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News Releases

The latest news and announcements from Mayor Lee

Mayor Lee & Leader Pelosi Announce Increased Rental Housing Vouchers for Homeless Veterans Through U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development

Mayor Lee & Leader Pelosi Announce Increased Rental Housing Vouchers for Homeless Veterans Through U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development

Mayor Edwin M. Lee and U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has granted a City request to waive payment standards used to calculate the value of rental vouchers provided to homeless veterans.

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Controller’s 2015 City Survey

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Controller’s 2015 City Survey

Mayor Edwin M. Lee issued a statement on the Controller’s biennial 2015 City Survey, measuring opinions and perceptions about public services experienced every day from streets, parks and Muni to libraries, sidewalks and schools

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Passing of Rosario Anaya

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Passing of Rosario Anaya

Mayor Edwin M. Lee issued the following statement on the passing of Mission Language and Vocational School (MLVS) Executive Director Rosario Anaya.

Mayor Lee Announces $8.2 Million Federal Grant for Fire Department Hiring

Mayor Lee Announces $8.2 Million Federal Grant for Fire Department Hiring

Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced the San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD) was awarded an $8.2 million Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to hire 36 additional firefighters.

Mayor Lee Improves Availability of City Data for Entrepreneurs & Residents to Improve Services

Mayor Lee Improves Availability of City Data for Entrepreneurs & Residents to Improve Services

Mayor Edwin M. Lee unveiled the City’s updated Open Data Strategy to ensure City data is readily available so that entrepreneurs and residents can use it to improve services, generate jobs and economic activity and increase resident engagement and empowerment.

Mayor Lee Signs City’s Balanced Budget for Fiscal Year 2015-16 & 2016-17

Mayor Lee Signs City’s Balanced Budget for Fiscal Year 2015-16 & 2016-17

Mayor Edwin M. Lee signed the City’s two-year balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2015-16 and 2016-17 after the Board of Supervisors’ unanimous final approval on July 28, 2015.

Mayor Lee Announces San Francisco to Use Renewable Diesel in City Fleet

Mayor Lee Announces San Francisco to Use Renewable Diesel in City Fleet

Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced that San Francisco will leapfrog its efforts to protect the climate from harmful effects of diesel emissions by phasing out the use of petroleum diesel in the municipal fleet and replacing it with renewable diesel by the end of this year.

Mayor Lee’s Statement on $310 Million Affordable Housing Bond Ballot Measure

Mayor Lee’s Statement on $310 Million Affordable Housing Bond Ballot Measure

Mayor Edwin M. Lee issued a statement on the Board of Supervisors’ final unanimous approval of the $310 million affordable housing bond measure for the November 2015 ballot.

 Mayor Lee Announces Proposal to Strengthen Health Care Security Ordinance to Improve Health Care Access & Coverage

Mayor Lee Announces Proposal to Strengthen Health Care Security Ordinance to Improve Health Care Access & Coverage

Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced a proposal to modernize the “City Option” of the Health Care Security Ordinance (HSCO) to ensure that all low and moderate-income San Franciscans have access to health care, by increasing the affordability of Covered California plans for many San Franciscans, and maintaining the Healthy San Francisco safety net for those who do not have other coverage options.

Mayor Lee Announces Purchase of New Affordable Family Housing Site in the Mission

Mayor Lee Announces Purchase of New Affordable Family Housing Site in the Mission

Mayor Edwin M. Lee introduced an $18.5 million purchase and sale agreement to the Board of Supervisors to allow the City to acquire a previously entitled market-rate parcel at 490 South Van Ness Avenue at 16th Street in the Mission District to convert the site to permanently affordable family rental housing.

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Death of Kathryn Steinle & San Francisco’s Sanctuary City Policy

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Death of Kathryn Steinle & San Francisco’s Sanctuary City Policy

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued a statement on tragic death of Kathryn Steinle and San Francisco’s Sanctuary City Policy.

Mayor Lee Announces New “One-Stop Shop” Office of Short-Term Rental Administration & Enforcement

Mayor Lee Announces New “One-Stop Shop” Office of Short-Term Rental Administration & Enforcement

Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced the creation of the new Office of Short-Term Rental Administration and Enforcement, funded in the Mayor’s FY 15-17 budget, to create a “one-stop” shop and centralized location to streamline applications for the City’s short-term rental registry.

Mayor Lee’s Statement on $41 Million State Cap & Trade Transportation Funding for Muni Light Rail Vehicles

Mayor Lee’s Statement on $41 Million State Cap & Trade Transportation Funding for Muni Light Rail Vehicles

Mayor Edwin M. Lee issued a statement regarding $41.1 million grant award from the California State Transportation Agency as part of the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program.

Mayor Lee’s Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Decision Supporting Marriage Equality Across United States

Mayor Lee’s Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Decision Supporting Marriage Equality Across United States

Mayor Edwin M. Lee issued a statement on the United States Supreme Court decision on the Obergefell v. Hodges marriage equality case.

Mayor Lee’s Statement On Board Of Supervisors Budget & Finance Committee Unanimous Approval Of City’s Two-Year Budget

Mayor Lee’s Statement On Board Of Supervisors Budget & Finance Committee Unanimous Approval Of City’s Two-Year Budget

Mayor Edwin M. Lee issued a statement regarding the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee on voting unanimously to support a historic record of additional investments.

Mayor Lee Celebrates Opening of the Mix Teen Center at San Francisco Main Library

Mayor Lee Celebrates Opening of the Mix Teen Center at San Francisco Main Library

Mayor Edwin M. Lee celebrated the opening of The Mix at SFPL, a new 4,770-square-foot teen digital media center and learning lab located within the San Francisco Main Library, providing 21st Century technology and teaching.

Mayor Lee Announces $6.7 Million Investment to Strengthen Local Small Businesses & Neighborhoods

Mayor Lee Announces $6.7 Million Investment to Strengthen Local Small Businesses & Neighborhoods

Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced $6.7 million over the next two years to expand services for small businesses and strengthen neighborhood commercial corridors.

Mayor Lee Announces Expansion of City’s Successful CityBuild Construction Workforce Program

Mayor Lee Announces Expansion of City’s Successful CityBuild Construction Workforce Program

Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced $2.4 million in funding over the next two years to expand CityBuild, San Francisco’s workforce training academy program, with a third training academy that would allow up to 150 trainees to enroll every year.

Mayor Lee & Supervisor Cohen Announce $125 Million Investment in Home Ownership Opportunities for up to 1,500 Middle Class Families

Mayor Lee & Supervisor Cohen Announce $125 Million Investment in Home Ownership Opportunities for up to 1,500 Middle Class Families

Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Supervisor Malia Cohen announced a resolution calling for an unprecedented investment in homeownership opportunities for San Francisco’s middle class.

Mayor Lee & Supervisor Christensen Sponsor Legislation to Create Preference for Neighborhood Residents & Displaced Tenants in Future Affordable Housing Units

Mayor Lee & Supervisor Christensen Sponsor Legislation to Create Preference for Neighborhood Residents & Displaced Tenants in Future Affordable Housing Units

Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Supervisor Julie Christensen, joined by Supervisors Malia Cohen, London Breed and Scott Wiener, announced the introduction of legislation that will provide a preference in affordable housing to tenants who have been subject to a no-fault eviction, and provides a preference for existing neighborhood residents in new affordable housing constructed in their communities.

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Additional $50 Million in Proposed Affordable Housing Bond for Housing in Mission

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Additional $50 Million in Proposed Affordable Housing Bond for Housing in Mission

Mayor Edwin M. Lee issued a statement regarding an additional $50 million in bonding capacity, allowing the proposed Affordable Housing Bond for the November 2015 ballot to reach $300 million without raising property taxes.

Mayor Lee Announces Nonstop Flights from SFO to Guangzhou, China

Mayor Lee Announces Nonstop Flights from SFO to Guangzhou, China

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that China Southern Airlines will begin the first-ever nonstop service between San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN) on June 22, 2015.

Mayor Lee Presents Proposed Balanced Budget For Fiscal Year 2015-16 & 2016-17

Mayor Lee Presents Proposed Balanced Budget For Fiscal Year 2015-16 & 2016-17

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today presented his proposed two-year balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2015-16 and 2016-17. The budget for the City for FY 2015-16 and FY 2016-17 is $8.92 and $8.96 billion, respectively.

Mayor Lee Announces First Major Transfer of Treasure Island/Yerba Buena Island From U.S. Navy to City

Mayor Lee Announces First Major Transfer of Treasure Island/Yerba Buena Island From U.S. Navy to City

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that the City has accepted the transfer of nearly 300 acres of Treasure Island/Yerba Buena Island from the U.S. Navy in anticipation of the redevelopment that will create 8,000 homes, 25 percent of them affordable, and jobs and parks and open space.

Mayor Lee Announces $7 Million Shared Prosperity Package to Support Arts

Mayor Lee Announces $7 Million Shared Prosperity Package to Support Arts

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that over the next two years the City will contribute and invest $7 million in programs supporting the arts. This represents 14 percent growth over previous budgets and includes a $2 million enhancement (a 50 percent increase) to the City’s groundbreaking

Mayor Lee Announces New Investments to Improve Quality of Life in City’s Diverse Neighborhoods

Mayor Lee Announces New Investments to Improve Quality of Life in City’s Diverse Neighborhoods

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced a no-cuts budget proposal for San Francisco Public Works that retains crucial funding for resurfacing the City’s roadways and includes additional money for street cleaning, proactive tree care and new public bathrooms.

Mayor Lee Announces New Mission Bay Project to House Formerly Homeless Veterans

Mayor Lee Announces New Mission Bay Project to House Formerly Homeless Veterans

Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced plans for a new 101-unit project to provide housing for 50 formerly homeless veterans and 50 low-income families at 1150 Third Street in Mission Bay and an onsite manager unit.

Mayor Lee & Supervisors Announce $690 Million in Funding for Public Education & Programs to Support City’s Children & Families

Mayor Lee & Supervisors Announce $690 Million in Funding for Public Education & Programs to Support City’s Children & Families

Mayor Edwin M. Lee and the Board of Supervisors announced over the next two years the City will contribute and invest $690.4 million in programs for children, focused on improving educational outcomes.

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

Mayor Edwin M. Lee and the United Way of the Bay Area along with City Departments and private sector employers kicked off the Youth Jobs+ 2015 initiative, challenging employers to create jobs, internships and paid job training for San Francisco youth (ages 14-24 years old).

Mayor Lee Launches SF Biz Connect – A Business to Business Buy Local Campaign to Increase Purchasing at Local & Small Businesses

Mayor Lee Launches SF Biz Connect – A Business to Business Buy Local Campaign to Increase Purchasing at Local & Small Businesses

Mayor Edwin M. Lee launched SF Biz Connect, an initiative challenging businesses to shift at least five percent of their spending to local San Francisco small businesses.

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