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May 2011

Since becoming your Mayor in January, I have been travelling across the city meeting residents, talking to them about my priorities, and asking them what is going on in their neighborhoods. Whether I am on a merchant walk, at a community meeting or a Budget Town Hall, San Franciscans have been very clear about what concerns them. They want government to focus on providing basic city services and live within our means.
You have probably heard much talk already about the City’s fiscal outlook. There is no greater challenge we face as a City family than balancing our budget while providing important city services to our residents. We are facing an estimated $306 million deficit next year. If we do not take action on l0ng-term budget solutions, the deficit is projected to grow to $642 million in just two years. There are no easy answers, but we are working tirelessly to find savings and tighten our belts. Make no mistake, balancing the budget in a way that protects basic City services is among my top priorities. As always, call 311 to request city services.

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July 2011

San Francisco road conditions are at a critical juncture. Since I took over the Mayor’s Office, I went to countless meetings and talked to as many people as possible. Among all the concerned issues, potholes and street conditions were on the top of the list.
Many of you, who walk, bike, take transit or drive in the city, are familiar with the crumbling streets and sidewalks. The l0nger we wait to address the growing backlog of urgently-needed repairs, the more expensive it will cost to fix our streets down the road. Though more money has been invested into the repaving of our streets in recent years, we, as a city, still have difficulties financially to adequately fund the rehabilitation of our streets.

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August 2011

The America’s Cup, as the premiere international sailing race, oldest trophy, and third largest sporting event in the world, has the potential to be a transformative event in San Francisco with many lasting legacies and economic benefits for our neighborhoods and our City.
The two separate nine-day regattas on the Bay in the summ2r of 2012 during the America’s Cup World Series will give us a preview of the excitement we can expect on the larger wing-sailed AC72 catamarans competing in the Louis Vuitton Cup Challenger Series July 13 to September 1, 2013 and America’s Cup Finals September 7-22, 2013. Tens of thousands of sailing enthusiasts, spectators, and tourists from around the world will be coming to San Francisco where, for the first time in the nearly 160-year history of the America’s Cup, it will be viewable from land in the spectacular natural amphitheatre that the San Francisco Bay provides. as well as the creation of eleven implementation plans detailing the shared vision of the City and the America’s Cup Event Authority on everything from sustainability to transportation, public safety, youth involvement, and workforce development. or the City’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development at

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Remembering 9/11

September 2011

A decade after the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001 we continue to 2-.uggle to make sense of the terrible images we saw on that day.
While more than 3,000 miles away from our City, the attacks, the devastation and the loss were felt keenly here in the City by the Bay and we will continue to remember and honor those who perished, some of whom were from San Francisco and the Bay Area., stands ready to assist you with information about how to make family emergency plans, build disaster kits, train you on what to do before a disaster occurs or how to volunteer afterwards. I 2-.0ngly encourage you to visit this website and take action. Many of the items in an emergency kit can be found around your house -- you may be much more prepared than you realize. The information is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Russian and Vietnamese. Log on and share with fri2nds and family.

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Remembering the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake

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October marks the 22nd anniversary of the devastating 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, which rocked our City and the Bay Area for 20 seconds and continues to have an impact on our region to this day.
Today, while we remember those who lost their lives during the earthquake, we also need to ask ourselves if we are better prepared for the next disaster. There, you can test your knowledge of what to do if an earthquake strikes while at home, driving, on public transit, at the beach or at work. I also encourage you to register for AlertSF, a text-based message system that delivers emergency information to cell phones, other text-enabled devises, and email accounts, at And finally, you can learn how to help your neighbors after a major emergency by signing up for free Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) training (

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November 2011

San Francisco is one of the most vibrant places to live and work in the world. Many of us are proud of the fact that our City attracts creative and innovative people and companies to 2-art businesses here, stay here and grow here, adding job opportunities for our local residents and boosting our economy.
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