Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Urban Revitalization: Mayor Announces New Living Innovation Zone

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today unveiled Sound Commons in United Nations Plaza, a new Living Innovation Zone (LIZ) partnership with the Exploratorium and San Francisco Planning Department.

Sound Commons is a sound-based installation composed of interactive musical elements designed to encourage social interaction and play, also serves as a symbol to unite the Civic Center District. This LIZ project is part of an initiative designed to activate and restore Civic Center as a destination for all.

“The revitalization of Central Market has been remarkable, and we will continue to build on this momentum,” said Mayor Lee. “We will leverage the Sound Commons along with investments from the new Fix-It Teams to continue to create a destination that increases social interaction, improves public spaces and enhances the quality of life for everyone to enjoy.”

Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Public Safety: Mayor Announces Agreement on Body Worn Cameras for Police Officers

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced an agreement with the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) and San Francisco Police Officers Association (SFPOA) on the use of body worn cameras. The deployment of the devices is designed to ensure transparency and accountability in officers’ engagement with the public, help rebuild trust with the community and protect members from unfounded complaints.


“We are making critical investments in funding police department reform, rebuilding community trust, and bringing a culture change in how we handle conflicts on our City streets,” said Mayor Lee. “This new agreement will help get body worn cameras to every patrol officer, to keep both residents and police officers safe and help keep San Francisco one of the safest big cities in the nation.”

Tuesday, May 31, 2016
City Budget:  Mayor Presents Proposed Balanced Budget for FY 2016-18

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today presented his proposed two-year balanced budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016-17 and 2017-18. The budget for the City for FY 2016-17 and FY 2017-18 is $9.6 and $9.7 billion, respectively. Half of the budget consists of self-supporting activities at the City’s Enterprise departments (the Port, Municipal Transportation Agency, Airport, Public Utilities Commission and others), while the remaining half consists of the General Fund, which supports core services such as Public Health, Police, Fire, and Recreation and Parks.

“City government has an important role to play in making the lives of all people better, and residents will see even more investments to improve quality of life in every neighborhood,” said Mayor Lee. “These good economic times represent a significant opportunity for us to ensure that San Francisco is a safe, vibrant City that invests in our diverse neighborhoods and builds stronger communities. I view this submission of a no cuts, balanced budget as a first step in a collaborative process, and I am proud of what we have accomplished so far to keep our City safe, successful, and resilient. I look forward to working with the Board of Supervisors to deliver a budget that invests responsibly in the residents and small businesses of San Francisco.”

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.”