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7 posts from September 2012


Quality of Life: San Francisco Named Best City by BusinessWeek

San Francisco Named Best City by BusinessWeekMayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that San Francisco has received the distinction as America’s Best City in Bloomberg Businessweek.com’s 2012 best places to live ranking. San Francisco topped their list of 100 American cities researched.

“It’s certainly an honor for San Francisco to be named ‘America’s Best City,’ and it’s great to get recognition for the good work San Franciscans have done,” said Mayor Lee. “San Francisco is committed to being the best place to live, work and visit, and there is nowhere else on earth where you will find the economic opportunities and world-class events found in our great City.”

San Francisco ranked first overall due to an impressive performance across the board, with the highest score for education, ranking sixth in leisure and placing in the top 20 for economic factors and air quality. Because of the endless stream of international sporting events and cultural celebrations being held in San Francisco, thousands of tourists pour into the City every day and will continue to do so for years. The wealth of food trucks, restaurants, bars and parks make it one of the most unique and diverse places to live in the world. Read more.

Water System: Mayor Announces Sutro Reservoir Groundbreaking

Mayor Lee Announces Sutro Reservoir GroundbreakingSan Francisco Water, Power and Sewer is rapidly moving forward with the Water System Improvement Program (WSIP) to create long-lasting improvements to our aging water infrastructure and sustain the quality of life for our 2.5 million residential, commercial, and industrial customers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Approximately one-third of delivered water goes to retail customers in San Francisco, while wholesale deliveries to 26 suburban agencies in Alameda, Santa Clara, and San Mateo counties comprise the other two-thirds. Built in the early to mid-1900s, many parts of the system are nearing the end of their working life, with crucial portions crossing over or near to three major earthquake faults. In 2002, we launched the $4.6 billion WSIP to repair, replace, and seismically upgrade the system’s deteriorating pipelines, tunnels, reservoirs, pump stations, storage tanks, and dams. The program is funded by a bond measure that was approved by San Francisco voters in November 2002 and includes more than 80 projects throughout the service area – from San Francisco to the Central Valley – to be completed by midyear 2016.   Read more.


Green Energy: Board of Supervisors Approves CleanPowerSF Program

Green Energy: Board of Supervisors Approves CleanPowerSF ProgramThe San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved CleanPowerSF for launch in mid-2013. CleanPowerSF is San Francisco's custom-tailored Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program that will offer San Francisco residents a 100% renewable energy alternative. The Board of Supervisors vote (8-3) was the last major legislative hurdle CleanPowerSF needed prior to launch. CleanPowerSF will be operated by the City's municipal power provider, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC).

"San Francisco's dream for a clean energy future has finally become reality," said Local Agency Formation Commission Chair and Supervisor David Campos. "When CleanPowerSF launches in 2013, San Francisco's 100% renewable energy program will stimulate the local economy, create jobs and most importantly, secure our independent, clean energy future." Read more.


Remembering 9/11: Mayor Commemorates 9/11 Tragedy

911_11sep12Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement on remembering and commemorating the tragic September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States:

"We will always honor and remember those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on September 11th, and San Francisco joins all Americans in mourning on this day, the eleventh anniversary.

The world has forever changed since that day and working together with City agencies, law enforcement and community partners, San Francisco is stronger, better prepared for emergencies and more resilient than ever. We will continue to honor the memories of the first responders and victims who died on 9/11 by working together to keep our City safe." Read more.

Promoting Innovation: Mayor Proclaims October as Innovation Month

Promoting Innovation: Mayor Proclaims October as Innovation MonthMayor Edwin M. Lee today announced during his remarks at TechCrunch Disrupt SF that October 2012 is Innovation Month in San Francisco. This declaration is both a celebration and a call to action to highlight the City’s need to further embrace technology and catalyze greater job creation, community engagement and government efficiency through innovation.

"Innovation can drive solutions to social and civic challenges, it can help build our economy and it can help generate jobs," said Mayor Lee. "As the Innovation Capital of the World, San Francisco is home to the top technology and creative talent in the world, and we continue to attract companies such as Pinterest and Twitter because we have created an environment that embraces and celebrates innovation. The month will highlight and promote innovation in both the civic and private sectors to create a better San Francisco." Read more.