Mayor Gavin Newsom today imposed an immediate moratorium on city employee travel to the State of Arizona for official business as the Mayor and City leaders considered an official City boycott of Arizona following the recent adoption of a punitive new anti-immigrant law there. Mayor Newsom also announced the convening of an Arizona Boycott Workgroup to be chaired by his Chief of Staff, and including the City Purchaser, the City Controller, the City Attorney’s office and others, with the purpose of analyzing the impacts and extent of an Arizona boycott on City contracts and purchasing and making recommendations for a smart and effective Arizona boycott. Read more...
To further the ties of friendship and understanding between San Francisco and Amman Jordan, and to affirm their mutual aspiration to work in unison for the benefit of their cities and nations, Mayor Gavin Newsom and the Honorable Omar Maani, Mayor of the City of Amman, today signed a declaration strengthening ties and establishing a sister city relationship between the two cities. This declaration marks the 17th sister city for San Francisco and City’s first in an Arabic-speaking country. Read more...
Mayor Newsom today signed legislation requiring developers to use
landscaping and permeable paving to beautify the city and keep excess
rainwater out of the sewers. The Green Landscaping Ordinance will
primarily affect new development, but also will apply to property
owners who make significant alterations to their properties. Read more...
Mayor Gavin Newsom today issued the following statement in response to
California Inspector General Laura Chick’s audit of federal stimulus
funds received by San Francisco and her finding of no reportable issues
concerning how the City is spending funds received under the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Read more...
Can you save a tree by logging it? Yes, if you “log” it into the Urban Forest Map (www.urbanforestmap.org),
a new online tool developed by the California Department of Forestry
and Fire Protection (Cal Fire), in cooperation with Friends of the
Urban Forest (FUF) and the City of San Francisco, to catalogue the
city’s leafy assets. Read more...
Following several weeks of negotiations, Mayor Gavin Newsom and San
Francisco public employee unions today reached a comprehensive two-year
agreement to help close a historic $483 million deficit next year while
protecting vital public service and jobs. The agreement is estimated to
save the city $200 million over two years. Read more...
Mayor Gavin Newsom today announced that the San Francisco Office of
Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) has awarded a total of
$520,464 dollars through the Commercial District Capital Grant Program
to support the City’s commercial corridors and local business districts. Read more...
Mayor Gavin Newsom and Board of Supervisors President David Chiu
highlighted earthquake and emergency preparedness today in the wake of
several large earthquakes in Haiti, Chile, and, more recently, in Baja,
California. Mayor Newsom and Supervisor Chiu also focused on the need
for continued infrastructure repairs and seismic upgrades as the City
prepares to commemorate the 104th anniversary of the 1906 Great
Earthquake and Fire. Read more...
Mayor Newsom and Board of Supervisors President David Chiu introduced
the City’s FY 2011-2020 Capital Plan at the Board of Supervisors on
Tuesday to improve the City’s economy and infrastructure. The Plan
recommends $26.9 billion in total capital investments ranging from road
resurfacing to the rebuild of San Francisco General Hospital to
maintenance, repairs and seismic retrofits of our schools, parks, and
public safety buildings. The investment is expected to create an
average of 19,000 new construction-related jobs in San Francisco per
year. Read more...
Mayor Gavin Newsom and Supervisor Sophie Maxwell joined San Francisco
Housing Authority commissioners and residents in celebrating the start
of construction at Hunters View, the pilot project for HOPE SF. HOPE SF
is San Francisco’s breakthrough initiative to transform eight
distressed public housing sites into thriving, mixed income
communities, while replacing all of the existing public housing. Read more...