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13 posts from October 2012


Green Initiative: City's Expanded Checkout Bag Ordinance Takes Effect

Green Initiative: City's Expanded Checkout Bag Ordinance Takes EffectOctober 1st is the first effective day of San Francisco's expanded checkout bag ordinance. To help shoppers understand the new ordinance, San Francisco's Department of the Environment will kickoff a multi-lingual citywide consumer education campaign to encourage shoppers to bring their own bag when shopping. The campaign will include the distribution of over 17,000 free reusable bags.

San Francisco's Checkout Bag Ordinance is designed to decrease the number of single use bags and eliminate single use plastic bags, which harm marine life, often end up as litter and clog street drains, and are difficult to recycle. All retailers are now required to stop distribution of single use plastic checkout bags. Additionally they must charge 10 cents for each paper or reusable checkout bag they give out. To avoid the bag charge, customers can bring their own bag when shopping. WIC and food stamp customers are not subject to the bag charge. On October 1, 2013, the ordinance expands
to include restaurants and require bag charges for certified compostable plastics bags. Read more.


Innovation Month: Mayor Launches Code for America 2013 Partnership

Innovation Month: Mayor Launches Code for America 2013 PartnershipMayor Edwin M. Lee today announced on the first day to kick off Innovation Month that San Francisco has been selected as a partner city for Code for America's 2013 Fellowship Program. Through this program, Code for America will recruit top talent from the tech industry to give them a year in San Francisco, building civic software that will help create greater government efficiency, economic development, and citizen engagement.  

"San Francisco is proud to have Code for America as part of our innovation ecosystem," said Mayor Lee. "We have partnered with Code for America on many innovation initiatives, and we are very excited to continue to lead the way in driving solutions for tough social and civic challenges that will ultimately aid in building our economy, help generate jobs and further strengthen the bridge between San Francisco's innovative citizens, private partners and local government." Read more.


Maritime History: Mayor Kicks Off Fleet Week Celebration

Mayor Kicks Off Fleet Week CelebrationMayor Edwin M. Lee today kicked off the celebration of the 31st Anniversary of San Francisco Fleet Week and highlighted the lineup for San Francisco Fleet Week 2012.

“Fleet Week is a San Francisco tradition and we take this opportunity to salute the men and women in uniform serving and protecting our country,” said Mayor Lee. “During Fleet Week in San Francisco, we are promoting greater preparedness for the next emergency or disaster and are reflecting on our shared humanitarian assistance to those in need around the world.”

San Francisco and Fleet Week share a long and storied history that originated in 1908 with the arrival of the “Great White Fleet” to the Bay during their round-the-world 14-month long voyage. Over the years, millions more San Franciscans have welcomed the United States Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard making this Fleet Week one of the City’s most treasured traditions. In 1981, under the leadership of Mayor Dianne Feinstein, the modern Fleet Week tradition began by honoring the dedicated men and women of the sea services. Read more.