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6 posts from February 2011

02/28/2011

Mayor Lee Announces Facebook Application for City Services

Mayor Lee Announces Facebook Application for City Services Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that San Francisco is adding an innovative first-in-the-nation application to the City’s Facebook page, which would allow the public to report basic service issues such as graffiti removal or pothole repairs to the 311 Customer Service Center. Developed through a joint project between the Department of Technology and the 311 Customer Service Center, this Facebook application brings basic City services to the public in an easy and innovative way.

“With nearly 260,000 fans of the City and County of San Francisco, it was necessary to create a better tool to enhance the public experience to connect with our City and report issues through our 311 system so we can take action,” said Mayor Lee. “Social media like Facebook and Twitter have enhanced the public experience for our residents, connected communities, and transformed neighborhoods and businesses.” Read more.

02/24/2011

Mayor Encourages Residents to Prepare for Severe Cold Weather

Mayor Lee encourages San Francisco residents to prepare for Severe Cold Weather City Departments and Agencies on Stand-By as San Francisco Prepares for Storms

Mayor Edwin M. Lee and City Officials are encouraging residents and businesses to prepare for a cold weather system expected to last for the next several days with colder temperatures, precipitation and possible freezing conditions. The National Weather Service reports that snow accumulation is expected down to 1,000 feet, and snow may be seen in San Francisco down to 500 feet, but is not expected to accumulate. Beware of icy road conditions, drive slowly and stay off the roadway during the peak of storm for public safety. City departments and agencies are currently working to clear debris away from catch basins and sewers to prevent flooding in low-lying areas. The City will monitor shelters and increase capacity, if necessary, and increase outreach to homeless individuals to ensure they know where to find shelter and services.

“City agencies are working together to ensure that homes and businesses are protected and the public is safe during these severe weather storms,” said Mayor Lee. “Crews are on stand-by and will monitor roads for potential flooding and other hazardous conditions and respond to any emergencies throughout the duration of the storms.” Read more.

02/18/2011

Mayor Lee Signs Legislation to Green Commercial Buildings

Mayor Lee Signs Green Building Legislation Mayor Edwin M. Lee today signed landmark green building legislation that will improve energy efficiency in existing buildings, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, lower energy costs, and create green jobs. Passed last week by the Board of Supervisors, the Existing Commercial Building Energy Performance Ordinance will require owners of existing non-residential buildings to determine how much energy each building consumes, and to make that information public on an annual basis. The new city code will also require commercial buildings over 10,000 square feet to conduct energy efficiency audits every five years in order to help the building owners and managers optimize building efficiency and utility savings.

“San Francisco needs to increase the energy and resource efficiency of existing buildings if we are going to meet our aggressive greenhouse gas reduction targets,” said Mayor Lee. “This new green building code will educate building owners about what they need to do to save energy and money, and boost our local green economy.”

“San Francisco continues to provide visionary leadership to protect our environment,” said Board of Supervisors President David Chiu. “Making our commercial buildings more energy efficient shows we can work together creatively to make real progress.” Read more.

02/17/2011

Mayor Lee Announces Federal Support for Central Subway Project

Mayor Lee Announces Federal Support for Central Subway Project Mayor Edwin M. Lee and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) today announced that the Central Subway Project – Phase 2 of the SFMTA’s Third Street Light Rail Project – received a strong positive rating from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) in their latest annual New Starts Report. Its “medium high” rating ties the project as the highest rated of all infrastructure projects participating in the Report.

In addition, President Barack Obama’s Department of Transportation Fiscal Year 2012 proposed budget was released this week and called for allocating $200 million for the Central Subway Project. For the second year in a row, the Project has been included with a specific recommendation for funding in the President’s budget.  

“We are extremely pleased to see continued support from the highest levels of the federal government for this crucial transportation infrastructure project in San Francisco,” said Mayor Lee. “Our deepest appreciation goes to President Obama, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer for their vision, leadership and support to expand transit light rail in our City.” Read more.

02/09/2011

'Spruce Up by Sun Up' Campaign

Spruce Up by Sun Up Campaign This is the latest initiative undertaken by the Community Corridors Partnership Program, a program that dedicates cleaning resources to 300 of San Francisco’s busiest streets. City agencies and other partners will conduct early morning visits to ensure that city ordinances that affect quality of life are being met.

Campaign Information: http://www.sfdpw.org/index.aspx?page=1324

Schedule of Inspections: http://www.sfdpw.org/index.aspx?page=1325