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Public Safety: Mayor and Board Announce Public Safety Reforms

April 30, 2015

Public Safety: Mayor and Board Announce Public Safety ReformsToday Mayor Edwin M. Lee, Board President London Breed, other members of the Board, and SFPD Chief Greg Suhr announced a proposed package of initiatives to increase public safety and implement police reforms including accelerated hiring, increased civilian oversight, more training for officers and deploying body cameras for every SFPD police officer on the street.

“San Francisco deserves the best in 21st Century policing and this comprehensive package of public safety reforms will help our police officers further strengthen their ties with the community,” said Mayor Lee. “It is that community trust that has helped San Francisco remain one of the safest big cities in the nation and this plan will ensure that our Police Department has the resources they need to continue their work to protect and serve. “With increased civilian oversight, more training, accelerated hiring, and the latest technology, our sworn officer can do their job with even greater transparency and accountability.”  Read More.

Climate Change: Mayor Announces Strategy to Meet City's Greenhouse Reduction Goals

April 22, 2015

Climate Change: Mayor Announces Strategy to Meet City's Greenhouse Reduction GoalsIn celebration of the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, Mayor Edwin M. Lee today launched the new “Zero-50-100-Roots” campaign aimed towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions and reinforcing the City’s leadership in addressing climate change. The “Zero-50-100-Roots” campaign demonstrates San Francisco’s commitment to send zero waste to the landfill, reach 50 percent sustainable travel, use 100 percent renewable energy and pull carbon dioxide out of the air.

The City recently reported that its 2012 greenhouse gas emissions were at an unprecedented 23 percent below 1990 levels and that the City is on track to reduce emissions below 1990 levels by 25 percent by 2017 and 40 percent by 2025.  President Barack Obama recognized San Francisco in March as a Climate Action Champion for its steadfast leadership on Climate Change. Read more.

Youth Programs: Mayor Announces Expanded Youth Summer Programs

April 15, 2015

Youth Programs: Mayor Announces Expanded Youth Summer ProgramsMayor Edwin M. Lee today announced an additional $1.8 million in funding to support programming to keep San Francisco children and youth engaged and learning over the summer months. The additional funds, which were approved by San Francisco voters in November 2014 as part of Proposition C, will help ensure that all children and youth have access to high quality summer programs at school and community-based sites throughout San Francisco. The infusion of additional funding for summer programs will allow Department of Children Youth and their Families (DCYF), Recreation and Park Department (RPD), San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) and HOPE SF to increase summer programming access for families in the City by more than 55 percent.

“This summer in San Francisco, we are making sure all our youth have access to summer programs and activities to keep them learning and engaged with experiences that they will take with them through school, in college and in their future careers,” said Mayor Lee. “Offering meaningful and engaging learning opportunities for our youth during these summer months is an investment in helping our families...

Pedestrian Safety: Mayor Announces New Funds for Vision Zero Program

April 9, 2015

Pedestrian Safety: Mayor Announces New Funds for Vision Zero ProgramMayor Edwin M. Lee joined the Board of Supervisors, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), Walk San Francisco and other City partners and agencies participated in the third annual Walk to Work Day. As part of the City’s commitment to Vision Zero, a plan to eliminate all traffic deaths in San Francisco by 2024, Mayor Lee announced that just yesterday, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)’s Programming and Allocations Committee took a key step toward awarding $3.5 million in new funds to support San Francisco’s Vision Zero efforts. Mayor Lee also highlighted the recent activation of a new traffic signal in front of City Hall’s Goodlett steps that will increase safety for all.

“Walk to Work Day is another day that highlights and celebrates our walkable City,” said Mayor Lee. “With more than one million walking trips taken every day in San Francisco, we’re committed to building safer streets for everyone. We are invested in ensuring that our City’s streets are safe for all those who travel on them, and our commitment to Vision Zero – eliminating all traffic fatalities in San Francisco by 2024 – has never been stronger.”...

Housing Program: Mayor Announces Financial Milestone to Rebuild Public Housing

March 25, 2015

Housing Program:  Mayor Announces Financial Milestone to Rebuild Public HousingMayor Edwin M. Lee with nine sponsoring members of the Board of Supervisors introduced a package of resolutions for financing Phase 1 of the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) partnership with U.S Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the San Francisco Housing Authority (SFHA). The RAD partnership is one of the first-in-the-nation that will allow San Francisco to leverage approximately $180 million in investor equity and other new resources to rehabilitate up to 4,584 public housing units. The resolutions, co-sponsored by nine Supervisors for public housing sites in their nine Supervisorial districts, authorize applications for tax exempt multifamily bond financing for each of the 15 troubled public housing sites that comprise Phase 1 of the program.

“We are fast tracking major improvements to public housing so that we not only raise basic living conditions for public housing residents today, but that we also secure the long term viability of these homes for tomorrow,” said Mayor Lee. “Today’s resolutions are a critical first step to get us to the starting line, which is the start of construction at the end of this year. I thank the nine...

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