Mayor Edwin M. Lee today unveiled the City’s updated Open Data Strategy to ensure City data is readily available so that entrepreneurs and residents can use it to improve services, generate jobs and economic activity and increase resident engagement and empowerment.
“Data is driving the economy of the future,” said Mayor Lee. “Our goal is to position San Francisco as a City that both feeds and participates in the emerging data economy. This updated plan will ensure a steady supply of high-quality, well-documented data but also finding new and creative ways for leveraging the City’s data. Not only will we continue to open our data so that others can create new value from it, we will continue to transform how we use data within the City to ensure our services meet the needs of our residents and businesses.”
Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD) was awarded an $8.2 million Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to hire 36 additional firefighters.
“This new Federal funding invests in the growth and success of our City,” said Mayor Lee. “With 36 new firefighters, our public safety personnel can keep our growing City safe, and at the same time prepare for emergencies and disasters. I thank FEMA for these additional resources to help San Francisco provide unparalleled fire and emergency medical services to all of our residents.” Read more.
Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that San Francisco will leapfrog its efforts to protect the climate from harmful effects of diesel emissions by phasing out the use of petroleum diesel in the municipal fleet and replacing it with renewable diesel by the end of this year.
“By changing our fleet’s fuel from petroleum to renewable diesel, we’re taking action that is good for the global climate, and at the same time promotes environmental justice in our community by leading to cleaner, healthier air for some of our most vulnerable neighborhoods,” said Mayor Lee. “And, because of the State and Federal governments’ incentives to producers to manufacture low carbon fuels, this switch can potentially reduce our City’s fuel costs. The City of Saint Francis is answering the Pope’s call for local action on global climate change.” Read more.
Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the creation of the new Office of Short-Term Rental Administration and Enforcement, funded in the Mayor’s FY 15-17 budget, to create a “one-stop” shop and centralized location to streamline applications for the City’s short-term rental registry and more aggressively coordinate complaints and enforcement of the City’s short-term rental regulations.
“Many San Franciscans can afford to stay in our City because they rent out their home or spare bedroom occasionally,” said Mayor Lee. “The short-term rental of a primary residence brings in extra money for many families and residents and brings new visitors and tourists to our neighborhood small businesses, but we have regulations in place to protect our housing supply and neighborhood character. This new centralized ‘one-stop’ shop will streamline the registration process for the vast majority of law-abiding residents and coordinate aggressive enforcement against those who ignore or violate our short-term rental regulations.” Read more.
Mayor Edwin M. Lee issued the following statement regarding the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee on voting unanimously to support a historic record of additional investments –with $25 million specifically targeted for the further production of permanently affordable housing Citywide – in the City’s two-year balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2015-16 and 2016-17:
“This is a responsible and balanced budget that makes strategic investments to grow the economy and protect and expand social safety net programs while making historic investments in housing for low and middle income families. I appreciate the hard work by the Board of Supervisors Budget Committee, especially President Breed and Budget Chair Farrell, who are moving a budget forward that invests in the people of San Francisco and uses this time of great prosperity in our City to make sure people in every neighborhood benefit. Read more.