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Get Ready to ShakeOut


While the potential earthquake hazards depend upon your location (see below), California is considered at higher risk compared to the rest of the country.

We believe that California can become much more prepared for earthquakes- and be ready to recover quickly. The ShakeOut has been created to help people and organizations get better prepared for major earthquakes, and practice how to be protected when they happen.

For more information, please visit ShakeOut.


City Commemorates the 10 Year Anniversary of 9/11


On the 10 year anniversary of 9/11, San Francisco remembers those that died in the terrorist attacks and honors the first responders who rushed in to save lives.  Many of the victims of that fateful day had family and friends in the Bay Area, and we join all Americans in mourning their tragic loss.

The events of September 11, 2001 redefined our nation, not only in the scope of the tragedy but also in the demonstration of compassion and generosity that occurred in the hours, weeks and months following.  In San Francisco, and around the country, individuals stepped up to give blood, collect donations and volunteer their time as a show of support for our nation.

This year in San Francisco, we will rekindle this spirit of unity by coming together at major community gatherings from remembrance services to cultural and sporting events.  Below is a list of events that are occurring the weekend of the September 10-11.  Please note that this is not a comprehensive list of all activities and is still in development. Read more


Carbon Monoxide Detectors Required by July 1st

Carbon Monoxide Detectors Required by July 1st The San Francisco’s Mayor’s Office, the Department of Building Inspection (DBI), and the San Francisco Fire Department, today announced a City-wide outreach drive to inform residents that effective July 1st a new State law requires owners to install immediately carbon monoxide detectors to safeguard residents’ lives and safety.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate carbon monoxide (CO), which is an invisible, odorless and colorless gas created by the incomplete combustion of carbon fuels, kills 500 people a year and injures another 20,000 people nationwide.  To prevent these accidental deaths and injuries, the California legislature enacted SB 183 – mandating residential property owners to install carbon monoxide detectors in existing dwelling units having a fossil fuel burning heater or appliance, fireplace, or attached garage. Read more.


Mayor Lee Appoints Gregory P. Suhr as Chief of Police

Mayor Lee Appoints Gregory P. Suhr as Chief of Police Selection of Police Chief with 30 Years of Vital Experience, Proven Leadership, and Reformer Background to Bring SFPD to 21st Century.

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today appointed and swore in Captain Gregory P. Suhr as Chief of the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD).

“I am very proud today to appoint and swear in Greg Suhr as Chief of Police to succeed former Police Chief and now District Attorney George Gascón,” said Mayor Lee. “Chief Suhr has been a leader within the SFPD with 30 years of experience and is deeply committed to ongoing reforms and increased accountability in the police department. His selection moves the SFPD into the 21st century. He will work to bring violent crime in our City to historic lows and implement innovative crime prevention strategies to keep San Francisco the safest big city in our country.”

“Greg Suhr is a professional police leader and a strong supporter of the hardworking men and women of the San Francisco Police Department,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “He's committed to our reform agenda including making San Francisco the safest large city in the U.S., the implementation of COMPSTAT, and discipline reform. I applaud the Mayor and the Police Commission on their selection. Greg is the ultimate champion of community policing.” Read more.


Mayor Lee Announces Facebook Application for City Services

Mayor Lee Announces Facebook Application for City Services Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that San Francisco is adding an innovative first-in-the-nation application to the City’s Facebook page, which would allow the public to report basic service issues such as graffiti removal or pothole repairs to the 311 Customer Service Center. Developed through a joint project between the Department of Technology and the 311 Customer Service Center, this Facebook application brings basic City services to the public in an easy and innovative way.

“With nearly 260,000 fans of the City and County of San Francisco, it was necessary to create a better tool to enhance the public experience to connect with our City and report issues through our 311 system so we can take action,” said Mayor Lee. “Social media like Facebook and Twitter have enhanced the public experience for our residents, connected communities, and transformed neighborhoods and businesses.” Read more.