223 posts categorized "Mayor"

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.

10/29/2013

Technology Access: Mayor Launches First Living Innovation Zone

Technology_29oct12Mayor Edwin M. Lee today, as part of Innovation Month, officially opened the nation's first Living Innovation Zone (LIZ) – an enterprise that links partners with the City to sponsor the installation of innovative exhibit spaces that make science and technology more accessible in public for the public. The first Zone, a partnership with the Exploratorium and the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District (YBCBD), is being launched on Market Street and Yerba Buena Lane.

"This unique initiative brings innovation that is sometimes behind closed doors and brings it out into the light of day where we can all learn and be inspired by it," said Mayor Lee. "I'm excited to see our sidewalks come alive with new ideas, and I believe it is initiatives like these that underscore our commitment to innovation and helps secure our reputation as the Innovation Capital of the World." Read more.

10/10/2013

Financial Stability: City Credit Rating Upgraded to Highest in City History

Financial Stability: City Credit Rating Upgraded to Highest in Its HistoryMayor Edwin M. Lee today announced major bond rating agencies have upgraded and affirmed San Francisco's strong credit after the City met with Moody's Investors Service (Moody's), Standard & Poor's (S&P) and Fitch Ratings (Fitch) in August. 

"At a time when many cities and counties across California and the U.S. have seen their credit ratings suffer amid lingering financial uncertainty, San Francisco's upgraded bond ratings are leading the state," said Mayor Lee. "We are creating investor confidence in our City with strategic investments while applying strict budgetary and financial controls to protect San Francisco's continuing economic recovery. We must continue our work that has stabilized San Francisco's economy, created jobs, and has made San Francisco an economic engine for the entire region." Read more.

10/07/2013

Invest in Neighborhoods: Mayor Launches Loan Program for Small Business

Invest in Neighborhoods: Mayor Launches Loan Program to Support Small BusinessMayor Ed Lee today announced the launch of the StepAheadSF Microloan Pilot Program, a new program that will provide $250,000 in zero percent interest loans to support small businesses in neighborhood commercial corridors citywide.  StepAheadSF, administered by Working Solutions, will provide loans to individual small businesses. The program will begin in Chinatown, which was just named one of the Top 10 Great Neighborhoods for 2013 by the American Planning Association.

"Our City's historic, culturally diverse and economically thriving neighborhoods make San Francisco a world-class destination to live, work and visit and I am honored that the American Planning Association has recognized San Francisco’s Chinatown as one of the nation’s Top 10 Great Neighborhoods," said Mayor Ed Lee. "With StepAheadSF and my Invest in Neighborhoods Initiative, we are ensuring our small businesses have opportunities to succeed, grow and contribute to the vibrancy of their neighborhoods." Read more.