218 posts categorized "Mayor"

10/02/2013

Arts in the City: Mayor Breaks Ground on New Strand Theatre

Arts in the City: Mayor Breaks Ground on New Strand TheatreMayor Edwin M. Lee joined Senator Mark Leno, Supervisor Jane Kim, the American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) and community development partners today to break ground on the Strand Theater, the newest arts venue to open in the Central Market neighborhood. The Strand Theater joins two other theaters, including the Geary Theater and the Costume Shop Theater.

"I am thrilled to see A.C.T. join the Central Market community where performing art institutions are vital in our efforts to transform the neighborhood," said Mayor Lee. "The Strand Theater will provide our City's residents and visitors with a world-class entertainment venue that will engage with the local community through arts and education, while creating jobs for our City's residents and contributing to the diverse economic vitality of the Central Market neighborhood." Read more.

10/01/2013

Health Reform: Mayor Announces Local Open Enrollment for Affordable Care

Health Reform: Mayor Announces Local Open Enrollment for Affordable CareMayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that San Francisco is now participating in pre-enrollment into new health coverage options that will become available on January 1, 2014 through the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
 
San Francisco is a national leader in bringing affordable health care access to its residents and is now poised to enroll an estimated 30,000 newly eligible individuals into the expanded Medi-Cal program. Additionally, the City will support the enrollment of an estimated 40,000 uninsured individuals into other health coverage products offered through Covered California, the state’s new marketplace for purchasing coverage. Read more.

08/28/2013

Civil Rights: Mayor Celebrates Civil Rights and Dr. Jones Contribution

Civil Rights: Mayor Celebrates Civil Rights and Dr. Jones ContributionMayor Lee awards Dr. Clarence B. Jones on behalf of the City and County of San Francisco in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Freedom and Jobs. The Mayor stated: "San Francisco is a City that celebrates and rewards the pioneer, the innovator, the groundbreaker and the risk-taker – Dr. Clarence B. Jones. We are grateful for his contributions to the Civil Rights Movement as Martin Luther King, Jr.’s attorney, adviser and speechwriter. Your words have inspired us, and moved us, to make the change that we want to be. We shall march ahead. We cannot turn back."
 
August 28th, 2013 marks the 50th Anniversary of March on Washington & Dr. King's "I HAVE A DREAM" speech. The speech delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called for an end to racism in the United States. Delivered to thousands of civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington, the speech was a defining moment of the American Civil Rights Movement.
 
For more information please visit the King Center: http://www.thekingcenter.org

07/30/2013

Housing Funds: Mayor Launches New Home Loan Assistance Program

Housing Funds: Mayor Launches New Home Loan Assistance ProgramMayor Edwin M. Lee and Supervisor Mark Farrell launched the down payment home loan assistance program for San Francisco first responders who are active member of the San Francisco Police Department, San Francisco Fire Department, or the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department. The Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) will administer the program, which was created after San Francisco voters overwhelmingly passed the Housing Trust Fund Initiative in November 2012.

“San Francisco must remain a viable place to live and work for people at all levels of the economic spectrum and the Housing Trust Fund helps us do just that,” said Mayor Lee. “The new down payment assistance program will help keep working families in San Francisco and increase homeownership opportunities for San Francisco first responders, who make sacrifices every day to keep our City safe. I thank Supervisor Mark Farrell and the entire Board of Supervisors for supporting the Housing Trust Fund and our City’s first responders.” Read more.

07/26/2013

Health Care: Mayor Reconstitutes Universal Health Care Council

Health Care: Mayor Reconstitutes Universal Health Care CouncilMayor Edwin M. Lee today reconstituted the Universal Healthcare Council to examine San Francisco's implementation of the Federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) and engage stakeholders in identifying necessary local policies to support the implementation process. Mayor Lee appointed San Francisco’s Department of Public Health Director Barbara Garcia to lead the council.

"Implementing the Affordable Care Act is a top priority for San Francisco," said Mayor Lee. "We are focused on enrolling residents in the Medi-Cal expansion and encouraging eligible residents to purchase affordable insurance via the Covered California marketplace. However, we also need to provide guidance to our local businesses about how the ACA integrates with our local policy – namely the Health Care Security Ordinance. This is a complicated policy issue, and I am thankful that Director Garcia has agreed to lead a data-driven process so we can make informed policy decisions." Read more.