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The latest news and announcements from Mayor Lee

Mayor Lee's Statement on Commemorating Mayor Alioto's 100th Birthday

Mayor Lee's Statement on Commemorating Mayor Alioto's 100th Birthday

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement on celebrating what would have been the 100th Birthday of Mayor Joseph L. Alioto, the 36th Mayor of San Francisco, who was born on February 12.

Mayor Lee Protects Tenants at Five Properties at Risk of Real Estate Speculation & Makes Properties Permanently Affordable

Mayor Lee Protects Tenants at Five Properties at Risk of Real Estate Speculation & Makes Properties Permanently Affordable

Purchase of Five Properties through Innovative Small Sites Program Marks Successful Preservation of At-Risk Rental Housing; Adds to Growing List of Housing Preserved in Mission Dolores, Outer Mission, South of Market, Duboce Triangle & Noe Valley Neighborhoods

Mayor Lee Launches Innovative Emergency Medical Response Team to Reduce 911 Calls & Better Serve Residents in Need

Mayor Lee Launches Innovative Emergency Medical Response Team to Reduce 911 Calls & Better Serve Residents in Need

New Homeless Emergency Assessment & Response Team to Respond to 911 Calls from Residents Who Frequently Use Emergency Response System for Non-Emergency Medical, Social & Psychological Needs & Connect Them with Longer Term Services

Mayor Lee & Supervisor Farrell's Statement on Attack of Local Gay Man in Marina

Mayor Lee & Supervisor Farrell's Statement on Attack of Local Gay Man in Marina

Mayor Edwin M. Lee and District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell today issued the following statement after 28-year-old Jeffery Lafayette was attacked outside a bar in the Marina over the weekend and condemned such acts of hate in San Francisco.

Mayor Lee Announces Emergency Assistance to Commercial Crab Boats & Receivers Due to Lack of Dungeness Crab Season

Mayor Lee Announces Emergency Assistance to Commercial Crab Boats & Receivers Due to Lack of Dungeness Crab Season

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced an emergency relief plan for the local crab and fish industry affected by the delay of the local Dungeness crab season in California caused by the presence of domoic acid.

Mayor Lee’s Statement on President Obama’s Proposed Federal Budget That Funds Ending Homelessness

Mayor Lee’s Statement on President Obama’s Proposed Federal Budget That Funds Ending Homelessness

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement regarding the homeless investments included in President Barack Obama’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget proposal, which requests nearly $6 billion to fund targeted homelessness assistance programs that support evidence-based solutions that San Francisco has effectively demonstrated can be successful in ending homelessness, including permanent supportive housing and rapid re-housing, and requests an additional $11 billion over 10 years for short and long-term rental assistance in mandatory funding to prioritize ending homelessness among families with children.

Mayor Lee Announces Armistead Maupin as Recipient of 2016 Mayor’s Art Award

Mayor Lee Announces Armistead Maupin as Recipient of 2016 Mayor’s Art Award

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced Armistead Maupin, local icon and acclaimed author of the Tales of the City series, has been named to receive the 2016 Mayor’s Art Award. Mr. Maupin will receive the 2016 Mayor’s Art Award on Tuesday, March 29 at a fundraising reception hosted by ArtCare: Friends of the San Francisco Arts Commission.

Mayor Lee Announces Data Sharing Partnership with Waze to Minimize Congestion & Maximize Reliability for Drivers & Transit Riders

Mayor Lee Announces Data Sharing Partnership with Waze to Minimize Congestion & Maximize Reliability for Drivers & Transit Riders

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced a new, free innovative data sharing partnership with Waze to help alleviate congestion in San Francisco, working in coordination with the Mayor’s Rush Hour Congestion Strategy.

Mayor Lee's Statement on Passing of Hadley Roff

Mayor Lee's Statement on Passing of Hadley Roff

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement on the death of former Fire Commission President Hadley R. Roff who served four San Francisco mayors including as Deputy Mayor for then Mayor Dianne Feinstein:

Mayor Lee Announces Improvements to Market Street Free Public Wi-Fi

Mayor Lee Announces Improvements to Market Street Free Public Wi-Fi

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that #SFWiFi, the City’s free municipal wireless Internet access (Wi-Fi) service, will receive technology upgrades along Market Street, the City’s busiest and most economically diverse corridor and home to some of the City’s largest, free public celebrations, including free events for Super Bowl 50, in time for Super Bowl week.

 Mayor Lee’s Statement on Passing of Dr. Espanola Jackson

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Passing of Dr. Espanola Jackson

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement on the passing of community stalwart Dr. Espanola Jackson: “I am saddened by the passing of Dr. Espanola Jackson, a true champion of our communities. Dr. Jackson lived in Bayview-Hunters Point since the 1940s and has worked tirelessly as a grassroots community activist for the Southeast sector of our City on issues ranging from civil rights to environmental justice to economic justice

Mayor Lee & Board President Breed Announce Public Health & Safety Bond to Expand Mental Health Services &  Improve Earthquake Readiness & Emergency Response

Mayor Lee & Board President Breed Announce Public Health & Safety Bond to Expand Mental Health Services & Improve Earthquake Readiness & Emergency Response

Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Board President London Breed today announced a $350 million Public Health and Safety Bond on the June 2016 ballot.

Mayor Lee Issues Executive Directive on Gun Safety

Mayor Lee Issues Executive Directive on Gun Safety

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today during the Technology and Innovation Task Force of the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ 84th Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C. issued an Executive Directive to change San Francisco’s purchasing protocol to prioritize the purchase of firearms and ammunition from socially responsible manufacturers and distributors.

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Celebrating Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Celebrating Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement on celebrating life of civil rights leader Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.: “Today on this day we celebrate the legacy of Dr. King, and we reflect on how far we have come. Of course, it was Dr. King who said it best: ‘We may have come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.'

Mayor Lee Announces June 2016 Ballot Measures to Increase Affordable Housing Requirements & Improve City’s Transportation Network

Mayor Lee Announces June 2016 Ballot Measures to Increase Affordable Housing Requirements & Improve City’s Transportation Network

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced two June 2016 ballot measures that would increase the production of affordable housing and improve San Francisco’s transportation network.

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Passing of San Francisco Icon Wilkes Bashford

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Passing of San Francisco Icon Wilkes Bashford

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement on the passing of San Francisco icon and civic leader Wilkes Bashford who lost his battle with cancer: “San Francisco is deeply heartbroken by the sudden passing of Wilkes Bashford, the dapper business and civic leader that represented the best of our City.

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Tragic Passing of City Employee Reynaldo Morante

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Tragic Passing of City Employee Reynaldo Morante

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement on the death of cable car operator Reynaldo Morante, who was in a coma and on life support at Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center since June 2015 after he was struck by a suspected drunken motorcyclist.

Mayor Lee Announces San Francisco’s Credit Rating Upgraded to Highest Grade in City History

Mayor Lee Announces San Francisco’s Credit Rating Upgraded to Highest Grade in City History

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced major bond rating agencies have upgraded and affirmed San Francisco’s strong credit after the City met with Moody’s Investors Service (Moody’s), Standard & Poor’s (S&P) and Fitch Ratings (Fitch) in December 2015.

Mayor Lee's Statement on Passing of Bill Del Monte, Last 1906 Earthquake survivor

Mayor Lee's Statement on Passing of Bill Del Monte, Last 1906 Earthquake survivor

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement on the passing of William “Bill” Del Monte, the last known survivor of the San Francisco 1906 Great Earthquake and Fire:

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Governor Brown’s Proposed Balanced Budget for California

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Governor Brown’s Proposed Balanced Budget for California

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement regarding Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed 2016-17 balanced budget for the State of California: “The Governor’s proposed budget balances long-term fiscal responsibility that pays down the State’s debt with immediate investments to keep our State’s economy thriving.

Mayor Lee Announces More Than $250 Million Estimated Development Impact Fee Revenue For City Over Next Five Years

Mayor Lee Announces More Than $250 Million Estimated Development Impact Fee Revenue For City Over Next Five Years

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced over the next five years, more than $250 million of development impact fee revenue is expected to be invested in several neighborhoods, including Rincon Hill, Market Octavia, Eastern Neighborhoods (comprised of East SoMa, Western SoMa, the Mission District, Showplace Square/Potrero, and Central Waterfront), Transit Center District, Balboa Park and Visitacion Valley, including the Schlage Lock Master Development.

Mayor Lee’s Statement on President Obama’s Executive Actions to Reduce Gun Violence

Mayor Lee’s Statement on President Obama’s Executive Actions to Reduce Gun Violence

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement regarding the President’s new executive actions to reduce gun violence and make communities safer: “Senseless acts of gun violence against our children and our communities happen all too frequently, making it more important than ever to reduce gun violence and ensure every community is safe".

Public Invited to Mayoral Inauguration Ceremony

Public Invited to Mayoral Inauguration Ceremony

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced plans for the Mayoral Inauguration Ceremony for his second term as Mayor of San Francisco on Friday, January 8, 2016 in City Hall.

Mayor Lee’s Statement on State Award Of Nearly $9 Million for Affordable Housing in San Francisco

Mayor Lee’s Statement on State Award Of Nearly $9 Million for Affordable Housing in San Francisco

Mayor Edwin M. Lee issued the following statement regarding the nearly $9 million award from the California Strategic Growth Council’s Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program Fall 2015 Funding Round funded by the State’s cap-and-trade auction proceeds for two affordable housing projects in San Francisco.

Mayor Lee Announces City’s Fleet Reaches Goal of Eliminating Use of All Petroleum Diesel

Mayor Lee Announces City’s Fleet Reaches Goal of Eliminating Use of All Petroleum Diesel

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today at the West Coast Mayors Summit announced that the City and County of San Francisco has completely ended its use of petroleum diesel in the City’s fleet and replaced it with renewable diesel, a change that will achieve a significant 50 percent greenhouse gas emissions reduction.

Mayor Lee & Usich Executive Director Matthew Doherty’s Statements on Addressing San Francisco’s Homeless Challenge

Mayor Lee & Usich Executive Director Matthew Doherty’s Statements on Addressing San Francisco’s Homeless Challenge

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement after meeting with United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) Executive Director Matthew Doherty during the West Coast Mayors Summit in Portland, Oregon:

Mayor Lee’s Statement In Support Of Muslim Community

Mayor Lee’s Statement In Support Of Muslim Community

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement in support of the Muslim community in the San Francisco Bay Area and across the United States:

Mayor Lee & City Agencies Announce Temporary Winter Shelter System And City Preparations For Expected El Nino Storms

Mayor Lee & City Agencies Announce Temporary Winter Shelter System And City Preparations For Expected El Nino Storms

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the City’s storm-preparation and response plans, and strategy to shelter homeless living on the streets for the anticipated wet El Niño winter.

Mayor Lee’s Statement On The Approval Of Golden State Warriors Event Center In Mission Bay

Mayor Lee’s Statement On The Approval Of Golden State Warriors Event Center In Mission Bay

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement on the approvals of the Golden State Warriors Event Center in Mission Bay by the Board of Supervisors:

Mayor Lee's Statement on Officer Involved Shooting in San Francisco's Bayview Neighborhood

Mayor Lee's Statement on Officer Involved Shooting in San Francisco's Bayview Neighborhood

"As I said last week, after the incident that resulted in the death of Mr. Mario Woods, I saw the video. I found it very upsetting, as many did, and it raised a number of questions."

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