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11 posts from December 2010


Mayor Signs Resolution Adopting Host City Agreement for 34th America’s Cup in S.F.

Mayor Signs Resolution Adopting Host City Agreement for 34th America’s Cup in San Francisco San Francisco Board of Supervisors Unanimously Advances Bid for America’s Cup that Offers Extraordinary Benefits to BMW Oracle Team & Event Authority, the Sport of Sailing and the People of San Francisco.

Mayor Gavin Newsom today signed the resolution adopting the Host City Agreement for the 34th America’s Cup in San Francisco immediately following the Board of Supervisors’ unanimous 11-0 approval of the legislation. The Host City Agreement sets forth binding and essential terms and conditions between the City, the San Francisco America’s Cup Organizing Committee and the America’s Cup Event Authority with the Protocol for the 34th America’s Cup, subject to all necessary approvals and environmental review required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

“Today, with unanimous support, San Francisco has advanced our best possible bid to host the America’s Cup, one that we believe offers extraordinary benefits to the City, the Team and the sport of sailing,” said Mayor Newsom. “With this agreement, San Francisco stands united and committed to delivering the best America’s Cup experience in history, right here in the natural amphitheater of San Francisco Bay. Over these last several months, we have improved our bid through often-tough questions and negotiations, and today I truly believe we offer the Team a partnership and an opportunity for the America’s Cup unmatched anywhere in the world. I want to thank the entire Board of Supervisors and the America’s Cup Organizing Committee for their leadership and unity around this bid, especially President David Chiu, Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi and Mark Buell.” Read more.


SFMTA Report Shows Major Increase in S.F. Bicycle Ridership Over Last 4 Years

SFMTA Report Shows Major Increase in S.F. Bicycle Ridership Over Last 4 Years City Makes Significant Progress in Bike Implementation Plan and Announces Pilot Demonstration December 17 – 18 for New Regional Bike Sharing Program

San Francisco, CA—Today Mayor Gavin Newsom and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which oversees the Municipal Railway (Muni) and all surface transportation in the City, announced increased numbers of people riding bicycles in San Francisco by 58 percent since 2006, according to the Agency’s most recent bike count.

“I’m proud that San Francisco continues to be a leader in promoting bicycling as a healthy, sustainable transportation alternative,” said Mayor Newsom. “With the safer and more inviting bike network we’re creating throughout the City, more and more San Franciscans will start bicycling.”

“The SFMTA is committed to improving bicycling citywide,” said SFMTA Executive Director/CEO Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. “As more and more residents choose to incorporate bicycling into their lives, we will continue to build an innovative and comprehensive bike network.”


Mayor Newsom Announces Opening of Permanent Project Homeless Connect Office

Mayor Newsom Announces Opening of Permanent Project Homeless Connect Office Mayor Gavin Newsom today marked the 37th Project Homeless Connect (PHC) event held at Bill Graham  Civic Auditorium by announcing the opening of a permanent PHC office location at 187 Golden Gate Avenue early next year. The PHC office will provide information and referral services for clients needing assistance navigating the system of care in between the large bi-monthly events.

“Project Homeless Connect has changed the lives of thousands of people on the streets of San Francisco, enlisting thousands of volunteers to connect people in need with services and supportive housing,” said Mayor Newsom. “We’re moving in a different direction on homelessness, putting politics aside in favor of smart policy and measurable outcomes, with a 40% reduction in homelessness on our streets since I’ve been mayor. We must continue to make progress on homelessness, and the new permanent home for Project Homeless Connect will help ensure we keep moving in the right direction.” Read more.


City Powers Up California's Largest Municipal Solar Project

San Francisco Powers Up California's Largest Municipal Solar Project
Mayor Also Challenges City to Commit to Path to 100 Percent Renewable Power and Announces New Grant, Task Force to Develop Plan & Benchmarks

 Mayor Gavin Newsom today announced the completion of California’s largest municipal solar installation, the Sunset Reservoir Solar Project. With nearly 24,000 solar panels installed on top of the North Basin of the Sunset Reservoir, the new array is online and generates up to 5 megawatts daily of clean, 100 percent renewable energy. Over the 25-year lifetime of the project, the Sunset Reservoir will reduce carbon emissions by approximately 80,000 metric tons, while helping to satisfy the diverse clean energy needs of the City’s municipal buildings and facilities.

“With this one project, we are tripling the amount of solar power used by San Francisco’s local government and powering up California’s largest municipal solar array,” said Mayor Newsom. “San Francisco is leading by example towards California’s future of green jobs and a growing economy built on renewable energy and a cleaner environment.” Read more.



Mayor Welcomes City Residents to City Hall Open House

Mayor Welcomes City Residents to City Hall Open House San Francisco to Open City Hall Doors to Public on Sunday, December 12th from 2 – 5 p.m. with Holiday Snow Park, Mobile Zoo & Other Family Activities in Civic Center Plaza

Mayor Gavin Newsom and First Lady Jennifer Siebel Newsom today announced that City Hall will open its doors and offices to the public for the first-ever City Hall Holiday Open House on Sunday, December 12 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Civic Center Plaza will also host families activities this Sunday, including a first-ever children’s snow park and a mobile zoo.

“The holidays are a time for family and friends to gather in celebration of all we have to be thankful for and the new year ahead,” said Mayor Newsom. “This Sunday, Jennifer and I want to invite families from across the City to join us at City Hall in honor of the season at our Holiday Open House.” Read more.