Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Public Safety: Mayor Announces $17 Million Investment in Police Reforms

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced a $17.5 million police reform package to fund comprehensive police reforms to increase public safety and build greater trust between police officers and the community including increased oversight, transparency and accountability and including violence prevention programming as part of the Mayor’s Fiscal Years 2016-17 and 2017-18 proposed balanced budget.

“These critical investments in funding police department reform, rebuilding community trust, and bringing a culture change in how we handle conflicts on our streets will help keep San Francisco one of the safest big cities in the nation,” said Mayor Lee. “We are working collaboratively with the community to develop a 21st Century approach to policing in San Francisco, improving leadership, transparency and accountability within the San Francisco Police Department and strengthening policies, procedures, training and equipment to keep both residents and police officers safe. We are working under the full review of the United States Department of Justice, the nation’s highest law enforcement authority.”

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Mayor Invests in Seawall to Protect City

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the investment of $8 million over the next two years to initiate City efforts to fortify San Francisco’s Seawall. The end result will be a Seawall that is more resilient and prepared to protect an area that stretches from Fisherman’s Wharf and Telegraph Hill to South Beach and Mission Creek against the dual threats of earthquake and sea level rise.
“San Francisco has a history of solving our challenges through bold action, and our investment in San Francisco’s Seawall will help our world class waterfront be more resilient to a major seismic event and flood risks,” said Mayor Lee. “San Franciscans built the Seawall a century ago, and it is our generation’s turn to invest again to strengthen this critical piece of infrastructure.”

Monday, May 2, 2016
City Budget: Mayor Proposes Initial Budget with New Capital Investments

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today presented his proposed May 1st budget for the City’s four enterprise Departments (the Airport, Municipal Transportation Agency, Port, and Public Utilities Commission) as well as eight self-funded departments (Board of Appeals, Building Inspection, Child Support Services, Environment, Law Library, Library, Rent Arbitration Board, and Retirement System), as well as support for the San Francisco Unified School District, totaling $6.8 billion over Fiscal Years 2016-17 and 2017-18.

“This budget invests in the quality of life in all of our diverse neighborhoods,” said Mayor Lee. “We are modernizing our waterfront, our water, power, and sewer infrastructure, and our streets and transit systems to make our City safer. At the same time we are helping our families and residents succeed and thrive with additional library hours, Muni service increases, and safer streets and buildings. As we work together with our Board of Supervisors and the community on a fully balanced City budget, residents will see even more investments to improve quality of life in every neighborhood.”

Thursday, April 28, 2016
Police Reforms

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced backfilling Federal cuts to maintain the City’s current funding levels for HIV/AIDS prevention and health services to protect essential services to the City’s most vulnerable. The funding will maintain primary care services and critical support services for San Franciscans living with HIV/AIDS, including hospice, treatment adherence, case management and housing.
“San Francisco is a national leader in treatment, housing and compassionate care for people living with HIV/AIDS, and we are fully committed to funding critical care and prevention services for those at risk,” said Mayor Lee. “Our investment provides hope to finding a cure, getting to zero and one day bringing an end to this epidemic.”

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Immigrant Support:  Mayor Announces Funding to Support Immigrant Families

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced $1.8 million in additional funding to the San Francisco Immigrant Legal Defense Collaborative (SFILDC) to support San Francisco’s immigrant community, particularly supporting legal services for unaccompanied minors in San Francisco.

“As the son of immigrant parents, helping immigrant families succeed in San Francisco is a deep and personal issue to me,” said Mayor Lee. “I applaud the efforts of the San Francisco Immigrant Legal Defense Collaborative for assuring children are safe, succeed in school, and join their families here in the U.S. I am committed to working together with my partners throughout the Bay Area to support families forced to flee war-torn countries. And, I will continue to support Federal comprehensive immigration reform so our immigrant families can succeed in our cities, without fear of deportation and remain on a path to citizenship.”