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14 posts from November 2010


First Winter Spare the Air Alert of the Season Issued for December 1, 2010

First Winter Spare the Air Alert of the Season Issued for December 1, 2010
The first official Winter Spare the Air Alert of the season is in effect TOMORROW, Wednesday, December 1st. Burning wood, firelogs, pellets, or any other solid fuels in your fireplace, woodstove, or other wood-burning device is illegal. Visit   http://www.sparetheair.org/Make-a-Difference/Spare-the-Air-Every-Day/Winter.aspx for more information.


Mayor Announces ShopSF Holiday Incentive Program

Mayor Announces ShopSF Holiday Incentive Program

Return of Highly Successful Shop SF, Get More Holiday Incentive Program Offers Bay Area Residents Discounts to Local Restaurants, Shopping Destinations, and Public Transportation to Get There

Today, Mayor Gavin Newsom launched the City’s Shop SF, Get More incentive program this winter for San Francisco and Bay Area residents at the Market Street Association’s 3rd Annual Snowflakes on Market lighting ceremony.  The snowflake lights decorate each pole on Market Street from 2nd to 6th Street for everyone to enjoy. A number of Market Street improvements are being made from investments from the private and public sectors including the property owners, merchants and community benefit districts along Market Street. 

“We’re working together to give a lift to our local businesses and employers this holiday season and help drive our local economic recovery,” said Mayor Newsom. “Whether you’re shopping in Union Square or our neighborhood small businesses, Shop SF, Get More showcases our City’s world-class dining, museums, events, attractions, and hotels.” Read more.


Mayor Signs Innovative Open Data Legislation

Mayor Signs Innovative Open Data Legislation New Ordinance Promotes Accountability & Transparency, Fosters Application Development by Private Sector

Mayor Gavin Newsom today signed a first-of-its-kind open data law requiring San Francisco’s City departments and agencies to post certain types of data sets to a publicly accessible portal at www.DataSF.org , codifying and cementing progress made under an executive directive in 2009. The open data ordinance passed the Board of Supervisors unanimously on Tuesday, and today Mayor Newsom invited new media and technology leaders to City Hall for a signing ceremony to celebrate this expansion of an important accountability measure for City government.

“San Francisco once again demonstrates what it means to be on the cutting edge of government openness and transparency,” said Mayor Newsom. “By making data sets publicly available, we’re forging valuable public-private partnerships with app developers and making City services easier to access for our residents.” Read more.

Mayor Announces New Funding for Green Collar Job Training Program

Mayor Announces New Funding for Green Collar Job Training Program Collaborative New Partnership and Funding Aims to Create Over 2,500 Green Jobs in California

Mayor Gavin Newsom joined Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tom Steyer, Co-Managing Partner of Farallon Capital Management, to announce a $250,000 donation to create the California Advanced Lighting Controls Training Program (CALCTP), a public and private collaboration of statewide utilities, University of California at Davis, the community college system, and electrical workers and contractors that will provide hands-on green jobs training. The event took place at Levi’s Global Headquarters where significant energy efficiency building retrofits were a result of green jobs training.

“The effort to repeal or delay AB 32, California’s landmark and clean energy law, would have been an economic and environmental policy disaster for California,” said Mayor Newsom. “Thank you to Tom Steyer for his leadership in defending AB 32 and for his generous investment in green jobs training and putting people back to work. California’s economic future is one of green jobs and clean energy, and we should remain focused on continuing to reduce our reliance on foreign oil, develop clean energy resources, and grow our green economy.” Read more.


Mayor Launches Installation Of New Citywide Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

Mayor Launches Installation Of New Citywide Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure New Partnerships and Funding Already Making Bay Area a National Demonstration Project for Promise of Electric Vehicles

Mayor Gavin Newsom and the Port of San Francisco today joined Coulomb Technologies and MasterCard PayPass to begin installation of the first new electric plug-in vehicles (EV) charging stations in San Francisco with contactless payments. Located at Priority Parking’s parking location on Pier 27, the two EV charging stations are part of the ChargePoint America program that will allow EV drivers in the Bay Area to pay for parking and charging their electric cars quickly and conveniently by simply tapping their MasterCard PayPass card.

“San Francisco is committed to making the Bay Area the center for the EV market, creating new jobs, reducing our reliance on foreign oil, and boosting our green economy,” said Mayor Newsom. “This partnership between Coulomb and MasterCard is another big step forward for Bay Area drivers by providing greater access to EV chargers. Governments, auto manufacturers and regional agencies have stepped up, and together we are already making good on our commitment to make the Bay Area a national demonstration project for electric vehicles.” Read more.