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Message From the Mayor


Greetings from the Mayor,

San Francisco is a beacon of leadership, innovation and diversity. We are an economic gateway to Asia and the Pacific, the commercial center of Northern California and a top tourist destination in the world. Our famous landmarks, beautiful open spaces, and creative and talented workforce continue to make San Francisco a preferred destination to live, work and do business.

Already a leader in the global marketplace, we have taken significant steps in recent years to make San Francisco even better. Working together with the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development, we created China SF to attract business from America’s most important trade partner. Our region continues to boast among the highest investments in high-tech, biotech and clean technologies across the globe. While the past several years have been challenging, San Francisco has been resilient and proven that it can still compete and win business even in these tough times. We’re home to more than 500 technology companies, 74 biotech and life sciences companies and more than 200 cleantech and green businesses. We are also continuing our endeavor to become the healthiest and greenest city in the nation.

San Francisco continues to invest in people and infrastructure and looks forward to the 34th America’s Cup, an international sailing event in 2013. The event will bring in an estimated 250,000 visitors to San Francisco, generate more than $1.4 billion in economic activity to support local businesses, and continue the revival of the city’s eastern waterfront.


In addition, our last budget marked the start of San Francisco’s Local Hire program, which ensures that publicly-funded infrastructure projects in San Francisco employ city residents. This budget continues funding for the landmark JobsNOW! program, which has created jobs for thousands of city residents and families, and is funding apprenticeship and job programs in the departments of Public Works, Recreation & Parks and Environment to put people back to work. Local hire will not only boost our local economy and get San Francisco families back to work, but it will translate into a reinvestment in our city that will help pay for parks, public safety and social services. Local Hire will generate over 300 new jobs for San Franciscans every year and will infuse our general fund with nearly $177 million over the next 10 years.

Violent crime in San Francisco has dropped to historic lows these last three years. We are making our city the safest big city in America through innovative use of data sets, strategic deployment of police resources and successful partnerships with our diverse communities and neighborhoods. SFPD is committed to being a world-class police department and a leader among urban police departments. Our ongoing commitment to reform and accountability and continued support for our men and women in uniform provide a safe and secure environment for all San Franciscans and visitors to enjoy.


Creating jobs, supporting business growth, and putting people back to work have been my top priorities. To be able to have a safe city, a solvent city and a successful city, we need a city that is positioned to compete in the global business marketplace – creating and retaining jobs and creating the conditions for businesses to start, grow and prosper in San Francisco.

In San Francisco, we are proud of our continued leadership and innovation. We invite you to join us as we work to make “everyone’s favorite city” even better.

Edwin M. Lee

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