Entertainment Initiative: Mayor Launches NightLifeSF Initiative

07may2014_NightLifeSFMayor Edwin M. Lee and Supervisor Scott Wiener today announced the launch of NightlifeSF, an initiative to support San Francisco’s vibrant nightlife and entertainment industry. The City’s $4 billion industry includes 3,200 restaurants, bars, nightclubs, live music venues, and performing arts spaces that create over 52,000 jobs in San Francisco. The initiative will support the sector by providing a one stop for existing or prospective nightlife business owners with resources and tools including dedicated staff and a new website to help navigate city rules on starting or maintaining a nightlife business in San Francisco.

“Our City’s world-class nightlife and entertainment industry helps make San Francisco a unique and great place to live, work, play and visit,” said Mayor Lee. “The range of tools we are deploying provides our nightlife and entertainment businesses with valuable resources and guidance so they can start, stay, and successfully thrive— keeping San Francisco a premier nightlife destination.” Read more.


City Budget: Mayor Lee Presents Proposed May 1st Balanced Budget

01may2014_mayor_proposed_budgetMayor Edwin M. Lee today presented his proposed balanced budget for seven City departments (the Airport, Port, Public Utilities Commission, Municipal Transportation Agency, Child Support Services, Retirement System and Public Library), totaling $5.9 billion over the next two years. The May 1st budget includes enterprise and other self-supporting departments. The proposed capital projects deliver more than $4 billion into the local economy and support over 36,000 local jobs.

“We have opportunity to protect and continue our economic recovery while at the same time improve our City’s infrastructure for generations to come,”said Mayor Lee. “As we invest in and strengthen our transportation, waterfront and water system infrastructure, we are also putting our residents back to work. We will ensure that San Francisco remains an economic engine for the region and is a City that people from all levels of the economic spectrum can call home.” Read more.

Renewable Energy: Mayor Announces Full Funding for GoSolarSF

01may2014_solar_incentivesMayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that the City’s successful solar initiative, GoSolarSF, will be fully funded at $10 million over the next two fiscal years. Mayor Lee made the announcement at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)’s celebration of the newly installed 558-panel, 182 kW solar system on the roof of the Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, which brings the City’s total municipal solar generating capacity to more than 7.6 megawatts. Combined with the 8.1 megawatts supported by GoSolarSF, San Francisco’s 15.7 megawatts of solar renewable energy has prevented 7.7 million pounds of CO2 emissions which is equivalent to over 8,000 barrels of oil each year. Read more.

Housing in SF: Mayor Lee Highlights Housing Progress

Housing in SF: Mayor Lee Highlights Housing ProgressMayor Edwin M. Lee today at the grand opening of the Rene Cazenave Apartments, highlighted the City's progress toward his ambitious housing goal of bringing 30,000 new and rehabilitated homes to the City by 2020, with at least one-third of those permanently affordable, and the majority within financial reach of the middle class. In the first quarter of 2014, 2,123 housing units opened to provide new homes to families in San Francisco, with 24 percent of those units permanently affordable to low-income households.

"We are making great progress toward our ambitious 2020 housing goals and our pledge to make San Francisco a City for the 100 percent," said Mayor Lee. "With more than 2,000 homes completed for residents in the first quarter of 2014, we are well ahead of our annual goal of completing 5,000 units a year. And by continuing to prioritize housing projects such as the Rene Cazenave Apartments, we are delivering on our pledge to help San Francisco families and residents from all levels of the economic spectrum call San Francisco home." Read more.


City Budget: Mayor and Sup. Farrell Announce Online Budget Town Hall

City Budget: Mayor and Sup. Farrell Announce Online Budget Town Hall Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Board of Supervisors Budget Chair Mark Farrell today announced an Online Budget Town Hall to engage the public in the City's budget process and ask residents for ideas on how to balance the City's two-year budget. The current projected two-year budget shortfalls are $66.7 million in FY 2014-15 and $133.4 million in FY 2015-16.

The live Town Hall will take place on Thursday, May 1, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Viewers can connect to the live stream through the Mayor’s home page at www.sfmayor.org or directly through YouTube at www.youtube.com/mayoredlee. Read more.