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12 posts from January 2012

01/18/2012

Internet Legislation: Mayor's Statement on SOPA & PIPA

Mayor's Statement on SOPA and PIPAMayor Lee today issued the following statement on two bills currently being considered in Congress – U.S. House of Representatives H.R. 3261 Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and U.S. Senate S.968 Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA):

“Innovative technology and new media companies in the San Francisco Bay Area and across the nation are creating hundreds of thousands of good jobs and driving our economic recovery. While protecting intellectual property against piracy is extremely important, we must not take steps that stifle the free exchange of information on the internet or harm critical engines for jobs and economic growth. Read more.

01/12/2012

Housing Funding: Mayor Creates Housing Trust Fund Working Group

Housing Funding: Mayor Creates Housing Trust Fund Working GroupMayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the creation of the Housing Trust Fund Working Group. The broad working group is tasked with designing a ballot measure that would create a permanent source of revenue to fund the creation of housing that is affordable to low income, moderate income and middle-class households in San Francisco. Mayor Lee will work with the Board of Supervisors and the community to develop a measure for the November 2012 Ballot.

"If we can come together to tackle tough issues like pension reform, we can surely work together to create a permanent source of revenue to fund the production of housing in San Francisco at every level of the economic spectrum," said Mayor Lee. "Affordable and middle class housing are critical to the economic diversity and economic vitality of our City. With the elimination of affordable housing and a nearly 50 percent decrease in federal affordable housing funds this year alone, we must innovate locally to ensure San Francisco remains a place that everyone can call home." Read more.

01/10/2012

Health Funding: Mayor Announces New HIV/AIDS Funding

Health Funding: Mayor Announcement New HIV/AIDS FundingToday Mayor Edwin M. Lee joined by Supervisors Scott Wiener, David Campos and Christina Olague announced the introduction at the Board of Supervisors a $1.8 million budget supplemental for HIV/AIDS care and treatment funding to protect essential services to the City’s most vulnerable despite severe budget shortfalls.

“Building upon the tremendous leadership of Leader Pelosi in Congress on the reauthorization of the Ryan White Care Act, San Francisco will continue to sustain investments in HIV/AIDS care and treatment,” said Mayor Lee. “Despite continued historic budget challenges, we remain committed to funding critical care services for those living with HIV/AIDS in San Francisco.” Read more.

01/09/2012

New D5 Supervisor: Mayor Appoints Olague as District 5 Supervisor

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today appointed Christina Olague as District 5 Supervisor, filling the vacancy left by Ross Mirkarimi.

Mayor Appoints Olague as District 5 Supervisor"Christina Olague is my appointment for District 5 Supervisor," said Mayor Lee. "As a low-income tenant and immigration advocate, she shares my values in making government more fair and responsive for San Francisco residents. She has been a voice for our neighborhoods and has proven through her voting record on the Planning Commission that what San Francisco needs most right now is job creation and revitalizing our local economy."

Supervisorial District 5 is comprised of a variety of neighborhoods including the Inner Sunset, Haight Ashbury, Lower Haight, Fillmore, Western Addition, Parnassus Heights, North Panhandle, Anza Vista, Lower Pacific Heights, Japantown, part of Hayes Valley, part of Ashbury Heights and part of UCSF Parnassus Heights. Read more.

01/06/2012

Innovation in Government: Mayor Announces Technology Partnership

Code for America logo

Edwin M. Lee today announced today a partnership with Code for America to launch the world’s first Civic Startup Accelerator. Based in downtown San Francisco, the Code for America Accelerator will support entrepreneurs that launch companies to make City government more responsive, efficient and connected. Tapping into the high tech entrepreneurial spirit and talent in San Francisco to improve government is included in Mayor Lee’s 17-Point Roadmap to Good Jobs and Opportunity.

“San Francisco is home to some of the world’s greatest entrepreneurs, the ones who have ‘disrupted’ numerous industries and made our City a hub for innovation,” said Mayor Lee. “The challenge now is to bring those same disruptive technologies to make government more accountable and engaged, and make San Francisco, the world’s first City 2.0.” Read more.