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12 posts from January 2011

01/21/2011

Mayor Lee Announces $18M HUD Grants to Combat Homelessness

Mayor Lee Announces $18M HUD Grants to Combat Homelessness Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded San Francisco $18.7 million in HUD’s Continuum of Care grants to fund a wide variety of programs from street outreach and assessment programs to transitional and permanent housing for individuals and families experiencing homelessness. The HUD Continuum of Care grants are awarded competitively to local programs to meet the needs of their homeless clients, and this year, 51 San Francisco-based organizations and programs received grant awards.

“In the last seven years, San Francisco moved in a new direction on efforts to end homelessness, helping thousands of people get off the streets and into supportive housing and services instead,” said Mayor Lee. “These grants from HUD demonstrate the Obama Administration’s commitment to cities and will help San Francisco continue to make real progress helping people and combating chronic homelessness.” Read more.

01/19/2011

Mayor Lee Appoints City Team to Deliver America's Cup

San Francisco Commits to host 34th America's Cup Mayor Establishes America’s Cup Executive Steering Committee to Oversee City’s Role and Responsibilities for Event that will Deliver More than $1 Billion in Economic Activity & Thousands of Jobs

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced his first Mayoral Executive Directive officially establishing the management structure to effectively coordinate the City’s efforts to host the 34th America’s Cup in San Francisco in 2013. The Executive Directive creates the America’s Cup Executive Steering Committee to make all necessary investments in time and resources into making sure that the full potential benefits of the race come to fruition. The America’s Cup Executive Steering Committee reports directly to the Mayor and will consist of the Executive Directors of the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD), the Port of San Francisco, and the Department of Public Works.

“San Francisco came together to win the 34th America’s Cup, and now we are coming together to make good on our commitments to deliver an extraordinary event for sailing, for spectators and for the City’s economy,” said Mayor Lee. “The America’s Cup Executive Steering Committee will partner closely with the America’s Cup Event Authority and the San Francisco America’s Cup Organizing Committee to bring to San Francisco an amazing event that will transform our waterfront and draw the attention of the world.” Read more

01/14/2011

2011 Homeless Count - Volunteers Needed

2011 Homeless Count - Volunteers Needed Save the date! San Francisco’s next bi-annual count of homeless persons will take place on Thursday, January 27, 2011 from 7pm to 12am. The count will begin with a one-hour training that takes place from 7-8pm. The homeless count is a volunteer-driven, community-wide effort coordinated by the San Francisco Human Services Agency (HSA). Volunteers are needed to assist with several different aspects of the count (see “roles” below).

Why does San Francisco count its homeless, and how will this information be used? All cities and counties receiving federal funding to provide housing and services for the homeless are required to conduct a bi-annual count of homeless persons living in the street and in shelters and other programs during the final week of January 2011. This information helps the federal government better understand the nature and extent of homelessness nationwide. Locally, the homeless count helps inform the allocation of resources for services to help the homeless, and provides a means of measuring the impact of homeless programs and services.

What will happen during the count? On the night of the count teams of volunteers will cover assigned routes, counting homeless individuals observed on the street across the city. Depending on the area, some volunteers will walk, and some will drive. Read more.

01/11/2011

Board Appoints Edwin M. Lee New S.F. Mayor

Board Appoints Ed Lee New S.F. Mayor Edwin M. Lee was sworn in today as the 43rd Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco. The former City Administrator, Lee was appointed unanimously as successor mayor by the Board of Supervisors to fill the remaining year of former Mayor Gavin Newsom's term, who was sworn in as California's Lieutenant Governor on Monday. Lee is the first Asian-American mayor in San Francisco history.

"I am profoundly humbled by the confidence placed in me today and energized by this historic opportunity to serve the people of our great City as mayor," said Mayor Lee. "Today, on behalf of all San Franciscans, let us come together as a City to bridge that which may divide us and meet the challenges of governing in these difficult times."

In 2010, Mayor Lee was appointed to a second term as City Administrator by Mayor Newsom and his appointment was confirmed unanimously by the Board of Supervisors. As City Administrator, Mayor Lee spearheaded government efficiency measures and reforms that reduced the size and cost of government, from reducing the vehicle fleet to consolidating departments and back office functions to save tax dollars.  He implemented the City's move to cleaner vehicles and an infrastructure to support electric vehicles and green City government.  Mayor Lee also developed and oversaw implementation of the City's first ever Ten Year Capital Plan to guide our capital priorities and infrastructure investment. Read more.

01/10/2011

George Gascon Named New S.F. District Attorney

George Gascon Named as District Attorney Mayor Gavin Newsom today appointed Police Chief George Gascón as San Francisco’s District Attorney.

“As Police Chief, George Gascón has brought continued reform and accountability to the police department, introduced innovative crime prevention strategies and helped bring violent crime in our City to historic lows,” said Mayor Newsom. “I am very proud today to appoint George Gascón as our City’s top law enforcement officer to complete the term of Kamala Harris and bring that same spirit of accountability, innovation and collaboration to the District Attorney’s office.”

“I am profoundly honored by this opportunity to serve the people of San Francisco as District Attorney,” said District Attorney Gascón. “Together, with the hardworking attorneys and professional staff of the District Attorney’s office, we will bring criminals to justice, continue the innovative efforts begun under Kamala Harris and ensure new levels of cooperation between police and prosecutors.”