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Fine Arts: Mayor Announces Commemoration of 1915 International Exposition

04june2014_palace_fine_artsMayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the Palace of Fine Arts will host a year-long series of events and programs to commemorate the 2015 Centennial of the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition (PPIE). The California Historical Society (CHS), Maybeck Foundation and Innovation Hangar are partnering with the Recreation and Park Department (RPD) to recapture the zeitgeist of the PPIE.  Beginning this fall, exhibits focusing on the theme of Then, Now and Tomorrow will provide an opportunity to reflect on San Francisco today and imagine the San Francisco of the future.
“All cities have moments – defining moments – which forever change the image and nature of that city, and for San Francisco, the success of the 1915 World Fair marked a prosperous new beginning after the horrific experiences of 1906,” said Mayor Lee. “I am thrilled that these exhibits will be a part of our citywide celebration of 1915.  It’s a uniquely San Francisco way to celebrate a centennial – to focus on then, now and the future. ” Read more.


City Budget: Mayor Presents Proposed Balanced 2014-16 Budget

Mayor Presents Proposed Balanced 2014-16 Budget Mayor Edwin M. Lee today presented his proposed two-year balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2014-15 and 2015-16. The Mayor’s proposal balances a two year budget that closes budget deficits of $66.7 million in FY 2014-15 and $133.4 million in FY 2015-16. To deliver this two-year consensus budget proposal, Mayor Lee worked with the Board of Supervisors and heard directly from residents and community leaders in their districts, held an online budget town hall, and met with hundreds of residents, nonprofit organizations, City Commissioners, labor organizations, business owners, and advocates to discuss priorities and address concerns.
“We are making strategic investments to grow our economy, create jobs and make sure that our City remains affordable for low and middle income families,” said Mayor Lee. “This responsible and balanced budget protects social services for people who need them most, is affordable over the long term, increases City services including public safety; and supports our continued economic recovery. We are making historic investments in housing, transportation, and education. But the hard work is not yet done, and I look forward to working with the Board of Supervisors to deliver a budget that invests in the people of San Francisco.” Read more. 

The Mayor’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2014-15 and 2015-16 is available online: http://sfmayor.org/index.aspx?page=880


Summer Jobs +: Mayor Launches Summer Jobs + 2014 Initiative for SF Youth

21may2014_summer_jobsToday 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+ 2014, challenging employers to create 7,000 jobs, internships and paid job training for San Francisco youth (ages 14-24) this summer and throughout the school year. Now in its third year, Mayor Lee’s Summer Jobs+ initiative will connect San Francisco employers with low-income and disconnected San Francisco youth so that they can share in the City’s economic success and get the practical job experience and skills they will need to succeed in today’s economy.

We are investing in the future success of San Francisco’s youth,” said Mayor Lee. “Last year, we worked together and exceeded our own aggressive goal and placed more than 6,800 young adults in jobs and paid internships. This year, we are setting an even more ambitious goal. We need to continue investing in programs that strengthen our youth workforce, especially for our low-income and disadvantaged youth. Once again, I am again calling upon employers, large and small, across San Francisco to join us in supporting the future of our young people by creating 7,000 meaningful employment opportunities for our youth this summer and beyond.” Read more.


City Budget: Mayor Lee Presents Proposed May 1st Balanced Budget

01may2014_mayor_proposed_budgetMayor Edwin M. Lee today presented his proposed balanced budget for seven City departments (the Airport, Port, Public Utilities Commission, Municipal Transportation Agency, Child Support Services, Retirement System and Public Library), totaling $5.9 billion over the next two years. The May 1st budget includes enterprise and other self-supporting departments. The proposed capital projects deliver more than $4 billion into the local economy and support over 36,000 local jobs.

“We have opportunity to protect and continue our economic recovery while at the same time improve our City’s infrastructure for generations to come,”said Mayor Lee. “As we invest in and strengthen our transportation, waterfront and water system infrastructure, we are also putting our residents back to work. We will ensure that San Francisco remains an economic engine for the region and is a City that people from all levels of the economic spectrum can call home.” Read more.

Housing in SF: Mayor Lee Highlights Housing Progress

Housing in SF: Mayor Lee Highlights Housing ProgressMayor Edwin M. Lee today at the grand opening of the Rene Cazenave Apartments, highlighted the City's progress toward his ambitious housing goal of bringing 30,000 new and rehabilitated homes to the City by 2020, with at least one-third of those permanently affordable, and the majority within financial reach of the middle class. In the first quarter of 2014, 2,123 housing units opened to provide new homes to families in San Francisco, with 24 percent of those units permanently affordable to low-income households.

"We are making great progress toward our ambitious 2020 housing goals and our pledge to make San Francisco a City for the 100 percent," said Mayor Lee. "With more than 2,000 homes completed for residents in the first quarter of 2014, we are well ahead of our annual goal of completing 5,000 units a year. And by continuing to prioritize housing projects such as the Rene Cazenave Apartments, we are delivering on our pledge to help San Francisco families and residents from all levels of the economic spectrum call San Francisco home." Read more.