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11 posts from March 2012

03/30/2012

Water Conservation: Mayor Challenges San Franciscans to Conserve Water

Water Conservation: Mayor Challenges San Franciscans to Conserve WaterMayor Edwin M. Lee today is challenging San Francisco residents and businesses to show the nation how wisely they use water by participating in the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation – an online pledge drive to conserve water, save energy, and reduce pollution. The challenge is a friendly competition between cities across the United States to commit the public to save millions of gallons of water during April Earth Month starting today.

"Hetch Hetchy tap water is some of the best tasting water in the nation. It is also one of our City's most precious assets," said Mayor Lee. "Let’s show the rest of the nation how we in San Francisco already make every drop count. Sign the pledge to conserve water today!" Read more.

03/28/2012

Environmental Milestone: Mayor Celebrates City' Composting Achievements

Mayor Celebrates City' Composting AchievementsMayor Edwin M. Lee today announced San Francisco reached a major environmental milestone last November having collected a million tons of compostable material through Recology’s green bin program, and today, the millionth ton returns to San Francisco to be applied as nutrient-rich compost to fertilize gardens and grow healthy, organic foods.

“San Francisco is leading the way in sustainability policy and this composting achievement is another reason why we are the ‘Greenest City in North America,’” said Mayor Lee. “Recology has been a leading partner for our composting efforts and this is the ultimate full-circle moment in sustainability. Thanks to local community farmers, especially those who volunteer at Alemany Farm, for providing healthy food to our communities, fostering environmental education and promoting green jobs.” Read more.

America's Cup: Board of Supervisors Unanimously Approves Project

Board of Supervisors Unanimously Approves ProjectMayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement on the Board of Supervisors unanimous approval of the Lease and Disposition Agreement for the 34th America’s Cup events in San Francisco in 2012 and 2013, which calls for $20 million in infrastructure improvements to the waterfront by the Port of San Francisco and finalizes the venues and mitigation costs of the events:

“I applaud the Board of Supervisors for their unanimous support of the 34th America’s agreement, which will bring new jobs, international visitor spending and long-overdue waterfront improvements to our City.

I also want to thank and congratulate the America’s Cup Event Authority and the America’s Cup Organizing Committee for their partnership, hard work and steadfast commitment to San Francisco throughout this process. The America’s Cup races on San Francisco Bay later this year and in 2013 will be spectacular, bringing a global television spotlight to our beautiful Bay and to the many attractions of our wonderful City. The approvals are now in place. Let the preparations for the America’s Cup begin!”

03/27/2012

Local Hiring: Mayor Releases Report Showing Strong Local Hiring

Mayor Releases Report Showing Strong Local HiringToday Mayor Edwin M. Lee joined Supervisor John Avalos, City Administrator Naomi M. Kelly, City departments, construction industry partners and community supporters to celebrate the one year implementation anniversary of the landmark San Francisco Local Hiring Policy for Construction. The Mayor released the first Local Hire annual report showing the City reached 34 percent local hiring on City-funded construction projects, significantly exceeding the first year goal of 20 percent. Mayor Lee also announced the formation of a Local Hire Advisory Committee and the appointment of new Local Hire Director Pat Mulligan to ensure that the Local Hire policy continues provide jobs to San Francisco residents who need them most.

“On the first anniversary of our historic Local Hire law, we are proving that we can rebuild our City’s infrastructure and ensure our public investments are creating local jobs for San Franciscans,” said Mayor Lee. “As our economy recovers, we must continue implementing the next steps of our Local Hire law to ensure that City investments in rebuilding our roads, parks and sewers keep putting City residents back to work. I want to thank members of the Board of Supervisors and the community for their strong support and advocacy for reaching our Local Hire goals in the last year.” Read more.

Sharing Economy: Mayor Announces Policy Group on Collaborative Consumption

Mayor Announces Policy Group on Collaborative ConsumptionMayor Edwin M. Lee, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu and Supervisors Mark Farrell, Jane Kim and Scott Wiener today announced the nation’s first-ever policy group formed to take a comprehensive look at the economic benefits, innovative companies and emerging policy issues around the growing “sharing economy.” The sharing economy, also known as “collaborative consumption,” uses technology and social media to promote the sharing and re-use of underutilized assets such as cars, bikes, tools, rooms, spaces, skills and other goods. The growth of the sharing economy has been driven by the success of innovative companies and organizations like City CarShare, ZipCar, RelayRides, Airbnb, Getaround, Taskrabbit, Shareable, Vayable and more, many headquartered in San Francisco and creating a growing number of local jobs and local economic benefits.

“The growing ‘sharing economy’ is leveraging technology and innovation to generate new jobs and income for San Franciscans in every neighborhood and at every income level,” said Mayor Lee. “As the birthplace of this new, more sustainable ‘sharing economy,’ San Francisco must be at the forefront of nurturing its growth, modernizing our laws, and confronting emerging policy issues and concerns.” Read more.