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5 posts from April 2014

04/25/2014

City Budget: Mayor and Sup. Farrell Announce Online Budget Town Hall

City Budget: Mayor and Sup. Farrell Announce Online Budget Town Hall Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Board of Supervisors Budget Chair Mark Farrell today announced an Online Budget Town Hall to engage the public in the City's budget process and ask residents for ideas on how to balance the City's two-year budget. The current projected two-year budget shortfalls are $66.7 million in FY 2014-15 and $133.4 million in FY 2015-16.

The live Town Hall will take place on Thursday, May 1, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Viewers can connect to the live stream through the Mayor’s home page at www.sfmayor.org or directly through YouTube at www.youtube.com/mayoredlee. Read more.

04/18/2014

Affordable Housing: Mayor Launches Ellis Act Housing Program

Ellis_actMayor Edwin M. Lee and Board of Supervisors President David Chiu launched the Ellis Act Housing Preference Program (EAHP) for tenants who are evicted under the State Ellis Act. Displaced tenants will now be given preference for the City’s affordable housing programs.

“This gives San Francisco’s longtime tenants and working families the much needed and urgent help they need after an Ellis Act eviction,” said Mayor Lee. “While we work on Ellis Act Reform to eliminate speculative evictions in our City, we are also providing some relief to tenants who can now more easily participate in San Francisco’s affordable housing programs, so that we remain a City for the 100 percent.” Read more.

04/17/2014

‪Public Housing:  Mayor Announces Emergency Funding for Public Housing‬

Public_housing_elevatorsMayor Edwin M. Lee today announced $5.4 million in City funding for critical elevator modernization and repairs at nine select San Francisco Housing Authority (SFHA) properties.

“All residents in public housing deserve clean, safe and quality housing,” said Mayor Lee. “Our Re-Envisioning Plan for public housing in San Francisco paves the way for the preservation, rehabilitation and long-term affordability of thousands of existing units for very low-income people. But in the short term, we must make the critical repairs necessary to ensure elevators are reliable and do not disrupt the lives of our seniors and disabled public housing residents.” Read more.

Transportation Policy: Mayor and MTA Announce Free Sunday Parking

Sunday_parkingMayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement on the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) Board of Directors reinstating free Sunday parking in San Francisco:

"Repealing Sunday parking meters is about making San Francisco a little more affordable for our families and residents on Sunday, plain and simple. Paid Sunday meters were implemented in 2013 as a response to record budget deficits at Muni, and I thank the SFMTA Board of Directors for moving a budget forward today that eliminates this practice. Instead of nickel and diming our residents at the meter on Sunday, let's work together to support comprehensive transportation funding measures this year and in the future that will invest in our City’s transportation system for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders and drivers alike." Read more.

04/14/2014

Urban Development: Mayor Celebrates Central Market Revitalization

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San Francisco, CA—Mayor Edwin M. Lee today highlighted the ongoing revitalization of the Central Market neighborhood three years since the creation of the Central Market/Tenderloin Payroll Expense Tax Exclusion. The tax exclusion was adopted by the Board of Supervisors and signed by the Mayor in April 2011 when Central Market had some of the highest vacancy rates in the City. Central Market is now home to 18 technology companies, 17 small businesses and eight arts venues as part of the City’s revitalization efforts. Since 2011, the City has collected $8.4 million in additional revenue from increased property tax and real estate transfer tax in the Central Market area.

“The turnaround and signs of revitalization in the Central Market area in just three years are remarkable, but we have more work to do to help longtime residents and new small business owners alike,” said Mayor Lee. “The Tax Exclusion was carefully crafted to attract investment into the heart of our City, which for years suffered from high vacancy rates and stubbornly resisted previous attempts at revitalization, and it has been a nationally- recognized success. Today, Central Market is at the center of new job creation, housing production and the arts in our City, generating new jobs and bringing millions of dollars in new revenue to fund vital City services for the neighborhood. The decades of disinvestment and abandonment by the public and private sectors in Central Market are over, and we will not turn back the clock on our promising efforts to create a healthy, vibrant and economically diverse community in the Central Market neighborhood.” Read more.