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Economic Development: Mayor Launches LatinSF Initiative

September 9, 2014

Economic Development: Mayor Launches LatinSF InitiativeMayor Edwin M. Lee today officially launched the LatinSF economic development initiative at Silicon Valley Day in Mexico City as part of his official trade mission to Latin America. Modeled after the groundbreaking China-San Francisco economic development initiative ChinaSF, LatinSF is a new economic development initiative to promote business and trade between San Francisco and Latin America by attracting Latin American companies to San Francisco and helping San Francisco firms expand in the Latin American markets. The new initiative will support and boost San Francisco’s economy by creating a comprehensive international business recruitment, expansion and retention strategy.

“We can never take our economic recovery and expansion for granted and LatinSF is another way in which we are diversifying our economy, attracting new companies and jobs to our City and creating opportunities for San Francisco-based businesses around the world,” said Mayor Lee. “San Francisco has much to offer companies from Latin America, including a highly educated workforce, access to the largest venture capital community in the United States, and international connectivity to China, Asia and beyond. With the...

Emergency Planning: September is Our National Preparedness Month

September 5, 2014
Emergency Planning: September is Our National Preparedness MonthNational Preparedness Month is designed to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, and communities. Whether it's September or any other month of the year, disaster can strike at any time without warning. 
 
During National Preparedness Month we ask you, your family, community and workplace to take action by planning a National Prepare Action Day on or around September 30th. 
 
Learn how to develop a disaster plan and decide where you and your family will meet in the event of an emergency. Gather emergency supplies that you are able to grab if you must leave your home in a hurry. To be better prepared, you can find excellent tools and information on the following websites:

Housing Program: Mayor Announces Funding for Affordable Rental Units

August 11, 2014

MAYOR LEE ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR SMALL SITE ACQUISITION PROGRAM TO PROTECT LONGTIME SAN FRANCISCO TENANTSMayor Edwin M. Lee announced funding   availability for acquisition and rehabilitation financing for the multi-family rental buildings of 5-25 units through the new Small Sites Program. This funding will help stabilize buildings that are occupied by low to moderate income tenants throughout San Francisco that are particularly susceptible to evictions and rising rents. An initial $3 million is being made available with additional funding expected to be released during the program’s first year.

“Real estate speculation and rising rents have contributed to displacement of San Franciscans across our City,” said Mayor Lee. “We need to stabilize our neighborhoods that are vulnerable to gentrification and expand the safety net for San Franciscans at risk of eviction and displacement. This program is a part of our comprehensive plan to protect and stabilize our housing stock. With the purchase of already occupied units, we can preserve their affordability over the long-term. The Small Sites Program offers a way to create certainty for our longtime San Francisco families and rent-controlled households, ensuring they have a safe, affordable...

City Budget: Mayor Signs City's 2014-16 Balanced Budget

July 23, 2014

City Budget: Mayor Signs City's 2014-16 Balanced BudgetMayor Edwin M. Lee today signed the City’s two-year balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2014-15 and 2015-16 after the Board of Supervisors’ unanimous final approval yesterday to close the budget deficits of $66.7 million in FY 2014-15 and $133.4 million in FY 2015-16. To deliver this two-year consensus budget, Mayor Lee worked closely with the Board of Supervisors and heard directly from residents and community leaders in their districts, held an online budget town hall, and met with hundreds of residents, nonprofit organizations, City Commissioners, labor organizations, business owners, and advocates to discuss priorities and address concerns.

“Working together, we are growing our economy, creating jobs and making sure that our City remains affordable for low and middle income families,” said Mayor Lee. “This fiscally responsible balanced budget protects social services for residents most in need, makes historic investments in housing, transportation and education, increases City services including public safety, supports our continued economic recovery, and is affordable over the long term.” Read more.

Earthquake Safety: Be Ready for the Next Big One

July 22, 2014

Earthquake Safety: Be Ready For The Next Big OneThe United States Geological Survey predicts a 67% chance another large earthquake will strike San Francisco in the next 25 years. We must secure soft story apartment buildings, some of our City's most vulnerable structures, to make San Franciscans safer and our City resilient. To that end, the City has signed into law a program for the mandatory retrofit for all wood frame buildings permitted for construction prior to January 1, 1978 with two or more stories over a soft or weak story that contain five or more dwelling units.

The first step in this process is the notice and screening form. These notices were sent out to all building owners on September 15, 2013. All property owners or their authorized agent must have a licensed architect or engineer complete the screening form, allowing the owner and the City to see if their building is within the program and required to retrofit. Buildings with previous work done under the AB-094 voluntary retrofit program or strengthening done to the level the ordinance requires will not be required to perform additional upgrades. Building owners must then select an appropriate compliance tier, which sets deadlines...

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