Friday, February 12, 2016
News- Affordable

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the acquisition and preservation of five apartment buildings consisting of 19 units of rental housing whose tenants and residents had been served with Ellis Act eviction notices. The projects are part of the City’s Small Sites Program (SSP) which provides financing for the acquisition and rehabilitation of privately owned properties in order to protect existing and often long term and diverse tenants from eviction and establish long-term housing affordability in San Francisco. 

“We are fighting evictions throughout the City to make sure longtime, diverse tenants stay in their homes,” said Mayor Lee. “Even as we build more affordable housing throughout our City, we must continue to do more to preserve our precious housing stock and protect existing tenants through innovative programs like this one.”

Friday, February 12, 2016
News - Emergency

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today launched the Homeless Emergency Assessment & Response Team (HEART), a partnership between the San Francisco Fire Department and the Department of Public Health that dedicates emergency and public health experts to respond to 911 calls from people in the community who rely on the emergency response system for their non-emergency medical, social and psychological needs. The new City program provides specialized support and case management in the field to frequent users of the 911 system. 

“San Francisco is known for providing world class health services to people in need and the new HEART program will help us make sure residents get connected with the care they need and deserve,” said Mayor Lee. “This is a smart deployment of emergency services and with our Fire Department and Public Health professionals working side by side, we expect to see a better, coordinated response on our streets and better results for people who need our help.”

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
News - Crab Boats

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced an emergency relief plan for the local crab and fish industry affected by the delay of the local Dungeness crab season in California caused by the presence of domoic acid. The Port of San Francisco’s Crab Industry Relief Plan would waive fees and rents for a three month period for the berthing, storage and leasing for commercial crab boat owners and fish receivers, and through the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD), the City will provide customized business assistance to the Port’s local commercial crab fishermen and receivers.

“San Francisco’s Dungeness crab is known around the world, and the delay of crab season has taken a substantial toll on the livelihood of the men and women in the local commercial crab industry,” said Mayor Lee. “This plan will mitigate the economic impact to the small businesses who depend on the crab industry for income and will help families during this time of crisis.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016
News Digital Access
Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that #SFWiFi, the City’s free municipal wireless Internet access (Wi-Fi) service, will receive technology upgrades along Market Street, the City’s busiest and most economically diverse corridor and home to some of the City’s largest, free public celebrations, including free events for Super Bowl 50, in time for Super Bowl week. Service expansions will also include #SFWiFi availability in five San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) stations along Market Street: Embarcadero, Montgomery, Powell, Civic Center and Van Ness. “Enhanced reliable, free high-speed Internet along Market Street will help all San Franciscans stay connected,” said Mayor Lee. “Improvements will be made in time for our free, public celebrations for Super Bowl 50 and will be a lasting legacy after the celebrations are over. Whether you’re a tourist buying a ticket to ride our historic cable cars, a resident paying your water bill or a small business taking mobile electronic payments, we are leveraging technology to help our residents, visitors and businesses.”
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Mayor Ed Lee

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today during the Technology and Innovation Task Force of the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ 84th Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C. issued an Executive Directive to change San Francisco’s purchasing protocol to prioritize the purchase of firearms and ammunition from socially responsible manufacturers and distributors. The Mayor’s action leverages the City’s purchasing power and potentially that of other cities to support manufacturers and dealers that have already implemented industry best practices and encourages others in the industry to adopt the highest level of responsibility and safety in the manufacturing and sales of firearms and ammunition.

“President Obama’s actions on reducing gun violence will make our cities safer, with more background checks, increased access to mental health treatment to prevent violence and more investments in gun safety technology,” said Mayor Lee. “Senseless gun violence is occurring all too frequently, and we must do everything we can to reduce gun violence in our communities and ensure every resident is safe. Here in San Francisco, we are taking local action by leveraging our City’s purchasing power to tell the gun industry that safety is our number one priority and we only want to do business with those that understand this.”