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News Releases

The latest news and announcements from Mayor Lee

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Jobs & Economic Impact of Water Sector

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Jobs & Economic Impact of Water Sector

Mayor Edwin M. Lee issued a statement on the newly released study The National Economic and Labor Impacts of the Water Utility Sector on how water infrastructure projects are putting people to work and growing local and regional economies

Mayor Lee Launches LatinSF Initiative

Mayor Lee Launches LatinSF Initiative

Mayor Edwin M. Lee officially launched the LatinSF economic development initiative at Silicon Valley Day in Mexico City as part of his official trade mission to Latin America. Modeled after the groundbreaking China-San Francisco economic development initiative ChinaSF, LatinSF is a new economic development initiative to promote business and trade between San Francisco and Latin America.

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Mission Neighborhood Five-Alarm Fire

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Mission Neighborhood Five-Alarm Fire

Mayor Edwin M. Lee issued a statement on the five-alarm fire that started at 2632 Mission Street near 22nd Street in San Francisco’s Mission neighborhood this afternoon.

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Passing of Alvin Andrews

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Passing of Alvin Andrews

Mayor Edwin M. Lee issued a statement on the tragic death of Alvin Andrews, who died while working on a cleanup crew in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood.

Mayor Lee Announces Funding for Small Site Acquisition Program to Protect Longtime San Francisco Tenants

Mayor Lee Announces Funding for Small Site Acquisition Program to Protect Longtime San Francisco Tenants

Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced funding availability for acquisition and rehabilitation financing for the multi-family rental buildings of 5-25 units through the new Small Sites Program.

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Death of Actor Robin Williams

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Death of Actor Robin Williams

Mayor Edwin M. Lee issued a statement on the passing of beloved actor Robin Williams.

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 swore in new appointments and reappointments to San Francisco’s Boards and Commissions at a ceremony in City Hall.

Mayor Lee Sends $500 Million Transportation Infrastructure Bond To November 2014 Ballot

Mayor Lee Sends $500 Million Transportation Infrastructure Bond To November 2014 Ballot

Mayor Edwin M. Lee signed the $500 million general obligation bond for transportation infrastructure for the November 2014 ballot that would significantly improve San Francisco’s transportation network without raising property tax rates.

Mayor Lee’s Statement on San Francisco’s Consensus Minimum Wage Increase Ballot Measure

Mayor Lee’s Statement on San Francisco’s Consensus Minimum Wage Increase Ballot Measure

Mayor Edwin M. Lee issued a statement on the Board of Supervisors final unanimous approval to send a consensus measure to raise the City’s minimum wage to the November 2014 ballot.

Mayor Lee’s Statement on San Francisco’s Consensus Housing Policy Ballot Measure

Mayor Lee’s Statement on San Francisco’s Consensus Housing Policy Ballot Measure

Mayor Edwin M. Lee issued a statement on the Board of Supervisors final approval to send the consensus housing policy measure to the November 2014 ballot.

Mayor Lee Signs City’s Balanced Budget for Fiscal Year 2014-15 & 2015-16

Mayor Lee Signs City’s Balanced Budget for Fiscal Year 2014-15 & 2015-16

Mayor Edwin M. Lee signed the City’s two-year balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2014-15 and 2015-16 after the Board of Supervisors’ unanimous final approval yesterday to close the budget deficits of $66.7 million in FY 2014-15 and $133.4 million in FY 2015-16.

Mayor Lee Announces City’s Open Data Strategic Plan

Mayor Lee Announces City’s Open Data Strategic Plan

Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced the release of a multi-year strategic plan for the City’s Open Data, another major milestone in San Francisco’s landmark Open Data initiatives.

Mayor Lee Awards Contract to Manufacture Next Generation of Muni Light Rail Vehicles to Siemens

Mayor Lee Awards Contract to Manufacture Next Generation of Muni Light Rail Vehicles to Siemens

Mayor Edwin M. Lee joined by members of the Board of Supervisors and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) to award Siemens a contract to manufacture Muni’s next generation of light rail vehicles.

Mayor Lee Highlights Housing Progress in Transbay & Citywide

Mayor Lee Highlights Housing Progress in Transbay & Citywide

Mayor Edwin M. Lee highlighted the housing progress in the Transbay Transit Center District ensuring San Francisco’s housing goal of 30,000 new and rehabilitated homes in the City by 2020, with at least one-third of those permanently affordable.

Mayor Lee Announces Two New Parks & Urban Open Space in South of Market

Mayor Lee Announces Two New Parks & Urban Open Space in South of Market

Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Supervisor Jane Kim announced the opening of a new skate park and dog park as part of the South of Market (SoMa) West Improvement Projects, bringing new vitality for families in the neighborhood.

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Ratified Muni Driver Contract

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Ratified Muni Driver Contract

Mayor Edwin M. Lee issued a statement on the ratified labor agreement between the Transport Workers Union Local 250-A and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA).

Mayor Lee’s Statement Urging FDA to Lift Ban on Blood Donation by Gay & Bisexual Men

Mayor Lee’s Statement Urging FDA to Lift Ban on Blood Donation by Gay & Bisexual Men

Mayor Edwin M. Lee issued a statement urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to change its policy prohibiting gay and bisexual men from donating blood:

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Transportation Bond for November 2014 Ballot

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Transportation Bond for November 2014 Ballot

Mayor Edwin M. Lee issued a statement on Board of Supervisors’ final unanimous approval of a proposed $500 million general obligation bond for the November 2014 ballot for infrastructure projects that would improve transportation without raising property tax rates.

Mayor Lee’s Statement on the Passing of Commissioner Vera Haile

Mayor Lee’s Statement on the Passing of Commissioner Vera Haile

Mayor Edwin M. Lee issued a statement on the passing of San Francisco’s Immigrant Rights Commissioner, Vera Haile.

Mayor Lee’s Statement on UCSF Chancellor Appointment

Mayor Lee’s Statement on UCSF Chancellor Appointment

Mayor Edwin M. Lee issued a statement regarding the University of California San Francisco’s (UCSF) appointment of Sam Hawgood to Chancellor.

Mayor Lee & Board of Supervisors Send Children & Families Charter Amendment to November Ballot

Mayor Lee & Board of Supervisors Send Children & Families Charter Amendment to November Ballot

Mayor Edwin M. Lee and all 11 members of the Board of Supervisors send to the voters a proposed Charter Amendment for the November 2014 ballot to extend the Children’s Fund and the Public Education Enrichment Fund for 25 and 26 years, respectively.

Mayor Lee & Supervisor Farrell Announce Milestone Accomplishments in City’s 10-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness

Mayor Lee & Supervisor Farrell Announce Milestone Accomplishments in City’s 10-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness

Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Supervisor Mark Farrell announced milestone accomplishments in San Francisco’s 10-Year Plan to Abolish Chronic Homelessness.

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Lucas Cultural Arts Museum

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Lucas Cultural Arts Museum

Mayor Edwin M. Lee issued a statement on the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum.

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Ellis Act Reform

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Ellis Act Reform

Mayor Edwin M. Lee issued a statement regarding Senate Bill 1439, a bill to close a loophole in the Ellis Act that allows speculators to buy rent-controlled buildings in San Francisco and immediately begin the process of evicting long-term renters, which failed in the State Assembly Committee.

Mayor Lee Announces U.S. Conference of Mayors Unanimously Adopts Net Neutrality Resolution

Mayor Lee Announces U.S. Conference of Mayors Unanimously Adopts Net Neutrality Resolution

Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced that the U.S. Conference of Mayors has unanimously adopted a net neutrality resolution sponsored by Mayor Lee and 16 other Mayors calling on the FCC to enshrine principles of internet transparency.

Mayor Lee Introduces Measure with Supervisor Breed to Achieve Aggressive Housing Goals with Focus on Low & Middle Income Families

Mayor Lee Introduces Measure with Supervisor Breed to Achieve Aggressive Housing Goals with Focus on Low & Middle Income Families

Mayor Ed Lee, with support from Supervisor London Breed, placed a measure on the November 2014 ballot to allow the City to meet its aggressive housing goal of 30,000 new housing units by 2020 and move forward Mayor Lee’s 7-Point Housing Plan.

Mayor Lee’s Statement on San Francisco as a Potential U.S. Bid City for 2024 Olympic Games

Mayor Lee’s Statement on San Francisco as a Potential U.S. Bid City for 2024 Olympic Games

Mayor Edwin M. Lee issued a statement on the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) advancing San Francisco as a potential U.S. city to bid for and host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Mayor Lee & Board of Supervisors Introduce Consensus Measure to Increase Minimum Wage in San Francisco for November Ballot

Mayor Lee & Board of Supervisors Introduce Consensus Measure to Increase Minimum Wage in San Francisco for November Ballot

Mayor Lee and 10 members of the Board of Supervisors today introduced a proposed consensus measure for the November 2014 ballot that will raise San Francisco’s minimum wage to $15 per hour, by July 1, 2018. The Mayor was joined by the Coalition for a Fair Economy, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, and many organized labor groups to announce the consensus measure.

Mayor Lee & Glide Announce San Francisco Civic Celebration for Dr. Maya Angelou

Mayor Lee & Glide Announce San Francisco Civic Celebration for Dr. Maya Angelou

Mayor Lee and Glide announced that San Francisco will host a civic celebration to remember and honor the life and legacy of U.S. Poet Laureate, renowned author and civil rights leader Dr. Maya Angelou in Glide’s Sanctuary at 330 Ellis Street on Sunday, June 15th starting at 1 p.m. Seating is limited, but there will be an overflow viewing area outside in front of Glide.

Mayor Lee Nominates Four Community Leaders to Police, SFMTA & Planning Commissions

Mayor Lee Nominates Four Community Leaders to Police, SFMTA & Planning Commissions

Mayor Lee nominated Sonia Melara to the Police Commission, Gwyneth Borden to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) Board of Directors, Christine Johnson to the Planning Commission and re-nominated Rodney Fong for another term on the Planning Commission.

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