to defend the America’s Cup and bring millions of new fans from around the world to the oldest international sailing competition,” said Mayor Newsom. “This agreement establishes the strong partnership between the City, the BMW Oracle Racing Team and the entire community if San Francisco is fortunate to be selected as the Host City for the 34th America’s Cup. The entire City and State of California are united behind bringing the America’s Cup – and all the economic benefits, jobs and excitement that come with it – to San Francisco.” Read more.

City Announces $3 Million Grant to Improve College Graduation Rates

City of San Francisco Announces $3 Million Grant to Improve College Graduation Rates Mayor Gavin Newsom today announced that San Francisco is one of four U.S. cities awarded a $3 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the National League of Cities to fund innovative proposals to boost college completion rates. The grants are part of the Communities Learning in Partnership initiative, which is led by the National League of Cities’ Institute for Youth, Education and Families.

The City and County of San Francisco, City College of San Francisco (CCSF), and the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) will receive $3 million over the next three years to align expectations between high school and college, strengthen data systems, and coordinate student services. Last year, the City, CCSF, and SFUSD created the “Bridge to Success” partnership that brought together the Mayor’s Office, SFUSD and CCSF leaders to devise new ways of helping more students successfully complete an education beyond high school. Implementing those steps and achieving those benchmarks will be the focus of the grant-funded effort. Read more.


Mayor Announces First Annual Central Market Arts Festival

Mayor Newsom Announces First Annual Central Market Arts Festival 3-Week Festival to Highlight Arts and Culture in the Central Market Area

Mayor Gavin Newsom announced the kick-off weekend for the new Central Market Arts Festival which premieres in Mint Plaza this Friday at noon and continues over three weeks in satellite locations that showcase arts and culture establishments in the area. The arts festival is part of a comprehensive effort to catalyze arts and culture establishments on Market Street between 5 th and 9 th Streets, cultivating the area as a destination spot for both tourists and local arts patrons.

“We are excited to highlight the incredible resources in our City’s arts community and continue cultivating Central Market as a premier venue for arts and cultural organizations in San Francisco,” said Mayor Newsom. “Our intention is for the Central Market Arts Festival to become an annual event and for it to serve as another piece of the City and the community’s work to revitalize the area.” Read more.


Mayor Announces City Incentives For Local JobsNow! Program

Mayor Newsom Announces City Incentives For Local JobsNow! Program City to offer local version of Jobs NOW! to incentivize private sector employment, boost local economy if Congress fails to extend successful federal stimulus-funded program set to expire September 30th.

Mayor Gavin Newsom and San Francisco Human Services Agency (HSA) Director Trent Rhorer today announced new local incentives and private sector wage subsidies to continue a modified version of the highly successful Jobs NOW! program – which has put more than 4,100 San Francisco parents back to work – if Congress fails to extend stimulus funding for subsidized employment programs by September 30th. If Congress allows funding for Jobs NOW! and similar programs around the country to expire, nearly a quarter million low-income Americans will be at risk of unemployment come October 1st.

“Economists may tell us the recession is technically over, but a jobless economic recovery is no recovery at all to parents out-of-work,” said Mayor Newsom. “Jobs NOW! has subsidized thousands of private sector jobs so we can offer people the dignity of a paycheck and a job instead of unemployment. We still call on Congress to extend this highly successful federal stimulus program, but if Washington won’t act, San Francisco will step up to offer new local incentives for private sector employers to keep people working and our economy growing.” Read more.