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The latest news and announcements from Mayor Lee

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Reinstating Free Sunday Parking in San Francisco

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Reinstating Free Sunday Parking in San Francisco

Mayor Edwin M. Lee issued a statement on the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) Board of Directors reinstating free Sunday parking in San Francisco.

Mayor Lee Highlights Three Years of Continuing Revitalization, New Jobs & $8.4 Million in New City Revenues on Central Market

Mayor Lee Highlights Three Years of Continuing Revitalization, New Jobs & $8.4 Million in New City Revenues on Central Market

Mayor Edwin M. Lee highlighted the ongoing revitalization of the Central Market neighborhood three years since the creation of the Central Market/Tenderloin Payroll Expense Tax Exclusion.

Mayor Lee Announces Certification of Tagalog for Limited English Speakers in San Francisco

Mayor Lee Announces Certification of Tagalog for Limited English Speakers in San Francisco

Mayor Edwin M. Lee with Board President David Chiu, Supervisors John Avalos and Jane Kim and local community partners announced the certification of Filipino (Tagalog) as a third required language in addition to Chinese and Spanish covered under the City’s Language Access Ordinance.

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Super Bowl 50

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Super Bowl 50

Mayor Edwin M. Lee issued a statement after the NFL announced that Super Bowl 50 will be February 7, 2016.

Mayor Lee Announces Doubling of City’s First Time Home Buyer Down Payment Home Loan Assistance Program

Mayor Lee Announces Doubling of City’s First Time Home Buyer Down Payment Home Loan Assistance Program

Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced the doubling of loan amounts for San Francisco’s Down Payment Assistance Loan Program (DALP), a homeownership program that provides financial assistance to low- to moderate-income first time home buyers.

Mayor Lee Announces Selected Startups for Entrepreneurship-In-Residence Program

Mayor Lee Announces Selected Startups for Entrepreneurship-In-Residence Program

Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced that the City has selected six startup companies to participate in a new “Entrepreneurship-in-Residence” program, a voluntary, sixteen-week collaboration to bring together the private sector and City departments to explore innovative solutions to civic challenges that can lower costs, increase revenue, and enhance productivity.

Mayor Lee’s Statement On Fire In San Francisco's Mission Bay Neighborhood

Mayor Lee’s Statement On Fire In San Francisco's Mission Bay Neighborhood

Mayor Edwin M. Lee issued a statement on the five-alarm fire at Fourth Street near China Basin Street in San Francisco's Mission Bay neighborhood Tuesday afternoon.

Mayor Lee Announces New Pedestrian Safety Actions & Launches Citywide Safety Awareness Campaign

Mayor Lee Announces New Pedestrian Safety Actions & Launches Citywide Safety Awareness Campaign

Mayor Edwin M. Lee joined by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) and other City agencies announced a data-driven action plan and map to increase safety for people walking in San Francisco.

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Five-Year Financial Plan Update for FY 2014-15 Through FY 2017-18

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Five-Year Financial Plan Update for FY 2014-15 Through FY 2017-18

Mayor Edwin M. Lee issued a statement on the Joint Report, a report updating the City’s Five-Year Financial Plan jointly issued by the Mayor’s Budget Office, Controller’s Office and Board of Supervisors’ Budget Analyst for Fiscal Year 2014-15 through Fiscal Year 2017-18.

Mayor Lee Launches New Pilot Program to Help Long-Term Unemployed

Mayor Lee Launches New Pilot Program to Help Long-Term Unemployed

Mayor Edwin M. Lee launched Platform to Employment (P2E), a new pilot workforce development program that provides a pathway to employment for long-term unemployed workers.

Mayor Lee, Supervisors & SFMTA Announce $6.8 Million Gift from Google to Fund Free Muni for Low Income Youth

Mayor Lee, Supervisors & SFMTA Announce $6.8 Million Gift from Google to Fund Free Muni for Low Income Youth

Mayor Edwin M. Lee, Board President David Chiu, Supervisor David Campos, Supervisor Scott Wiener and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) announced an unprecedented $6.8 million gift from Google to fund an additional two years of Free Muni for Low Income Youth.

Mayor Lee’s Statement on LGBT Rights in Arizona & Uganda

Mayor Lee’s Statement on LGBT Rights in Arizona & Uganda

Mayor Edwin M. Lee issued a statement regarding LGBT rights in Arizona and Uganda.

Mayor Lee & Senator Leno Announce Legislation to Amend State Ellis Act Law to Protect Long-Time Tenants

Mayor Lee & Senator Leno Announce Legislation to Amend State Ellis Act Law to Protect Long-Time Tenants

Mayor Edwin M. Lee and State Senator Mark Leno joined State and local leaders, including Assemblymember Phil Ting and Supervisors David Chiu and David Campos along with tenant advocates, labor groups and business leaders to announce legislation closing a loophole in the Ellis Act.

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Governor Brown’s Drought Relief Package for California

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Governor Brown’s Drought Relief Package for California

Mayor Edwin M. Lee issued a statement regarding Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s legislation to immediately help communities affected by the devastating dry conditions and provide funding to increase local water supplies.

Mayor Lee Launches New Emergency Shelter Reservation Using City’s 311 System

Mayor Lee Launches New Emergency Shelter Reservation Using City’s 311 System

Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced that homeless individuals can make a 90-day shelter reservation by calling 311 beginning on Saturday.

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Earthquake Safety & Emergency Response Bond Approval for June Ballot

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Earthquake Safety & Emergency Response Bond Approval for June Ballot

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement on the Board of Supervisors’ final unanimous approval to place the $400 million Earthquake Safety and Emergency Response Bond on the June ballot,

Mayor Lee Announces Acceleration of Housing Production & Protection of Existing Housing Stock

Mayor Lee Announces Acceleration of Housing Production & Protection of Existing Housing Stock

Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced that he will implement recommendations resulting from a Mayoral Executive Directive to accelerate housing production and preserve existing housing stock.

Mayor Lee’s Statement on President Obama’s State Of the Union Address

Mayor Lee’s Statement on President Obama’s State Of the Union Address

Mayor Edwin M. Lee issued a statement on President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address where Mayor Lee sat with First Lady Michelle Obama in the viewing box of the U.S. Capitol.

Mayor Lee’s Statement on SF Unemployment Rate Dropping to Record Low 4.8 Percent

Mayor Lee’s Statement on SF Unemployment Rate Dropping to Record Low 4.8 Percent

Mayor Edwin M. Lee issued a statement on San Francisco’s unemployment rate dropping to 4.8 percent in December 2013 from 5.2 percent in November 2013.

Mayor Lee Announces U.S. Department Of Housing & Urban Development Approval of San Francisco Public Housing Re-Envisioning

Mayor Lee Announces U.S. Department Of Housing & Urban Development Approval of San Francisco Public Housing Re-Envisioning

Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced that the Obama administration has approved San Francisco’s public housing improvement plan, the largest such plan in the country, by approving a Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD), that will help refinance and preserve up to 4,584 public housing units.

Mayor Lee Outlines Bold 2014 Agenda in State of the City Address

Mayor Lee Outlines Bold 2014 Agenda in State of the City Address

Mayor Edwin M. Lee delivered his 2014 State of the City Address at the construction site of Lennar Urban’s The Shipyard under construction in the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood.

Mayor Lee Announces Pedestrian Safety Awareness Campaign to Launch in February

Mayor Lee Announces Pedestrian Safety Awareness Campaign to Launch in February

Mayor Edwin M. Lee joined by San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) and San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD) announced the new “Be Nice, Look Twice” public awareness campaign, which will launch in February.

Mayor Lee & Seattle Mayor Murray Make Friendly Wager on 49ers-Seahawks NFC Championship Game

Mayor Lee & Seattle Mayor Murray Make Friendly Wager on 49ers-Seahawks NFC Championship Game

Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Mayor Edward B. Murray of Seattle agreed to a friendly wager on the outcome of this weekend’s 49ers-Seahawks NFC Championship playoff game, which takes place this Sunday, January 19th in Seattle, Washington.

Mayor Lee Swears in New Appointments & Reappointments to City Boards & Commissions

Mayor Lee Swears in New Appointments & Reappointments to City Boards & Commissions

Mayor Edwin M. Lee joined by San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) and San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD) announced the new “Be Nice, Look Twice” public awareness campaign, which will launch in February.

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 issued a statement regarding Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s proposed 2014-15 balanced budget for the State of California.

Mayor Lee Announces Approval For New Alice Griffith Public Housing Community & Candlestick Point Plans

Mayor Lee Announces Approval For New Alice Griffith Public Housing Community & Candlestick Point Plans

Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced the approval for Lennar to begin construction of a new Alice Griffith public housing community on land adjacent to the existing site, fulfilling its promise to build new public housing without disrupting current residents.

Mayor Lee & Charlotte Mayor Cannon Make Friendly Wager On 49ers-Panthers Playoff Game

Mayor Lee & Charlotte Mayor Cannon Make Friendly Wager On 49ers-Panthers Playoff Game

Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Mayor Patrick D. Cannon of Charlotte, North Carolina made a friendly wager on the outcome of the NFC Divisional Playoff game against the second-seeded Carolina Panthers on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Bank of America Stadium.

Mayor Lee Receives Recommendations Of Universal Healthcare Council

Mayor Lee Receives Recommendations Of Universal Healthcare Council

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today received recommendations from the Universal Healthcare Council (UHC), a 41-member group of local government, business, health and labor representatives who examined how San Francisco could best implement the Federal Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Mayor Lee's Statement On The Aftermath Of The Fire At The Chinese Consulate In San Francisco's Western Addition Neighborhood

Mayor Lee's Statement On The Aftermath Of The Fire At The Chinese Consulate In San Francisco's Western Addition Neighborhood

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement in the aftermath of yesterday’s fire at the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco’s Western Addition neighborhood:

Mayor Lee & Green Bay Mayor Schmitt Make Friendly Wager On 49ers-Packers Playoff Game

Mayor Lee & Green Bay Mayor Schmitt Make Friendly Wager On 49ers-Packers Playoff Game

Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Mayor James J. Schmitt of Green Bay, Wisconsin agreed to a friendly wager on the outcome of this weekend’s 49ers-Packers NFC Wild Card Round playoff game, which takes place this Sunday, January 5, 2014 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

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