19 posts categorized "Legislation"


City Approves Central Market/Tenderloin Payroll Tax Exclusion

San Francisco Approves Central Market/Tenderloin Payroll Tax Exclusion Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement after the Board of Supervisors voted to approve the ordinance amending Article 12-A of the Business and Tax Regulations Code by adding Section 906.3 to establish a payroll expense tax exclusion for businesses located in the Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area:

“This moment represents a real step forward in the effort to revitalize and transform the Central Market area.  Central Market and the Tenderloin have been burdened with high vacancies and blight for decades, and the Central Market / Tenderloin Payroll Tax Exclusion is a powerful tool that will help us bring in much-needed jobs, services and retail, as well as help enhance the growing arts district here.  Read more.


Mayor Lee Signs Legislation to Green Commercial Buildings

Mayor Lee Signs Green Building Legislation Mayor Edwin M. Lee today signed landmark green building legislation that will improve energy efficiency in existing buildings, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, lower energy costs, and create green jobs. Passed last week by the Board of Supervisors, the Existing Commercial Building Energy Performance Ordinance will require owners of existing non-residential buildings to determine how much energy each building consumes, and to make that information public on an annual basis. The new city code will also require commercial buildings over 10,000 square feet to conduct energy efficiency audits every five years in order to help the building owners and managers optimize building efficiency and utility savings.

“San Francisco needs to increase the energy and resource efficiency of existing buildings if we are going to meet our aggressive greenhouse gas reduction targets,” said Mayor Lee. “This new green building code will educate building owners about what they need to do to save energy and money, and boost our local green economy.”

“San Francisco continues to provide visionary leadership to protect our environment,” said Board of Supervisors President David Chiu. “Making our commercial buildings more energy efficient shows we can work together creatively to make real progress.” Read more.


George Gascon Named New S.F. District Attorney

George Gascon Named as District Attorney Mayor Gavin Newsom today appointed Police Chief George Gascón as San Francisco’s District Attorney.

“As Police Chief, George Gascón has brought continued reform and accountability to the police department, introduced innovative crime prevention strategies and helped bring violent crime in our City to historic lows,” said Mayor Newsom. “I am very proud today to appoint George Gascón as our City’s top law enforcement officer to complete the term of Kamala Harris and bring that same spirit of accountability, innovation and collaboration to the District Attorney’s office.”

“I am profoundly honored by this opportunity to serve the people of San Francisco as District Attorney,” said District Attorney Gascón. “Together, with the hardworking attorneys and professional staff of the District Attorney’s office, we will bring criminals to justice, continue the innovative efforts begun under Kamala Harris and ensure new levels of cooperation between police and prosecutors.”

City Welcomes New Members to the Board of Supervisors

City Welcomes New Supervisors The new Supervisors were sworn in on January 8, 2011. The 4 new Supervisors are Mark Farrell, Jane Kim, Scott Wiener and Malia Cohen. The new Board of Supervisors is composed of the following members:

District 1 - Eric Mar
District 2 - Mark Farrell
District 3 - David Chiu
District 4 - Carmen Chu
District 5 - Ross Mirkarimi
District 6 - Jane Kim
District 7 - Sean Elsbernd
District 8 - Scott Wiener
District 9 - David Campos
District 10 - Malia Cohen
District 11 - John Avalos

For more information about the Board of Supervisors, please visit the Board's web site.


Mayor Signs Innovative Open Data Legislation

Mayor Signs Innovative Open Data Legislation New Ordinance Promotes Accountability & Transparency, Fosters Application Development by Private Sector

Mayor Gavin Newsom today signed a first-of-its-kind open data law requiring San Francisco’s City departments and agencies to post certain types of data sets to a publicly accessible portal at www.DataSF.org , codifying and cementing progress made under an executive directive in 2009. The open data ordinance passed the Board of Supervisors unanimously on Tuesday, and today Mayor Newsom invited new media and technology leaders to City Hall for a signing ceremony to celebrate this expansion of an important accountability measure for City government.

“San Francisco once again demonstrates what it means to be on the cutting edge of government openness and transparency,” said Mayor Newsom. “By making data sets publicly available, we’re forging valuable public-private partnerships with app developers and making City services easier to access for our residents.” Read more.