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9 posts from December 2011


Green City: City Unveils 'Greenest' Residential Block

Green City: City Unveils 'Greenest' Residential BlockMayor Edwin M. Lee, city officials, community groups, neighbors and residents of the Bayview community came together to celebrate the completion of the 1700 Block (Phelps and Newhall) of Newcomb Avenue Streetscape Improvement Project; which was transformed into one of the most sustainable streets in the City.

"The Newcomb Avenue Streetscape Improvement Project created one of the greenest streets in San Francisco, representing our common unified desire to improve our communities and transform our neighborhoods," said Mayor Lee. "The Newcomb project leverages innovation to create a public space that minimizes environmental impact and is inclusive of the needs of the residents to help create a safer and more sustainable neighborhood." Read more.


Housing Funding: Mayor Announces $18m in Federal HUD Grants

Mayor Announces $18m in Federal HUD GrantsMayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded San Francisco $18.9 million in HUD’s Continuum of Care grants to fund a wide variety of programs from street outreach programs and support services programs to transitional and permanent housing for individuals, youth, and families experiencing homelessness. The HUD Continuum of Care grants are awarded competitively to local programs to meet the needs of their homeless clients. This year, 51 San Francisco-based organizations and programs received grant awards.

In January 2011, San Francisco’s Point in Time Homeless Count revealed a 47 percent reduction in chronic homelessness over the past two year period.

“These HUD grants help us serve the most vulnerable of our City and will allow us to continue to make a progress in ending homelessness in San Francisco,” said Mayor Lee. “These funds also support crucial outreach, employment, and housing services to homeless San Francisco families.” Read more.

Education Funding: San Francisco Awarded Federal Grant

San Francisco Awarded Federal Grant
Mission Economic Development Agency, SFUSD & City Selected for Planning Grant to Improve Education in Mission Neighborhood

Mayor Edwin M. Lee and the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) today announced that the U.S. Department of Education has selected San Francisco’s Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) to receive a Promise Neighborhoods planning grant. Funding for a one-year $500,000 grant was awarded to support school improvement and revitalize the Mission neighborhood.

“The Promise Neighborhoods grant is a boost to our City’s efforts to improve schools, transform neighborhoods and strengthen communities for our youth to succeed,” said Mayor Lee. “I thank President Obama and Education Secretary Duncan for choosing the Mission community as recipients of the Promise Neighborhoods planning grant that will help prepare our youth for the 21st Century workforce.” Read more.


America's Cup: Mayor Announces Project Agreement

America's Cup: Mayor Announces Project AgreementToday Mayor Edwin M. Lee joined with executives from the America’s Cup Event Authority to announce details of the Project Agreement for the 34thAmerica’s Cup to be held in San Francisco in 2013.

"This agreement represents an unprecedented investment into our waterfront, generating thousands of jobs and allowing for a major international sporting event to be held in our Bay's natural amphitheater," said Mayor Lee. "The agreement also accelerates key infrastructure improvements such as the James R. Herman Cruise Terminal and protects open water views from Rincon Park for the public." Read more.


City Launches Pay by Phone Parking Meters

City Launches Pay by Phone Parking MetersMayor Edwin M. Lee today joined the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) to launch the PayByPhone parking payment service in San Francisco that allows drivers to pay for parking at meters with their cell phone. The rollout began with parking meters in the Castro neighborhood and will continue Citywide to other neighborhoods by Spring 2012.

PayByPhone will allow customers to pay for parking at meters by cell phone, receive a reminder text when time is almost up, add time without returning to the meter and receive receipts via e-mail. Read more.