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7 posts from July 2013


Housing Funds: Mayor Launches New Home Loan Assistance Program

Housing Funds: Mayor Launches New Home Loan Assistance ProgramMayor Edwin M. Lee and Supervisor Mark Farrell launched the down payment home loan assistance program for San Francisco first responders who are active member of the San Francisco Police Department, San Francisco Fire Department, or the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department. The Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) will administer the program, which was created after San Francisco voters overwhelmingly passed the Housing Trust Fund Initiative in November 2012.

“San Francisco must remain a viable place to live and work for people at all levels of the economic spectrum and the Housing Trust Fund helps us do just that,” said Mayor Lee. “The new down payment assistance program will help keep working families in San Francisco and increase homeownership opportunities for San Francisco first responders, who make sacrifices every day to keep our City safe. I thank Supervisor Mark Farrell and the entire Board of Supervisors for supporting the Housing Trust Fund and our City’s first responders.” Read more.


Health Care: Mayor Reconstitutes Universal Health Care Council

Health Care: Mayor Reconstitutes Universal Health Care CouncilMayor Edwin M. Lee today reconstituted the Universal Healthcare Council to examine San Francisco's implementation of the Federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) and engage stakeholders in identifying necessary local policies to support the implementation process. Mayor Lee appointed San Francisco’s Department of Public Health Director Barbara Garcia to lead the council.

"Implementing the Affordable Care Act is a top priority for San Francisco," said Mayor Lee. "We are focused on enrolling residents in the Medi-Cal expansion and encouraging eligible residents to purchase affordable insurance via the Covered California marketplace. However, we also need to provide guidance to our local businesses about how the ACA integrates with our local policy – namely the Health Care Security Ordinance. This is a complicated policy issue, and I am thankful that Director Garcia has agreed to lead a data-driven process so we can make informed policy decisions." Read more.


Online Access: City and Google Partner to Offer Free WiFi in SF Parks

Wifi_24jul13Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor Mark Farrell announced a plan to introduce free wireless Internet access to parks and recreation centers across San Francisco. The plan is being made possible because of a gift from Google which will cover for 2 years the costs of the equipment, installation and maintenance of the wireless network.
Supervisor Farrell introduced the plan stating that “San Francisco should be a leader for bringing technology solutions to its residents and improving their quality of life on a day-to-day basis... There are so many added benefits – it will help bridge the digital divide, it will empower local residents and community groups who will have access at local parks, and it will help Recreation and Park Department staff sign up kids for camps and recreation programs with Internet speed many people would be shocked doesn’t already exist.”
Mayor Ed Lee also celebrated the plan as a “great example of public-private partnerships that are key to the delivery of better services for our residents”.

City Budget: Mayor Signs 2013-15 Balanced Budget

Mayor Lee Signs 2013-15 Balanced BudgetMayor Edwin M. Lee today signed San Francisco's two-year balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2013-14 and 2014-15 after the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved it yesterday. The two-year balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2013-14 and 2014-15 totals $7.9 billion annually, and it closes budget shortfalls of $124 million for FY 2013-14 and $256 million for FY 2014-15. The Mayor and Board of Supervisors worked closely together to develop this budget, and collaborated with residents, community organizations, City Departments and City employees to deliver the balanced budget on time. 

"This consensus driven, responsible budget that the Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted yesterday reflects our shared commitment to innovate to solve our City's challenges, involve the public and invest in our infrastructure and workforce," said Mayor Lee. "Together we are supporting San Francisco's economic recovery and at the same time, guaranteeing public safety and protecting the social safety net services for those that need them the most. Thank you to Budget and Finance Committee Chair Supervisor Mark Farrell for leading this effort, and thank you to the entire Board of Supervisors for delivering a responsible and equitable final budget to the residents of our great City." Read more.


City Immigrants: Mayor Launches Pathways to Citizenship Initiative

Mayor Lee Launches Pathways to Citizenship InitiativeMayor Edwin M. Lee with Board President David Chiu and local community partners today announced a new initiative to help San Francisco immigrants navigate the process of applying for citizenship. The San Francisco Pathways to Citizenship Initiative is a partnership to build community, ensure economic mobility and strengthen civic participation among new citizens.
“San Francisco is a model for the nation in welcoming immigrants and empowering new citizens, but we can do even better,” said Mayor Ed Lee. “This initiative will ensure that the 100,000 San Franciscans who are eligible for citizenship can pursue new opportunities and be part of building San Francisco’s economy and civic life from the very beginning.” Read more.