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1906 Great Quake: Mayor Highlights Anniversary and Emergency Preparedness

Mayor Highlights Anniversary and Emergency PreparednessOn the eve of the 106thanniversary of the 1906 Great Earthquake and Fire, Mayor Edwin M. Lee, DEM Director Anne Kronenberg and Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White today highlighted the importance of earthquake and emergency preparedness.

“As we observe the anniversary of the 1906 earthquake and reflect on other recent major earthquakes around the world, I encourage all San Franciscans to take steps to become better prepared for any emergency,” said Mayor Lee. “And, as we ask our citizens to be prepared, the City is also taking steps to upgrade infrastructure that will serve us during an emergency. It is critical that our water supply systems, our police and fire stations and our hospitals can rapidly respond in an emergency and stand ready to provide care and services to our residents.” Read more.


Internet Legislation: Mayor's Statement on SOPA & PIPA

Mayor's Statement on SOPA and PIPAMayor Lee today issued the following statement on two bills currently being considered in Congress – U.S. House of Representatives H.R. 3261 Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and U.S. Senate S.968 Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA):

“Innovative technology and new media companies in the San Francisco Bay Area and across the nation are creating hundreds of thousands of good jobs and driving our economic recovery. While protecting intellectual property against piracy is extremely important, we must not take steps that stifle the free exchange of information on the internet or harm critical engines for jobs and economic growth. Read more.


San Francisco Elections Information

San Francisco Elections InformationSan Francisco is holding elections on Tuesday, November 8. On Election day polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Voters are encouraged to confirm the address of their polling place by using the Poling Place Lookup tool.


Mayor Lee Kicks off 30th Anniversary of Fleet Week

Mayor Lee Kicks off 30th Anniversary of Fleet Week San Francisco Fleet Week 2011 Celebrates Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Response

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today welcomed the arrival of the US Navy Blue Angels to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of San Francisco Fleet Week and announced the lineup for San Francisco Fleet Week 2011. Focused on emergency preparedness, this year’s event also commemorates the 100th anniversary of the birth of naval aviation, a historic event which started here in San Francisco Bay with the first-ever launch of a plane aboard the deck of the USS Pennsylvania in 1911.

“Fleet Week is a San Francisco tradition and we take this opportunity to salute the men and women in uniform everywhere for their devotion and service to our country,” said Mayor Lee. “During this year’s 30th Anniversary of Fleet Week in San Francisco we embrace our shared mission of teaching all citizens and first responders how to get better prepared for the next emergency.” Read more.


City Commemorates the 10 Year Anniversary of 9/11


On the 10 year anniversary of 9/11, San Francisco remembers those that died in the terrorist attacks and honors the first responders who rushed in to save lives.  Many of the victims of that fateful day had family and friends in the Bay Area, and we join all Americans in mourning their tragic loss.

The events of September 11, 2001 redefined our nation, not only in the scope of the tragedy but also in the demonstration of compassion and generosity that occurred in the hours, weeks and months following.  In San Francisco, and around the country, individuals stepped up to give blood, collect donations and volunteer their time as a show of support for our nation.

This year in San Francisco, we will rekindle this spirit of unity by coming together at major community gatherings from remembrance services to cultural and sporting events.  Below is a list of events that are occurring the weekend of the September 10-11.  Please note that this is not a comprehensive list of all activities and is still in development. Read more