The new voice of the Mayor’s Office has been revealed.
Tony Winnicker, who has been the public information officer for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, is the new communications director for Newsom, according to the Mayor’s Office.
Winnicker replaces Nathan Ballard, who left the administration in early November. Ballard had served in that role since February 2007. Read More
A plaque will be presented Friday to building representatives with the Transamerica Pyramid to acknowledge a newly secured gold rating in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green building rating system, according to publicists Singer Associates.
Gold is the penultimate ranking in the LEED system, which was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Mayor Gavin Newsom plans to attend the 10 a.m. ceremony, according to spokesman Joe Arellano. Read More
Legal wrangling that is heating up continues to keep the new sanctuary city policy, which went into place Thursday, in legal limbo.
The supervisor who drafted the legislation — which changes how The City reports illegal immigrant youths to federal authorities if they are arrested for a felony — called on the city attorney to investigate whether Mayor Gavin Newsom can ignore the law passed by the Board of Supervisors. Read More
Supervisor Chris Daly wasn’t about to accept the compliment that Mayor Gavin Newsom paid him Thursday morning.
At a press conference, Newsom called Daly, his main nemesis on the Board of Supervisor, “a smart guy” that should know better than to mislead the public when insulting the mayor’s budget policies. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom will lobby to extend a federal program that temporarily pays employers 100 percent of a newly hired worker’s salary.
The JobsNow program is funded by federal stimulus dollars and offers to pay all of a worker’s salary through September, except for benefits.
Employers are also required to pay payroll taxes for the employees.
The new hire must have a dependent, including spouse or child, but that dependent does not have to live with the worker for the employee to receive program benefits, Newsom said. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom will make an announcement about a new jobs milestone this morning at the Laundry Locker at 1530 Cluster St.
He will also unveil a strategy to “leverage additional resources for job growth,” according to the Mayor’s Office.
Stay tuned. Read More
BART officials expect the investigation into Wednesday’s train derailment to take “several days, if not weeks,” an agency spokesman said.A northbound BART train carrying 75 people derailed about 10:25 a.m. Wednesday near the Oakland City Center/12th Street station. No one was injured, as the train had been moving relatively slowly, authorities said.
Two passengers complained of chest pain following the accident and were taken, in stable condition, to an Oakland hospital, Oakland Fire Battalion Chief Jenny Ray said. Read More
More staffing changes in Mayor Gavin Newsom’s administration have been announced since the mayor’s departure from the governor’s race.
The mayor recently hired Yashar Hedayat, who worked on his gubernatorial campaign, as deputy chief of staff in charge of operations, said spokesman Joe Arellano. Read More
The reluctance of The City’s homeless to seek shelter could result in unnecessary deaths this winter, according to Mayor Gavin Newsom. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom has a few public appearances scheduled for this morning.
First, the mayor is set to attend another Project Homeless Connect at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium at 9 a.m., the Mayor's Office said.
At 11:15 p.m., the mayor is then scheduled to attend Mercy Housing's dedication event at 10th and Mission streets, it said. Read More
Contract negotiations resume Wednesday between major San Francisco hotels and the union representing thousands of The City’s hotel workers.
A failure to reach a contract during the meeting will likely prompt more strikes at various hotels in the coming days, according to Local 2 Unite Here!, the union representing more than 8,000 workers at 61 city hotels. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom will veto legislation that would make it tougher for landlords to evict tenants living in an estimated 20,000 rental units in The City, according to the Mayor’s Office.
The legislation, introduced by Supervisor John Avalos, would amend The City’s rent control ordinance so that units built after 1979, which are currently exempt from rent control, would be covered by so-called “just cause” eviction protections. Read More
San Francisco has a new incentive to build an infrastructure for electric vehicles after Nissan announced Monday that it will market its new line of battery-powered cars in the Bay Area late next year.
Nissan officials on Monday said they are confident that the Bay Area is ready for the August 2010 launch of the all-battery-powered Nissan LEAF, which is expected to be the world’s largest mass distribution of an electric car – about 100,000 cars at one time. The Bay Area was one of five U.S. markets chosen for the launch, the company said. Read More
Call volume to San Francisco’s 311 center have increased by 40 percent since Muni’s service changes took effect Saturday, according to Mayor Gavin Newsom and transit chief Nathaniel Ford.
The schedule changes are the most extensive in 30 years and are designed to make operations more efficient and save the cash-strapped transit agency $3.2 million annually.
More than 60 percent of transit lines have been altered, with many passengers seeing service expanded, reduced or eliminated entirely. Read More
The City is opening all these cool, newly-renovated recreation centers in San Francisco, but doesn’t have enough cool stuff to put inside them.
The San Francisco Parks Trust says city budget cuts have kept the Recreation and Parks Department from filling five recreation centers serving tots to seniors with the right amount of facilities and equipment.
The five centers are located at 1900 Geary Blvd, 280 Olympia Way, 50 Scott St., 236 Monterey Blvd., and at Foerster and Melrose Avenue. Read More