Today Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced that San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) completed four school area safety projects to increase pedestrian safety Citywide and help San Francisco reach its Vision Zero goals. Joined by District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim and partners from the San Francisco Safe Routes to Schools Coalition including Walk San Francisco, Mayor Lee made the announcement at Bessie Carmichael Elementary School as part of Walk and Roll to School Day, an effort to encourage more children and families to walk, bike, take transit and carpool to school.
“Walk and Roll to School Day grows every year as more and more families choose to walk, bike or take Muni to school,” said Mayor Lee. “Whether they are in the Sunset District or in the heart of SoMa, we want every student to be safe when they are walking to school. This November, voters have the opportunity to approve a $500 million transportation bond that will provide critical infrastructure improvements, including $142 million dedicated to making our City’s streets safer for our students.” Read more.
Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Supervisor Mark Farrell today launched the City’s free municipal wireless internet access (Wi-Fi) in Parks project at 32 parks, plazas and open spaces across San Francisco.
“Wi-Fi in our City’s parks is another step toward a larger vision of connectivity for our City as a whole, bridging the digital divide and ensuring that our diverse communities have access to innovation,” said Mayor Lee. “This project is a top priority for my administration because of the endless benefits that free Wi-Fi will bring to the residents and visitors of San Francisco. Thank you to Supervisor Farrell, Google and sf.citi for their truly innovative public-private partnership to connect our residents in new ways.” Read more.
Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced legislation for the City to lease a 136-unit building at 250 Kearny Street in the Financial District that will put San Francisco within reach of ending chronic veteran’s homelessness.
“Earlier this year, I accepted President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama’s challenge to end chronic veterans homelessness,” said Mayor Lee. “With the new facility at 250 Kearny, San Francisco will be closer than ever to reaching our ambitious goal by the end of 2015, and I welcome additional support from sf.citi and the technology sector to partner with San Francisco to end veteran’s homelessness once and for all.” Read more.
Mayor Edwin M. Lee today joined by members of the Board of Supervisors and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) to award Siemens a contract to manufacture Muni’s next generation of light rail vehicles. The contract for $648 million will add 175 new and improved Muni light rail vehicles to the fleet that will improve reliability and safety. Siemens will manufacture the vehicles in their Sacramento facility with the first cars operational by the end of 2016. Options are in place for an additional 85 cars, bringing the overall total to 260 cars.
“Today, we are truly moving Muni forward. By expanding San Francisco’s light rail fleet, these new Siemens vehicles will make our City’s public transportation system more reliable, easier to maintain, and ready to meet the demands of a growing City,” said Mayor Lee. “This November, voters have the opportunity to approve a $500 million transportation bond that will provide critical infrastructure improvements that will also improve reliability, frequency and safety even before these new trains arrive. In addition, these new vehicles will be built right here in California, bringing jobs to our regional...
Mayor 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...