Mayor Gavin Newsom today announced the winners of the Community
Challenge Grant Program (CCG), formerly known as the Neighborhood
Beautification Fund. The program provides matching grants to local
residents, businesses, non-profits and other community groups to make
physical improvements to their neighborhoods. Read more...
Mayor Gavin Newsom and Treasurer José Cisneros today announced the
launch of Payday Plus SF, an alternative payday loan offered by six San
Francisco Credit Unions that will provide responsible small dollar
loans of up to $500, with low interest rates, financial counseling, and
an extended repayment term. The program is designed to help San
Franciscans avoid high-interest rate payday loans that often trap
borrowers in a cycle of debt. Read more...
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom
announced today that they had reached a broad outline of terms for the
conveyance of former Naval Station Treasure Island from the Navy to the
City’s Treasure Island Development Authority. The terms of the
agreement include a guaranteed payment to the Navy of $55M followed by
an interim payment of another $50M, plus an additional share of
potential further profits. The agreement also requires the inclusion of
transactional protections customary in the private sector for these
types of transactions. Specifics of the deal will be worked out as
quickly as possible. Read more...
Mayor Gavin Newsom today announced that he will introduce legislation
with Supervisor Eric Mar tomorrow, to help finance new residential and
commercial renewable energy projects and energy and water efficiency in
San Francisco. The new San Francisco Sustainable Financing Program
(SF2) and San Francisco Sustainable Financing Special District allows
building owners to access affordable, city-sponsored financing for
energy efficiency, renewable energy and water conservation
improvements. The repayment obligation will be attached to the
property, rather than the individual, and will be paid back through
property taxes over the life of the financing. Read more...
Mayor Gavin Newsom today announced that San Francisco is expanding the
walkway for pedestrians in the Union Square area as part of a pilot
project under the Better Market Street Program. The Powell Street
Pedestrian Improvement Project is allowing more walking space and
access along two blocks of Powell Street, Geary to Ellis Streets, to
improve and enhance the public’s experience during one of the busiest
shopping days of the year. Read more...
Mayor Gavin Newsom today announced that San Francisco’s Transamerica
Pyramid has achieved the prestigious Leadership in Energy &
Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification by the U.S. Green
Building Council in recognition of energy and environmental upgrades.
Additionally, Mayor Newsom’s Green and Existing Building Task Force
released recommendations for greening the city’s existing building
stock. Read more...
Mayor Gavin Newsom today announced that the San Francisco JOBS NOW program
has used federal stimulus funds to put 1,200 San Franciscans back to
work, and is seeking an additional 1,300 job participants before the
funds expire in September 2010. Additionally, the Mayor outlined the
JOBS NOW marketing campaign launching this month with MUNI and other
city partners, as well as his efforts to secure funding from Congress
and the White House to extend the JOBS NOW program past September 2010. Read more...
Today, Mayor Newsom announced on behalf of the Bay Area Electric
Vehicle (EV) Corridor program that Nissan has decided to make its first
all-electric vehicle, the LEAF, available to Bay Area consumers
starting next year. The vehicle will be sold in San Francisco and the
Bay Area. Read more...
Mayor Gavin Newsom today joined with other elected officials, the San
Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) and members of the
bicycle community to announce the first steps to implement the San
Francisco Bicycle Plan. On Wednesday, November 25, the Superior Court
partially lifted an injunction that has since 2006 prevented almost all
physical improvements to San Francisco’s bicycle network. Read more...