Mayor Newsom today commended the federal Department of Homeland
Security’s announcement that the Bay Area will receive $37.1 million in
homeland security grant funding, as part of the 2008 Super Urban Area
Security Initiative (SUASI) program. This represents an 8.9 percent
increase from the 2007 grant. Read more...
Joined by the Executive Director of the U.S. Interagency Council on
Homelessness Philip Mangano, today Mayor Gavin Newsom announced new
federal funding to assist homeless veterans in San Francisco find
housing. The funding will be targeted toward providing homeless
veterans with support services and the opportunity to obtain permanent
housing. Read more...
Mayor Newsom and the Department of the Environment of the City and County of San Francisco (CCSF) today issued a Request for Information (RFI) and Statement of Interest for Innovative Projects to Make San Francisco EV-Ready.
The City and County of San Francisco wants to provide a fertile test ground in which promising systems that support the use of electric vehicles are demonstrated and proven.
San Francisco is moving aggressively to combat climate change. The city wants to be a model for other cities and is not waiting for Washington. Read the RFI (PDF)...
Wind and other renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies
would go toward helping the City meet the renewable energy, energy
efficiency, and CO2 reduction targets set in the Energy Resource Plan
and Climate Action Plan. I am herby calling for the following actions:
1. The Department of Building Inspection and Planning
Department shall expedite permitting and minimize costs for the
installation of residential, commercial and municipal wind generation
turbines in the City; and
2. All City Departments shall make every effort to advance
wind power generation by incorporating wind turbines into the design of
existing and new City facilities whenever and wherever possible. Read more...
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and City Attorney Dennis Herrera
announced today that the City and County of San Francisco is joining
Sierra, San Mateo, and Kern counties, in submitting an amicus brief in
support of a preliminary injunction blocking the state’s proposed
Medi-Cal cuts. The brief was submitted yesterday in Los Angeles
Superior Court. Read more...
Today, Mayor Gavin Newsom announced the Sunday Streets initiative, an
innovative effort to encourage people to get out of their cars, use
public transit, and enjoy the city streets through physical activity.
Sunday Streets is pilot program that will bring physical activity space
to San Francisco neighborhoods on Sunday mornings this summer and fall. Read more...
Marking the one year anniversary of the initiation of the program, today Mayor
Gavin Newsom was joined by Supervisor Tom Ammiano and Catholic Healthcare West
President/CEO Lloyd H. Dean to announce the next phase of San Francisco’s
universal healthcare program Healthy San Francisco
(HSF). Hospitals will form partnerships with HSF medical clinics in their
vicinity. As a result, an HSF participant will have primary care, specialty and
hospital services in one geographic area making it more convenient for the
participant. Read more...
Today Mayor Gavin Newsom accepted the resignation letter of Phil Ginsburg, his
chief of staff, effective August 15, 2008. Ginsburg will be replaced by Trent
Rhorer, 39, who is currently the executive director of the city’s Human Services
Agency (HSA). Read more...