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Mayor's Agenda: Mayor Outlines 2014 Agenda in State of the City Address

17jan2014_mayor_state_city_2014Mayor Edwin M. Lee today delivered his 2014 State of the City Address at the construction site of Lennar Urban’s The Shipyard under construction in the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood. Joined by civic, labor, business and community leaders, Mayor Lee outlined his bold agenda for San Francisco’s continuing recovery and success with investments in jobs, housing, transportation and education in his second State of the City Address.
“The State of our great City is still vital and strong – as strong, financially and economically as we have ever been in our history – and this same robust economic recovery and renewed confidence in our future provides us with the resources and resolve to move forward with an ‘affordability agenda’ as our priority for the days ahead,” said Mayor Lee. “We remain focused on creating jobs, building housing, improving our transportation system, and making sure our youth have a world class education. We will continue to ensure that San Francisco remains a place where people from every background can call home.” Read more.


Human Rights: Mayor Announces Civic Memorial for Mandela

Mayor Announces Civic Memorial for MandelaMayor Edwin M. Lee hosted in San Francisco a civic memorial to remember the life and legacy of former President of South Africa and human rights leader Nelson Mandela in the Rotunda of City Hall on Wednesday, December 11th at 8 a.m.

"Nelson Mandela forever changed the world, and San Francisco has felt the global movement that he created," said Mayor Lee. "While we mourn his loss, we will honor Nelson Mandela’s legacy to help empower communities everywhere and never stop fighting for equality for all." Read more.


Bay Bridge: Mayor Celebrates Opening of New Bridge Eastern Span

Bay Bridge: Mayor Celebrates Opening of New Bridge Eastern SpanThe new eastern span of the Bay Bridge opened on Monday night. The Bay Bridge has been undergoing a major seismic retrofit to be bring it up to current transportation standards. Following the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake, which damaged a section of the East Span, extensive studies were undertaken to determine whether the state’s largest bridges were seismically safe. As a result of these studies, it was determined that the entire bridge required seismic safety improvements. The San Francisco side of the Bay Bridge (West Span), required seismic retrofit work; for the Oakland side of the bridge (East Span) the most cost-effective solution requires the complete replacement of the existing span. Seismic safety work on the West Approach to the bridge in San Francisco involved completely removing and replacing a one-mile stretch of Interstate 80 and three on- and three off-ramps. The estimated cost for the new Bay Bridge (East Span), is $6.4 billion.
The seismic safety work on the Bay Bridge encompasses multiple projects. Seismic safety work on the West Span of the bridge has already been completed, as has work on the West Approach, the 1-mile stretch of interstate highway connecting San Francisco to the bridge. The East Span of the bridge was seismically upgraded through the complete replacement of the old span. This involved multiple projects, including the construction of a 1.2-mile Skyway; a Self-Anchored Suspension span consisting of a 525-foot tower supporting a bridge deck connecting the Skyway to the Yerba Buena Island Transition Structure on Yerba Buena Island; and the Oakland Touchdown, the east end of the bridge connecting to the toll plaza.
The Mayor celebrating this achievement stated today that "This new East Span of the Bay Bridge serves as a monument to human ingenuity and creativity — not to mention patience — to protect and enhance our communities in the face of natural forces beyond our control."
For more information about the Bay Bridge project please visit: http://baybridgeinfo.org


Airport Update: Mayor Lee's Statement on Asiana Airlines Crash at SFO

Sfo2013Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement on this morning’s airline incident involving Asiana Airlines Flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport (SFO):

“On behalf of the people of San Francisco, I would like to offer my thoughts and prayers to those affected by the airline accident this morning involving Asiana Airlines Flight 214 from South Korea. We are deeply saddened by this incident, and our hearts are with the friends and families of all those affected who are here in our City, in the Republic of Korea, in the People’s Republic of China and those around the world. I have contacted the Consulates of China and Korea to offer our City’s sympathy and support. I have offered the full resources of our Airport and our public safety agencies to the National Transportation Safety Board as they thoroughly investigate this incident. The passengers and their families remain our first priority, and we will continue to provide them with the support they need.”

For more information about the status of the SFO  Airport visit the SFO website (or SFO on twitter )

Asiana Airline has also issued the following statement - (via google+)


America's Cup: San Francisco Welcomes the Vuitton Cup Competition

America's Cup: San Francisco Welcomes the Vuitton Cup CompetitionThe Louis Vuitton Cup, the America’s Cup Challenger Series, is used as the selection series to determine who will race the Defender in the America’s Cup Finals. Scheduled for July 4 – September 1, 2013 on the San Francisco Bay, the Louis Vuitton Cup will see challengers from around the globe battle each other in a knockout series for the opportunity to compete for the America’s Cup.

Significantly, 2013 marks the 30th anniversary of the first Louis Vuitton Cup, which took place in Newport, Rhode Island in 1983. It was an auspicious debut, as the winner of the first Louis Vuitton Cup, Australia II, went on to become the first challenger in the 132-history of the America’s Cup to beat the defender and take the Cup from the United States. Read more.