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6 posts from August 2011

08/31/2011

Mayor Announces $30 Million HUD Grant for Housing

Mayor Announces $30 Million HUD Grant for Housing Mayor 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 recipient of the $30.5 million Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant. The Alice Griffith Plan was one of six finalists submitted by communities nationwide competing for HUD Choice Neighborhoods funding.

“Revitalizing the Alice Griffith Public Housing Development and transforming the surrounding Bayview and Hunters Point neighborhood is the type of investment our City needs to improve public housing, create jobs and build sustainable communities. We are also supporting educational opportunities and expanding economic development in a community where we need it most,” said Mayor Lee. “I thank the leadership of HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan for choosing the Alice Griffith community and the larger Bayview neighborhood as recipients of the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative Grant, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom for starting the job of rebuilding our public housing under HOPE SF, and Senator Dianne Feinstein and Leader Nancy Pelosi for their ongoing support of this project and stewardship in our communities and our City.” Read more.

08/29/2011

City Commemorates the 10 Year Anniversary of 9/11

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On the 10 year anniversary of 9/11, San Francisco remembers those that died in the terrorist attacks and honors the first responders who rushed in to save lives.  Many of the victims of that fateful day had family and friends in the Bay Area, and we join all Americans in mourning their tragic loss.

The events of September 11, 2001 redefined our nation, not only in the scope of the tragedy but also in the demonstration of compassion and generosity that occurred in the hours, weeks and months following.  In San Francisco, and around the country, individuals stepped up to give blood, collect donations and volunteer their time as a show of support for our nation.

This year in San Francisco, we will rekindle this spirit of unity by coming together at major community gatherings from remembrance services to cultural and sporting events.  Below is a list of events that are occurring the weekend of the September 10-11.  Please note that this is not a comprehensive list of all activities and is still in development. Read more

08/17/2011

Mayor Announces Continued Drop in Violent Crime

San Francisco Mayor Announces Continued Drop in Violent Crime 100 Days Since Appointment of Chief Suhr, Reorganization of SFPD Resources, Community Oriented Policing Programs, Use of Compstat – All Contributing to Continued Historic Drop in Crime in SF.

Today Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Police Chief Greg Suhr presented the six month accomplishments of the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD). Through the concentration of SFPD efforts and reorganization of police resources, San Francisco has seen a reduction in violent (Part 1) crimes citywide over the same period in 2010.

From January to June in 2011, total overall crime in San Francisco has been maintained at a low with no change from the same time last year. For the first six months in 2011, total overall violent crime in San Francisco is down 6 percent from 2010 and shows a reduction of 17 percent compared to 2008. For the first six months in 2011, total property crime in San Francisco is down 8 percent compared to 2008. Read more.

08/16/2011

Mayor Announces Milestone in Bike Network Expansion

Mayor Announces Milestone in Bike Network Expansion Just One Year After Lifting of Court Injunction, City’s Expansion of Bike Network is Ahead of Schedule & Testing of Innovative Features Continues

Today Mayor Edwin M. Lee and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) announced the completed installation of 50 percent of the bike network expansion, including the completion of 17 bike lane projects, since last August when the four-year Superior Court injunction of the Bicycle Plan was lifted. Numerous innovative projects have been installed and planning continues to make San Francisco a world-class bicycling city.
 
“Whether commuting to work, running errands or taking a family outing, more and more San Franciscans are choosing to bicycle,” said Mayor Lee. “With more than 50 percent of the bike network expansion completed, I want to encourage those who have yet to try it to experience for themselves the benefits of this healthy, fun, low-cost transportation option.” Read more.

08/09/2011

SFMTA Deploys Clipper Fare Collection on Cable Cars

SFMTA Deploys Clipper Fare Collection on Cable Cars The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which operates the Municipal Railway (Muni), today announced that the cable car conductors are now using new handheld Clipper card readers that will allow conductors to deduct a fare from cash value loaded on a Clipper card as well as automatically load passes (and other products) purchased through clippercard.com or by phone onto a customer’s card. This solution was accomplished without altering the historic appearance or operation of the San Francisco icons.

“The new handheld readers will make commuting by cable car much easier and more convenient for our customers who pay their fare with a Clipper card,” said Debra Johnson, Acting SFMTA Executive Director/CEO. Read more.