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Education Funding: Mayor Announces $690 Million Funding for Education Programs

May 21, 2015

Education Funding: Mayor Announces $690 Million Funding for Education ProgramsMayor Edwin M. Lee and the Board of Supervisors today announced over the next two years the City will contribute and invest $690.4 million in programs for children, focused on improving educational outcomes. This represents a 23 percent growth over the next two years in funding for programs serving children and families, which includes $34.6 million to the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD)’s Rainy Day Reserve account, targeted investments for 860 additional slots for Preschool For All, additional $1.8 million to eliminating the waitlist for summer programs, $2.5 million to fund 820 slots to eliminate the waitlist for After School programs, increasing investment Transitional Age Youth (TAY) to create pathways to success through supportive employment and training opportunities coupled with educational support and creation of the Our City Our Families Council approved by San Francisco voters as part of November 2014’s Proposition C.

“I’ll keep saying it over and over again, the best investment that we can make is an investment in our education and our youth and families,” said Mayor Lee. “With our strong economy and growing City, we are committed...

Jobs Program: Mayor Launches Jobs Initiative to Create Jobs for Youth

May 21, 2015

Jobs Program:  Mayor Launches Jobs Initiative to Create Jobs for YouthToday Mayor Edwin M. Lee and the United Way of the Bay Area along with City Departments and private sector employers kicked off the Youth Jobs+ 2015 initiative, challenging employers to create jobs, internships and paid job training for San Francisco youth (ages 14-24 years old). Now in its fourth year, Mayor Lee’s initiative connects San Francisco employers with low-income and disconnected San Francisco youth so that they can share in the City’s economic success and get the practical job experience and skills they will need to succeed in today’s economy.

“This is the best investment that we can make for the success of San Francisco’s youth,” said Mayor Lee. “Last year, we worked together and exceeded our own aggressive goal and placed more than 7,600 young adults in jobs and paid internships. We need to continue investing in programs that strengthen our youth workforce, especially for our low-income and disadvantaged youth. Once again, I am again calling upon employers, large and small, across San Francisco to join us in supporting the future of our young people by creating meaningful employment opportunities for our youth this summer and beyond.”...

Local Business: Mayor Launches SFBiz Connect in Support of Small Businesses

May 20, 2015

Local Business: Mayor Launches SFBiz Connect in Support of Small BusinessesMayor Edwin M. Lee today launched SF Biz Connect, an initiative challenging businesses to shift at least five percent of their spending to local San Francisco small businesses.

“SF Biz Connect challenges businesses to look to their neighbors when making purchasing decisions and to buy local,” said Mayor Lee. “San Francisco is home to more than 90,000 registered businesses and counting, and supporting small businesses by shifting spending doesn’t cost a thing, but makes a big difference to a small business’ bottom line. We encourage our residents to shop local year round, and now SF Biz Connect will help businesses shop local too.” Read more.

Emergency Services: Mayor Announces New Funding for Emergency Response Upgrades

May 19, 2015

Emergency Services: Mayor Announces New Funding for Fire & Emergency ServicesMayor Edwin M. Lee and Board President London Breed today announced $47.3 million in additional investments in the San Francisco Fire and Emergency Management departments over the next two years, including hiring additional EMT/Paramedics, firefighters, and 911 dispatchers and additional resources for fire station upgrades, new technology, equipment and vehicles to meet the demands of a growing San Francisco.

“We are investing in training more firefighters, paramedics and 911 dispatchers and making necessary upgrades to the current infrastructure, equipment and capacity in order to provide improved services 24 hours a day that will meet the demands of our growing City, today and in the future,” said Mayor Lee. “Our public safety agencies are keeping our City and residents safe, and we are preparing for emergencies and disasters in this time of tremendous growth across all our diverse neighborhoods. Today, I join our Board of Supervisors and the men and women of our public safety agencies to do even more by announcing additional resources for the Fire and Emergency Management departments and celebrate the opening of our City’s new Fire...

City Hall: Mayor Announces Celebration of City Hall Centennial

May 19, 2015

City Hall: Mayor Announces Celebration of City Hall CentennialMayor Edwin M. Lee and City Administrator Naomi Kelly together with Honorary Co-Chairs United States Senator Dianne Feinstein, former Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr.  and San Francisco Chief of Protocol Charlotte Mailliard Shultz today announced The City Hall Centennial Celebration, a civic celebration honoring the 100th anniversary of San Francisco’s City Hall with a kickoff event to be held on Friday, June 19th at 6 p.m. in Civic Center Plaza. The civic celebration coincides with Mayor Lee’s hosting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ 83rd Annual Meeting, which will bring 450 Mayors from across the country to San Francisco.

“San Francisco City Hall is a world-class landmark with a storied history for trailblazing policies that have had a global impact,” said Mayor Lee. “The investment we are making 100 years later is making history again – City Hall is the oldest U.S. building to achieve LEED EBOM Platinum Certification – the hallmark of sustainable building design. This historic centennial celebration provides us with an opportunity to come together as a City to remember how resilient San Franciscans have been through the past 100 years and helps us reflect on what tremendous...

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