Thursday, July 21, 2011

Mayor Ed Lee Speaks to the BOMA San Francisco Membership

Mayor Ed Lee

BOMA San Francisco Members:

BOMA was honored to have Mayor Ed Lee attend and speak to the membership at our July luncheon on July 21, 2011.

About Mayor Ed Lee

Edwin M. Lee, 58, is the 43rd Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco. The former City Administrator, Lee was appointed unanimously as successor mayor by the Board of Supervisors on January 11, 2011 to fill the remaining year of former Mayor Gavin Newsom’s term, who was sworn in as California’s Lieutenant Governor on January 10, 2011. Lee is the first Asian-American mayor in San Francisco history.

In 2010, Mayor Lee was appointed to a second term as City Administrator by Mayor Newsom and his appointment was confirmed unanimously by the Board of Supervisors. As City Administrator, Mayor Lee spearheaded government efficiency measures and reforms that reduced the size and cost of government, from reducing the vehicle fleet to consolidating departments and back office functions to save tax dollars. He implemented the City’s move to cleaner vehicles and an infrastructure to support electric vehicles and green City government. Mayor Lee also developed and oversaw implementation of the City’s first ever Ten Year Capital Plan to guide our capital priorities and infrastructure investment.

Top Issues for the Mayor's Office

Balancing the Budget

There is no more important topic than our City’s fiscal soundness. San Francisco as strong as it is, is not immune from the macroeconomic challenges this recession causes. We are working hard to make sure we balance the needs of our constituents while ensuring we continue to have a safe, solvent and successful City.  Indeed, the Board of Supervisors recently approved the City's budget for FY 2011-2012.

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Reforming the City's Pension System

Like many cities and counties throughout the country, San Francisco must reform the way in which it provides pensions and health care to its employees to ensure that they can retire in dignity while the City continues to offer an affordable and solvent pension system.  

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34th America's Cup

With San Francisco selected as the host of the 34th America’s Cup in 2013, the City is aggressively planning and preparing for this unprecedented investment into the City’s waterfront. It will create thousands of jobs and be an economic boon for not only the City, but California as a whole. 

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Job Creation

Creating jobs, supporting business growth, and putting people back to work are among my top priorities. To be able to have a safe,solvent and successful City, San Francisco needs to be positioned to compete and win business.  

Public Safety

The Mayor is working hard to make our City the safest big city in America through the innovative use of data sets, strategic depoyment of police resources and successful partnerships with our diverse communities and neighborhoods.   

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Questions from BOMA San Francisco Members

Expanding the Mid-Market Tax Exemption 

Mayor Lee has started a tech advisory group to help with this and the dialogue is moving forward.

Expanding the Role of Central Business Districts 

The Mayor supports the broader expansion of Central Business Districts (CBD) in San Francisco to help provide beneficial services - in cooperation with City and County of San Francisco for the businesses within the CBD.

Mobile Food Facilities (MFF)

With regard to MFF's (read our blog posts on this issue here) the Mayor mentioned that the measure was never meant to be anti-competition and invites BOMA San Francisco members to the table to discuss their issues with all stakeholders affected by this new law.  [NOTE: BOMA has set up a meeting with Supervisor Scott Wiener on 7/29 on this topic.  Please click here for more information.]

Mayorial Candidates' Adroitness

Marc Intermaggio, BOMA San Francisco's Executive Vice President, asked Mayor Lee if he felt that if any of the current candidates for Mayor of San Francisco had the same skill-set that Mayor Lee has to do the job of the Mayor.  The Mayor answered that collaboration needs to continue regardless of who is in Room 200 after the November election; the Mayor' office needs to always have an open door policy and be professional.

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