Tuesday, February 7, 2017
News - Emergency

Mayor Edwin M. Lee, Supervisor Jane Kim and City College Acting Chancellor Susan Lamb announced that starting next school year City College will be accessible for all California residents living in San Francisco and taking courses for credit.

Additionally, the new program will offer financial assistance for low-income students with a grant to fund books, transportation, health fees and other expenses.

“As a child of working-class immigrants, I know first-hand the importance of a college education and the struggles to pay for it,” said Mayor Lee. “Working together, we found an economic plan that would make City College accessible to our city residents and give additional support to those students struggling the most. This commitment will provide our residents the opportunity to attend college, continue to learn and create better lives for themselves. This is an investment in our youth, in our city and in our future."

Friday, January 13, 2017
Mayor Launches the Equity and Immigrant Services Campaign

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced with community-based organizations, the Human Rights Commission, and the Office of Civic Engagement and Immigration Affairs the launch of the Equity and Immigrant Services Campaign, a multi-pronged effort for the continued support of immigration legal services.

This year, Mayor Lee dedicated $3.8 million to serve the legal needs of the City’s immigrant community. Following the presidential election, Mayor Lee met with many of the community-based organizations that serve San Francisco’s immigrants and heard the concerns and needs for more resources. These community-based organizations are the gateway for many families to get the services they need such as, legal representation, health care, and education. Subsequently, Mayor Lee moved forward with dedicating an additional $1.5 million on top of the $3.8 million already funded to expand and bolster immigration-related legal services in fiscal year 2016-2017. In total, Mayor Lee has pledged nearly 14 million dollars for immigration-related services over the next two years and has committed to increasing those funds if needed.

“San Francisco is a Sanctuary City and will not waiver in its commitment to protect the rights of all its residents,” said Mayor Lee. “This year’s 1.5 million dollars will be critical in expanding and bolstering the services our community-based organizations provide to support and protect our immigrant families.”

Monday, December 19, 2016
Mayor Lee Announces Release of City’s Five-Year Financial Plan

Mayor Edwin M. Lee introduced at the Board of Supervisors the City’s Five-Year Financial Plan (Financial Plan) for Fiscal Years (FY) 2017-18 through 2021-22. Over the next five years, the Financial Plan projects that the City will experience continued economic growth; however, the plan also notes that revenue growth is slowing.

The Financial Plan shows that the cost of City services is projected to outpace revenue growth during the five-year period. If the City does not take corrective action, the gap between revenues and expenditures will increase to approximately $848 million by FY 2021-22.

“During the last six years, I am proud that the City’s strong economic growth has allowed us to expand and improve city services – for instance, expanding MUNI services by 10%, increasing public protection staffing in line with our Public Safety Hiring Plan and improving the availability and quality of health and human services for the City’s most needy. However, many uncertainties lie ahead,” said Mayor Lee. “Financial stability is central to the City’s ability to provide sustainable services to the public. Staying disciplined today will ensure we are more resilient as a City over the long term.”

Friday, December 2, 2016
Mayor Announces $45 Million in Support of Low Income Communities

Mayor Lee announced the San Francisco Community Investment Fund was awarded $45 million in New Markets Tax Credit allocation to support private investment in non-profits and businesses that directly serve San Francisco’s most economically distressed, low-income communities. 

“We must ensure that the city’s emerging non-profits and businesses secure the financing they need to succeed to build and serve our communities,” said Mayor Lee. “These tax credits allow these businesses and nonprofits to start, stay, and grow in San Francisco and create local jobs and opportunities that help our city thrive.”

Thursday, December 1, 2016
City Infrastructure:  Mayor Announces Record Level of Capital Investment

Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Board of Supervisors President London Breed introduced new legislation updating the San Francisco Environment Code with new green building standards for all new municipal construction projects.

The legislation comes on the heels of San Francisco being named by CBRE Group, Inc. as the top market for Green Building in 2016 and reaching 7 million square feet of City-owned and operated Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certified properties -- an increase from 4 million square feet in 2014. The City’s municipal real estate portfolio, which is comprised of properties such as San Francisco International Airport, Laguna Honda Hospital, and City Hall, now includes 50 certified projects that meet LEED’s rigorous sustainability standards for energy efficiency, green design and resource conservation.