Thursday, October 13, 2016
Urban Revitalization: Mayor Announces New Living Innovation Zone

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) for awarding $11 million to San Francisco to fund six innovative projects aimed at reducing traffic congestion and creating a safer and more efficient transportation system. The award was announced today by U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx at The White House Frontiers Conference, a national convening hosted by President Barack Obama to explore the future of innovation.

“Moving people and goods safely and efficiently throughout our City and region is a top priority for me. With this funding, San Francisco can move forward with a number of pioneering projects across the City that will utilize advanced transportation technology to address traffic congestion on our streets and allow for a smarter and more equitable transportation system for all San Franciscans,” said Mayor Lee. “I thank Secretary Anthony Foxx, Leader Nancy Pelosi, and all of our federal partners for their leadership, and for rewarding San Francisco’s innovative proposals with important federal support.”

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee joined San Francisco Police Department Interim Police Chief Toney Chaplin and the Department of Public Health Director Barbara Garcia to announce that San Francisco will deploy licensed mental health professionals to the scene of police encounters with troubled individuals as part of a partnership between the Department of Public Health and the San Francisco Police Department.


The new Crisis Intervention Specialists will support the de-escalation of conflict situations when police officers respond to individuals who may be mentally ill or under the influence of drugs or alcohol and pose a potential danger to themselves or others. The team will bring behavioral health expertise to critical incidents, support police at the scene, and assist with debriefing and crisis intervention trainings.

Monday, September 19, 2016
Local Businesses:  Mayor Announce $2.5 Million Funding to Support Legacy Businesses

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the award of four predevelopment loans to support the creation of up to 529 affordable rental homes for San Francisco’s low-income and homeless families and seniors.

The nearly 11 million dollars of loans will be made with funds from the voter-approved 2015 Affordable Housing General Obligation Bond to expand opportunities for low-income San Franciscans. These predevelopment funds will jumpstart the construction of over 500 affordable housing units, adding to the ongoing effort to achieve Mayor Lee’s goal of constructing or rehabilitating 10,000 homes affordable to low-income San Franciscans by 2020.

Friday, September 16, 2016
bay area partnership to modernize city services

San Francisco, CA—San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee joins Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, San Leandro

Mayor Pauline Cutter, and West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon to announce the results of the 2016 Startup in Residence (STIR) program and to highlight new technology products developed from the sixteen week program to address regional civic challenges.

Fourteen startups from across North America join thirteen government departments in San Francisco, Oakland, San Leandro, and West Sacramento to share technology products co-developed to address civic challenges and improve the quality of life for Bay Area residents.

“The Startup in Residence program is a model for civic innovation and regional collaboration,” said Mayor Lee. “This program is a unique opportunity for government agencies and startups to think creatively about how we can all work together to modernize government to benefit residents.”


Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Mayor Announces $45 Million State Funding to Expand Muni Fleet

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today applauded the California State Transportation Agency for awarding $45 million in new cap-and-trade funds as part of the Transit and Intercity Rail Capacity Program (TIRCP) to allow for growth and modernization of San Francisco’s light rail vehicle (LRV) fleet. In addition to improving the system’s safety and reliability, decreasing crowding, and increasing integration with regional operators like BART and Caltrain, the full fleet of new LRVs is expected to deliver 963,000 tons of greenhouse gas reductions over the life of the vehicles.

“This funding represents a key investment in San Francisco’s transit infrastructure as the City works to expand and replace its current light rail vehicle fleet, shorten travel times, and keep the system in a state of good repair. The funding will also help to address current and future capacity needs, drive smart growth and development to the City’s rail corridors, and increase transportation services for riders of all income levels,” said Mayor Lee. “I thank Governor Jerry Brown, California State Transportation Agency Secretary Brian Kelly, and State legislative leaders for this important funding, and ask for continued support as San Francisco makes further investments in a safer, more reliable, and more efficient transportation network.”