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Housing Policy: Mayor Signs Short Term Residential Rental Legislation

October 27, 2014

Housing Policy: Mayor Signs Short Term Residential Rental LegislationMayor Edwin M. Lee signed the Board of Supervisors-approved Short-Term Residential Rentals Ordinance to provide City’s regulation on sharable housing. Board of Supervisors President David Chiu was the chief sponsor of this short-term residential rental legislation that creates procedures for users of sharing economy companies such as Airbnb, including a registry administered by the Planning Department for tracking short-term residential rentals, and establishes an application fee for the registry.

“As the birthplace of the emerging, more sustainable sharing economy, San Francisco must be at the forefront of nurturing and regulating its growth by modernizing our laws and confronting emerging policy issues and concerns. Today I am proud to sign this landmark piece of legislation, developed over two years by Board President David Chiu working with diverse stakeholders, that regulates homesharing,” said Mayor Lee. “Now, San Franciscans who just want to share their home with occasional visitors will have a clear set of rules and restrictions to earn extra money to make ends meet and enjoy a better quality of life in our City for themselves and their...

Safe Streets: Mayor Announces School and Pedestrian Safety Initiative

October 8, 2014

Safe Street: Mayor Announces School and Pedestrian Safety InitiativeToday Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced that San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) completed four school area safety projects to increase pedestrian safety Citywide and help San Francisco reach its Vision Zero goals. Joined by District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim and partners from the San Francisco Safe Routes to Schools Coalition including Walk San Francisco, Mayor Lee made the announcement at Bessie Carmichael Elementary School as part of Walk and Roll to School Day, an effort to encourage more children and families to walk, bike, take transit and carpool to school.

“Walk and Roll to School Day grows every year as more and more families choose to walk, bike or take Muni to school,” said Mayor Lee. “Whether they are in the Sunset District or in the heart of SoMa, we want every student to be safe when they are walking to school. This November, voters have the opportunity to approve a $500 million transportation bond that will provide critical infrastructure improvements, including $142 million dedicated to making our City’s streets safer for our students.” Read more.

Tech Innovation: Mayor Announces Free Wi-Fi Across 32 Parks

October 1, 2014

Tech Innovation: Mayor Announces Free Wi-Fi Across 32 ParksMayor Edwin M. Lee and Supervisor Mark Farrell today launched the City’s free municipal wireless internet access (Wi-Fi) in Parks project at 32 parks, plazas and open spaces across San Francisco. 

“Wi-Fi in our City’s parks is another step toward 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,” said Mayor Lee. “This project is a top priority for my administration because of the endless benefits that free Wi-Fi will bring to the residents and visitors of San Francisco. Thank you to Supervisor Farrell, Google and sf.citi for their truly innovative public-private partnership to connect our residents in new ways.” Read more

Homeless Veterans: Mayor Announces Legislation to Expand Veteran Housing

September 23, 2014

Homeless Veterans: Mayor Announces Legislation to Expand Veteran HousingMayor Edwin M. Lee today announced legislation for the City to lease a 136-unit building at 250 Kearny Street in the Financial District that will put San Francisco within reach of ending chronic veteran’s homelessness.

“Earlier this year, I accepted President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama’s challenge to end chronic veterans homelessness,” said Mayor Lee. “With the new facility at 250 Kearny, San Francisco will be closer than ever to reaching our ambitious goal by the end of 2015, and I welcome additional support from sf.citi and the technology sector to partner with San Francisco to end veteran’s homelessness once and for all.” Read more.

Public Transportation: Mayor Announces Investment in Next Generation Muni Light Rail

September 19, 2014

Public Transportation: Mayor Announces Investment in Next Generation Muni Light RailMayor Edwin M. Lee today joined by members of the Board of Supervisors and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) to award Siemens a contract to manufacture Muni’s next generation of light rail vehicles. The contract for $648 million will add 175 new and improved Muni light rail vehicles to the fleet that will improve reliability and safety. Siemens will manufacture the vehicles in their Sacramento facility with the first cars operational by the end of 2016. Options are in place for an additional 85 cars, bringing the overall total to 260 cars.

“Today, we are truly moving Muni forward. By expanding San Francisco’s light rail fleet, these new Siemens vehicles will make our City’s public transportation system more reliable, easier to maintain, and ready to meet the demands of a growing City,” said Mayor Lee. “This November, voters have the opportunity to approve a $500 million transportation bond that will provide critical infrastructure improvements that will also improve reliability, frequency and safety even before these new trains arrive. In addition, these new vehicles will be built right here in California, bringing jobs to our regional...

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