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12 posts from January 2011


City Welcomes New Members to the Board of Supervisors

City Welcomes New Supervisors The new Supervisors were sworn in on January 8, 2011. The 4 new Supervisors are Mark Farrell, Jane Kim, Scott Wiener and Malia Cohen. The new Board of Supervisors is composed of the following members:

District 1 - Eric Mar
District 2 - Mark Farrell
District 3 - David Chiu
District 4 - Carmen Chu
District 5 - Ross Mirkarimi
District 6 - Jane Kim
District 7 - Sean Elsbernd
District 8 - Scott Wiener
District 9 - David Campos
District 10 - Malia Cohen
District 11 - John Avalos

For more information about the Board of Supervisors, please visit the Board's web site.


City Announces Sunday Streets 2011 Season

City Announces Sunday Streets 2011 Season Mayor Gavin Newsom, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), and Livable City today announced the schedule for the Sunday Streets 2011 Season, featuring monthly events from March through October.

“Since our first pilot on the Embarcadero in 2008, Sunday Streets has opened up miles of City streets, connected our neighborhoods and brought thousands of families and visitors out to play,” said Mayor Newsom. “Sunday Streets 2011 is sure to be another exciting season with new activities, new programs and new neighborhood events.”

Introduced by Mayor Newsom in 2008, Sunday Streets creates a safe, fun, car-free place for people to get out and get active in San Francisco neighborhoods.  The program started with two events in 2008 with a 4.5-mile route from Portsmouth Square in Chinatown along the Embarcadero to the Bayview Opera House on 3rd Street. In 2009, Sunday Streets featured six events on four unique routes, including the Embarcadero, Bayview, Mission and Great Highway. Due to the overwhelming popularity of the 2008-2009 Sunday Streets events, in 2010 nine Sunday Streets events were offered, covering five different routes around the city, with longer routes and additional programming hours, and attracting 15,000-20,000 participants per event. Read more.

Mayor Establishes Earthquake Safety Implementation Committee

Mayor Establishes Earthquake Safety Implementation Committee Mayor Gavin Newsom today announced an Executive Directive establishing the Earthquake Safety Implementation Committee (ESIC) under the direction of the City Administrator’s Office, and tasks the committee to implement a number of policy recommendations from a forthcoming report from the Community Action Plan on Seismic Safety (CAPSS), a nine year effort to catalogue the specific seismic risks San Francisco faces and suggestions on how to mitigate this loss of life and property damage.

“In San Francisco we live with the very real prospect of a major earthquake, and this new effort to raise awareness and retrofit buildings will protect life and property across the City,” said Mayor Newsom. “I issued this Executive Directive and these recommendations to ensure the progress we’ve made these last seven years seismically upgrading and retrofitting our buildings continues.” Read more.


Mayor and Police Chief Announce Continued Drop in S.F. Violent Crime Rate

Mayor and Police Chief Announce Continued Drop in S.F. Violent Crime Rate Mayor Gavin Newsom and Police Chief George Gascón today announced the year end crime statistics showing historic low crime trends for the City since the 1960s. Newsom and Gascón announced that overall crimes in San Francisco for 2010 are down 8% from 2009, and violent crime in San Francisco was down 4% overall compared to 2009.

“Violent crime in San Francisco has dropped to historic lows these last two years through stronger community partnerships and our aggressive anti-crime and prevention strategies,” said Mayor Newsom. “Chief Gascón and the men and women of the San Francisco Police Department are making our City the safest big city in America through innovative use of data sets, strategic deployment of police resources and successful partnerships with our diverse communities and neighborhoods. Continuing these trends in 2011 will require our ongoing commitment to reform and accountability and continued support for our men and women in uniform.” Read more.


Mayor Announces Launch of Better Market Street Project

Mayor Announces Launch of Better Market Street Project Mayor Gavin Newsom today announced the launch of the Better Market Street Project to transform the public realm along Market Street from The Embarcadero to Octavia Street with long term infrastructure improvements. The project will facilitate a safe, universally accessible, sustainable thoroughfare that will attract more people to walk, bike, and use public transit to visit San Francisco’s local shops, neighborhoods and area attractions. The project launch includes the formation of a 15-member Citizen’s Advisory Committee which includes representatives from various stakeholders and the award of a $250,000 planning grant from Caltrans to study transit modes along Market Street.

“Market Street is San Francisco’s ‘Main Street,’ and through this effort we will reimagine and rebuild Market Street to rival the great thoroughfares of the world,” said Mayor Newsom. “With the leadership of City agencies and a public process, we will identify and implement specific solutions that work best for our main corridor and take further steps towards revitalizing Market Street for generations to come.” Read more.