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11 posts from June 2012

06/26/2012

MTA Fees: Muni Fares and Fees to Increase on July 1, 2012

Muni Fares and Fees to Increase on July 1, 2012The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which oversees all transportation in the city, including the Municipal Railway (Muni), today reminds customers that Muni fare increases of $1 to $2 will take effect July 1. This includes July passes and stickers purchased during the July pass sales period (June 17: Clipper sales; June 24: in-store sales). As of July 1 increases to parking fees and fines will also take effect. Increases are based on the SFMTA’s Automatic Indexing Plan (AIP) and cost recovery. The AIP is a set formula based on a combination of the Bay Area Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers (CPI-U) and the SFMTA’s labor costs. Read more.

06/22/2012

Transportation Funding: Mayor Announces Federal Funding for Mission Bay

Mayor Announces Federal Funding for Mission BayToday Mayor Edwin M. Lee joined Democratic Leader Nancy to announce a federal $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to improve transportation infrastructure in the City’s Mission Bay neighborhood.

The funding, called Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER), will support the Mission Bay/UCSF Hospital Multimodal Transportation Project by completing the remaining backbone transportation infrastructure necessary to support the dynamic Mission Bay community, representing $9 billion in combined investment from the State, the City and the private sector. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and San Francisco Building Trades joined the announcement. Read more.

06/21/2012

Boosting Tourism: Mayor Announces Moscone Center Expansion

Mayor Announces Moscone Center ExpansionMayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the development of a 25-year master plan for the expansion of Moscone Convention Center with completion of the first phase expected by early 2018.

“The recent renovations at Moscone North and South are exciting, but they don’t address San Francisco’s need for more convention and meeting space to remain competitive with cities around the world,” said Mayor Lee. “Tourism is our City’s number one industry and bringing Moscone into the 21st Century will boost our City’s economy.”

“This is one of the most utilized convention centers in the nation and many of our convention clients are simply outgrowing it,” said President and CEO of the San Francisco Travel Association Joe D’Alessandro. “Other competing cities have either recently expanded their convention centers or are planning expansions. We can’t sit back and let other cities around the world take our business away.” Read more.

TechSF Initiative: Mayor Announces New Federal Funding for Job Training

Mayor Announces New Federal Funding for Job TrainingMayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) awarded San Francisco with an additional $3 million in Workforce Innovation grants to train and reskill San Francisco residents for the City’s growing number of technology and IT jobs. The City’s TechSF Initiative received $5 million from DOL in March.

“Making sure that San Franciscans receive the skills and training they need to compete in the 21stcentury job market is a cornerstone of my economic strategy and critical to our City’s economic recovery,” said Mayor Lee. “I thank the Obama Administration for investing in public-private partnerships that strengthen workforce training and bridge the skills gap between our residents and the good paying jobs that many of our tech companies are creating right here in San Francisco.” Read more.

06/20/2012

Sustainable Development: San Francisco Joins U.N. Resilient Cities Campaign

Unisdr-logoMayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that San Francisco has become the first major U.S. city to join the United Nations’ Making Cities Resilient Campaign, an initiative to empower cities around the world to reduce the loss of life and property to disasters and protect the social, economic and environmental assets of communities.

“San Francisco has worked tirelessly to increase our overall resilience by investing in our physical infrastructure, such as our water system, and increasing the capacity of our residents and communities to respond to and rapidly recover from disasters,” said Mayor Lee.

“We welcome Mayor Edwin Lee on behalf of the people of San Francisco as the 1000th city to join the UNISDR’s Making Cities Resilient Campaign,” said U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Reduction Margareta Wahlström. “San Francisco’s participation further signifies that cities of all sizes and economic strength are prepared to take the lead on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. We are also particularly pleased to designate San Francisco as a role model city for ‘Advancing Resilience Through the Whole Community Approach’ given the City’s efforts to engage its citizens at neighborhood level in building resilience.” Read more.