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12 posts from September 2010


Mayor Announces $68 Million for Repaving and Infrastructure Improvements

Mayor Newsom Announces $68 Million for Repaving and Infrastructure Improvements Newly-completed Great Streets Project on Leland Avenue is latest example of City’s continued investment in local construction jobs, neighborhood streetscape and paving improvements despite economic recession

San Francisco, CA— Mayor Newsom today announced $68.5 million in new infrastructure and streetscape projects for the current fiscal year 2010-11, leveraging Certificates of Participation (COPs), federal, state and local grants to fund improvements to San Francisco’s public realm. $50.6 million will go into street resurfacing, $5.9 million will go into Great Streets projects and other public realm improvements, $4.7 million will go into sidewalk inspection and repair and street structure improvements, and $7.3 million will go to building curb ramps. The projects together will create at least 450 construction-related jobs.

“Despite the toughest economic environment in generations, San Francisco continues to make record investments and create hundreds of local jobs through our street repair, neighborhood improvements and repaving,” said Mayor Newsom. “Our Great Streets projects, along with transportation, pedestrian, bicycle, and other related streetscape improvements are literally paving the way for a greener, cleaner city and better quality of life in our neighborhoods.” Read more


Mayor Announces Sunday Streets in Western Addition

Sunday Streets in the Western Addition on September 19, 2010 New Sunday Streets route through the Western Addition, North of Panhandle, Lower Fillmore and Japantown neighborhoods on Sunday, September 19th

Mayor Gavin Newsom today announced a new route for Sunday Streets on Sunday, September 19th. San Francisco’s Sunday Streets program explores new communities with a 2.5-mile route through the Western Addition, North of Panhandle, Lower Fillmore and Japantown neighborhoods.

“We are excited to bring this popular event to the Western Addition neighborhood, this time in the center of the City and into one of San Francisco’s most diverse communities to promotes fitness, build community, and use our streets in a whole new way,” said Mayor Newsom. “Come out on Sunday and see for yourselves the remarkable transformation of Kimball Athletic Fields and Hamilton Rec Center.”

Sunday’s event is the eighth of the nine scheduled for 2010. Like previous Sunday Streets, this event promises a full day of activities for participants of all ages and abilities. Due to enthusiastic involvement from the community, there are a number of special activities that are unique to the Western Addition event. Read more

For more information visit: sundaystreetssf.com


Major Bond Rating Agencies Affirm San Francisco's Strong Credit

Major Bond Rating Agencies Affirm San Francisco's Strong Credit Moody’s, Standard and Poor’s, and Fitch Ratings affirm San Francisco’s credit ratings of Aa1, AA and AA, respectively, one of the highest of any county in California

Mayor Gavin Newsom today welcomed the affirmation of bond ratings for the City and County of San Francisco by Moody’s Investors Service (Moody’s), Standard & Poor’s (S&P), and Fitch Ratings (Fitch). The bond rating affirmations were released by the rating agencies in connection with the City’s upcoming sale of approximately $135 million certificates of participation (COP) to refund four COP transactions for debt service savings.

Moody’s, S&P, and Fitch each recently affirmed the City’s Aa1, AA, and AA credit rating, respectively, on the City’s general obligation bonds and rated Aa2, AA-, and AA-, respectively, the City’s upcoming refunding COP transaction. The ratings reflect the one-notch distinction between general obligation bonds and general fund-secured lease obligations. Moody’s, S&P, and Fitch also maintained their rating outlooks. Read more.


Mayor Announces New Open Data Legislation to Improve Transparency

Mayor Newsom Announces New Open Data Legislation to Improve Transparency First APPNation Conference highlights San Francisco as center of fast-growing app economy.

Mayor Gavin Newsom today joined regional and national app developers at the inaugural APPNation Conference to announce new open data legislation. The new “OpenGov” legislation aims to enhance open government, transparency, and accountability by requiring City agencies and departments to provide permanent data sources.

“San Francisco’s world class technology community will take City data we collect and develop new and innovative applications that will serve the public better and transform government,” said Mayor Newsom. “This new legislation not only fundamentally changes how we think about City government departments and the data they collect, but also leverages existing resources to improve the quality of life, stimulate industry and even create jobs in the booming software application industry.”

In 2009, Mayor Newsom issued an Open Data Executive Directive requiring City departments to make all non-confidential datasets under their authority available on DataSF.org, the city’s one stop web site for government data. More than 50 applications have been created from the City’s data (including Routesy, SFPark, CrimeMapping and Mom Maps) and are featured in the DataSF App Showcase (datasf.org/showcase). There are dozens more in the pipeline. Read more.


Mayor Pledges San Francisco's Support for San Bruno Residents

Mayor Newsom Pledges San Francisco's Support for San Bruno Residents At today’s meeting of the San Francisco Disaster Council, Mayor Gavin Newsom and City public safety officials pledged San Francisco’s continued full support and resources to ongoing response and recovery efforts for San Bruno residents impacted by last night’s explosion and fire.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who lost their lives or who have been injured and displaced by the San Bruno disaster,” said Mayor Newsom. “San Francisco will continue to fully assist and provide mutual aid and recovery to the people of San Bruno. I would also like to extend my gratitude to the men and women of the San Francisco Fire Department, emergency crews, doctors and nurses who responded immediately with mutual aid last night, and for their continued support in the days ahead.”

Following a mutual regional aid request last night, the San Francisco Fire Department sent 12 suppression units to the scene, and San Francisco International Airport provided 3 fire suppression units within minutes of the disaster. Many of the injured San Bruno residents were taken to San Francisco hospitals for care and treatment. A full briefing of mutual aid support and ongoing recovery efforts was provided at the regularly scheduled Disaster Council meeting at City Hall.