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5 posts from April 2013


Jobs for Youth: Mayor Launches Summer Jobs Initiatives

Jobs for Youth: Mayor Launches Summer Jobs InitiativesToday Mayor Edwin M. Lee and the United Way of the Bay Area along with City Departments and private sector employers announced the launch of Summer Jobs+ 2013, challenging employers this summer to create 6,000 jobs and paid internships for San Francisco youth. Mayor Lee’s Summer Jobs+ 2013 will connect San Francisco employers with low-income and disconnected San Francisco youth. 

"Last year, San Francisco worked together to answer President Obama's call to provide meaningful work experience and a paycheck to San Francisco youth," said Mayor Lee. "We not only answered that call, but exceeded our own aggressive goals of 5,000 jobs than 5,300 young adults in jobs and paid internships for the summer and beyond," said Mayor Lee. "We are setting an even more ambitious goal for 2013 to create meaningful employment opportunities for our young people so we set them up for success now and in the future. I am again calling upon employers across San Francisco to join us in supporting the future of our young people." Read more.


City Budget: Mayor's Online Budget Town Hall

Mayor's Online Budget Town HallJoin Mayor Ed Lee, Supervisor Mark Farrell, and Budget Director Kate Howard for a discussion about budget priorities and innovative ideas for cost-savings in San Francisco.

Questions about the City’s budget priorities and/or ideas for innovative cost-saving  can be sent via email to mayoredwinlee@sfgov.org and/or twitter via hashtag #SFBudget.

WATCH ONLINE ON:  Thursday, May 2nd, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

For more background on the Mayor’s Budget you can visit the Mayor’s Budget Website and the City’s new spending transparency portal.


Seismic Safety: Mayor Signs New Seismic Retrofit Legislation

Seismic Safety: Mayor Signs New Seismic Retrofit LegislationToday Mayor Edwin M. Lee joined the Board of Supervisors and City Officials to mark the 107th anniversary of the 1906 Great Earthquake and Fire at the yearly commemoration at Lotta's Fountain in downtown San Francisco, and signed into law the Mandatory Seismic Retrofit Program for Soft Story Wood Frame Buildings, that will seismically strengthen thousands of buildings in San Francisco. 

"In order to be a truly resilient City, we must protect our residents and make sure their homes are safe after a major seismic event," said Mayor Lee. "This mandatory seismic retrofit program will protect San Franciscans, protect our housing stock and ensure San Francisco can rapidly recover from the next earthquake. Today, we renew our commitment to making sure that disasters such as the 1906 Earthquake and Fire do not devastate our City again." Read more.


City Budget: Mayor and Supervisors Announce Budget Townhalls

Townhall_budget041513Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the dates for community engagement events to get the public more involved in the City’s budget process and hear from residents about their budget priorities to build a balanced two-year budget for San Francisco. Mayor Lee will co-host District-based Budget Town Halls with members of the Board of Supervisors and provide other forums to hear from San Franciscans about their budget priorities and ideas.

“We are excited to hear directly from our residents about their top priorities on issues that matter the most to them,” said Mayor Lee. “We must craft a balanced budget that keeps our City on a steady course of continued fiscal stability, stimulate the local economy, create good jobs, invest in key capital and infrastructure improvements, as well as address long term challenges identified in the proposed Five Year Financial Plan and ensure that San Franciscans can access City services they need.” Read more.


Quality of Life: Mayor Launches City's Pedestrian Strategy

Mayor Launches City's Pedestrian StrategyMayor Edwin M. Lee as part of the Nation’s first Walk to Work Day launched San Francisco’s Pedestrian Strategy to increase walkability around the City and make all neighborhoods safe for pedestrians as outlined in the Mayor’s Pedestrian Safety Executive Directive. The Pedestrian Strategy focuses on actionable recommendations to reduce serious or fatal pedestrian injuries by 25 percent by 2016 and by 50 percent by 2021.

“The Pedestrian Strategy outlines specific actions to cement our commitment to safer, more walkable streets for everyone who walks around our beautiful City,” said Mayor Lee. “If we can prevent an accident from happening, we must. Everyone is a pedestrian at some point, and their safety is our highest priority.” Read more.