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14 posts from May 2011


Mayor Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Bay to Breakers

Mayor Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Bay to Breakers Mayor Edwin M. Lee today celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the Bay to Breakers 12 kilometer foot race, which will take place Sunday, May 15th.  The 100th running of Bay to Breakers is sponsored by Bay Area micro-retailer Zazzle. Mayor Lee honored race organizers on this historic occasion with a proclamation declaring May 13-15, 2011 as Bay to Breakers Weekend in San Francisco. 

“Bay to Breakers is an unequalled sporting event which attracts athletes from around the world,” said Mayor Lee.  “A century ago, San Francisco showed the world that it had recovered from the Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906. What better way to show that our City was up and running than to get ‘up and running’, literally, from Bay to Breakers. The City and race organizers have worked hard to make sure that this year’s race will be a fun and safe race, ensuring that the race will be here for years to come.” Read more.


Mayor Lee Celebrates Bike to Work Day

Mayor Lee Celebrates Bike to Work Day Joining business leaders and scores of commuters, Mayor Edwin M. Lee today celebrated the 17th annual Bike to Work Day, a regional event celebrating and encouraging bicycling for transportation. San Francisco organizes one of the biggest and most well-known Bike to Work Day events in the country. This year’s Bike to Work Day had 12 different commuter convoys from around the City organized by the 12,000-member San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (SFBC) with Mayor Lee, Supervisors, City Departments, and key business leaders participating. 

“This Bike to Work Day, we celebrate both the residents who bike to work and the City’s businesses who have embraced bicycling as a viable mode of transportation for their employees and customers,” said Mayor Lee. “We’ve seen a 58 percent increase in bicycling in the City over the past four years, and local companies are realizing that providing a welcoming environment for people who bike is yet another way to attract top talent.” Read more.


Mayor Breaks Ground on Newcomb Improvement Project

Mayor Breaks Ground on Newcomb Improvement Project Mayor Edwin M. Lee today broke ground on the Newcomb Avenue Streetscape Model Block Improvement Project, a first of its kind project on the 1700 block of Newcomb Avenue in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood to transform the street into one of the most sustainable streets in the City. The pilot streetscape improvement project will replace significant areas of concrete with new landscaping, street trees, introduce stormwater planters and permeable pavers on this flood prone street to allow rainwater to permeate into the ground.

“San Francisco continues to be at the forefront with innovative projects and programs that are transforming our streets and public spaces,” said Mayor Lee. “The Newcomb Avenue Streetscape Model Block Improvement Project is an investment that will transform and create one of the greenest and most sustainable streets in San Francisco and provide us with information and feedback we will need to help us improve streets citywide.” Read more.


Mayor Announces Federal Funding for Veterans Housing

Mayor Announces Federal Funding for Veterans Housing Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant of $1.07 million to the Veterans Commons housing project at 150 Otis Street, a new permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless, senior veterans in San Francisco.  The grant is part of HUD’s investment in local projects in California which have never received HUD homeless funds in the past, providing critically needed housing and support services to homeless individuals and families.
“The men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces deserve the greatest respect and dignity for having sacrificed so much for our nation,” said Mayor Lee. “San Francisco is committed to helping veterans transition out of military service after returning home and providing them services they need. We are doing this the San Francisco way by providing permanent supportive housing for our most vulnerable veterans.” Read more.


Mayor Announces City Will Offer Free Charging of Electric Vehicles

Mayor Announces City Will Offer Free Charging of Electric Vehicles Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued a Mayoral Executive Directive announcing the City will offer free electric vehicle (EV) charging at all City-owned charging stations located on publicly accessible City properties through 2013 in order to build the local market for zero emission EVs. The charging stations will be located at 19 City-owned garages, San Francisco International Airport (SFO), and at other locations currently under review, including a number of neighborhood branch libraries. The first of these charging stations will be installed in June 2011. 
“The City’s goal is to make it affordable and convenient for all San Francisco residents and visitors to charge their electric vehicles when they are away from their home charging stations,” said Mayor Lee. “By providing free public charging powered by clean, carbon-neutral SFPUC power, San Francisco will help EV users avoid range anxiety and build confidence in the new technology.” Read more.