223 posts categorized "Mayor"

05/16/2014

Health Initiative: Mayor Unveils Behavioral Health Improvement Initiative

Behavior-health-16may14Mayor Edwin M. Lee today unveiled the CARES (Contact, Assess, Recover & Ensure Success) initiative that provides a new comprehensive, citywide approach to helping residents suffering from severe mental health and substance abuse issues.

The CARES initiative will expand the Community Independence Placement Project, add a new psychiatric respite center at San Francisco General Hospital that includes peer counselors; provide new support for family members and Transitional Aged Youth; and additional case managers to care for residents with severe mental health and substance use issues. This initiative will also support a longer-term effort to advance Citywide data-sharing and coordination practices. Read more.

05/15/2014

Transportation Funding: Mayor Introduces Transportation Improvement Bond

Transportation-funding-15may14Mayor Edwin M. Lee and all 11 members of the Board of Supervisors today introduced a proposed $500 million general obligation bond for the November 2014 ballot for infrastructure projects that would significantly improve San Francisco's transportation network without raising property tax rates. The bond would increase Muni reliability and travel speed, upgrade transit stops and stations, improve pedestrian and bicycle safety, and prepare for growth on the City's busiest travel corridors.

"San Francisco deserves a safe, reliable and affordable transportation system, and today we are making an historic investment in our City's vital transportation infrastructure as we plan for a growing and successful City," said Mayor Lee. "This investment will make it easier for San Franciscans to get around the City as they go to work, school, home and everywhere in between. If passed this November, the $500 million general obligation bond will improve MUNI, improve pedestrian safety and improve our bike network – all without raising property tax rates." Read more.

05/01/2014

City Budget: Mayor Lee Presents Proposed May 1st Balanced Budget

01may2014_mayor_proposed_budgetMayor Edwin M. Lee today presented his proposed balanced budget for seven City departments (the Airport, Port, Public Utilities Commission, Municipal Transportation Agency, Child Support Services, Retirement System and Public Library), totaling $5.9 billion over the next two years. The May 1st budget includes enterprise and other self-supporting departments. The proposed capital projects deliver more than $4 billion into the local economy and support over 36,000 local jobs.

“We have opportunity to protect and continue our economic recovery while at the same time improve our City’s infrastructure for generations to come,”said Mayor Lee. “As we invest in and strengthen our transportation, waterfront and water system infrastructure, we are also putting our residents back to work. We will ensure that San Francisco remains an economic engine for the region and is a City that people from all levels of the economic spectrum can call home.” Read more.

Housing in SF: Mayor Lee Highlights Housing Progress

Housing in SF: Mayor Lee Highlights Housing ProgressMayor Edwin M. Lee today at the grand opening of the Rene Cazenave Apartments, highlighted the City's progress toward his ambitious housing goal of bringing 30,000 new and rehabilitated homes to the City by 2020, with at least one-third of those permanently affordable, and the majority within financial reach of the middle class. In the first quarter of 2014, 2,123 housing units opened to provide new homes to families in San Francisco, with 24 percent of those units permanently affordable to low-income households.

"We are making great progress toward our ambitious 2020 housing goals and our pledge to make San Francisco a City for the 100 percent," said Mayor Lee. "With more than 2,000 homes completed for residents in the first quarter of 2014, we are well ahead of our annual goal of completing 5,000 units a year. And by continuing to prioritize housing projects such as the Rene Cazenave Apartments, we are delivering on our pledge to help San Francisco families and residents from all levels of the economic spectrum call San Francisco home." Read more.

04/25/2014

City Budget: Mayor and Sup. Farrell Announce Online Budget Town Hall

City Budget: Mayor and Sup. Farrell Announce Online Budget Town Hall Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Board of Supervisors Budget Chair Mark Farrell today announced an Online Budget Town Hall to engage the public in the City's budget process and ask residents for ideas on how to balance the City's two-year budget. The current projected two-year budget shortfalls are $66.7 million in FY 2014-15 and $133.4 million in FY 2015-16.

The live Town Hall will take place on Thursday, May 1, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Viewers can connect to the live stream through the Mayor’s home page at www.sfmayor.org or directly through YouTube at www.youtube.com/mayoredlee. Read more.