306 posts categorized "Community"

11/13/2013

Community Arts: Mayor Announces Venture to Support Arts Organizations

Arts_13nov13 (1)Mayor Edwin M. Lee and District Six Supervisor Jane Kim joined newly formed nonprofit Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST) to announce the purchase of two arts building in the Central Market and the Tenderloin.

The CAST purchase will allow the Luggage Store Gallery owners to maintain occupancy of their building and ultimately to assume full ownership, which was at risk of sale due to private investors, and will enable the Luggage Store Gallery's subtenant Hospitality House Community Art Program to sign a long term lease. CAST also announced the purchase of the underutilized former adult theater at 80 Turk Street in the Tenderloin, one block off Market, and CounterPULSE, a cornerstone of the Bay Area performing arts scene now located South of Market in a building it rents, will begin fundraising to assume ownership of the 80 Turk Street building and move its multi-use performing arts facility in early 2015. Read more.

11/08/2013

Supporting Veterans: Mayor Announces Initiative to Help Veterans Find Jobs

Mayor Announces Initiative to Help Veterans Find JobsMayor Edwin M. Lee today announced a new initiative called the Veterans Access Point for Workforce Development with Swords to Plowshares. This comprehensive employment center for veterans and residents includes career counseling, job search and readiness programs, workshops and trainings, support services, and access to resource rooms with computers, fax and copy machines. The new access point has already enrolled 36 veterans, 24 of whom are now in permanent jobs in San Francisco.

“Men and women who have served in our country’s Armed Forces need and deserve the best training and resources to ensure that they can reenter the workforce after serving and protecting our country,” said Mayor Lee. “In San Francisco, we recognize the unique skills and experience that veterans possess and we value the contributions that they are bringing to the workforce.” Read More.

Honoring our Veterans: Veterans Day Celebrations

05nov2013_veterans_dayVeteran's Day is special day in San Francisco. We honor all the brave men and women who have served our country. We appreciate all the sacrifices made to protect our freedom.

The City will host the Annual Veterans Day Parade starting on Market St & Second at 11:00 am on Sunday, November 10th, 2013.

For more information please visit the Veterans' Affairs Commission - http://sfgov3.org/index.aspx?page=1688.

10/07/2013

Invest in Neighborhoods: Mayor Launches Loan Program for Small Business

Invest in Neighborhoods: Mayor Launches Loan Program to Support Small BusinessMayor Ed Lee today announced the launch of the StepAheadSF Microloan Pilot Program, a new program that will provide $250,000 in zero percent interest loans to support small businesses in neighborhood commercial corridors citywide.  StepAheadSF, administered by Working Solutions, will provide loans to individual small businesses. The program will begin in Chinatown, which was just named one of the Top 10 Great Neighborhoods for 2013 by the American Planning Association.

"Our City's historic, culturally diverse and economically thriving neighborhoods make San Francisco a world-class destination to live, work and visit and I am honored that the American Planning Association has recognized San Francisco’s Chinatown as one of the nation’s Top 10 Great Neighborhoods," said Mayor Ed Lee. "With StepAheadSF and my Invest in Neighborhoods Initiative, we are ensuring our small businesses have opportunities to succeed, grow and contribute to the vibrancy of their neighborhoods." Read more.

10/02/2013

Arts in the City: Mayor Breaks Ground on New Strand Theatre

Arts in the City: Mayor Breaks Ground on New Strand TheatreMayor Edwin M. Lee joined Senator Mark Leno, Supervisor Jane Kim, the American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) and community development partners today to break ground on the Strand Theater, the newest arts venue to open in the Central Market neighborhood. The Strand Theater joins two other theaters, including the Geary Theater and the Costume Shop Theater.

"I am thrilled to see A.C.T. join the Central Market community where performing art institutions are vital in our efforts to transform the neighborhood," said Mayor Lee. "The Strand Theater will provide our City's residents and visitors with a world-class entertainment venue that will engage with the local community through arts and education, while creating jobs for our City's residents and contributing to the diverse economic vitality of the Central Market neighborhood." Read more.