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11 posts from March 2012


Sheriff Appointment: Mayor Appoints Hennessy as New Sheriff

Sheriff Appointment: Mayor Appoints Hennessy as New SheriffMayor Edwin M. Lee today announced he is suspending Sheriff Mirkarimi following his guilty plea for false imprisonment and appointing veteran law enforcement official Vicki Hennessy as Sheriff. 

"Ross Mirkarimi has now pled guilty to falsely imprisoning his wife. After careful review of the City Charter and the evidence before me, I am suspending and formally charging Ross Mirkarimi with official misconduct," said Mayor Lee. "I take this action with every conviction that I am acting on a firm legal basis and doing what is in the best interest of the people of San Francisco. I am appointing law enforcement veteran Vicki Hennessy as the Sheriff. With her nearly 35 years of experience, I have no doubt that she will get the job done, lead the Sheriff's Department and support the good work of our Sheriff's staff and deputies." Read more.


Technology Adoption: Mayor Announces New Technology Accelerator

Technology Adoption:  Mayor Announces New Technology AcceleratorMayor Edwin M. Lee today joined by Canadian Ambassador to the United States Gary Doer and the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3) announced the opening of a Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA@MissionBay), a new biotech incubator for Canadian life sciences firms. Located at UCSF's Mission Bay Campus, the Canadian Technology Accelerator brings four new life sciences companies to San Francisco. 

"San Francisco sits firmly at the intersection of cutting edge life sciences innovation and global collaboration," said Mayor Lee. "The opening of the Canadian Technology Accelerator in Mission Bay underscores the strength of San Francisco's entrepreneurial ecosystem and reinforces the City's place as the 'Innovation Capital of the World.' I am thrilled to welcome these four new Canadian life sciences companies to San Francisco and want to thank Ambassador Doer and QB3 for their leadership in making the CTA a reality." Read more.


Charging Stations: SF Hits Milestone for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Charging Stations: San Francisco Hits Milestone for Electric Vehicle Charging StationsToday Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Assemblymember Fiona Ma joined the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) and the Department of the Environment to announce the completion of the City's first round of electric vehicle (EV) charging station installations in City-owned parking facilities. The 26 newly installed EV charging stations will join existing units currently installed at San Francisco International Airport and on Treasure Island. In total, the City now operates 49 publicly accessible EV charging stations at 14 locations, offering 100 percent greenhouse gas-free Hetch Hetchy power.

"We're making it easier for residents to charge their electric cars anywhere in San Francisco – from SFO to Treasure Island,” said Mayor Lee. “Our future lies beyond oil, and in San Francisco we are investing in the innovation and infrastructure that will jump start our green future today. We are using clean Hetch Hetchy power to charge electric vehicles and in the process we are improving air quality, reducing greenhouse gas, and creating green jobs.” Read more.


TechSF Grant: Mayor Launches Workforce Tech Training Initiative

TechSF Grant: Mayor Launches Workforce Tech Training InitiativeMayor Edwin M. Lee today launched TechSF to train and reskill San Francisco residents for the City's growing number of technology and IT jobs, announcing a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor's Technical Skills Training Grants program to jumpstart funding for the City's major new workforce training initiative. Mayor Lee was joined at the announcement at Year Up Bay Area by members of the Board of Supervisors, U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s Office and partners from technology companies and workforce training organizations. 

"Ensuring San Francisco residents have the skills and training they need to work in our City's growing number of high tech jobs is a cornerstone of our economic strategies and critical to making sure our economic recovery reaches every neighborhood of our City," said Mayor Lee. "This major grant from the Department of Labor for our TechSF initiative will bring City residents, technology companies and our workforce training partners together to train and reskill our residents to 'win the future' for San Francisco, in the words of President Obama. I want to thank the President, Secretary Solis and Leader Pelosi for strengthening public-private partnerships and investing in workforce training for our residents so that they can get the good jobs so many of our tech companies are creating right here in San Francisco today." Read more.

Budget Sessions: Mayor Launches Series to Engage Residents in City Budget

Mayor Launches Series to Engage Residents in City BudgetMayor Edwin M. Lee today announced a number of Community Engagement events to get the public more involved in the budget process and educate residents about the Mayor’s budget principles as he builds a balanced two-year budget. The Mayor will co-host District Based Budget Town Halls with the Board of Supervisors and will also provide online forums to hear directly from San Franciscans about their budget priorities and ideas; and their  issues and concerns as the City balances its first ever two-year budget.

“We need to hear directly from our residents about the issues that matter most to them,” said Mayor Lee. “We must build a balanced budget that not only ensures that San Franciscans get the city services they need, but one that will set the City on a steady course to fiscal solvency. My goal is to stimulate the local economy, create good jobs, and encourage innovative efficiencies within City departments and programs, and I am eager to share these principles with the public and hear directly from them.” Read more.