02/06/2014

Housing Initiative: Mayor Announces Acceleration of Housing Production

06feb2014_new_housingMayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that he will implement recommendations resulting from a Mayoral Executive Directive to accelerate housing production and preserve existing housing stock. The Working Group recommends prioritizing new 100 percent affordable housing, moderate-income units and market rate housing that offers on-site affordable units.
 
“With a robust economic recovery, accelerating our housing production is a top priority for our City,” said Mayor Lee. “The Working Group’s recommendations provide a series of in-depth changes that will not only help us build 30,000 new homes by 2020, but also ensures that we protect current tenants’ rights and preserve existing affordable rental apartments. I thank Department of Building Inspection, Planning Department and other members of the Working Group for preparing these recommendations so that we can ensure our City remains an affordable place to live for all residents.” Read more.

01/23/2014

Public Housing: Mayor Announces City Receives Federal Housing Assistance

Mayor Announces City Receives Federal Rental Assistance Program AwardMayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that the Obama administration has approved San Francisco’s public housing improvement plan, the largest such plan in the country, by approving a Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD), that will help refinance and preserve up to 4,584 public housing units.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s approval for San Francisco is a crucial first step in Mayor Lee’s Public Housing Re-Envisioning Plan. Mayor Lee met yesterday with HUD Deputy Secretary Maurice Jones during the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) 82nd Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C. to continue advocating for additional resources and assistance to improve public housing. Read more.

01/17/2014

Mayor's Agenda: Mayor Outlines 2014 Agenda in State of the City Address

17jan2014_mayor_state_city_2014Mayor Edwin M. Lee today delivered his 2014 State of the City Address at the construction site of Lennar Urban’s The Shipyard under construction in the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood. Joined by civic, labor, business and community leaders, Mayor Lee outlined his bold agenda for San Francisco’s continuing recovery and success with investments in jobs, housing, transportation and education in his second State of the City Address.
 
“The State of our great City is still vital and strong – as strong, financially and economically as we have ever been in our history – and this same robust economic recovery and renewed confidence in our future provides us with the resources and resolve to move forward with an ‘affordability agenda’ as our priority for the days ahead,” said Mayor Lee. “We remain focused on creating jobs, building housing, improving our transportation system, and making sure our youth have a world class education. We will continue to ensure that San Francisco remains a place where people from every background can call home.” Read more.

01/15/2014

Safe Streets: Mayor Announces Pedestrian Safety Initiative

Pedestrian_safetyMayor Edwin M. Lee joined by San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) and San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD) announced the new "Be Nice, Look Twice" public awareness campaign, which will launch in February. The campaign will remind all road users to not only slow down and pay more attention to their surroundings, but also help and care for one another as we all travel San Francisco’s streets and sidewalks. 

"Pedestrian safety continues to be a key focus as our City grows," said Mayor Lee. "San Francisco is a City that walks, and we all have a shared responsibility to protect and care for the most vulnerable users on our City streets. By looking out for each other and by driving more slowly and carefully, we can make a big impact on improving safety for those walking in San Francisco. This new campaign will be culturally competent and will touch all corners of San Francisco." Read more.

01/08/2014

Transport Pilot: Mayor Announces Agreement with Commuter Shuttle Providers

08jan2014_private_shuttle_agreementMayor Ed Lee and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), joined today by Genentech, Google, Apple, Facebook, Bauer's Intelligent Transportation, and the Bay Area Council, announced an agreement to launch a commuter shuttle bus pilot program that will minimize impacts to Muni, while maximizing the traffic and environmental benefits of employer-provided shuttles. These shuttles provide more than 35,000 boardings per day in San Francisco, eliminating at least 45 million vehicle miles traveled and 761,000 metric tons of carbon every year from the region’s roads and air.

“San Francisco needs a reliable, safe and affordable world-class transportation system,” said Mayor Lee. “This agreement will help the City realize the benefits that come with commuter shuttles, such as keeping thousands of cars off our roads and preventing gridlock, while ensuring companies pay their fair share and don’t delay our public transportation system.” Read more.