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The latest news and announcements from Mayor Lee

Mayor Lee Announces Additional $72 Million Investment to Support City’s Children & Families

Mayor Lee Announces Additional $72 Million Investment to Support City’s 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.

Mayor Lee Announces Record Level of Capital Investment

Mayor Lee 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.

Mayor Lee Celebrates Small Businesss Week & Highlights Investments to Boost Small Businesses

Mayor Lee Celebrates Small Businesss Week & Highlights Investments to Boost Small Businesses

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today launched the celebration of San Francisco’s Small Business Week (May 21st –28th) where local businesses, entrepreneurs and workers are being recognized and celebrated for their contribution to the local economy and unrivaled neighborhoods. “Small businesses are the true strength of San Francisco’s economy, and I am honored to celebrate their remarkable contributions to our City,” said Mayor Lee.

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Unemployment Rate Dropping to 3.1 Percent in San Francisco

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Unemployment Rate Dropping to 3.1 Percent in San Francisco

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement on San Francisco’s unemployment rate dropping to 3.1 percent in April 2016, based on preliminary unemployment numbers released by the California Employment Development Department (EDD): “When I took office five years ago, the unemployment rate neared double digits, our City’s economy was hit hard in a great recession, families faced joblessness, and we were forced to make cuts to vital services and public safety to balance our City’s budget.

Mayor Lee Announces Safe & Clean Neighborhoods Promise to Improve Quality of Life for Residents & Businesses

Mayor Lee Announces Safe & Clean Neighborhoods Promise to Improve Quality of Life for Residents & Businesses

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today launched the Safe and Clean Neighborhoods Promise, a new initiative to improve the quality of life in all of San Francisco’s neighborhoods with a new comprehensive and coordinated approach to delivering City services better and faster to neighborhoods.

Mayor Lee Announces Over $2.5 Million in New Funding to Support San Francisco’s Legacy Businesses

Mayor Lee Announces Over $2.5 Million in New Funding to Support San Francisco’s Legacy Businesses

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced more than $2.5 million in new funding in his proposed Fiscal Years 2016-17 and 2017-18 budget to create, develop and implement the San Francisco Legacy Business Program, which was approved by voters last November.

 Mayor Lee’s Statement on San Francisco Police Department

Mayor Lee’s Statement on San Francisco Police Department

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement on the San Francisco Police Department, as delivered: “The past several months have shaken and divided our City, and tensions between law enforcement and communities of color that have simmered for too many years have come into full view.

Mayor Lee Launches Youth Jobs + Initiative to Create Jobs for San Francisco Youth This Summer & Year-Round

Mayor Lee Launches Youth Jobs + Initiative to Create Jobs for San Francisco Youth This Summer & Year-Round

Fifth Year Public & Private Partnership Builds on Success of Placement of 26,000 Youth—Many Disconnected & At Risk—Into Jobs & Paid Internships

Mayor Lee Announces City’s New Department of Homelessness & Supportive Housing & Appoints Jeff Kositsky Director

Mayor Lee Announces City’s New Department of Homelessness & Supportive Housing & Appoints Jeff Kositsky Director

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the Department of Homelessness & Supportive Housing the City will launch on July 1st and appointed Hamilton Family Center Executive Director Jeff Kositsky to lead the new Department that will help homeless residents permanently exit the streets and move into housing and services.

Mayor Lee’s Statement on SFMTA Employee Conduct

Mayor Lee’s Statement on SFMTA Employee Conduct

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement regarding a San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency (SFMTA) employee’s conduct: “San Francisco is City that celebrates and embraces diversity.

Mayor Lee Announces $17.5 Million in Investments in Comprehensive Police Reforms & Violence Prevention

Mayor Lee Announces $17.5 Million in Investments in Comprehensive Police Reforms & Violence Prevention

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced a $17.5 million police reform package to fund comprehensive police reforms to increase public safety and build greater trust between police officers and the community including increased oversight, transparency and accountability and including violence prevention programming as part of the Mayor’s Fiscal Years 2016-17 and 2017-18 proposed balanced budget.

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Controller’s City Budget Impact Report on Hosting Super Bowl 50

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Controller’s City Budget Impact Report on Hosting Super Bowl 50

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement regarding the Controller’s City Budget Impact Report on San Francisco hosting Super Bowl 50: “Hosting Super Bowl 50 was a boon to San Francisco, to the region and to Bay Area charities. And, the Controller’s report now confirms that hosting Super Bowl 50 has had an overall positive impact on our City’s bottom line.

Mayor Lee’s Statement on U.S. Department of Justice’s Review of San Francisco Police Department Reforms

Mayor Lee’s Statement on U.S. Department of Justice’s Review of San Francisco Police Department Reforms

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Justice review of the San Francisco Police Department reforms: “Back on January 21, 2016, I asked United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch for a full U.S. Department of Justice review of our Police Department’s use-of-force policy reforms as well as a Civil Rights investigation into the Mario Woods shooting.

Mayor Lee Announces Recipients of 2015-2016 Teacher & Principal of the Year Awards

Mayor Lee Announces Recipients of 2015-2016 Teacher & Principal of the Year Awards

Mayor Edwin M. Lee will honor nine outstanding San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) educators as the Mayor’s 2015-2016 Teacher and Principal of the Year tonight at a San Francisco Giants Pre-Game Homeplate Ceremony at AT&T Park for Teacher Appreciation Month.

Mayor Lee Invests In Seawall To Protect City

Mayor Lee Invests In Seawall To Protect City

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the investment of $8 million over the next two years to initiate City efforts to fortify San Francisco’s Seawall. The end result will be a Seawall that is more resilient and prepared to protect an area that stretches from Fisherman’s Wharf and Telegraph Hill to South Beach and Mission Creek against the dual threats of earthquake and sea level rise.

Mayor Lee Proposes Balanced May 1st Budget

Mayor Lee Proposes Balanced May 1st Budget

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today presented his proposed May 1st budget for the City’s four enterprise Departments (the Airport, Municipal Transportation Agency, Port, and Public Utilities Commission) as well as eight self-funded departments (Board of Appeals, Building Inspection, Child Support Services, Environment, Law Library, Library, Rent Arbitration Board, and Retirement System), as well as support for the San Francisco Unified School District, totaling $6.8 billion over Fiscal Years 2016-17 and 2017-18.

Mayor Lee Announces HIV/AIDS Funding in City's Budget

Mayor Lee Announces HIV/AIDS Funding in City's Budget

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced backfilling Federal cuts to maintain the City’s current funding levels for HIV/AIDS prevention and health services to protect essential services to the City’s most vulnerable.

Mayor Lee Announces $1.8 Million in Funding to Support Legal Defense of Unaccompanied Minors

Mayor Lee Announces $1.8 Million in Funding to Support Legal Defense of Unaccompanied Minors

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced $1.8 million in additional funding to the San Francisco Immigrant Legal Defense Collaborative (SFILDC) to support San Francisco’s immigrant community, particularly supporting legal services for unaccompanied minors in San Francisco.

Mayor Lee Announces Appointment of Ivar Satero as Director of San Francisco International Airport

Mayor Lee Announces Appointment of Ivar Satero as Director of San Francisco International Airport

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the appointment of Ivar C. Satero as Director of the San Francisco International Airport (SFO), following the retirement of Director John L. Martin who has led the world class international airport for the last 20 years. Satero is currently the Chief Operating Officer of SFO and formerly held the position of Deputy Director for Design and Construction. His appointment is effective July 18, 2016.

Mayor Lee & Mayor Schaaf Announce Bay Area Women’s Summit

Mayor Lee & Mayor Schaaf Announce Bay Area Women’s Summit

Today San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Women’s Foundation of California and San Francisco City Administrator Naomi Kelly announced the Bay Area Women’s Summit, a landmark event that will bring together the most dynamic leaders in government, business, philanthropy, education and others, on Tuesday, June 21st at Moscone Center North in San Francisco. The Summit will serve as a significant platform to engage influential leaders in the Bay Area and beyond in an action-oriented conversation that advances women’s equity, empowerment and opportunity in the region.

Mayor Lee Announces Appointments of Patrick Mulligan as Director of Office of Labor Standards Enforcement &  Shireen Mcspadden as New Executive Director of Department of Adult & Aging Services

Mayor Lee Announces Appointments of Patrick Mulligan as Director of Office of Labor Standards Enforcement & Shireen Mcspadden as New Executive Director of Department of Adult & Aging Services

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the appointments of Patrick Mulligan as Director of the Office of Labor Standards Enforcement (OLSE) and Shireen McSpadden as the Executive Director of the Department of Adult and Aging Services (DAAS).

Mayor Lee Unveils City Resilience Strategy On 110th Anniversary Of 1906 Great Earthquake & Fire

Mayor Lee Unveils City Resilience Strategy On 110th Anniversary Of 1906 Great Earthquake & Fire

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the release a citywide resiliency strategy created as part of a grant from 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC). One of the recommendations of the City’s Resilient San Francisco – Stronger Today, Stronger Tomorrow – is the launch of the new Office of Resilience and Recovery.

Mayor Lee’s Statement On Japan & Ecuador Earthquakes

Mayor Lee’s Statement On Japan & Ecuador Earthquakes

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement regarding the devastating twin earthquakes in Japan’s Kyushu region and major earthquake in Ecuador: “On the eve as we commemorate our City’s own 1906 Great Earthquake and Fire, on behalf of the residents of San Francisco, I extend our thoughts and prayers to the people of Japan and Ecuador. I would like to express our City’s condolences to the families and friends of those injured or killed in the aftermath of these devastating earthquakes.

Mayor Lee's Statement on Golden State Warriors' Record Season & NBA Playoff Start

Mayor Lee's Statement on Golden State Warriors' Record Season & NBA Playoff Start

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement as the Golden State Warriors start the NBA playoff season this weekend.

Mayor Lee, Supervisors Kim & Wiener, Metropolitan Transportation Commission & Transbay Joint Powers Authority Announce New Transbay Transit Center Financing Plan

Mayor Lee, Supervisors Kim & Wiener, Metropolitan Transportation Commission & Transbay Joint Powers Authority Announce New Transbay Transit Center Financing Plan

Mayor Edwin M. Lee along with Supervisor and Metropolitan Transportation Commissioner Scott Wiener, Supervisor and Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA) Director Jane Kim, and TJPA Board Chair Greg Harper today announced a proposed financing package to allow completion of the Transbay Transit Center, Phase One.

U.S. Mayors Unite Against Discrimination

U.S. Mayors Unite Against Discrimination

In Wake of Discriminatory Laws Against LGBT Community in North Carolina & Mississippi, Coalition of U.S. Mayors with Community & Business Leaders Are Forming Coalition Group to Protect Rights of LGBT Communities.

Mayor Lee's Statement on San Francisco Police Officer Involved Shooting & Call For Office of Citizen Complaints Investigation

Mayor Lee's Statement on San Francisco Police Officer Involved Shooting & Call For Office of Citizen Complaints Investigation

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement after a San Francisco police officer involved shooting on 19th Street in the Mission neighborhood resulted in the death of an individual.

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Mississippi’s Discriminatory Law against LGBT Individuals

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Mississippi’s Discriminatory Law against LGBT Individuals

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement after Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed the Religious Freedom Law that openly allows discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals in the State of Mississippi

Mayor Lee’s Statement on San Francisco Police Officers’ Homophobic & Racist Text Messages

Mayor Lee’s Statement on San Francisco Police Officers’ Homophobic & Racist Text Messages

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement after meeting with the San Francisco Police Department’s Police Employee Groups (PEG) that represent police officers from African American, Asian, Latino, women, LGBT and other communities.

Mayor Lee's Statement on State Legislature Approving Bill to Raise California's Minimum Wage

Mayor Lee's Statement on State Legislature Approving Bill to Raise California's Minimum Wage

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement regarding both State Senate and State Assembly in approving Senate Bill 3, authored by Senator Mark Leno, to raise California’s minimum wage to $11 an hour in 2017 and increase it to $15 an hour by 2022.

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