Mayor Newsom announced today that San Francisco has secured nearly $3
million in federal stimulus funds to offset the cost of residential and
commercial energy and water efficiency projects. This new funding adds
additional incentives to the GreenFinanceSF
program, which will allow property owners to fund environmental
improvements, with the financing attached to the property and paid back
on the property tax bill. The program, previously slated to launch
March 1, will now launch in early April, once the grant funding is in
place, so applicants can take immediate advantage of all of the
program’s benefits. Read more...
“Faced with tough choices and few options, I applaud the San Francisco
Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) Board of Directors today for
preventing proposed fare increases for seniors, youth and people with
disabilities. The SFMTA Board and staff deserve great credit for
working creatively to reverse potential fare increases on our most
vulnerable transit riders." Read more...
Mayor Newsom today announced the completion and official opening of two
new ‘Pavement to
Parks’ sites at Showplace Triangle and Guerrero Park. The Mayor
also announced the plan for 12 more Pavement to Parks in 2010.San
Francisco’s streets and public rights-of-way make up 25% of the city’s
land area, more space than is found in all of the city’s parks. Many
streets are excessively wide and contain large zones of wasted space,
especially at intersections. San Francisco’s ‘Pavement to Parks’
projects seek to temporarily reclaim these unused swathes and quickly
and inexpensively turn them into new public plazas and parks. Read more...
Mayor Newsom today announced that the City and County of San Francisco
has developed 1,679 units of permanent supportive housing for the
chronically homeless within five years. The City is more than over the
half way mark of 3000 units in 10 Years as called for in the Ten Year
Plan to End Homelessness (published June 2004). Read more...
Today, Mayor Gavin Newsom announced the launch of PolicySF.org,
an initiative designed to share successful San Francisco policies with
other communities. The site showcases a number of San Francisco’s most
innovative efforts from San Francisco’s universal health care program,
Healthy San Francisco to the open data policy that powers the City’s
Open Gov efforts on DataSF.org. Read more...
Mayor Gavin Newsom will host an Internet “budget town hall” from 5 –
7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 24th to discuss San Francisco’s projected
$522 million budget deficit for the 2010-11 fiscal year. Veteran City
Hall journalists Barbara Taylor of KCBS and Rachel Gordon of the San
Francisco Chronicle will moderate the online town hall and select all
the questions that the mayor will answer from those received online or
in advance from San Francisco residents.
“San Francisco faces an unprecedented budget deficit next year and
there are no easy solutions or choices,” said Mayor Newsom. “I want to
hear directly from residents online about their priorities and
suggestions as we grapple with the budget challenges ahead.”
There are a number of options for submitting questions. Residents can email them in advance to: BudgetTownHall@sfgov.org
or ask them live on Wednesday on the Ustream page. Questions can also
be submitted via Twitter by tweeting them with the hashtag
#NewsomBudgetLive. To ensure objectivity, the moderators Barbara Taylor
and Rachel Gordon will select the questions that the Mayor will be
asked from among all those received. Read more...
Mayor Gavin Newsom announced today that the City has reached a proposed
agreement with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) for the
exchange of the City’s existing fire station on Howard Street in return
for a newly constructed, replacement fire station on Folsom Street. The
agreement allows for SFMOMA to proceed with a $480 million campaign and
expansion on Howard Street, while providing the City with a modern
replacement for its outdated fire station. Read more...
Mayor Newsom used his YouTube update
this week to highlight the success of the American Recovery &
Reinvestment Act (ARRA) in creating 2,910 jobs for San Franciscans on
its One-Year Anniversary. Earlier this week, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA)
stated that stimulus program has “completely failed to create jobs.”
Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) has said the Federal Stimulus Program might
have saved some jobs, but it “didn’t create one new job.” Read more...
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Mayor Newsom today announced plans for San Francisco to celebrate the
America’s Cup victory of the BMW ORACLE Racing team. Following last
Sunday’s race victory, which resulted in a 2-0 sweep of the 33rd
America’s Cup Match, the BMW ORACLE Racing team brought the Cup home to
the United States for the first time since 1995. Read more...
Mayor Newsom today applauded the announcement by Secretary of
Transportation Ray LaHood of the Transportation Investment Generating
Economic Recovery (TIGER) Program award of $46,000,000 for the
replacement of Doyle Drive in San Francisco. The announcement came as
Mayor Newsom joined U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi
(D-San Francisco) to highlight job creation and economic growth spurred
by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) on the one-year
anniversary of its passage. Read more...