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9 posts from December 2011


Mayor Welcomes Residents to City Hall Open House

Mayor Welcomes Residents to City Hall Open HouseSan Francisco to Open City Hall Doors to Public on Sunday, December 18th with Holiday Snow Park & Other Family Activities in Civic Center Plaza

Mayor Edwin M. Lee and First Lady Anita Lee today announced that City Hall will open its doors and offices to the public for the San Francisco Season of Giving City Hall Open House on Sunday, December 18th from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Civic Center Plaza will host family activities, including a children’s snow park, the entire weekend.

“The holidays are a time for family and friends to gather in celebration of all we have to be thankful for and the new year ahead, but it is also a time to reflect on how our City can help those in need this holiday season,” said Mayor Lee. “On Sunday, Anita and I want to invite all families from across the City to join us for the San Francisco Season of Giving City Hall Open House.” Read more.

Mayor Announces New Housing Initiative for Homeless

Mayor Announces New Housing Initiative for HomelessNew Initiative with San Francisco Housing Authority, Human Services Agency & Public-Private Partnership with Benioff Family and salesforce.com Foundation to House Homeless Families Before the End of the Year

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced a new $3 million Home for the Holidays initiative to provide housing for San Francisco homeless families. Beginning immediately, the initiative will target families in San Francisco in immediate need with children in public schools to move them into vacant public housing units or provide rent subsidies for rental units in the private market. Key to funding this program involves the rental subsidy portion that includes the formation of a public and private partnership between Marc and Lynne Benioff of salesforce.com, community based non-profit organizations and the City in order to provide immediate relief to families in need and a home for the holidays. Read more.


Mayor Announces S.F. Minimum Wage Increase

Mayor Announces S.F. Minimum Wage increaseMayor Edwin M. Lee today announced today that the City’s minimum wage will be adjusted to $10.24 per hour from $9.92 per hour, reflecting a change of 3.2 percent, effective January 1, 2012.

“This wage increase will help the City’s lowest paid workers to keep pace with inflation and also protect consumer spending of San Francisco’s working families, which will be a boost to our local economic recovery efforts,” said Mayor Lee.

The Minimum Wage Ordinance, passed by the voters in November 2003, calls for annual rate adjustments based on the previous year’s Consumer Price Index for urban wage earners in the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose metropolitan area. Read more.


Mayor Rolls Out Central Market Economic Strategy

Mayor Rolls Out Central Market Economic StrategyMayor Edwin M. Lee today launched the Central Market Economic Strategy, the result of a 10-month public process that has resulted in a roadmap to stabilize, revitalize and transform Central Market. Enhanced safety services are one of the primary components of the Economic Strategy, which includes the City’s new Central Market Community Safety Ambassadors Program.

“We have an historic opportunity to leverage the energy and momentum that is building here to create an eclectic cultural arts, small business, entertainment and innovation economy hub in Central Market,” said Mayor Lee. “The Central Market Economic Strategy is a roadmap to guide our efforts to create jobs, stabilize the community and improve the quality of life for area residents, businesses, workers, and visitors.” Read more.