216 posts categorized "Mayor"

12/10/2013

Emergency Response: Mayor Introduces New Safety Bond Legislation

Earthquake_safety_10dec13Mayor Edwin M. Lee today introduced legislation at the Board of Supervisors proposing a $400 million Earthquake Safety and Emergency Response Bond (ESER 2014) for the June 2014 ballot. The ESER 2014 program builds on the Earthquake Safety and Emergency Response Bond overwhelmingly approved by San Francisco voters in 2010 that seismically upgraded and strengthened the City's aging emergency response infrastructure for first responders. This second ESER bond will continue to upgrade and replace old Fire and Police facilities, including the City's emergency response firefighting water system.

"The next phase of the Earthquake Safety and Emergency Response program is necessary to continue the critical work required to repair and improve our City's infrastructure so that we can quickly and effectively respond to a major earthquake or a disaster," said Mayor Lee. "This bond program will save lives, save money, improve our City's recovery efforts and create jobs; all without raising property tax rates." Read more. 

12/06/2013

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.

11/13/2013

Community Arts: Mayor Announces Venture to Support Arts Organizations

Arts_13nov13 (1)Mayor Edwin M. Lee and District Six Supervisor Jane Kim joined newly formed nonprofit Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST) to announce the purchase of two arts building in the Central Market and the Tenderloin.

The CAST purchase will allow the Luggage Store Gallery owners to maintain occupancy of their building and ultimately to assume full ownership, which was at risk of sale due to private investors, and will enable the Luggage Store Gallery's subtenant Hospitality House Community Art Program to sign a long term lease. CAST also announced the purchase of the underutilized former adult theater at 80 Turk Street in the Tenderloin, one block off Market, and CounterPULSE, a cornerstone of the Bay Area performing arts scene now located South of Market in a building it rents, will begin fundraising to assume ownership of the 80 Turk Street building and move its multi-use performing arts facility in early 2015. Read more.

11/08/2013

Supporting Veterans: Mayor Announces Initiative to Help Veterans Find Jobs

Mayor Announces Initiative to Help Veterans Find JobsMayor Edwin M. Lee today announced a new initiative called the Veterans Access Point for Workforce Development with Swords to Plowshares. This comprehensive employment center for veterans and residents includes career counseling, job search and readiness programs, workshops and trainings, support services, and access to resource rooms with computers, fax and copy machines. The new access point has already enrolled 36 veterans, 24 of whom are now in permanent jobs in San Francisco.

“Men and women who have served in our country’s Armed Forces need and deserve the best training and resources to ensure that they can reenter the workforce after serving and protecting our country,” said Mayor Lee. “In San Francisco, we recognize the unique skills and experience that veterans possess and we value the contributions that they are bringing to the workforce.” Read More.

11/07/2013

Public Safety: Mayor Announces New Initiatives to Improve Safety on Muni

Mayor Announces New Initiatives to Improve Safety on Muni Today Mayor Edwin M. Lee joined by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) and the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) announced the launch of a new “Eyes Up, Phones Down” anticrime and public awareness campaign to remind transit riders to be aware of their surroundings at Muni stations, stops and on vehicles. Crimes on Muni are often crimes of opportunity and customers can help deter theft by staying alert and aware of their surroundings.

In addition to the anticrime public awareness campaign, the SFMTA and the SFPD have partnered to deploy more officers on Muni to increase overall security. This increased police presence has already had a positive impact in the first month of deployment. In September 2013, there were 51 reported robberies on the system, which dropped to nine robberies reported in October 2013. In addition, incidents of larceny decreased from 80 reported on the system in September 2013 to 26 reported incidents in October 2013. Read More.