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12 posts from October 2011

10/17/2011

Mayor Releases Earthquake Safety Plan

Mayor Releases Earthquake Safety PlanComprehensive Program to Make Our City Safer, Protect Lives When the Next Earthquake Strikes

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today released the first draft of the San Francisco’s Earthquake Safety Implementation Program (ESIP), a 30-year plan to update building codes, retrofit privately-owned buildings, and prepare for post-disaster recovery that encompasses 50 objectives, all with the goal of making San Francisco as safe as it can be before the next earthquake hits.

This new ESIP effort is the next step in the Community Action Plan for Seismic Safety (CAPSS) program that culminated earlier this year after a decade of work by the nation’s leading earthquake experts, local housing advocates and property owners, and building experts. The CAPSS program made a series of recommendations for policy changes and retrofit programs. Read more.

Annual Pet Pride Day

Annual Pet Pride DayPets, kids, dignitaries and animal lovers will join for the Eighteenth Annual Pet Pride Day, presented by San Francisco Animal Care & Control and sponsored by Pet Food Express and Camp Bow Wow Home Buddies.  This festive and free even, hosted by Doug McConnell of ‘Bay Area Backroads’, fame features the always popular and famous Halloween pet costume contest, pet trick competitions, demonstrations by working animals, activities for kids, awesome goody bags and substantial raffle prizes. October 30th will be a great day for our City's animals!

Pet Pride Day is an annual event presented by San Francisco Animal Care & Control – San Francisco’s open-door city animal shelter - to raise public awareness of its services.  Animal Care & Control is dedicated to sheltering lost, abandoned, orphaned, injured, ill, neglected or mistreated animals; adopting out cats, dogs, small and exotic animals, birds and reptiles; responding to animal emergencies 24 hours a day year round; enforcing animal welfare laws; and investigating complaints of animal abuse. San Francisco Animal Care & Control is proud to have been the location for Animal Planet’s hit TV series, ‘Animal Cops’. Donations and other funds raised will benefit The Friends of San Francisco Animal Care & Control (FSFACC).  FSFACC is a nonprofit support organization for Animal Care & Control that raises funds to help the shelter’s animals in need.

For more information, please visit http://sfgov.org/acc

10/14/2011

Mayor Announces Program to Support Small Businesses

Mayor Announces Program to Support Small BusinessesNeighborhood Marketplace Initiative Launches Storefront Beautification Program in Excelsior District.

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced a new storefront beautification program that will provide 20 small businesses in the Excelsior District with storefront “facelifts” to beautify the commercial corridor and attract more visitors and shoppers. The program also includes a mobile parklet.

“Small businesses in San Francisco are the backbone of our economy and we need to support them in these tough economic times,” said Mayor Lee. “These improvements will beautify a substantial number of storefronts along Mission Street and improve the entire neighborhood experience. This is a great example of how the City can partner with the private sector to target resources, boost business and help support the economic recovery in the Excelsior and in other neighborhood commercial corridors in our City.” Read more.

10/13/2011

Mayor Launches Green Financing Program for Commercial Buildings

Mayor Launches Green Financing Program for Commercial BuildingsClinton Climate Initiative Assists San Francisco in Developing GreenFinanceSF-Commercial

Today Mayor Edwin M. Lee and the San Francisco Department of the Environment (DOE) launched the groundbreaking GreenFinanceSF-Commercial program to help San Francisco businesses green their buildings, cut down on carbon emissions, save energy and create jobs in San Francisco.

The program is a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program which gives commercial property owners access to new forms of financing for the installation of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation improvements. The program directly addresses the main barriers to the implementation of energy efficiency improvements in commercial buildings – financing. Read more.

10/11/2011

Mayor Lee Launches Bike Rentals in 5 City Parks

Mayor Launches Bike Rentals in 5 City ParksMayor Edwin M. Lee today launched a program to provide park users the opportunity to bike around and between parks in the City. Justin Herman Plaza, Union Square, Marina Green and two locations in Golden Gate Park are now part of the ParkWide Bike Rental concession that provides a full range of bicycles including tandems and surreys and for the first time allow visitors to rent a bike in one park and drop it off in another park location. This new amenity provides a greener, healthier and more convenient way for visitors to see the City and its parks.

“The launch of ParkWide Bike Rentals in our City will benefit San Francisco small businesses, our Recreation and Park Department and the millions of people who visit our parks every year,” said Mayor Lee. “San Francisco is truly a bike-friendly town, and our partnership with ParkWide helps create more opportunities for our citizens to get out, get active and see our world class parks.” Read more.