City Agencies Partner with SF Superior Court to Help Vulnerable Residents Reinstate Suspended Driver’s Licenses

Traffic Ticket

San Francisco, CA – City agencies are banding together to conduct a final push for outreach targeting the City’s most vulnerable unemployed and underemployed residents. Under a program signed into law by Governor Brown, individuals with suspended driver’s licenses can have them reinstated immediately, and reduce debt associated with court orders. The program, which ends March 31st, 2017, is an important opportunity for low-income San Franciscans to relieve debt and lift one of the most intractable barriers to employment.
 

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Office of Economic and Workforce Development Issues Emergency Grants to Seven Businesses Impacted by the Fire in Chinatown

Chinatown Fire

San Francisco, CA—The Office of Economic and Workforce Development today issued emergency grants to seven businesses that suffered a fire in Chinatown on February 3rd. The grants are part of the Small Business Disaster Relief Fund that was activated in response to a two-alarm fire in Chinatown where 22 employees were impacted. A total of $70,000 is being disbursed to impacted businesses to help with inventory replacement, equipment purchases, security deposits for a new lease, employee salaries, or other expenses to stabilize cash flow.

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San Francisco Launches $2.7 million in Grants To Help Nonprofits Purchase Affordable and Permanent Space as part of Mayor Lee’s Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative

Mayor Lee’s Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative

San Francisco, CA—The Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD), Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, the San Francisco Arts Commission, and the Northern California Community Loan Fund with key partners today announced $2.7 million in financial assistance to help nonprofits secure permanent space and to create solutions for organizations seeking long-term leases.

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City Introduces Legislation to Advance Protections for Industrial Businesses in San Francisco

Manufacture

San Francisco, CA – Legislation designed to enhance zoning protections for industrials businesses in San Francisco was introduced this week by Mayor Edwin M. Lee, Supervisor Hillary Ronen, the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, and the Planning Department. Building on Mayor Lee’s 5-Point Production, Distribution, Repair (PDR) plan, this legislation will work to preserve existing industrial space in San Francisco.

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Office of Economic and Workforce Development Activates Small Business Disaster Relief Fund in Response to the Fire in Chinatown

Chinatown Fire

San Francisco, CA—In response to a two-alarm fire today in Chinatown on the 1100 block of Stockton Street, San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee has directed the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) to activate the Small Business Disaster Relief Fund. The Fund will allow the seven businesses with six storefronts that are impacted businesses, to immediately access up to 10K in funds for inventory replacement, equipment purchases, security deposits for new leases, employee salaries, or other expenses and to stabilize cash flow.

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Mayor Lee and Supervisor Hillary Ronen Introduce a Special Use District for Calle 24 Latino Cultural District

CALLE 24 LATINO CULTURAL DISTRICT

San Francisco, CA— Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor Hilary Ronen introduced legislation today aimed at preserving and enhancing the prevailing neighborhood character of the Calle 24 Latino Cultural District through a set of comprehensive zoning regulations on new commercial uses. This initiative with the community looks to recognize the contributions of the Latino community to the neighborhood and to San Francisco.

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San Francisco Nonprofits Secure Long-Term Leases With One Million in Funds

San Francisco, CA —The Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD), the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, and the San Francisco Arts Commission with key partners today announced grants of over $1 million to support 31 social service, child care and arts nonprofit organizations s as part of the San Francisco Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative.

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OEWD Announces $45 million RFP for Job Placement Services & Workforce Training Over the Next Three Years

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San Francisco, CA— The Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) announced Request for Proposals for the next three years to deliver employment services to jobseekers and employers in San Francisco. This $45 million investment will continue funding local community based organizations to deliver critical workforce training and job placement services and programs in high-demand sectors that create career pathways and upward mobility for San Franciscans; particularly in underserved communities.

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SFO Welcomes Additional Flights to Panama on Copa Airlines

SFOSAN FRANCISCO - November 30, 2016 - the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) welcomed additional Copa Airlines flights to Panama to meet increased travel demand.  In early November, Panama-based airline added a second daily nonstop flight between SFO and Panama City, Panama. Copa, a member of the Star Alliance global airline network, launched nonstop daily service from SFO in September 2015.

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