Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Mayor Lee and U.S. Mayors Unite Against Discrimination

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the appointment of Clair Farley as the Mayor’s Senior Advisor on Transgender Initiatives to work directly with the Mayor and City Administrator Naomi Kelly on LGBTQ policies and oversee development of new transgender initiatives.

San Francisco is the first city in the nation to have a position dedicated to advancing the rights, leadership, and policies of the transgender and gender non-conforming community.

“Clair Farley has been an inspirational leader in our City on LGBTQ economic and social rights issues,” said Mayor Lee. “In her new role she will carry on the important work that Theresa Sparks set in motion and will assure that San Francisco continues to pioneer policies and programming that inspire the rest of the country to follow suit. San Francisco has a long-standing commitment to advancing and protecting the rights of the transgender community and with Clair’s leadership we will continue our work to make San Francisco a safer, more diverse, and more equitable city.”

Thursday, November 16, 2017
Police Reforms

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today named Kate Hartley as the new Director of the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD). Hartley had been serving in an Interim Director role since June, when former MOHCD Director Olson Lee announced his retirement. 

The MOHCD is responsible for the creation, preservation and protection of San Francisco’s affordable housing portfolio. The agency supports the economic and social development of San Francisco’s low-income communities and provides financing for development and rehabilitation projects. 

“Kate has proven herself to be a tremendous leader who has earned the trust and respect of local residents and housing partners across the City,” said Mayor Lee. “She has dedicated her career to finding solutions to the affordable housing challenges facing this region. In San Francisco, we are committed to creating and rehabilitating thousands of homes, and we are thrilled to have Kate lead us through these busy times.”

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Mayor Lee Announces Release of City’s Five-Year Financial Plan

Mayor Edwin M. Lee joined Supervisor Malia Cohen and City agencies today to sign legislation that will transform Pier 70 by creating thousands of news homes and adding parks, community centers, small businesses and industrial and creative art spaces to a previously underserved area.

“To address the state and region’s ongoing housing crisis, we must be innovative and ambitious about creating housing opportunities, and Pier 70 is a result of that bold planning,” said Mayor Lee. “This project will provide affordable homes for our families, residents and local workforce, and support a diverse range of local businesses and artists. We are taking an underused and neglected part of our City and changing it into a vibrant community that everyone in San Francisco can enjoy.” 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Local Businesses:  Mayor Announce $2.5 Million Funding to Support Legacy Businesses

“We continue to send our most heartfelt thoughts and deepest sympathies to the families and residents affected by the fires in the North Bay and other communities in California. We are heartbroken at the loss of life and incredibly saddened by the devastation brought on by these events.  

Firefighters and other first responders from San Francisco have been dispatched to areas in the North Bay to provide mutual aid. We are incredibly grateful for their courageous actions.

Friday, September 29, 2017
Homeless Program

“I applaud the Governor and state legislature for passing a landmark affordable housing package that will help tackle California’s mounting housing crisis. This critical housing deal was made possible due to the tremendous leadership of our state legislative leaders and our City’s representatives, Senator Scott Wiener, Assemblymember David Chiu and Assemblymember Phil Ting.

It is particularly appropriate that this package of bills was signed today, right here in our city, as we are creating housing at a rapid pace. In San Francisco, we have committed to building 30,000 new and rehabilitated housing units by 2020, and with more than 17,000 units created, we are well on our way to meeting this goal. Earlier this week, I signed an Executive Directive that will increase the rate of building in our City, allowing us to create 5,000 housing units each year for the foreseeable future.