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9 posts from September 2011

09/13/2011

Mayor Announces New Sunday Streets Events

Mayor Announces New Sunday Streets Events New September Sunday Streets Event Focused on Walking & Citywide Ping Pong Tournament.

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the first Sunday Streets “Walking Street” on Grant Avenue through Chinatown and North Beach on Sunday, September 18th. The event will include a commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of Ping Pong Diplomacy with the first citywide Ping Pong Tournament.

“It’s great to have Sunday Streets back in Chinatown and North Beach after a three-year hiatus, and we’re especially excited to present an activity that symbolized the beginning of friendly relations between the United States and China,” said Mayor Lee. “As we remember the historic Ping Pong Diplomacy tournament that took place 40 years ago this year, we are celebrating community-building programs, such as Sunday Streets, that bring our communities together.” Read more.

09/08/2011

Mayor Breaks Ground on New Public Safety Building

Mayor Breaks Ground on New Public Safety Building Mayor Lee Breaks Ground on New Public Safety Building and Outlines Decade of Infrastructure Improvements New Bond Funded Facility Ensures the City is Prepared to Respond to Emergencies.

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today broke ground on the new San Francisco Public Safety Building located on 3rd Street at Mission Rock in the Mission Bay Redevelopment Area. The state of the art building will house the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) Police Command Center, the Southern District Police Station and a neighborhood San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD) Fire Station.

“The timing of the start of this construction has special significance for us as we approach the tenth anniversary of the tragedy of 9/11,” said Mayor Lee. “We are reminded of our commitment to preparedness and have demonstrated that we will be ready in the event of a large scale emergency.” Read more.

09/07/2011

City Announces New Partnership for Interoperable Public Safety Communications

City Announces New Partnership for Interoperable Public Safety Communications Also Highlight Citywide Accomplishments in Emergency Preparedness and Response on the Eve of 9/11 Ten-Year Anniversary

As the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approaches, Mayor Edwin M. Lee and the Department of Emergency Management (DEM) today announced the creation of a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) to govern a Bay Area-wide public safety communications system. The JPA, known as the Bay Area Regional Interoperable Communications System (BayRICS) authority, will oversee regional voice and data communications networks for first responders throughout the Bay Area. 

“When a major earthquake or disaster strikes next in the Bay Area, a regional, secure and dedicated communications network for our first responders will save lives, reduce damage and protect public health and safety,” said Mayor Lee. “I am proud that by working with other cities and public safety and law enforcement agencies throughout the Bay Area, we will be one of the nation’s first regions to deploy this innovative, emergency broadband communications network.” Read more.

09/06/2011

Mayor Announces Clean Streets and Employment Program

Mayor Announces Clean Streets and Employment Program JobsNOW3 Program to Clean City Streets & Parks, Creating Jobs for Low-Income City Residents

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the launch of the Clean Streets Program to employ up to 200 low income San Franciscans through the Human Services Agency (HSA)’s JobsNOW3 program. The program will create public service trainee positions at the Department of Public Works (DPW) for street cleaning and at the Recreation and Parks Department (RPD) for park maintenance and cleaning. Workers will be placed in jobs as early as October 1st.

“Getting San Franciscans back to work in this economy is among my top priorities. While our unemployment rate is well below the State average, we can do better. This innovative and creative approach helps keep our streets and parks clean while keeping our economy growing,” said Mayor Lee. “We are offering low-income San Franciscans the dignity of a job and a paycheck instead of unemployment.” Read more.