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6 posts from July 2012

07/25/2012

City Budget: Mayor Signs Balanced Budget for FYs 2012-14

City Budget: Mayor Signs Balanced Budget for FYs 2012-14Mayor Edwin M. Lee today signed San Francisco’s first-ever two-year balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2012-13 and 2013-14 after the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved it yesterday. 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.

“This two-year balanced budget invests in our people, our neighborhoods and our critical infrastructure to create jobs for our residents and expand support for public safety, small business, our schools and the social safety net in San Francisco,” said Mayor Lee. “I’m especially proud that, in an era of declining support from the State and Federal governments and amidst bitter partisan divides in Sacramento and Washington, we in San Francisco have worked together to build consensus and embrace pension, health and long-term fiscal reforms that increase our reserves and boost our economic recovery for the future. I want to thank all the members of the Board of Supervisors, especially Budget Chair Carmen Chu, as well as business, labor and community organizations, for their hard work and involvement this year to develop our first-ever two-year balanced budget.” Read more.

07/23/2012

Transportation Funding: Mayor Announces Fed Funding to Improve Muni

Transportation Funding: Mayor Announces Fed Funding to Improve MuniMayor Edwin M. Lee today announced San Francisco awarded more than $21 million in U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Livability and State of Good Repair grants to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) for frontline Muni service enhancements and new, low-floor biodiesel-electric hybrid buses – critical investments that will optimize existing Muni transit service and improve the customer experience. 

"As the FTA makes a tremendous investment in public transit across the nation, we are pleased are highlighting San Francisco, as we are making significant changes to improve transit service for Muni riders and sustain our system for many years to come," said Mayor Lee. "I want to thank the Obama Administration and FTA Deputy Administrator McMillan for providing critical funds for San Francisco's transit future and our Congressional delegation for their support in creating a 21st Century transportation system." Read more.

07/20/2012

Sunday Streets: 2012 Season Opens

Sunday Streets: 2012 Season OpensThe eight-month Sunday Streets 2012 season opens streets to pedestrians, cyclists and people-powered wheels of all kinds by temporarily removing vehicular traffic on select Sundays, transforming street-space usually reserved for cars into recreational space for everyone to enjoy safely.

Sunday Streets is a series of events put on by the City of San Francisco to encourage health, community and fun, inspired by similar events in cities throughout the world.  A Sunday Streets event creates a large, temporary, public space by closing off stretches of a neighborhood’s streets to automobile traffic, and opening them to pedestrians, bicyclists, and activities for several hours on a predetermined Sunday. Read more.

07/09/2012

Airport Expansion: Mayor Breaks Ground on New SFO Control Tower

Mayor Breaks Ground on New SFO Control TowerToday Mayor Edwin M. Lee joined U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, Acting Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael P. Huerta, and San Francisco International Airport (SFO) Director John L. Martin to officially break ground on SFO’s new air traffic control tower between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, east of the existing tower.

“The construction of SFO’s new air traffic control tower will provide the Airport with the most technologically advanced facility in the nation,” said Mayor Lee. “We are investing in our City’s critical infrastructure, providing a world-class International Airport and putting our residents back to work.”

“We’re building a world class tower for a world class airport,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood. “Hundreds of Bay Area construction workers will be employed in well-paying jobs while building this project to the strictest seismic standards.” Read more.

07/05/2012

Green Neighborhoods: Mayor Announces Neighborhood Improvement Grants

Green Neighborhoods: Mayor Announces Neighborhood Improvement GrantToday Mayor Edwin M. Lee and City Administrator Naomi Kelly announced 28 award recipients of the Community Challenge Grant Program (CCG), which provides matching grants to local residents, businesses, schools,
non-profits and other community groups to make greening and beautification improvements, totaling $832,600. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) also contributes funding to CCG projects which provide stormwater benefits to the City’s sewer system. 

"Community Challenge Grants allow the City to partner with our diverse communities to make immediate improvements to our public spaces," said Mayor Lee. "We are inspired by these twenty-eight innovative projects that will bring neighbors together to keep the City beautiful and make real, long-term investments in our neighborhoods." Read more.