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Digital Access: Mayor Announces Improvements to Free Public Wi-Fi

January 27, 2016

Digital Access:  Mayor Announces Improvements to Free Public Wi-FiMayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that #SFWiFi, the City’s free municipal wireless Internet access (Wi-Fi) service, will receive technology upgrades along Market Street, the City’s busiest and most economically diverse corridor and home to some of the City’s largest, free public celebrations, including free events for Super Bowl 50, in time for Super Bowl week. Service expansions will also include #SFWiFi availability in five San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) stations along Market Street: Embarcadero, Montgomery, Powell, Civic Center and Van Ness. 

“Enhanced reliable, free high-speed Internet along Market Street will help all San Franciscans stay connected,” said Mayor Lee. “Improvements will be made in time for our free, public celebrations for Super Bowl 50 and will be a lasting legacy after the celebrations are over. Whether you’re a tourist buying a ticket to ride our historic cable cars, a resident paying your water bill or a small business taking mobile electronic payments, we are leveraging technology to help our residents, visitors and businesses.” Read more.

Public Safety: Mayor Issues Directive on Gun Safety

January 20, 2016

Public Safety:  Mayor Issues Directive on Gun SafetyMayor Edwin M. Lee today during the Technology and Innovation Task Force of the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ 84th Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C. issued an Executive Directive to change San Francisco’s purchasing protocol to prioritize the purchase of firearms and ammunition from socially responsible manufacturers and distributors. The Mayor’s action leverages the City’s purchasing power and potentially that of other cities to support manufacturers and dealers that have already implemented industry best practices and encourages others in the industry to adopt the highest level of responsibility and safety in the manufacturing and sales of firearms and ammunition.

“President Obama’s actions on reducing gun violence will make our cities safer, with more background checks, increased access to mental health treatment to prevent violence and more investments in gun safety technology,” said Mayor Lee. “Senseless gun violence is occurring all too frequently, and we must do everything we can to reduce gun violence in our communities and ensure every resident is safe. Here in San Francisco, we are taking local action by leveraging our City’s purchasing power to tell the gun industry that...

City Economy: Mayor Announces City's Credit Rating Upgraded Highest Grade in History

January 12, 2016

Mayor Announces Higher City's Credit Rating

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced major bond rating agencies have upgraded and affirmed San Francisco’s strong credit after the City met with Moody’s Investors Service (Moody’s), Standard & Poor’s (S&P) and Fitch Ratings (Fitch) in December 2015 in connection with the proposed sale of approximately $52.1 million in general obligation bonds to finance the construction, reconstruction, purchase and/or improvement of park and recreation facilities located within the City under the jurisdiction of the Recreation and Park or the Port of San Francisco.

“Because of our strong, diverse economy and fiscally responsible budgetary and financial controls, San Francisco’s credit rating has never been higher,” said Mayor Lee. “San Francisco is creating investor confidence with strategic investments and economic policies that are working. Although our revenue growth is strong and outpaces the State and the Nation, we will continue our long term financial management and reduce volatility to weather the challenges of a potential economic downturn.”...

Development Funds: Mayor Announces $250 Million in Projected Investments

January 8, 2016

Mayor Announces $250 Million in Projected Investments

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced over the next five years, more than $250 million of development impact fee revenue is expected to be invested in several neighborhoods, including Rincon Hill, Market Octavia, Eastern Neighborhoods (comprised of East SoMa, Western SoMa, the Mission District, Showplace Square/Potrero, and Central Waterfront), Transit Center District, Balboa Park and Visitacion Valley, including the Schlage Lock Master Development.

“The success of our new and growing neighborhoods depends on serious investments in infrastructure, like streets, transportation, open space and other long lasting improvements,” said Mayor Lee. “These development impact fees are necessary to build stronger communities and result in strengthening the City as a whole.” Read more.

SF Inauguration: Public Invited to Mayoral Inauguration

January 7, 2016

Public Invited to Mayoral Inauguration

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced plans for the Mayoral Inauguration Ceremony for his second term as Mayor of San Francisco on Friday, January 8, 2016 in City Hall.

“This is a celebration of the people of San Francisco that make our City great,” said Mayor Lee. “With a strong, diverse economy as the foundation for San Francisco’s continuing progress, we will tackle longstanding challenges like affordable housing and homelessness while making historic investments in our schools, transportation system and public safety network. I have dedicated 26 years of service to our City to make sure everyone has a chance to succeed, and I am humbled to be sworn in as Mayor of the ‘greatest City in the world’ for a second term.” Read more.

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