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The latest news and announcements from Mayor Lee

Mayor Lee's Statement Condemning Supreme Court's Blocking of President Obama's Common-Sense Immigration Plan

Mayor Lee's Statement Condemning Supreme Court's Blocking of President Obama's Common-Sense Immigration Plan

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement strongly condemning today’s deadlock 4-4 tie in the U.S. Supreme Court case.

Mayor Lee's Statement on Approval of Revised Use of Force Policy for San Francisco Police Department

Mayor Lee's Statement on Approval of Revised Use of Force Policy for San Francisco Police Department

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement regarding Police Commission’s unanimous approval of proposed revisions of San Francisco Police Department Use of Force Policy.

Mayor Lee Announces Appointment of September Jarrett as Director of Office of Early Care & Education

Mayor Lee Announces Appointment of September Jarrett as Director of Office of Early Care & Education

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the appointment of September Jarrett as the Director of the Office of Early Care and Education (OECE).

Mayor Lee & Supervisor Wiener Call for November 2016 Ballot Measure to Increase Neighborhood Safety

Mayor Lee & Supervisor Wiener Call for November 2016 Ballot Measure to Increase Neighborhood Safety

Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Supervisor Scott Wiener today submitted the Safe Neighborhoods Ordinance for the November 2016 ballot to require the creation of the Neighborhood Crime Unit within the San Francisco Police Department, a dedicated team to proactively police and quickly respond to areas of the City in which neighborhood crime is prevalent.

Mayor Lee Continues to Support San Francisco Women & Families at First Ever Bay Area Women’s Summit

Mayor Lee Continues to Support San Francisco Women & Families at First Ever Bay Area Women’s Summit

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced three pledges at the Bay Area Women’s Summit that continue to build on the City’s achievements to provide opportunities to women to advance. The Mayor’s pledges include $6 million in new funding for subsidized child care and expanded implicit bias training for City staff. The pledges are part of his larger commitment over the next two years to dedicate more than $16.75 million of funding for new initiatives that support the City’s families.

Mayor Lee’s Update on Mission Fire Aid & Recovery

Mayor Lee’s Update on Mission Fire Aid & Recovery

Mayor Ed Lee’s update on the efforts to provide support and aid for the residents and businesses impacted by the five-alarm fire on the 3300 block of Mission Street on June 18th: “On behalf of City and County of San Francisco, I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to all the victims of Saturday’s five-alarm fire in the Mission.

Mayor Lee Announces Appointment of Theresa Sparks as Mayor’s Senior Advisor for Transgender Initiatives

Mayor Lee Announces Appointment of Theresa Sparks as Mayor’s Senior Advisor for Transgender Initiatives

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the appointment of Theresa Sparks as the Mayor’s Senior Advisor on Transgender Initiatives to work directly with the Mayor and City Administrator on LGBTQ policies and oversee development of new transgender initiatives.

Mayor Lee Announces New Bold Steps to Get To Zero in Battle Against HIV/AIDS

Mayor Lee Announces New Bold Steps to Get To Zero in Battle Against HIV/AIDS

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced two bold steps in the City’s quest to get to zero new infections in the battle against HIV/AIDS: creation of the new HIV Community Planning Council and launch of a new campaign to increase the use of PrEP to prevent HIV.

Mayor Lee Announces City’s Fourth Living Innovation Zone as Part of Central Market Revitalization

Mayor Lee Announces City’s Fourth Living Innovation Zone as Part of Central Market Revitalization

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today unveiled Sound Commons in United Nations Plaza, a new Living Innovation Zone (LIZ) partnership with the Exploratorium and San Francisco Planning Department.

Mayor Lee's Statement on Passing of Carla Johnson

Mayor Lee's Statement on Passing of Carla Johnson

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement on the passing of Mayor’s Office of Disability Director Carla Jean Johnson.

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Violence in Orlando

Mayor Lee’s Statement on Violence in Orlando

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement regarding the devastating attack in Orlando: “On behalf of the people of San Francisco, I express our deepest sorrow for the people of Orlando and members of our LGBT community after the evil act of terror carried out this morning.

Mayor Lee’s Statement On Tragic Stabbing Death of Construction Worker

Mayor Lee’s Statement On Tragic Stabbing Death of Construction Worker

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement on the stabbing death this morning of a female construction worker at Fifth and Shipley streets in the South of Market neighborhood: On behalf of the City and County of San Francisco, I extend my deepest condolences to the family of the victim who died after being stabbed.

Mayor Lee Announces Broadcast of Golden State Warriors NBA Finals Game Four at Civic Center Plaza

Mayor Lee Announces Broadcast of Golden State Warriors NBA Finals Game Four at Civic Center Plaza

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that Friday’s Game Four of National Basketball Association Finals will be publicly broadcast live in Civic Center Plaza for families and fans to gather and cheer the Golden State Warriors against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Mayor Lee's Statement on Voter Approval of June 2016 Ballot Measures

Mayor Lee's Statement on Voter Approval of June 2016 Ballot Measures

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement on Propositions A and B.

Mayor Lee Presents Proposed Balanced Budget for Fiscal Year 2016-17 & 2017-18

Mayor Lee Presents Proposed Balanced Budget for Fiscal Year 2016-17 & 2017-18

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today presented his proposed two-year balanced budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016-17 and 2017-18. The budget for the City for FY 2016-17 and FY 2017-18 is $9.6 and $9.7 billion, respectively. Half of the budget consists of self-supporting activities at the City’s Enterprise departments (the Port, Municipal Transportation Agency, Airport, Public Utilities Commission and others), while the remaining half consists of the General Fund, which supports core services such as Public Health, Police, Fire, and Recreation and Parks.

Mayor Lee Announces San Francisco Police Department & Police Officers Association Reach Agreement on Body Worn Cameras

Mayor Lee Announces San Francisco Police Department & Police Officers Association Reach Agreement on Body Worn Cameras

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced an agreement with the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) and San Francisco Police Officers Association (SFPOA) on the use of body worn cameras. The deployment of the devices is designed to ensure transparency and accountability in officers’ engagement with the public, help rebuild trust with the community and protect members from unfounded complaints.

Mayor Lee Announces $6 Million Investment to Support San Francisco Nonprofit Organizations

Mayor Lee Announces $6 Million Investment to Support San Francisco Nonprofit Organizations

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that the City will invest $6 million in programs over the next two years to strengthen the nonprofit sector in San Francisco.

Mayor Lee Announces Historic $14 Million Investment in Critical First Responder Equipment for Fire Department

Mayor Lee Announces Historic $14 Million Investment in Critical First Responder Equipment for Fire Department

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the City’s commitment to improving fire and emergency medical response by announcing a long term five year apparatus replacement plan and by investing heavily in the first two years of the plan.

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.

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