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


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


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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New Day Dawns for the 1874 Old U.S. Mint

Old Mint

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (November 22, 2016) – Efforts to restore the 1874 Old U.S. Mint and transform the historic treasure into a center of history, culture, and learning received a major boost today. The State of California awarded a $1 million grant to the California Historical Society, in partnership with the City and County of San Francisco, to explore, plan and conduct the required studies to help advance the next phase of development and implementation of the Old Mint Restoration Project.

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Mayor Lee Launches Third Year of Shop & Dine in the 49 to Support Local Business

Shop and Dine in the 49

San Francisco, CA—Mayor Edwin M. Lee today launched the third year of the Shop & Dine in the 49 initiative challenging residents to do all their shopping and dining within the 49 square miles of San Francisco this holiday season and all year long. The launch is based upon the success of the pilot program for Shop & Dine in the 49 in 2014.

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San Francisco Introduces Interim Zoning Controls on Indoor Agriculture Uses in Production, Distribution, and Repair (PDR) Zones

San Francisco, CA—Mayor Lee and the Office of Economic and Workforce Development introduced legislation today that proposes interim zoning controls to protect and preserve the cultural and economic diversity of San Francisco neighborhoods following the passage of the Adult Use Marijuana Act (CA Prop. 64). The resolution (attached) aims to require a conditional use authorization for indoor agriculture uses including the commercial cultivation of cannabis in Production, Distribution, and Repair (PDR) districts citywide as the City.

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