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8 posts from November 2011


Mayor Signs Health Reimbursement Account Legislation

Mayor Signs Health Reimbursement Account LegislationMayoral Executive Directive & Legislation Close Health Reimbursement Account Loophole

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued a Mayoral Executive Directive that requires City departments to collect detailed data on companies that provide health reimbursement accounts (HRAs) and requires additional education and outreach to San Francisco workers to more effectively access available health care. Mayor Lee also signed Board legislation to close a loophole in San Francisco’s Health Care Security Ordinance (HCSO). The dual action preserves the City’s groundbreaking universal health care access and protects jobs.

“We must ensure that workers have better access to health care today,” said Mayor Lee. “This Executive Directive, in tandem with recently passed legislation from the Board of Supervisors, immediately sets us on a path to improving health care access for San Francisco workers and protects local jobs. I applaud President Chiu, Supervisor Cohen, organized labor, small business owners, and the Department of Public Health for working together to strengthen our City’s landmark Health Care Security Ordinance and closing this loophole.”


City Launches Give2SF Donation Portal

City Launches Give2SF Donations ProgramMayor Edwin M. Lee and Treasurer José Cisneros today launched Give2SF.org to provide a simple official online portal for donors to give to City departments and programs within the City and County of San Francisco.

“Give2SF.org is the product of collaboration between many City agencies and departments to streamline the system of giving,” said Mayor Lee. “I thank Supervisors David Chiu and Carmen Chu, the Office of the Treasurer-Tax Collector, the Office of the Controller, the City Administrator’s Office, the Department of Technology and the Department of Emergency Management for their support and efforts in building the Give2SF.org portal. San Francisco is a well known for its philanthropic charity, and this new portal provides San Franciscans a generous opportunity to give back to the City and support causes that improve the lives of those less fortunate in our City.”

“The idea for Give2SF.org came from a check that was sent to my office from a local resident. He included a note explaining that he knew the City was short on funds, and he wanted to help,” said Treasurer José Cisneros.  “The City already had many opportunities to donate, such as the Voluntary Arts Contribution Fund in property tax bills, but did not have a consolidated location for potential donors to review these opportunities. The generosity of this donor helped initiate a multi-departmental collaboration to centralize giving opportunities to City agencies.”

Give2SF Donations web site:   http://give2sf.org


Congress Approves 34th America's Cup Bill

Congress Approves 34th America's Cup BillAmerica’s Cup Act of 2011 Creates Jobs & Boosts Local Economy

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that the America’s Cup Act to facilitate hosting the 34th America’s Cup by authorizing certain eligible vesselsto participate in the events has passed the U.S. House of Representatives after passing the U.S. Senate earlier this month. The America’s Cup Act is currently on the way to President Barack Obama’s desk for signature.

“This is a major milestone in our efforts to host the 34th America’s Cup and bring the excitement of this world wide competitive event here to San Francisco,” said Mayor Lee. “I am thankful for the bipartisan support of this bill in Congress and for the strong stewardship of House Democratic Leader Pelosi and Senators Feinstein and Boxer in securing passage of the America’s Cup Act that will create jobs and boost our local economy at this critical time.”


Mayor Launches Season of Giving Campaign

Mayor Lee Launches Season of Giving CampaignMayor to Make Supporting Organizations Key Theme in the Holiday Season Leading up to Inauguration

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the launch of the San Francisco Season of Giving campaign to support organizations that help San Franciscans throughout the year and especially during the holiday season. Mayor Lee was joined by representatives of Glide Memorial Church, St. Anthony’s Foundation, United Way of the Bay Area, Salvation Army, Self Help for the Elderly, La Casa de las Madres, San Francisco Food Bank and the San Francisco Interfaith Council.

During the season of giving, which will last until the January 8, 2012 Mayoral Inauguration, residents and businesses are encouraged to give back to their own communities by supporting organizations that are providing warm meals, a place to stay and other essential services to the people of San Francisco. These non-profit partners are already providing to our neediest communities and it is more important now than ever for the public to support these collective efforts to provide for those most in need. Read more.


City Development Project Earns National Recognition

San Francisco Development Project Earns National RecognitionwardDevelopment Project Earns Top Recognition by Brookings Institution and Others

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that the Hunters Point Shipyard – Candlestick Point redevelopment project has been selected as one of just three Transformative Investments in the United States by the Brookings Institution.

“All of San Francisco should be proud that the Hunters Point Shipyard – Candlestick Point project is being recognized as a national model for new development,” said Mayor Lee. “Many residents, particularly from the Bayview and Hunters Point neighborhoods, have worked long hours to provide input and guidance for the much-needed redevelopment of this area, and the City will move forward without delay to transform the blighted shipyard to bring new housing, parks and thousands of jobs to the Southeast community.” Read more.