Mayor Edwin M. Lee today launched the second year of the Shop & Dine in the 49 initiative challenging residents to do all their shopping and dining within the 49 square miles of San Francisco this holiday season and all year long. The launch is based upon the success of the pilot program for Shop & Dine in the 49 last Fall.
“Each of us can make a big difference in keeping our City’s local businesses vibrant and successful by choosing to eat and shop local, and I challenge our residents and businesses to shop and dine in the 49,” said Mayor Lee. “Small businesses are the backbone of our strong local economy, adding unique character to our City and enlivening our diverse neighborhoods while employing approximately 326,000 residents. When we invest in our local businesses, we are investing in our City’s success, and we can ensure our City’s rising prosperity benefits every single San Franciscan.” Read more.
Today, Mayor Edwin M. Lee, the San Francisco Human Services Agency (HSA) and the San Francisco Interfaith Council announced the schedule for the Emergency Winter Shelter Program and shelter site locations. The City is also currently planning for a significant shelter bed expansion in advance of the anticipated El Nino storms in order to ensure everyone in need of shelter receives it during the expected cold, wet winter storms.
“San Francisco is a compassionate City with nationally recognized programs that provide housing, shelter and innovative supportive services to our most in need and homeless population,” said Mayor Lee. “I thank Episcopal Community Services, San Francisco Interfaith Council, who in partnership with the Human Services Agency, will ensure those on our streets have refuge from the cold and wet weather expected this winter season.” Read more.
Mayor Edwin M. Lee and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) today announced MuniMobile – a new smartphone application for Muni fares systemwide, revolutionizing the Muni riding experience.
“San Francisco is using technology and innovation to create a world-class customer experience for all Muni riders,” said Mayor Ed Lee. “Our City’s historic investment in our transportation network that reached $1 billion this year is allowing us to increase service by 10 percent, replace our buses and light rail vehicles and hire more drivers and cleanup crews. We are making Muni more reliable, safer, cleaner and ready to the meet the demands of a growing City and a growing ridership and MuniMobile will now make it easier to board and ride Muni for our hundreds of thousands of riders every day.” Read more.
Mayor Edwin M. Lee issued a statement on the California Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC)’s award of a $80 million grant to San Francisco under Senate Bill 863 to replace County Jails #3 and #4 in the City’s Hall of Justice and finance a $240 million Rehabilitation Detention Facility – a smaller facility with 384 beds, reducing capacity overall by 20 percent and adding Supportive Services’ Program Spaces for counseling, classrooms, computers and vocational training and a Medical and Mental Health Unit for drug and mental health treatment programs:
“We are not rebuilding a City jail; this is an innovative approach to criminal justice with a focus on rehabilitation and reentry. The City’s need for a smaller facility demonstrates our success in providing high-quality rehabilitative programs and alternatives to detention. The new Rehabilitation Detention Facility will provide a safe, secure and humane environment for inmates and staff, and aligns with our City’s rehabilitation and reentry strategies. The construction of a replacement facility as the Hall of Justice becomes inoperable will also save the City tens of millions of dollars in...
Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced San Francisco’s intention to become the first city to “get to zero” in the battle against HIV/AIDS. Once the epicenter of the AIDS crisis and now a world leader in HIV/AIDS response, San Francisco is well-positioned to reach zero new HIV infections, zero deaths and zero stigma. In bolstering the Citywide effort, Mayor Lee has dedicated $1.2 million to support Getting to Zero and today announced a $500,000 donation from MAC AIDS Fund, the largest corporate funder of HIV/AIDS work globally.
“San Francisco is a national leader in treatment, housing and care for those living with HIV/AIDS, and we remain committed to providing hope, finding a cure, and one day bringing an end to this epidemic,” said Mayor Lee. “We have the world’s best health care, top scientists, compassionate policies, community advocacy and the public-private partnerships needed to make it a reality. Zero is within reach.” Read More