Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) will purchase 61 hybrid diesel buses after receiving unanimous approval by the Board of Supervisors on legislation led by Supervisor Malia Cohen. As part of the SFMTA’s five year plan to replace the entire bus fleet, the procurement of 61 low-floor biodiesel-electric hybrid buses will improve transit service, improve the overall customer experience, and bring clean, new vehicles that use state-of-the-art hybrid and biofuel technologies to make Muni’s fleet, already one of the greenest in the nation, even cleaner.
“San Francisco is replacing its fleet, so we can bring our transportation system into the 21st Century and give riders the transportation experience they deserve,” said Mayor Lee. “This investment is a giant leap forward in making sure our fleet is clean, green and helps improve transit times.” Read more.
Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that six playgrounds throughout the City will be completely renovated with funds from the voter-approved 2012 San Francisco Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond. The first six selected playgrounds are Alice Chalmers Playground, John McLaren Park Picnic Area and Playground, Merced Heights Playground, Panhandle Playground, Sgt. John Macaulay Park, and Washington Square Playground with more playground renovations to be included based on project cost savings.
“One of our City’s top priorities is to make sure children and families thrive in San Francisco and one of the ways we do that is by investing in clean and safe playgrounds,” said Mayor Lee. “The $15.5 million renovation of these six playgrounds will provide our children with the open space they need to get out and play.” Read more.
Mayor Edwin M. Lee today launched the Public Land for Housing program that will dedicate underutilized public sites towards housing for low, moderate and middle income San Franciscans. The first phase of the Public Land for Housing program will develop plans for the redevelopment of a minimum of four publicly-owned sites with the greatest potential for affordable housing development. The program overall will identify buildable sites for at least 4,000 units by 2020, 50 percent of which will be affordable to low or middle incomes.
“San Francisco voters signaled resounding support of our City’s ambitious 2020 housing goals, to build and rehabilitate urgently-needed housing that is within reach of lower-income and middle class families,” said Mayor Lee. “Working together, we are making measurable progress, but we will, and must, do better than Proposition K’s target of 33 percent affordable housing on City land. We can use our property as an investment in our future, to showcase what is possible when you combine public funding and innovation, creating housing affordable for our working residents.” Read more.
Mayor Edwin M. Lee today introduced at the Board of Supervisors the City’s Five Year Financial Plan for Fiscal Years (FY) 2015-16 through 2019-20. Over the next five years, the Financial Plan predicts that the City will experience continued economic growth which will in turn support continued but slower growth in tax revenues. The production and release of the Five Year Financial Plan was moved to the Fall this year so that the City’s two-year budget, currently under development, could benefit from the long range planning information in the Plan.
“San Francisco’s broad-based recovery is supported by our sound economic policies and fiscal prudence,” said Mayor Lee “And, while the City is in a much better fiscal position than it was in just four years ago, our new challenge is to ensure more San Franciscans feel the benefits of a good economy. We must also address a growing population and remain committed to those sound fiscal policies that have allowed us to better serve our residents.” Read more.
Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced significant new funding to ensure San Francisco can quickly implement President Barack Obama’s Executive Action to provide relief for undocumented immigrants. The President’s Executive Action could potentially impact up to 12,000 undocumented immigrants in San Francisco, and Mayor Lee has authorized $500,000 in new funding for the Office of Civic Engagement & Immigrant Affairs (OCEIA) to strengthen Citywide efforts to implement Administrative Relief actions and committed to fund both the San Francisco Pathways to Citizenship Initiative and the DreamSF Initiative through 2019.
“As the son of immigrant parents, this issue is personal to me,” said Mayor Lee. “The President’s bold action on immigration has set the course, and now we must follow through. Most of the nation’s 12 million undocumented immigrants live in America’s cities, and so as Mayors we must lead the way and provide all of our residents with hope, opportunities and the services they deserve.” Read more.