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12 posts from March 2011

03/31/2011

City Announces Draft Transportation Plan for America's Cup

City Announces Draft Transportation Plan for America's Cup Mayor Edwin M. Lee today joined members of the Board of Supervisors, SFMTA and transit advocates to unveil the draft transportation plan to move up to 200,000 residents and visitors daily to the City’s waterfront for the 34th America’s Cup, promising the most transit, bicycle and pedestrian-friendly major sporting event in history. The draft of the “People Plan” is among the first planning documents required by March 31 in the Host and Venue Agreement between the City and the Event Authority for the 34th America’s Cup, along with initial plans for waste management, security and marketing. The early draft of the People Plan is the product of analysis by city and SFMTA staff, with early input from stakeholder groups. The draft People Plan announced today will also undergo significant and further revisions, following input from members of the public, advocates, city and agency staff, the environmental community and other stakeholders in the coming months. Final approval and consideration will occur following the completion of environmental review.

“We are moving rapidly to meet our commitments to host a spectacular 34th America’s Cup in 2013 and set a new standard for sustainable event-planning,” said Mayor Lee. “The America’s Cup is a unique opportunity to leverage our region’s transportation resources and our enthusiasm to deliver the most transit, bicycle and pedestrian-friendly international major sporting event in history for residents and visitors alike.” Read more.

03/22/2011

Mayor Announces that Griffith HopeSF Plan is Finalist in Grant Competition

Mayor Announces that Griffith HopeSF Plan is Finalist in Grant CompetitionMayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has selected San Francisco’s HOPE SF transformation plan for Alice Griffith Public Housing Development and the surrounding Bayview neighborhood as a finalist in its Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant competition.  The Alice Griffith Plan was one of 42 plans submitted by communities nationwide competing for the $61 million in total funding and one of six finalists to enter the second application round.

“Revitalizing Alice Griffith Public Housing Development and the surrounding Bayview neighborhood is the type of investment our City needs to build better public housing, create jobs, support sustainable communities, provide educational opportunities and promote economic development in a community where we need it most,” said Mayor Lee. “I am thrilled that HUD has chosen the Alice Griffith community and the larger Bayview neighborhood as a finalist in the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative Grant.” Read more

03/17/2011

No S.F. Risk from Japan Radiation

No S.F. Risk from Japan Radiation As of today, currently there is no danger to San Francisco residents from Japan's nuclear emergency. The San Francisco Department of Public Health does not recommend taking potassium iodide. Potassium iodide can have serious side effects and should not be taken unless recommended. We are monitoring the situation closely and will alert the public if recommendations change.


For the latest information, please

  • call the California Department of Public Health hotline number
    at (916) 341-3947 or

03/16/2011

Mayor and Supervisors Announce Budget Town Halls

Mayor and Supervisors Announce Budget Town Hallseetings San Francisco Residents Urged to Attend Budget Town Halls about Budget Choices, Priorities

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced a series of District-based Budget Town Halls in the coming months that are being co-hosted by the Mayor and members of the Board of Supervisors to educate the public about the Mayor’s budget principles and to hear directly from San Franciscans about their budget concerns and ideas as the City faces a projected $380 million budget shortfall for Fiscal Year 2011-12.  

“Balancing the City’s budget remains my top priority. We need a budget that will ensure that San Francisco remains fiscally solvent while we work to stimulate the local economy, create jobs and reform our pension system, so that we can continue to provide city services,” said Mayor Lee. “These district-based town halls provide direct input from residents about what they think is important. We need to consider this feedback as we balance a budget that protects and serves all San Franciscans.”

Schedule of Town Halls with District Supervisors:

District 6 with Supervisor Jane Kim
Wednesday, March 16th (5:30-7:00PM)
Tenderloin Community School, 627 Turk Street

District 9 with Supervisor David Campos
Wednesday, March 23rd (6-7:30PM)
Horace Mann Middle School, 3351 23rd Street

District 10 with Supervisor Malia Cohen
Wednesday, April 13th (6-7:30PM)
Location TBA

District 8 with Supervisor Scott Wiener
Thursday, April 14th (6:30-8PM)
Mission High School Auditorium, 3750 18th Street

District 11 with Supervisor John Avalos
Thursday, April 21st (5:30-7PM)
Location TBA

District 1, 4 & 7 with Supervisors Eric Mar, Carmen Chu, and Sean Elsbernd
Date & Location TBA

District 2 with Supervisor Mark Farrell
Date & Location TBA

District 3 with Supervisor David Chiu
Date & Location TBA

District 5 with Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi
Date & Location TBA

03/14/2011

Mayor Lee Announces Sunday Streets 2011 Season

Mayor Lee Announces Sunday Streets 2011 Season Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the return of Sunday Streets to the streets of San Francisco with a full schedule of car-free events, starting Sunday, March 20th, along the Embarcadero and a new Chinatown-North Beach route this summer.  The inaugural event held along the Embarcadero for the fourth year in a row marks the beginning of the eight-month Sunday Streets 2011 season.

“I am delighted to announce the return of one of the City’s most exciting initiatives, Sunday Streets,” said Mayor Lee. “And this year, I’m pleased to announce a new route in the Chinatown and North Beach neighborhoods. Now, more than ever, it is community building programs, such as Sunday Streets, that are critical to our City’s well-being.”

Sunday Streets 2011 Season Schedule:

  • March 20: Embarcadero from Fisherman’s Wharf to Mission Bay
  • April 10: Great Highway and Golden Gate Park
  • May 8: Mission, including the popular route along 24th and Valencia Streets
  • June 12: Bayview, on 3rd Street from Mission Bay, Dogpatch to Bayview Opera House
  • July 10: Great Highway and Golden Gate Park #2
  • August 14: Civic Center and the Tenderloin
  • September 11: Western Addition, North Panhandle, Alamo Square and Fillmore
  • Summer: Chinatown and North Beach
  • October 23: Mission #2

Sunday Streets Information: SundayStreetsSF.com. Volunteer Information: SundayStreetsSF.com/volunteer. MUNI routes and vehicle access, call 311 or go to sfgov.org/311. Read more.