12/16/2013

Wireless Access: Mayor Launches Free WiFi on Market Street

17dec2013_SF_wifiMayor Edwin M. Lee today launched a free municipal wireless internet access (Wi-Fi) service along Market Street – the City’s busiest and most economically diverse corridor. Starting in the Castro neighborhood and ending at The Embarcadero along the entire Market Street corridor, Wi-Fi access will be accessible to everyone with a smart phone, laptop or any Wi-Fi enabled mobile device.

“Nearly a quarter-million people walk down Market Street every day, and now they will be able to connect to the Internet through our free public Wi-Fi,” said Mayor Lee. “Providing Wi-Fi on our City’s main busy thoroughfare is a big first step towards a larger vision of connectivity for our City as a whole, bridging the digital divide and ensuring that our diverse communities have access to innovation.” Read more.

12/13/2013

Economic Development: City Wins Business Award for Its Job Creation Policies

Economic_development_13dec13Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced that the Silicon Valley Leadership Group awarded San Francisco with a Business Retention and Expansion Award for its economic development and job creation policies in the
City's Central Market and Tenderloin neighborhoods. The Turning Red Tape into Red Carpet inaugural event recognized the Central Market and Tenderloin Payroll Expense Tax Exclusion as an economic development initiative that resulted in retaining and growing existing businesses within a community.

"I am pleased that our job creation and economic development efforts in the Central Market and Tenderloin neighborhoods are being recognized for not only growing businesses, but also for benefiting the Central Market community," said Mayor Lee.  "What began as a conversation with Board President David Chiu, Supervisor Jane Kim and Twitter has turned into a policy that is transforming neighborhoods. This award from the Silicon Valley Leadership Group recognizes the hard work and commitment from both the public and private sectors that has resulted in 17 new companies, 13 new small businesses and six new arts venues that have moved to the area as part of our revitalization efforts." Read more.

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. 

12/06/2013

Human Rights: Mayor Announces Civic Memorial for Mandela

Mayor Announces Civic Memorial for MandelaMayor Edwin M. Lee hosted in San Francisco a civic memorial to remember the life and legacy of former President of South Africa and human rights leader Nelson Mandela in the Rotunda of City Hall on Wednesday, December 11th at 8 a.m.

"Nelson Mandela forever changed the world, and San Francisco has felt the global movement that he created," said Mayor Lee. "While we mourn his loss, we will honor Nelson Mandela’s legacy to help empower communities everywhere and never stop fighting for equality for all." Read more.

11/26/2013

Renewable Energy: Mayor Launches GreenFinanceSF Program

Mayor Launches Green Finance SF ProgramMayor Edwin M. Lee and District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell today announced that the City will restart a program to help property owners finance energy efficiency projects in their homes. Called GreenFinanceSF, the program for residential buildings is a voluntary Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program that provides affordable financing options to San Francisco homeowners to pay for the installation of energy efficiency, renewable energy and water conservation improvements. GreenFinanceSF creates green jobs for the local economy while also reducing energy and water use and greenhouse gas emissions. Read more.