Thursday, May 26, 2016
Supporting Families:  Mayor Announces $72 Million in Support of Children & Families

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced over the next two years the City will contribute and invest $728 million in programs for children, youth and families, representing a 13 percent growth over the next two years compared to FY 2015-16 spending. This includes contributions to the San Francisco Unified School District, Preschool for All, Children and Youth Fund, the Children’s Baseline, and the Transitional Age Youth Baseline to improve educational outcomes and success.

“The best investment we can make in our future is an investment in our children and families,” said Mayor Lee. “With these new investments, we continue our commitment in education to help all families succeed in our City and prepare our youth for a job in the 21st Century economy. We will continue to ensure that our public schools are among the best in the world.”

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
City Infrastructure:  Mayor Announces Record Level of Capital Investment

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced a $411.3 million proposed two-year capital budget to invest in San Francisco’s future. This record investment continues Mayor Lee’s strong commitment to improving San Francisco’s infrastructure and continuing to follow the good government recommendations of the Capital Planning Committee. The investments included in the proposal will make the City more resilient, safer, and more livable. It addresses critical public safety projects, makes big investments to address growth, and takes care of existing infrastructure.

“My proposed capital budget is six times larger than when I took office in 2011, demonstrating my commitment to making San Francisco safer, more resilient, and more livable,” said Mayor Lee. “These investments will provide critical upgrades to streets, parks, cultural facilities, and police and fire stations across San Francisco while creating well paid local construction jobs. The investments we make today will have a lasting impact on generations to come, and this is exactly the type of investment we should be making now to ensure our City’s success over the long term.”

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Local Economy:  Mayor Highlights Small Business Week & Investments

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today launched the celebration of San Francisco’s Small Business Week (May 21st –28th) where local businesses, entrepreneurs and workers are being recognized and celebrated for their contribution to the local economy and unrivaled neighborhoods. 

“Small businesses are the true strength of San Francisco’s economy, and I am honored to celebrate their remarkable contributions to our City,” said Mayor Lee. “Small Business Week is an opportunity for us to recognize and honor the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of our small businesses and our talented workforce whose commitment to San Francisco creates one of the most unique and diverse small business economies in the world.”

 

A large majority of all businesses in San Francisco are small. These small businesses employ more than 326,000 individuals, which keeps our economy robust and diverse. San Francisco is hosting a series of events and workshops that focus on small business and commercial district support and resources. The theme for the 12th Annual San Francisco Small Business Week is Celebrate Small Businesses: Tapping Into Opportunities. The City provides a multitude of business opportunities, resources, and works to create an entrepreneurial environment to support those embarking on a journey to start and grow their business.

Friday, May 20, 2016
Quality of Life:  Mayor Announces Safe & Clean Neighborhoods Initiatives

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today launched the Safe and Clean Neighborhoods Promise, a new initiative to improve the quality of life in all of San Francisco’s neighborhoods with a new comprehensive and coordinated approach to delivering City services better and faster to neighborhoods. The Mayor issued an Executive Directive to Department Heads that are responsible for neighborhood quality of life issues directing them to prioritize and focus on programs and services so that all residents feel safe in their homes and neighborhoods and that all residents have access to clean, well maintained public spaces and facilities, such as parks, public transportation, sidewalks, and streets. To ensure success, Mayor Lee also announced a series of Neighborhoods Promise new funding including expanded street cleaning and Pit Stops and the hiring of more police officers to walk beats in the neighborhoods.

“In times of great prosperity, City government can do more to improve the quality of life and sense of personal safety in the neighborhoods, and to make our City more livable for residents and visitors,” said Mayor Lee. “We make this promise to the residents of San Francisco to ensure that your neighborhood is safe and clean. This Safe and Clean Neighborhoods Promise will be more than words – it will be the organizing principle for the thousands of City employees who work every day on the streets, in our parks, and with our businesses. If we identify something that needs fixing, we ought to fix it right then and there.”

Thursday, May 19, 2016
Local Businesses:  Mayor Announce $2.5 Million Funding to Support Legacy Businesses

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced more than $2.5 million in new funding in his proposed Fiscal Years 2016-17 and 2017-18 budget to create, develop and implement the San Francisco Legacy Business Program, which was approved by voters last November. The goals of the San Francisco Legacy Business Program are to stabilize, strengthen and sustain longtime San Francisco small businesses, especially those which have played a big part in the City’s local economy, diversity and history.

“Our longtime businesses are a vital part of what makes our neighborhoods unique and vibrant,” said Mayor Lee. “I am proud to invest over $2.5 million in new funding through my budget to help San Francisco legacy businesses succeed.”