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14 posts from May 2011

05/26/2011

Mayor Signs Yellow Pages Distribution Ordinance

Mayor Lee signs Yellow pages Distribution Ordinance Without fanfare, the mayor signed the nationally watched legislation on May 19, two days after the Board of Supervisors gave final approval.

"Mayor Lee recognizes that there are still many residents and businesses that rely on the Yellow Pages," Lee's spokeswoman, Christine Falvey, said Wednesday. "But this will dramatically reduce the number of unwanted phone books in San Francisco."

Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, the lead sponsor, said he believes the new regulation will stand up to court scrutiny. "We carefully crafted our legislation to withstand a legal challenge from the industry whose mass over-distribution of Yellow Pages has degraded our environment and blighted our neighborhoods," he said.

05/24/2011

Mayor and Coalition Introduce Pension Reform Ballot Measure

Mayor and Coalition Introduce Pension Reform Ballot Measure Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Supervisor Sean Elsbernd today introduced a proposed Charter amendment for pension and health benefits reform for the November 2011 ballot. After months of working with labor leaders, business leaders, community-based organizations and the City family, the consensus reform measure would restructure San Francisco’s pension and health benefits. The proposed Charter amendment is co-sponsored by Board of Supervisors President David Chiu and Supervisors Carmen Chu, Malia Cohen, Mark Farrell and Scott Wiener.

“Our consensus pension reform measure is comprehensive, balanced, and responsible. It will realize the savings we need so that we can protect vital City services now and in the future,” said Mayor Lee. “It is an important part of our overall strategy to bring structural reforms to San Francisco’s long term financial planning and budgeting and ensures that we have a system that San Francisco can afford, while providing pension and health care to its employees.” Read more.

05/23/2011

Mayor Lee Launches Centralized Database for City Boards and Commissions

Mayor Lee Launches Centralized Database for City Boards and Commissions Mayor Edwin M. Lee today launched a centralized online database of City boards and commissions including vacancies and appointments to advisory bodies for the City and County of San Francisco.

“This one-of-a kind interactive tool makes San Francisco government more transparent, efficient and easier to engage in for the public” said Mayor Lee. “By creating an easy and efficient way to search commissions and board vacancies, we improve our ability to attract a diverse and talented pool of candidates.” Read more.

To search the centralized online database of City commissions and boards, go to www.sfgov.org/commissionsdatabase or call 3-1-1.

05/19/2011

Mayor Lee Launches SF Budget Challenge To Provide Public Budgeting Experience

Budget_16may11Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the launch of the SF Budget Challenge, an interactive online tool that allows the public an opportunity to use real public policy choices with real cost-savings to try to reduce the City’s $306 million deficit. The SF Budget Challenge will allow users to experience first hand the difficult choices in developing a responsible balanced budget. 

“Like many cities and counties across the country, San Francisco faces another difficult budget year,” said Mayor Lee. “The SF Budget Challenge represents the challenging choices we are making to present a balanced budget that will keep our City safe, solvent and successful for years to come. I encourage everyone to try their hand at this innovative tool.” Read more.

To access the SF Budget Challenge, go to www.sfgov.org/budgetchallenge.

05/16/2011

Mayor Celebrates Success of Small Business Loan Fund

Mayor Celebrates Success of Small Business Loan Fund Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that the initial $680,000 set aside for lending through the City’s Small Business Revolving Loan Fund is successfully financing 27 small businesses in San Francisco. In July 2009, the Revolving Loan Fund launched with the goal of creating jobs and assisting microenterprises access much needed capital to start and grow their businesses. Funded businesses represent San Francisco minority-owned, women-owned micro-entrepreneurs with their creative and dynamic startups and expansions generating more than 50 full-time jobs and significantly contributing to the revitalization and recovery of the local economy.  

“The Revolving Loan Fund is a major step in easing the small business capital crisis and promoting the growth and development of small businesses,” said Mayor Lee. “As anticipated, there was a high demand for these loans and it did not take long for the funds to directly benefit small businesses and create jobs. The City is committed to identifying additional capital to keep the momentum of the program going in response to the enormous demand.” Read more.