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12 posts from January 2012


Terminal Construction Begins: Mayor Breaks Ground for America's Cup Event

Construction Begins: Mayor Breaks Ground for America's Cup EventMayor Edwin M. Lee today broke ground on the long-awaited Port of San Francisco's James R. Herman Cruise Terminal at Pier 27. Last week, the Board of Supervisors upheld the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) on the new Cruise Terminal and 34th America's Cup events in San Francisco, allowing for construction to begin immediately.

"Today we break ground on this key Port infrastructure project in our City's preparations to host the 34th America's Cup that will bring thousands of new jobs and nearly a billion dollars in economic impacts," said Mayor Lee. "The Cruise Terminal is a great example of how San Francisco is leveraging the resources and energy of the 34th America's Cup for jobs and long term economic benefits for the City. The hard work by our partners across our City from City staff to the America's Cup Event Authority and Race Management to the America's Cup Organizing Committee with the community ensures that the 34th America's Cup will be exciting, sustainable and successful series of events in San Francisco history and leave a legacy along our City's waterfront for generations." Read more.


Sustainable Transport: San Francisco Receives Transport Award

San Francisco Receives Transport AwardMayor Edwin Lee today announced that San Francisco received the 2012 Sustainable Transport Award from the Institute for Transportation and Developmental Policy, for the City’s innovative parking management system and cycling and public space improvements. SFMTA Director Ed Reiskin accepted the award during the Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting in Washington D.C.

“San Francisco is taking on problems all cities face, such as congestion and the need for clean transportation and open space, and finding innovative solutions that are being modeled throughout the country,” said Mayor Lee. Read more.


Investing in Growth: Mayor Announces Funding for Small Businesses

Mayor Announces Funding for Small BusinessesMayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that he will make $1.5 million dollars immediately available to small businesses in San Francisco through the City’s successful Small Business Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to support business expansion and job creation.

“Making capital available to San Francisco’s small businesses is the key to supporting economic growth in our neighborhoods and creating new jobs,” said Mayor Lee. “There is nothing worse than seeing vacant store fronts on our vibrant neighborhood commercial corridors.  I will continue to identify additional capital to leverage the success of the revolving loan fund to support existing small businesses and help entrepreneurs looking to open up shop.” Read more.


Improving Neighborhoods: Mayor Announces Revitalization of Ocean Ave

Improving Neighborhoods: Mayor Announces Revitalization of Ocean AveMayor Edwin M. Lee today announced new leases for a number of long-term vacancies along Ocean Avenue in the Oceanview Merced Ingleside neighborhood, representing a substantial drop in the vacancy rate from 9.5 percent in January 2011 to 6.8 percent today. The attraction of new businesses meets neighborhood needs for groceries, financial services and full-service restaurants with Whole Foods, Chase Bank, and Champa Garden Thai restaurant, a Michelin recommended restaurant based in Oakland moving in. 

"By working hand in hand with the community, we are attracting new businesses and creating a more vibrant Ocean Avenue," said Mayor Lee. "As we move forward it is my goal to continue to secure resources to support commercial corridors and the small businesses that make up the backbone of our economy." Read more.



Leading Innovation: Mayor to Lead Innovation Task Force of U.S. Mayors

Leading Innovation: Mayor to Lead Innovation Task Force of U.S. MayorsMayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the formation of a Technology and Innovation Task Force at the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) that will demonstrate how cities can support growth of technology and new economy jobs and foster innovation in local governments through technology and transparency. Los Angeles Mayor and USCM President Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa appointed Mayor Lee to lead the newly formed task force today at the 80th Winter Meeting of the USCM. The Task Force is designed to identify and define mayoral innovation and technology priorities and to inform and advise the work of Congress and the Administration.

"Technology and new economy companies and the people behind them are the engines of innovation and job creation and, as cities, we must support policies that foster their growth and ensure our residents are educated and prepared for the 21st century economy," said Mayor Lee. "Cities must be laboratories for innovation across the nation to create new jobs, improve government transparency and efficiency and build new public-private partnerships." Read more.