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The latest news and announcements from Mayor Lee

Mayor Lee Announces Major Milestone to End Chronic Veterans Homelessness in San Francisco

Mayor Lee Announces Major Milestone to End Chronic Veterans Homelessness in San Francisco

Mayor Edwin M. Lee , joined by the U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald, announced a major funding milestone to end chronic veteran homelessness in San Francisco by the end of 2015.

Mayor Lee Launches Climate Action Strategies to Meet City’s Bold Greenhouse Reduction Goals

Mayor Lee Launches Climate Action Strategies to Meet City’s Bold Greenhouse Reduction Goals

In celebration of the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, Mayor Edwin M. Lee today launched the new “Zero-50-100-Roots” campaign aimed towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions and reinforcing the City’s leadership in addressing climate change.

Mayor Lee Announces Expanded Summer Programs to Eliminate Wait Lists for City’s Children & Youth

Mayor Lee Announces Expanded Summer Programs to Eliminate Wait Lists for City’s Children & Youth

Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced an additional $1.8 million in funding to support programming to keep San Francisco children and youth engaged and learning over the summer months.

Mayor Lee & Supervisor Farrell Introduce Reforms to City’s Short-Term Rental Law

Mayor Lee & Supervisor Farrell Introduce Reforms to City’s Short-Term Rental Law

Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Supervisor Farrell introduced amendments to streamline and strengthen the City’s current short-term rentals law.

Mayor Lee Appoints Alex Randolph to City College Board of Trustees

Mayor Lee Appoints Alex Randolph to City College Board of Trustees

Mayor Edwin M. Lee appointed Alex Randolph to the City College Board of Trustees, filling the vacancy left by Dr. Natalie Berg who served on the Board for 18 years.

Mayor Lee Celebrates Vision Zero Progress

Mayor Lee Celebrates Vision Zero Progress

Mayor Edwin M. Lee joined the Board of Supervisors, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), Walk San Francisco and other City partners and agencies participated in the third annual Walk to Work Day.

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Passing of George Wong

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Passing of George Wong

Mayor Edwin M. Lee issued a statement on the passing of George Kun Wai Wong.

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Lifting City-Funded Travel Ban to Indiana

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Lifting City-Funded Travel Ban to Indiana

Mayor Edwin M. Lee joined by Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray issued a statements lifting their cities’ respective bans on City-funded travel to Indiana following Indiana’s adoption of an amended Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

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.

New Bay Area Bike Share Proposal Expands Across Five Bay Area Cities

New Bay Area Bike Share Proposal Expands Across Five Bay Area Cities

San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates and Emeryville Mayor Ruth Atkin announced a proposal working together with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) to expand the Bay Area Bike Share program, increasing the numberfrom 700 to 7,000.

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Governor Brown’s First Ever Statewide Mandatory Water Restrictions

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Governor Brown’s First Ever Statewide Mandatory Water Restrictions

Mayor Edwin M. Lee issued a statement regarding Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s announced Executive Order that will save water, increase enforcement to prevent wasteful water use.

Mayor Lee Relaunches SFPD Cadet Academy

Mayor Lee Relaunches SFPD Cadet Academy

Mayor Edwin M. Lee joined by Police Chief Greg Suhr and Salesforce Chairman and CEO Marc Benioff announced the relaunch of the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) Cadet Academy with funding from the City’s general fund and private donations over the next three years.

Mayor Lee & Supervisor Christensen Joint Statement on Chinatown Residential Hotel Evictions

Mayor Lee & Supervisor Christensen Joint Statement on Chinatown Residential Hotel Evictions

Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Supervisor Julie Christensen issued a joint statement after families were served eviction notices at a 32-unit residential hotel located at 2 Emery Lane in Chinatown.

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Indiana’s Discriminatory Law Against LGBT Individuals

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Indiana’s Discriminatory Law Against LGBT Individuals

Mayor Edwin M. Lee issued a statement after Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law that legalizes discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Passing of Nan McEvoy

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Passing of Nan McEvoy

Mayor Edwin M. Lee issued a statement on the passing of philanthropist and business leader Nan Tucker McEvoy, the granddaughter of San Francisco Chronicle Founder M.H. de Young

Mayor Lee & Supervisors Introduce Financing Milestone to Revitalize & Rebuild City’s Public Housing

Mayor Lee & Supervisors Introduce Financing Milestone to Revitalize & Rebuild City’s Public Housing

Mayor Edwin M. Lee with nine sponsoring members of the Board of Supervisors introduced a package of resolutions for financing Phase 1 of the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) partnership with U.S Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the San Francisco Housing Authority (SFHA).

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Police Department Investigation Into Racist and Homophobic Text Messages

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Police Department Investigation Into Racist and Homophobic Text Messages

Mayor Edwin M. Lee issued an additional statement on call for immediate disciplinary action for four San Francisco police officers under investigation for racist and homophobic text messages.

Mayor Lee Announces Start of Construction For HOPESF Rebuild Of Alice Griffith Phases One & Two

Mayor Lee Announces Start of Construction For HOPESF Rebuild Of Alice Griffith Phases One & Two

Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced the start of construction for the first two of five phases of the historic HOPESF rebuild of Alice Griffith public housing site in Bayview Hunters Point.

Mayor Lee Launches Navigation Center to Help Homeless Residents Access Services & Housing

Mayor Lee Launches Navigation Center to Help Homeless Residents Access Services & Housing

Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced the wrap up of construction of the City’s new Navigation Center, a pioneering approach to help homeless people reconnect with loved ones at home, move off the streets and into stable housing or residential treatment programs and get access to the services they need to stabilize their lives.

Mayor Lee & President Breed Announce City’s Long-Term Infrastructure & Technology Plans To Improve San Francisco’s Future

Mayor Lee & President Breed Announce City’s Long-Term Infrastructure & Technology Plans To Improve San Francisco’s Future

Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Board of Supervisors President London Breed introduced the City’s Ten-Year Capital Plan for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016-25 with the Five-Year Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Plan for FY 2016-20 at the Board of Supervisors to invest in San Francisco’s future.

Mayor Lee’s Statement on FCC Approval of New Rules Supporting Net Neutrality & Open Internet

Mayor Lee’s Statement on FCC Approval of New Rules Supporting Net Neutrality & Open Internet

Mayor Edwin M. Lee issued a statement on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s approval of Title II, supporting net neutrality and protecting the open Internet.

Mayor Lee & City Administrator Kelly Announce Appointment of Virgina Donohue As City’s Director Of Animal Care & Control

Mayor Lee & City Administrator Kelly Announce Appointment of Virgina Donohue As City’s Director Of Animal Care & Control

Mayor Edwin M. Lee and City Administrator Naomi L. Kelly announced the appointment of Virginia Donohue as Director of the San Francisco Animal Care and Control Department.

Mayor Lee Announces U.S. Department Of Housing & Urban Development Partnership to Re-Envision, Revitalize & Rebuild City’s Public Housing

Mayor Lee Announces U.S. Department Of Housing & Urban Development Partnership to Re-Envision, Revitalize & Rebuild City’s Public Housing

Mayor Edwin M. Lee and U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro announced an historic agreement for a $1.4 billion transformation plan for San Francisco’s public housing system.

Mayor Lee Announces New Record for Passenger Traffic at SFO

Mayor Lee Announces New Record for Passenger Traffic at SFO

Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced that a new all-time record for passenger traffic with a total of 47.2 million passengers traveling through the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) was set in 2014.

Mayor Lee’s Statement On 11th Anniversary Of San Francisco’s Historic Issuance Of Same-Sex Marriage Licenses & U.S. Supreme Court Cases On Marriage Equality

Mayor Lee’s Statement On 11th Anniversary Of San Francisco’s Historic Issuance Of Same-Sex Marriage Licenses & U.S. Supreme Court Cases On Marriage Equality

Mayor Edwin M. Lee issued the following statement on this anniversary when on February 12, 2004, then Mayor Gavin Newsom directed the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples in San Francisco.

Mayor Lee Launches Large Vehicle Training Program to Increase Street Safety

Mayor Lee Launches Large Vehicle Training Program to Increase Street Safety

Mayor Edwin M. Lee joined by District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim, the California Trucking Association, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), and San Francisco Public Works, announced a Two-Year Vision Zero Action Strategy to help the City meet its goal of eliminating all traffic fatalities by 2024.

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Controller’s Six-Month Budget Status Report

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Controller’s Six-Month Budget Status Report

Mayor Edwin M. Lee issued a statement on the City Controller’s Fiscal Year 2014-15 Six-Month Budget Status Report, providing the most recent expenditure and revenue information and projections for the Fiscal Year End and projecting an additional $21.6 million in year-end funds than previously expected.

Mayor Lee Announces New Fire Department Emergency Medical Services Academy Class

Mayor Lee Announces New Fire Department Emergency Medical Services Academy Class

Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced that a new 40 person San Francisco Fire Department H-3 EMT/Paramedic training academy will begin in March with graduates expected to be working by May.

Mayor Lee Announces $25.6 Million in U.S. HUD Grants for Homeless Programs in San Francisco

Mayor Lee Announces $25.6 Million in U.S. HUD Grants for Homeless Programs in San Francisco

Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced that the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded San Francisco $25.6 million in HUD’s Continuum of Care grants to fund 60 San Francisco-based organizations and a variety of housing and services.

Mayor Lee & Board President Breed Announce San Francisco Exceeds Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Goal

Mayor Lee & Board President Breed Announce San Francisco Exceeds Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Goal

Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Board President London Breed announced that San Francisco greenhouse gas emissions in 2012 were 23 percent below 1990 levels and the City is on track to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent and 40 percent below 1990 levels by the year 2017 and 2025, respectively.

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