Mayor Edwin M. Lee
Edwin M. Lee was the 43rd Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco. Lee was the first Asian-American mayor in San Francisco history.
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Mayor Edwin M. Lee

The internet is an essential tool for our everyday lives. #SF residents deserve equal & affordable internet access.

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San Francisco moving closer to building a city-owned Internet network

San Francisco appears to be closer than ever to building a citywide municipal Internet network - an ambitious project that's proved elusive for more than a decade. City officials are poring over the findings of a comprehensive 200-page report that will serve as San Francisco's lodestar as it moves toward creating a proposed...

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Posted Oct 18, 2017
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Mayor Edwin M. Lee

"Every morning around the Bay Area, people wake up and face the dreaded task of a long commute from home to work. Because of our housing crisis, our teachers, nurses, first responders and restaurant employees are forced to live in homes far away from where they work.

We must change that — especially for our working and middle-class residents.

On Wednesday, I issued an Executive Directive to speed up the time it takes to create homes in San Francisco. By increasing collaboration, transparency and accountability among City department and improving our partnership with private organizations, we can reduce housing approval timelines by nearly half while creating 5,000 new units every year for the foreseeable future."

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Making a More Affordable San Francisco – Mayor Edwin M. Lee – Medium

Every morning around the Bay Area, people wake up and face the dreaded task of a long commute from home to work. Because of our housing…

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Posted Oct 2, 2017
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Mayor Edwin M. Lee

"With extreme temperatures in San Francisco expected to continue tomorrow, I am urging local residents to take special precautions in an effort to remain safe and healthy.

The City will be opening four cooling centers to provide outlets for residents dealing with the unseasonable conditions. Additionally, all pools operated by the City will be free and open to all residents, and four local libraries will offer air conditioning support for those in need. Additionally, Yerba Buena Ice Rink will open its doors to seniors on Saturday."

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Posted Sep 3, 2017
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Mayor Edwin M. Lee

“When it comes to finding housing for people formerly living on the street, we will pursue any and every avenue imaginable and this is the latest example of that commitment.”

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SF gets federal lot on Mission, to build units for formerly homeless

A surface parking lot behind the federal courthouse at Seventh and Mission streets in San Francisco will become the site of the city's largest housing development for formerly homeless people, thanks to a deal struck this week between city officials and the federal government.

The city will lease the parking lot for three years while it pulls...

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Posted Aug 11, 2017
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Mayor Edwin M. Lee

With the help of $10M in state funding, we'll expand compassionate & common sense programs to #endhomelessness in #SF twitter.com/mayoredlee/status/...

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Posted Jul 23, 2017
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Mayor Edwin M. Lee

"On Monday, I took a walk through the City’s Medical Respite Center, a facility that provides specialized treatment and healthcare services to residents dealing with homelessness. I was able to speak with our dedicated employees and learn more about this important center and the critical services it offers.

That facility will soon double in size, expanding from 7,500 square feet to 15,000, while increasing the numbers of available beds from 45 to 79. Our $3.5 million investment into this expansion has been strengthened by a $612,000 funding contribution from Tipping Point, a private organization that has pledged $100 million over the next five years to reduce chronic homelessness by 50 percent in San Francisco.
Tipping Point’s $100 million allocation will go toward the creation of new housing units, and investments into mental health, child welfare and criminal justices systems.

Our partnership with Tipping Point is the latest example of how we can work with our philanthropic allies to expand, develop and scale-up our successful homelessness programs. Homelessness is a complex challenge, without any silver bullet solution, and I have called on our private partners to join the City in tackling this issue."

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Working Together to Combat Homelessness – Mayor Edwin M. Lee – Medium

On Monday, I took a walk through the City’s Medical Respite Center, a facility that provides specialized treatment and healthcare services…

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Posted Jul 10, 2017
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Mayor Edwin M. Lee

"Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced a $2.1 million investment to provide child care services for 140 families experiencing homelessness currently waitlisted for child support programs.

This investment will expand the Accessible Child Care Expedited for the Shelter System (ACCESS) initiative, which provides child care services for families dealing with homelessness. With this expansion, the city will serve all eligible children under the age of the five on the ACCESS waitlist. As a result, these children and families will receive continuity of quality care until kindergarten. This is the Mayor’s latest investment to eliminate homelessness in San Francisco families.

“Families dealing with the stress of homelessness should not have to worry about the additional complications of child care,” said Mayor Lee. “We need to support families in every way possible to move them into a stable living situation, and childcare services are a part of that effort.”

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Posted May 15, 2017
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Mayor Edwin M. Lee

"Evictions in San Francisco have decreased 21 percent in the past year, rental prices have dropped down to 2015 levels, and home prices are getting cheaper too. That’s proof that our policies to build more homes — for all types of families — and offer support programs for tenants are making a significant impact in San Francisco.

In 2014, we made a pledge to build 30,000 new and rehabilitated housing units, half of which will be affordable to low-income and middle-class families. Since making that promise, we are more than 17,000 units closer to that goal."

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Finding a Winning Formula for Housing – Mayor Edwin M. Lee – Medium

For some four decades, Deborah and Frank Strom have lived in their apartment at 4042 Fulton Street, raising three children, building…

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Posted May 9, 2017
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Mayor Edwin M. Lee

"Now, more than ever, cities across the country must stand up and fight for equity. For more than two years, we have been working diligently to design and deploy a citywide municipal fiber network that will offer more options than currently available and ensure all of San Francisco is connected to a fast and affordable Internet.

We are working to ensure that robust Internet service is available to children looking to educate themselves, small businesses trying to expand their reach, and seniors seeking to access city services. This project aims to close the digital divide for the 100,000 San Franciscans, including 1 in 7 San Francisco public schoolchildren, who lack Internet access at home. Private industry has been unable to meet this need.

We have been building support by meeting directly with the community about their priorities and values through San Franciscans for Municipal Fiber. We have enlisted the help of the brightest academic, business and privacy experts from around the country to answer key questions as we finalize this undertaking.

While the Trump administration seeks to dismantle the Internet as we know it, we have a plan. Now, it is time to execute. We need your help. Join us in supporting an open Internet."

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FCC seeks to end ‘open’ Internet but San Francisco has a plan

[...] the November election, the Federal Communications Commission, which regulates Internet service, agreed with this basic premise. Pai and his Republican allies in Congress are moving at record speeds to roll back existing consumer protections and privacy regulations. [...] Congress and the FCC collaborated to repeal broadband privacy...

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Posted Apr 27, 2017
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Mayor Edwin M. Lee

Proposition 63, The Safety for All initiative, gives California voters the opportunity to keep guns and ammo out of the hands of violent, dangerous, hateful people this November. This proposition:

- Removes illegal guns from our communities by ensuring that dangerous criminals and domestic abusers sell or transfer their firearms after they’re convicted.

- Requires any business that sells ammunition to report if their ammunition is lost or stolen.

- Requires people to notify law enforcement if their guns are lost or stolen.

- Ensures people convicted of gun theft are ineligible to own guns.

- Strengthens our background check systems and ensures that CA law enforcement shares data about dangerous people with the FBI.

Learn more and get involved with the campaign here: www.safetyforall.com

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Posted Sep 11, 2016
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