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6 posts from August 2012


Visiting SF: Labor Day Events in San Francisco

David Yu photograph of San Francisco's Marshall Beach at SunsetSan Francisco is a wonderful place to celebrate Labor day weekend. The City offers many type of activities to suit all tastes and interest. Spend Labor Day weekend getting up close and personal with the largest mammals known to mankind. Sport your kilt at the 147th annual Scottish Highland Gathering and Games. Channel your “inner-force” at the 2nd Annual Star Wars Day at AT&T Park. Even experience an earthquake at the California Academy of Sciences. Whatever your interests, San Francisco awaits, offering a memorable holiday weekend for all.
We started our celebrations with a photo contest focused on San Francisco's beaches. The photo contest held on Facebook during the month of August, open to people from all over the world, was a success. People submitted, via Facebook, a lot of photos of the various San Francisco beaches and then voted to select a winner. The great winning photo (shown on the right), submitted by David Yu, shows San Francisco's Marshall Beach at Sunset. Congratulations to David for his #1 winning submission! We also appreciate the effort of everyone who participated.
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For more information about Labor Day events visit the SF Travel Association: http://www.sanfrancisco.travel/todo/San-Francisco-Labor-Day-Weekend-Highlights-To-Do.html


America's Cup: Mayor Welcomes America's Cup World Series Races

Mayor Welcomes America's Cup World Series RacesThe America's Cup World Series (ACWS) Season Two kicks off in the summer of 2012 in the United States, with two events in San Francisco.
The opening event, from August 21-26, 2012, will feature eight teams from across the globe (as the teams continue to hone their skills on the physically-challenging AC45 wing-sailed catamarans.
The America's Cup Village for the first ACWS will be located at Marina Green, along San Francisco's northern waterfront. Admission is FREE and each day has a full program of food, fun, fast boats and family entertainment


City Sheriff: Results of Official Misconduct Hearings

Results of Official Misconduct Hearings on Ross Mirkarimi Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement regarding the Ethics Commission’s recommendation to the Board of Supervisors concerning charges of official misconduct against Ross Mirkarimi:

“I am pleased that the members of the Ethics Commission, following a careful review of the evidence, and in the face of a sustained campaign to distract and misdirect them from the facts, agreed with me that Ross Mirkarimi’s actions constitute official misconduct and fall below the ethical conduct we expect of the sheriff, our top law enforcement officer.

It is now up to the 11 members of the Board of Supervisors to carefully weigh the evidence before them and consider the facts around Ross Mirkarimi’s official misconduct. The members of the Ethics Commission have sent a powerful message and strong case to the Board of Supervisors for why Ross Mirkarimi is unfit to serve the people of San Francisco as Sheriff. Read more.


Historic Preservation: Mayor Signs War Memorial Improvement Legislation

Mayor Signs War Memorial Improvement LegislationMayor Edwin M. Lee today signed legislation to fund War Memorial Veterans Building infrastructure improvements after the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved it on July 31, 2012. Funding will allow the City to invest in infrastructure and creates jobs for residents.

“The War Memorial Veterans Building is one of our most treasured historic buildings and we can now continue to tell the stories of our nation’s heroes and the people of our City for generations to come,” said Mayor Lee. “This legislation makes seismic upgrades, increased safety and greater accessibility possible while fulfilling my top priority of putting San Franciscans back to work.”

The project includes seismic upgrades and earthquake damage repair, improvements to preserve building facilities, accessibility upgrades and energy efficiency upgrades. The Department of Public Works will manage the project, including providing architectural services. Read more.


Improving Transit: Mayor Signs Transit Center District Plan

Improving Transit: Mayor Signs Transit Center District PlanMayor Edwin M. Lee today signed the San Francisco Transit Center District Plan after the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved it on July 31, 2012, confirming the City’s commitment to developing a new commercial corridor envisioned in the downtown Plan and helping to finance the multi-modal Transbay Transit Center already underway.

“This district will be transformed from an area once dominated by automobiles to lively streets, abundant parks and more open spaces,” said Mayor Lee. “With even more transit service planned for the future and the new transit center now under construction, this is the best place to accommodate growth in the City. We can build and improve our City while creating jobs for our residents and supporting our continued economic recovery.” Read more.