19 posts categorized "Legislation"


Seismic Safety: Mayor Signs New Seismic Retrofit Legislation

Seismic Safety: Mayor Signs New Seismic Retrofit LegislationToday Mayor Edwin M. Lee joined the Board of Supervisors and City Officials to mark the 107th anniversary of the 1906 Great Earthquake and Fire at the yearly commemoration at Lotta's Fountain in downtown San Francisco, and signed into law the Mandatory Seismic Retrofit Program for Soft Story Wood Frame Buildings, that will seismically strengthen thousands of buildings in San Francisco. 

"In order to be a truly resilient City, we must protect our residents and make sure their homes are safe after a major seismic event," said Mayor Lee. "This mandatory seismic retrofit program will protect San Franciscans, protect our housing stock and ensure San Francisco can rapidly recover from the next earthquake. Today, we renew our commitment to making sure that disasters such as the 1906 Earthquake and Fire do not devastate our City again." Read more.


Seismic Safety: Mayor Introduces Seismic Retrofit Legislation

Seismic Safety: Mayor Introduces Seismic Retrofit LegislationToday Mayor Edwin M. Lee, Board President David Chiu and Supervisor Scott Wiener introduced legislation mandating the seismic retrofit of the City's large wood-frame soft-story residential buildings, a historic step forward to ensure San Francisco's resilience and safety. The legislation is also co-sponsored by Supervisors Norman Yee, Mark Farrell, London Breed and Eric Mar.

"We are taking the necessary steps to protect our residents and make sure that San Francisco is America's most resilient City," said Mayor Lee. "This legislation is the result of more than a decade of work and collaboration with tenants, property owners and seismic experts, and we have all come together to make sure we strengthen our most vulnerable residential buildings. Before the first retrofit is required, we will develop financial incentives and assistance programs to help defray costs for property owners." Read more.


Historic Preservation: Mayor Signs War Memorial Improvement Legislation

Mayor Signs War Memorial Improvement LegislationMayor Edwin M. Lee today signed legislation to fund War Memorial Veterans Building infrastructure improvements after the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved it on July 31, 2012. Funding will allow the City to invest in infrastructure and creates jobs for residents.

“The War Memorial Veterans Building is one of our most treasured historic buildings and we can now continue to tell the stories of our nation’s heroes and the people of our City for generations to come,” said Mayor Lee. “This legislation makes seismic upgrades, increased safety and greater accessibility possible while fulfilling my top priority of putting San Franciscans back to work.”

The project includes seismic upgrades and earthquake damage repair, improvements to preserve building facilities, accessibility upgrades and energy efficiency upgrades. The Department of Public Works will manage the project, including providing architectural services. Read more.


Mayor Announces Tentative Agreement Reached on Local Hire

Mayor Lee Announces Tentative Agreement Reached on Local Hire
Memorandum of Understanding Signed to Allow Contractors to Bid on SF Public Works Projects in San Mateo County under SF Local Hire Policy

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced a tentative agreement with San Mateo County on San Francisco’s Local Hire Policy. Mayor Lee signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which allows contractors performing San Francisco public works projects located in San Mateo County to equally draw workers from San Francisco and San Mateo to meet required staffing levels under the Local Hiring Ordinance. The agreement is subject to final approval by the San Francisco and San Mateo Board of Supervisors by resolution. Mayor Lee and Supervisor John Avalos will introduce the resolution at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday. Read more.


Mayor Signs Residential Rent Legislation for Temporary Occupancy

Mayor Lee Signs Residential Rent Legislation for Temporary Occupancy Supervisor Scott Wiener Champions Ordinance for Reduced Rent after Emergency Tenant Dislocation

Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced today that he has signed into law an amendment to San Francisco’s administrative code that will ensure tenants whose homes are uninhabitable after earthquakes, fires or other disasters can find temporary housing at the same rental rate.  

Supervisor Scott Wiener introduced this Good Samaritan occupancy law allowing landlords to offer temporary housing at reduced rental rates in the aftermath of man-made or natural disasters without impacting their ability to later charge market rate rents..

“We have seen families displaced after fires or other disasters and we want to make sure that they can find temporary housing so they can begin the recovery process,” said Mayor Lee. “This good government law protects tenant rights and helps us ensure that families can continue to live and thrive in our City even after a disaster. Thank you to Supervisor Wiener and the Board of Supervisors who have all seen these tragic events affect the residents in their districts. I applaud the tenant and landlord groups for stepping up when people need help the most.” Read more.