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12 posts from March 2011


Donate Funds for Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Victims

Donate Funds for Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Victims Your gift to the American Red Cross will support disaster relief efforts to help those affected by the earthquake in Japan and tsunami throughout the Pacific.

To donate visit the Red Cross web site

For other information see:

Mayor Lee's Statement and SFGivesBack


City Responds to Tsunami Warning

City issues Tsunami Warning The City and County of San Francisco has issued a Tsunami Warning. City Officials advise residents to stay away from low-lying areas and resist the urge to head to area beaches.

The San Francisco Police Department has closed the upper and lower Great Highway from Point Lobos and 48th Avenue to Lake Merced, and the National Park Service closed Ocean Beach, Baker Beach, China Beach and Fort Funston.

For more up to date information please call: 311

For emergencies only please call: 911


UPDATE:  San Francisco, CA – As of 2:30pm today, the West Coast/Alaska Tsunami Warning Center, which is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), downgraded the Tsunami Warning for Northern California to a Tsunami Advisory. The San Francisco Emergency Operations Center will continue to monitor the tidal activity.

Great Highway was reopened at  4:30pm, all MUNI lines have resumed normal service, and the National Park Service has reopened all beaches. The public is advised to stay out of the water until 2 pm Saturday.

San Francisco public sector partners encourage citizens to donate to victims of the 2011 Sendai earthquake and tsunami on SFGivesBack.org.

The San Francisco Department of Emergency Management encourages citizens to learn how to prepare themselves and their families for an emergency. Visit 72Hours.org for information on how to Make a Plan, Build a Kit and Get Involved.


Mayor Lee Announces Local Hire Implementation Plan

Mayor Lee Announces Local Hire Implementation Plan Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced San Francisco’s Local Hire implementation plan, a roadmap that will guide City departments, contractors and the broader community to ensure that the City’s local hiring ordinance is achievable, flexible and will succeed in boosting San Francisco’s economy and provide jobs for San Francisco residents.

Mayor Lee, who announced Local Hire implementation as one of his top policy priorities during his inauguration speech, assembled a working group during his first weeks in office that has drafted a plan to implement Local Hire. The new law, an amendment to Chapter 6.22(G) of the San Francisco Administrative Code, takes effect March 25, 2011, and will require contractors performing City public works or improvement projects to meet mandatory levels of San Francisco resident participation. The implementation plan calls for utilizing existing City resources and infrastructure to not only implement the new policy, but to streamline future contracting procedures, including taking advantage of technology to automate formerly paper-driven processes.


Mayor Lee Announces U.S. Census Bureau Results for San Francisco

Mayor Lee Announces U.S. Census Bureau Results for San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the U.S. Census Bureau’s release of 2010 Census redistricting data for the City and County of San Francisco, showing a population total of 805,235 since the last official Census count in 2000. San Francisco’s population grew by 3.7 percent over the last decade. Newly released 2010 Census data for California reveals a 10 percent overall growth and population of 37,263,308 with no gain in Congressional seats.

“We are pleased at the outcome of our investment to ensure an accurate, complete and inclusive count of all San Francisco residents,” said Mayor Lee, who as City Administrator oversaw the 2010 Census effort. “The results show, that even in these challenging economic times, San Francisco continues to attract a diverse and increasing number of residents and businesses. The work we invested in the Census count will now translate into representation, roads, transportation, resources and most importantly, much needed federal and state funding for critical programs and services over the next ten years.”

The San Francisco data will be available within 24 hours and posted on the U.S. Census Bureau’s new American FactFinder site, go to: http://factfinder2.census.gov . Additional results from the 2010 Census survey will be released by the Census Bureau through June 2013.


City Reopens Historic Park Branch Library

San Francisco Reopens Historic Park Branch Library The Park Branch Library is the 16th branch to be completed under the Branch Library Improvement Program, which is funded by a $105.9 million bond measure passed by voters in November 2000. The program is supporting the renovation of 16 branch libraries and the construction of eight new library buildings around the City. Project costs for the Park Library totaled about $2.9 million. A separate fundraising campaign by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library provided new furniture and equipment for the branch. The 101-year-old Park Branch Library, which first opened its doors in 1909, has been returned to its neo-classical glory with a sensitive renovation that was also designed and built to meet the latest green standards.