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14 posts from May 2012

05/31/2012

New FY 2012-14 Budget: Mayor Presents Proposed Balanced Budget

New FY 2012-14 Budget: Mayor Presents Proposed Balanced BudgetMayor Edwin M. Lee today presented his proposed two-year balanced budget for Fiscal Years 2012-13 and 2013-14. The City's first Two-Year Budget closed a projected $263 million General Fund deficit for the coming Fiscal Year 2012-13 and $375 million deficit for Fiscal Year 2013-14. The Mayor's proposed balance budget is the result of hard work and collaboration by the City's elected officials, residents, departments, community organizations, employees and a wide range of other stakeholders. 

"Because of the discipline we have put into our budget process with Two-Year Budgets and Five-Year Financial Planning, the strategic investments we have made in job creation, and our commitment to reforming our pension and health care systems, San Francisco's economy is now recovering and our reserves are growing," said Mayor Lee. "This is good news, but it did not come without commitment and sacrifice. We can now continue our investment in job creation and growing our economy while sparing the City the deep cuts we have experienced over the last several years. The hard work is not done. We must remain fiscally responsible and continue the structural reforms and good government policies we pursued that helped us get to this point. This budget reflects my commitment to innovate, create jobs and invest in our City's infrastructure, housing, small businesses and neighborhoods." Read more.

05/30/2012

New Research Center: Mayor Announces New Veterans Medical Center Opening

New Research Center: Mayor Announces New Veterans Medical Center OpeningMayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center will open a 42,000 square foot research center in Mission Bay. The new Medical Center will locate at 1700 Owens across from UCSF's Mission Bay Campus close to UCSF and the Mission Bay life sciences community. 

"Mission Bay offers the VA an unrivaled location for science, collaboration and the discovery of improved treatments for our nation’s veterans," said Mayor Lee. "The relocation of these VA research programs to Mission Bay brings cutting edge research in HIV/AIDS, health services, neurosciences and bone disease to the center of the Mission Bay science and innovation cluster. I am incredibly proud to welcome the VA to Mission Bay." Read more.

Public Safety Funding: Mayor Releases Police and Fire Staffing Plans

SFPD-SFFDMayor Edwin M. Lee today joined Police Chief Greg Suhr and Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White to announce a multi-year comprehensive staffing plan to increase the number of uniformed men and women to protect the community and serve San Francisco’s neighborhood residents.

The San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) six-year hiring plan will satisfy the City Charter mandated 1,971 full duty officers. In the Mayor’s proposed two year budget, SFPD will hold six Police Academy classes and hire 300 officers (50 per class) over the next two years. SFPD will continue to hire three classes of 50 officers over the next six-year period and is anticipated to reach the City Charter mandate of 1,971 full duty officers by June 2018.

In the next six years, the San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD) will hold six Fire Academy classes and one Emergency Medical Technicians class to restore staffing levels in order to use less overtime. Read more.

05/29/2012

Small Business Funding: Mayor Announces Commercial District Funding

Small_business_fundingMayor Edwin M. Lee today announced new commitments to neighborhood commercial districts and small businesses in his proposed two year budget. The budget will more than double grants funding to $1.5 million; add $4 million to dramatically expand loans and other grants specifically targeted at neighborhood small businesses; double the team that works full time in neighborhood commercial corridors to streamline permitting and link small businesses with City programs and resources; and launch the Jobs Squad to help neighborhood small businesses get expert City staff out of City Hall and into the neighborhoods.

Mayor Lee was joined by Board Budget Chair Supervisor Carmen Chu, District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim, area business owners, neighborhood residents and leaders, community-based groups, and City department heads to make the announcement in Little Saigon in the Uptown Tenderloin Historic District neighborhood. Read more.

05/24/2012

COIT Tower: Mayor Announces Funding to Restore Tower

Coit_towerMayor Edwin M. Lee and Board President David Chiu today announced a $1.7 million fund to repair Coit Tower and restore the tower's internal historic Works Progress Administration murals.

"I have directed the Recreation and Park Department and the Arts Commission to work with the Board of Supervisors to find ways to restore historic Coit Tower," said Mayor Lee. "Together, we are building the momentum to further protect a treasured San Francisco landmark."

"Protecting the future of Coit Tower is one of my top priorities, and I have been working with the Recreation and Park Department and the Arts Commission to identify the needs and to secure the funding for maintenance work on the building as well as mural restoration," said Board President Chiu, whose Supervisor district includes the landmark.  "Now, we can move forward on the improvements that this iconic piece of San Francisco's skyline deserves." Read more.