49 posts categorized "News"

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. 

09/03/2013

Bay Bridge: Mayor Celebrates Opening of New Bridge Eastern Span

Bay Bridge: Mayor Celebrates Opening of New Bridge Eastern SpanThe new eastern span of the Bay Bridge opened on Monday night. The Bay Bridge has been undergoing a major seismic retrofit to be bring it up to current transportation standards. Following the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake, which damaged a section of the East Span, extensive studies were undertaken to determine whether the state’s largest bridges were seismically safe. As a result of these studies, it was determined that the entire bridge required seismic safety improvements. The San Francisco side of the Bay Bridge (West Span), required seismic retrofit work; for the Oakland side of the bridge (East Span) the most cost-effective solution requires the complete replacement of the existing span. Seismic safety work on the West Approach to the bridge in San Francisco involved completely removing and replacing a one-mile stretch of Interstate 80 and three on- and three off-ramps. The estimated cost for the new Bay Bridge (East Span), is $6.4 billion.
 
The seismic safety work on the Bay Bridge encompasses multiple projects. Seismic safety work on the West Span of the bridge has already been completed, as has work on the West Approach, the 1-mile stretch of interstate highway connecting San Francisco to the bridge. The East Span of the bridge was seismically upgraded through the complete replacement of the old span. This involved multiple projects, including the construction of a 1.2-mile Skyway; a Self-Anchored Suspension span consisting of a 525-foot tower supporting a bridge deck connecting the Skyway to the Yerba Buena Island Transition Structure on Yerba Buena Island; and the Oakland Touchdown, the east end of the bridge connecting to the toll plaza.
 
The Mayor celebrating this achievement stated today that "This new East Span of the Bay Bridge serves as a monument to human ingenuity and creativity — not to mention patience — to protect and enhance our communities in the face of natural forces beyond our control."
 
For more information about the Bay Bridge project please visit: http://baybridgeinfo.org

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

08/26/2013

Rim Fire Updates: City's Support Activities and Water Quality and Delivery

City's "Rim Fire" Support Activities and Water Quality and Delivery

There is no change or impact to the delivery of high quality water from Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. The Hetch Hetchy Regional Water System continues to deliver high-quality water to 2.6 million water customers in San Francisco and throughout the Bay Area. Since before the fire began, we have been delivering water from Hetchy Reservoir to our customers and transferring to our local reservoirs. As a precautionary measure, we have increased the amount of the water delivery to the Bay Area from 292 million gallons a day to 302 million gallons a day. This will maximize the amount of water stored locally. This local storage would be used to meet customer demands if we needed to switch supplies.

For more information, please visit the link below for updates about our Rim Fire activities and Hetch Hetchy Water and Power system: http://www.sfwater.org/RimFire 

08/23/2013

Bridge Closure: Bay Bridge to Close on Labor Day Weekend

Bay Bridge to Close on Labor Day WeekendBay Bridge Closure: Labor Day Weekend 2013

Time:  From 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28 To 5 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3

Motorists will not be able to drive on the bridge on both directions during this closure. As a result, motorists should plan to leverage alternatives for getting to San Francisco and for traveling around the Bay Area while the Bay Bridge is closed during Labor Day weekend.
 
- For more information about the Bay Bridge closure please visit: BayBridgeInfo.org

- For more information about Bay Area Traffic please visit: 511.org