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14 posts from October 2010


Mayor Renominates Ed Lee as City Administrator

Mayor Renominates Ed Lee as City Administrator Mayor Gavin Newsom today renominated Edwin M. Lee as San Francisco’s City Administrator for another term. Ed Lee first begin working for the City and County of San Francisco in 1989 as the Investigator for the City’s first Whistle Blower Ordinance and has since served as the Executive Director of the Human Rights Commission, Director of City Purchasing, and Director of the Department of Public Works before he was first appointed as City Administrator in 2005.

“From making City departments more efficient to greening our City fleet, Ed Lee has served our City tremendously the last five years,” said Mayor Newsom. “I’m proud to nominate him for another term so we can continue the progress we’ve made in long-term capital planning and government reform.” Read more.


City Launches Kindergarten to College Savings Program for Families

City Launches Kindergarten to College Savings Program for Families San Francisco is first city in the nation to launch college savings program for all public school kindergartners

Mayor Gavin Newsom today joined San Francisco leaders to announce the launch of Kindergarten to College (K2C), the nation’s first universal children’s savings account program, designed to put all children on the path to college. The City will open a savings account with an initial seed deposit for every kindergartner entering public school.

K2C aims to increase college aspirations for every child, while helping families get a head start on college savings. Philanthropic foundations will provide cash matches and incentives to encourage families to save. Emerging research shows these accounts can be a cost effective investment to boost academic performance and increase savings and financial literacy. Read more.


State of California Approves Funding for Pier 70

Ariel view of Pier 70 San Francisco
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signs Assembly Bill 1199 into law to allow the Port of San Francisco to proceed with infrastructure improvements along the waterfront in the Pier 70 area.

Mayor Gavin Newsom today praised the signing of Assembly Bill 1199 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger that will provide future funding for parks, infrastructure and rehabilitation of historic resources in the Port of San Francisco’s Pier 70 area. Under the terms of the legislation crafted by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors may approve an infrastructure financing district at Pier 70 to capture projected growth in property tax revenues arising from new development at the site to pay for publicly-oriented site improvements. The Port has developed a Pier 70 Preferred Master Plan that envisions a vibrant, continued ship repair operation, a new National Register Historic District, more than 20 acres of parks and open space and commercial development that will provide 6,000-8,000 jobs. The legislation was supported by a broad, bipartisan coalition of community leaders, labor organizations, business organizations and elected officials. Read more.


Mayor Announces Opening of ChinaSF Beijing Office

Mayor Announces Opening of ChinaSF Beijing Office New San Francisco Office in Beijing is a welcome addition to continued efforts for greater economic ties between China and the United States

Mayor Gavin Newsom today announced the opening of the ChinaSF Beijing office in response to the growing demand for greater business exchanges between the world’s two largest economies – the United States and China.

“As the gateway to the Pacific, ChinaSF builds San Francisco’s history of shared cultural and economic ties with China, and strengthens mutual economic prosperity through enhanced relationships between San Francisco and Chinese businesses,” said Mayor Newsom. “ChinaSF’s business presence in Beijing will truly leverage China’s growing market and innovation for San Francisco’s economy.” Read more.