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9 posts from February 2012


Paperless Initiative: Mayor and Treasurer Launch New Direct Deposit Program

Paperless Initiative: Mayor and Treasurer Launch New Direct Deposit ProgramMayor Edwin M. Lee and Treasurer José Cisneros today launched CurrenC SF, a new initiative to reduce the usage of paper paychecks in San Francisco. CurrenC SF empowers San Francisco’s businesses and workers by helping them adopt modern, innovative payroll solutions. The goal of this initiative is to achieve a fully electronic, paperless payday, helping to bring thousands of San Francisco households into the financial mainstream and reducing reliance on high-cost check cashing services.

“Direct deposit is safer, cheaper, and greener than getting paid by paper check,” said Mayor Lee. “San Francisco is a city of innovation and we are committed to increasing direct deposit and paperless pay among our own employees to lead the way to a 100 percent paperless payday that will provide for financial empowerment and greater security for our residents.” Read more.


America's Cup: Mayor Announces Venue Plan for America's Cup

America's Cup: Mayor Announces Venue Plan for America's CupMayor Edwin M. Lee and the America’s Cup Event Authority (ACEA) announced today a consolidated venue plan for the 34th America's Cup, removing Piers 30-32 for use during the America's Cup events, consolidating all racing teams at Pier 80 and build a race village at
Pier 27-29.

"We are excited to host the 34th America's Cup, one of the world's greatest international sporting events, in San Francisco and benefit from the jobs and economic impacts that come with it," said Mayor Lee. "This consolidated venue plan with the teams at Pier 80 will ensure we are ready for races this year and in 2013 and brings new investment and improvements to our City’s Southern waterfront." Read more.


Innovation in SF: Mayor Announces Innovation Portfolio

Innovation in SF: Mayor Announces Innovation PortfolioMayor Edwin M. Lee today announced his 2012 Innovation Portfolio to embrace technology and catalyze greater job creation, community engagement and government efficiency.

"The need for innovation in government has never been greater, and we must work with our greatest resource –our human capital – to find new types of solutions to old challenges," said Mayor Lee. "San Francisco is home to some of the world’s greatest talent, and through these and other innovation initiatives in 2012, we can start making government more accountable, accessible and responsive to our customers as the world’s first City 2.0." Read more.



Sunday Streets: Mayor Announces Return of Sunday Streets

Mayor Announces Return of Sunday StreetsMayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the return of the popular Sunday Streets program with a full schedule of car-free events starting Sunday, March 11th, along the Embarcadero. The eight-month Sunday Streets 2012 season opens streets to pedestrians, cyclists and people-powered wheels of all kinds by temporarily removing vehicular traffic on select Sundays, transforming street-space usually reserved for cars into recreational space for everyone to enjoy safely.

“Sunday Streets not only showcases San Francisco’s commitment to sustainability and innovation, it is a proven cost-effective way to better health for San Franciscans,” said Mayor Lee. “We’re committed to ensuring the program’s continued growth and success in 2012 and beyond. We look forward to returning to Chinatown, doing a more frequent Mission route, and adding a new route in the Southwest neighborhoods of our City to bring the benefits of Sunday Streets to more San Francisco neighborhoods.” Read more.


Transportation Funding: Federal Support for Central Subway and Rapid Transit

Federal Support for Central Subway and Rapid TransitToday Mayor Edwin M. Lee and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) announced that the federal government has once again demonstrated strong support for planned improvements to public transportation in San Francisco. President Barack Obama’s federal budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2013 includes a recommendation for $150 million in funding for the Central Subway Project and $10 million to implement bus rapid transit on Van Ness Avenue.

“These crucial investments in our City’s transportation infrastructure continue to receive strong support from the highest levels of the federal government,” said Mayor Lee. “We thank President Obama, Democratic Leader Pelosi, Senators Feinstein and Boxer and all our federal partners for their consistent leadership and their commitment to improving public transit, creating jobs and investing in San Francisco.” Read more.