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9 posts from April 2011


Mayor Lee Celebrates Terminal 2 Opening

Mayor Lee Celebrates Terminal 2 Opening Mayor Edwin M. Lee today unveiled the state-of-the-art Terminal 2 (T2) at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Turner Construction and Gensler renovated the 1954 terminal in a design-build partnership for $383 million, recycling 90% of the original building content, and created nearly 2,700 jobs. Registered with the United States Green Building Council, the terminal aims to be the first LEED Gold-certified terminal in the United States.

The 640,000-square-foot terminal is the new home for American Airlines and Virgin America, which – with the arrival of American Airline’s Susan G. Komen Special Edition 757 and vintage DC-3 as well as Virgin America’s new Airbus A320 and Virgin Galactic’s WhiteKnightTwo/SpaceShipTwo space launch system – provided visitors today with a first-hand glance at the past, present and future of commercial aviation. The first T2 flights will commence on Thursday, April 14. The community is invited to a free Open House on Saturday, April 9. Read more.


City Approves Central Market/Tenderloin Payroll Tax Exclusion

San Francisco Approves Central Market/Tenderloin Payroll Tax Exclusion Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement after the Board of Supervisors voted to approve the ordinance amending Article 12-A of the Business and Tax Regulations Code by adding Section 906.3 to establish a payroll expense tax exclusion for businesses located in the Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area:

“This moment represents a real step forward in the effort to revitalize and transform the Central Market area.  Central Market and the Tenderloin have been burdened with high vacancies and blight for decades, and the Central Market / Tenderloin Payroll Tax Exclusion is a powerful tool that will help us bring in much-needed jobs, services and retail, as well as help enhance the growing arts district here.  Read more.

City Announces SFPark Pricing for City Garages

San Francisco Announces SFPark Pricing for City Garages The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which oversees all surface transportation including the Municipal Railway (Muni), today announced that it will begin applying the SFpark approach to setting parking rates at City-owned garages participating in the SFpark project, the SFMTA’s two-year federally funded pilot of new parking management technologies and approaches.

As part of the improved pricing approach, the Agency also announced specific rate changes to be implemented this month at the first two garages to receive new SFpark rates: the Moscone Center and Lombard garages. Along with signage, paint, and lighting upgrades, demand-responsive pricing will make parking in City garages in the SFpark pilot areas more appealing, and make rate setting at garages more transparent. All rate changes will be posted on SFpark.org one week prior to the change. Customers who wish to be notified directly may sign up for an e-mail alert at http://sfpark.org/contact-us/
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Mayor Announces Incubator for Local Filmmaking

Mayor Announces Incubator for Local Filmmaking Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced an incubator style program for filmmakers in San Francisco through the San Francisco Film Commission. The program will offer affordable office space at 134A Golden Gate Avenue in the Mid-Market area in a communal setting for independent and documentary filmmakers as an incubator space for successful filmmaking.

“The incubator project will benefit both the San Francisco film community and the evergrowing Mid-Market Arts District,” said Mayor Lee. “Establishing programs such as this helps ensure the health of the Mid-Market area as it continues to grow and become a burgeoning arts community.”

Tenants will be selected by the San Francisco Film Commission and tenancies are scheduled to begin in May/June. Tenants of the incubator program will also have the opportunity to take advantage of the Scene in San Francisco rebate program, further bolstering the likelihood of independent productions basing in San Francisco. Through this incentive, qualifying productions receive a rebate of up to $600,000 for the cost of fees paid to the City. Films can also benefit from the newly established Vendor Discount Program, offering discounts from 10%– 30% at various businesses including hotels and rental cars. Read more.