San Francisco has received $10 million in federal stimulus funding to boost solar energy usage in The City, it was announced today.
The City was one of 16 municipalities nationwide to receive American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding for solar projects, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
The money will help eliminate financial barriers and other obstacles that stand in the way of solar installations in affordable housing buildings, public schools and untapped neighborhoods, The City said.
Only hours after a Field Poll showed Mayor Gavin Newsom largely trailing Attorney General Jerry Brown in the Democratic primary, his campaign released a statement Thursday morning highlighting the mayor’s popularity among high school and college students in the state.
More than 4,000 students statewide have joined Students for Newsom, which are essentially student-run mini-campaigns that include members from more than 50 state colleges, the Newsom campaign said. Nine hundred high school students joined the cause, it noted. Read More
Ouch! The newest governor’s poll doesn’t look good for our mayor.
Only days after former President Bill Clinton publicly endorsed Mayor Gavin Newsom for governor, Field Research Corp. released results Thursday showing he is down 20 points to primary foe Attorney General Jerry Brown -- a deficit that has doubled since March.
Brown has not yet declared he's in the running for governor, but he launched an exploratory committee for the state's top job last week. The widely publicized launch occurred only days before Clinton attended his first Newsom fundraiser. Read More
If she decided to run for governor in 2010, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein -- The City’s mayor between 1978 and 1988 -- would beat our current Mayor Gavin Newsom in the Democratic primary, according to a new poll.
That shouldn’t make likely Democratic candidate Attorney General Jerry Brown feel all that comfortable -- he also trailed Feinstein in a random telephone survey of 1,005 registered voters released Thursday. Read More
If you just can’t wait to vote in next year’s gubernatorial elections, pay a visit to Mayor Gavin Newsom’s campaign Web site.
There, you will be able to vote on six campaign logos the mayor might display on signs, billboards and newsletters throughout his 2010 hunt for the governor’s seat.
The logo choices indicate Newsom is running as a shining light of the environmental movement. Four of themhave some form of a beaming sun, and one is colored green.
You make the call. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom is going to spend a good portion of today in southern sections of The City.
At 11 a.m., the mayor will appear at a dedication ceremony for the new First Tee Grounds at Visitacion Valley Middle School. At 1 p.m., he will zoom to City College to launch a pilot program benefitting impoverished families.
And finally, Newsom will head to Harding Park to hang out with big-time golf pros. He will attend the PGA President’s Cup Opening Ceremony at 3 p.m., according to the mayor’s office schedule.
Delayed shipments of swine flu vaccine will leave most of San Francisco’s high-risk population vulnerable to the extremely contagious virus.
If an outbreak were to hit The City, the Department of Public Health said it fears an epidemic would overwhelm hospitals because of a shortage of beds. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom will hang out with a bevy of interesting folks today.
First, Newsom is scheduled to kickoff Fleet Week at City Hall this afternoon by meeting publicly with the lead pilot of the Navy’s Blue Angels, Commander Greg McWherter.
Tonight, Newsom and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger are scheduled to co-host a dinner with the world’s best professional golfers and their spouses in honor of the Presidents Cup at Harding Park. Opening ceremonies for the tournament will take place on Wednesday. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom isn’t the only California politician getting serious props from former President Bill Clinton.
On Monday, Clinton publicly endorsed Newsom by showing up to a series of events in Los Angeles, including a fundraiser. This afternoon, the former president is scheduled to endorse Lt. Gov. John Garamendi, the Democratic nominee for the 10th Congressional District, during a health care rally at the Basque Cultural Center in South San Francisco. Read More
While the nearly three-year legal battle over the employer-spending mandate for The City’s affordable health care program waits upon a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, business owners continue to pay.
In November 2006, the Golden Gate Restaurant Association sued The City in U.S. District Court, seeking to invalidate a mandate within San Francisco’s newly passed Health Care Security Ordinance requiring medium- and large-sized companies to pay a minimum amount for employee health care or pay into a city fund that provides health care to uninsured residents. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom denied reports from a transit blog Web site that said the mayor has been pressuring Muni chief Nathaniel Ford to hold off on extending parking meter hours in The City.
“That’s just factually incorrect,” Newsom said Friday following an unrelated press conference in City Hall. “Though blogs often are.”
No one wants to extend parking meter hours, including Muni, he said.
There’s no arm-twisting going on here, he said.
How much The City will pay for Treasure Island has left plans to develop the former Navy base adrift.
For the island in the Bay to transform from federally owned land to a new environmentally friendly community, the land, which was last used by the U.S. Navy in 1997, must be deeded to The City.
However, the Navy is driving a hard bargain in these recessionary times. The debate over the man-made island is whether the land should be handed over to The City for free or if San Francisco should pay hundreds of millions of dollars up front to the government. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom appears ready to fight for gay rights anywhere at any time — even if it means a trip to Texas.
The mayor is scheduled to travel to the Lone Star State Saturday to deliver the keynote address at the Dallas Human Rights Campaign's Annual Black Tie Dinner.
Black Tie Dinner Inc. is a nonprofit that raises funds for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender supportive organizations serving North Texas. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom says he’s tired of outsiders causing trouble in The City.
Responding to a reported increase in felony arrests in the Tenderloin as part of the latest police sweep, Newsom on Friday afternoon said there’s no doubt in his mind that a good portion of those detained are not from San Francisco.
Getting evicted from your home stinks – especially when you’ve been a reliable renter and cannot afford the cost of moving to a new place.
Fear not, San Franciscans.
The City’s Human Services Commission recently approved a three-year, $1.7 million grant with the Eviction Defense Collaborative to help keep low-income residents from becoming homeless.
Each year, the collaborative says it offers more than 5,000 tenants facing eviction in The City emergency legal services and rental assistance.