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02/27/2014

Muni Funding: Mayor Announces Google Gift to Fund Muni for Youth

Muni Funding: Mayor Announces Google Gift to Fund Muni for YouthMayor Edwin M. Lee, Board President David Chiu, Supervisor David Campos, Supervisor Scott Wiener and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) today announced an unprecedented $6.8 million gift from Google to fund an additional two years of Free Muni for Low Income Youth. The popular pilot program is currently funded by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission through June 2014 and provides monthly free muni passes to more than 31,000 low-income San Francisco youth ages 5 to 17. The $6.8 million gift is one of the largest private contributions towards direct City services in San Francisco history.

"Continuing to provide free Muni for thousands of young people from lower-income households will help make our City more affordable for working families," said Mayor Lee. "With this unprecedented gift from Google, we can keep this successful pilot program running for at least two more years at no cost to taxpayers or Muni riders and free up critical funds for other vital Muni maintenance and services. Google is demonstrating with real action and real resources that they are a true partner in addressing our City's affordability crisis for lower and middle-income families. I want to thank Google for this enormous gift to the SFMTA, and I look forward to continuing to work with this great San Francisco employer towards improving our City for everyone." Read more.

01/08/2014

New Housing: Mayor Announces Approval for New Public Housing Community

08jan2014_public_housingMayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the approval for Lennar to begin construction of a new Alice Griffith public housing community on land adjacent to the existing site, fulfilling its promise to build new public housing without disrupting current residents. The Commission on Community Investment and Infrastructure unanimously approved the first “Major Phase” Application for Candlestick Point, which includes plans for the total rebuild of Alice Griffith and its 256 homes.

The Major Phase application covers Alice Griffith and 38 acres at Candlestick Point, including the site that now contains Candlestick Park. The first phase of development around Candlestick encompasses the creation of 16 blocks of new development that includes 1,529 new homes, of which more than 800 will be permanently affordable, including the one-for-one replacement of dilapidated Alice Griffith public housing units. Read more.

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.

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.

10/01/2013

Housing Assistance: Mayor Announces Eviction Prevention Initiative

Mayor Announces Eviction Prevention InitiativeMayor Edwin M. Lee announced San Francisco will triple the amount of funding to prevent illegal Ellis Act evictions and that the City will release $700,000 in funding for other eviction prevention services from the Housing Trust Fund.

“San Francisco must remain a viable place to live and work for people at all levels of the economic spectrum,” said Mayor Lee. “That’s why I am providing additional resources to stop unlawful evictions and provide tenant counseling for our residents, so that San Francisco remains a City for the 100 percent.”  Read more.