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5 posts from April 2012

04/30/2012

Golden Gate: Celebrating the 75th Anniversary via Social Media

Honoring the 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge

May 27, 2012 marks 75 years for the Golden Gate Bridge and a wonderful opportunity to recognize the history, beauty, and ingenuity of this famous span. The City and County of San Francisco in cooperation with other regional agencies is launching a 75th anniversary program.

We have started our celebration with a photo contest to celebrate the beauty of the Bridge. The photo contest held on Facebook during the month of April, open to people from all over the world, was a huge success. People submitted, via Facebook, a lot of photos of the Bridge and then voted to select a winner. The great winning photo (shown on the right), submitted by Hanno Botha, shows the Gate emerging from the quiet night sky. Congratulations to Hanno! We also appreciate the effort of everyone who participated.

Visit the City & County of San Francisco on Facebook: http://facebook.com/sf

For more information about the 75th Anniversary celebrations visit: http://goldengatebridge75.org/

 

04/17/2012

1906 Great Quake: Mayor Highlights Anniversary and Emergency Preparedness

Mayor Highlights Anniversary and Emergency PreparednessOn the eve of the 106thanniversary of the 1906 Great Earthquake and Fire, Mayor Edwin M. Lee, DEM Director Anne Kronenberg and Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White today highlighted the importance of earthquake and emergency preparedness.

“As we observe the anniversary of the 1906 earthquake and reflect on other recent major earthquakes around the world, I encourage all San Franciscans to take steps to become better prepared for any emergency,” said Mayor Lee. “And, as we ask our citizens to be prepared, the City is also taking steps to upgrade infrastructure that will serve us during an emergency. It is critical that our water supply systems, our police and fire stations and our hospitals can rapidly respond in an emergency and stand ready to provide care and services to our residents.” Read more.

04/12/2012

Jobs for Youth: Mayor Announces Summer Jobs Initiative

Mayor Announces Summer Jobs InitiativeMayor Edwin M. Lee, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and United Way of the Bay Area today announced the launch of San Francisco Summer Jobs+, the local response to President Barack Obama’s national call to action to create pathways to employment for youth this Summer. The goal of the San Francisco Summer Jobs+ program is to partner with San Francisco businesses, nonprofits and government agencies to create 5,000 jobs and paid internships for City youth, with a focus on low-income and disconnected young people.

During the Corporate Challenge Summit today in City Hall, Mayor Lee urged San Francisco business leaders to join him in his effort to create jobs or sponsor summer internships for youth to boost the local economy and introduce new talent and skills into the San Francisco workforce. Read more.

04/05/2012

Muni Centennial: Mayor Launches SFMTA Centennial Celebration

 Mayor Launches SFMTA Centennial CelebrationToday Mayor Edwin M. Lee and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which oversees all transportation in the City, including the Municipal Railway (Muni), joined U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, Chair of the SFMTA Centennial Honorary Committee, to launch the 100th anniversary celebration of the Municipal Railway, founded on December 28, 1912.

As the first publicly-owned transit system in a major U.S. city, Muni was inaugurated by Mayor James Rolph, Jr. at Geary and Kearny streets with Car No. 1. That streetcar has been restored and will now join Muni’s historic streetcar fleet which runs on the F Market and Wharves Line. The Citywide celebration through December will include San Francisco’s transit history and the City’s current integrated surface transportation network that encompasses pedestrians, bicyclists, transit, parking, traffic and taxis. Read more.

04/04/2012

ImproveSF Initiative: Mayor Launches Civic Problem Solving Platform

Mayor Launches Civic Problem Solving PlatformMayor Edwin M. Lee today launched ImproveSF, an online social media platform that engages community problem solvers to help solve civic challenges. ImproveSF underscores the Mayor’s commitment to using innovation to provide state of the art access to information, community engagement and government efficiency.

“With shrinking budgets and increasing demand on City services, ImproveSF allows us to engage the creative and entrepreneurial people of our City to help make it work better, smarter and more efficient,” said Mayor Lee. “By embracing innovation, we make San Francisco the ‘Innovation Capital of the World,’ and celebrate and reward the incredible talent and ideas that are fostered here.” Read more.