Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that the City’s successful solar initiative, GoSolarSF, will be fully funded at $10 million over the next two fiscal years. Mayor Lee made the announcement at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)’s celebration of the newly installed 558-panel, 182 kW solar system on the roof of the Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, which brings the City’s total municipal solar generating capacity to more than 7.6 megawatts. Combined with the 8.1 megawatts supported by GoSolarSF, San Francisco’s 15.7 megawatts of solar renewable energy has prevented 7.7 million pounds of CO2 emissions which is equivalent to over 8,000 barrels of oil each year. Read more.
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Mayor Edwin M. Lee, Board President David Chiu, Supervisor David Campos, Supervisor Scott Wiener and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) today announced an unprecedented $6.8 million gift from Google to fund an additional two years of Free Muni for Low Income Youth. The popular pilot program is currently funded by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission through June 2014 and provides monthly free muni passes to more than 31,000 low-income San Francisco youth ages 5 to 17. The $6.8 million gift is one of the largest private contributions towards direct City services in San Francisco history.
"Continuing to provide free Muni for thousands of young people from lower-income households will help make our City more affordable for working families," said Mayor Lee. "With this unprecedented gift from Google, we can keep this successful pilot program running for at least two more years at no cost to taxpayers or Muni riders and free up critical funds for other vital Muni maintenance and services. Google is demonstrating with real action and real resources that they are a true partner in addressing our City's affordability crisis for lower and middle-income families. I want to thank Google for this enormous gift to the SFMTA, and I look forward to continuing to work with this great San Francisco employer towards improving our City for everyone." Read more.
Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the approval for Lennar to begin construction of a new Alice Griffith public housing community on land adjacent to the existing site, fulfilling its promise to build new public housing without disrupting current residents. The Commission on Community Investment and Infrastructure unanimously approved the first “Major Phase” Application for Candlestick Point, which includes plans for the total rebuild of Alice Griffith and its 256 homes.
The Major Phase application covers Alice Griffith and 38 acres at Candlestick Point, including the site that now contains Candlestick Park. The first phase of development around Candlestick encompasses the creation of 16 blocks of new development that includes 1,529 new homes, of which more than 800 will be permanently affordable, including the one-for-one replacement of dilapidated Alice Griffith public housing units. Read more.
Mayor Edwin M. Lee today launched a free municipal wireless internet access (Wi-Fi) service along Market Street – the City’s busiest and most economically diverse corridor. Starting in the Castro neighborhood and ending at The Embarcadero along the entire Market Street corridor, Wi-Fi access will be accessible to everyone with a smart phone, laptop or any Wi-Fi enabled mobile device.
“Nearly a quarter-million people walk down Market Street every day, and now they will be able to connect to the Internet through our free public Wi-Fi,” said Mayor Lee. “Providing Wi-Fi on our City’s main busy thoroughfare is a big first step towards a larger vision of connectivity for our City as a whole, bridging the digital divide and ensuring that our diverse communities have access to innovation.” Read more.
Mayor Edwin M. Lee and District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell today announced that the City will restart a program to help property owners finance energy efficiency projects in their homes. Called GreenFinanceSF, the program for residential buildings is a voluntary Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program that provides affordable financing options to San Francisco homeowners to pay for the installation of energy efficiency, renewable energy and water conservation improvements. GreenFinanceSF creates green jobs for the local economy while also reducing energy and water use and greenhouse gas emissions. Read more.