Mar 22

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Mayor announces “Invest in Neighborhoods” in the Portola

As reported by the SF Examiner, the mayor brought his attention to San Bruno Ave recently and announced a new initiative called “Invest in Neighborhoods”. Standing with his fellow supervisor Malia Cohen (district 10) and Portola Neighborhood Steering Committee Manager Robert Ramirez, Ed Lee stated;

“I am thrilled to help launch this neighborhood initiative in District 10, where we see both great need and great promise for our City’s neighborhood commercial corridors,” said Supervisor Cohen. “I’m very proud to showcase the comprehensive work done by neighborhood stakeholders and the City on San Bruno Avenue in the Portola, and look forward to working with the community to complete future projects. Especially with the loss of funding from the now-dissolved Redevelopment Agency, we need the focused, coordinated approach to neighborhood revitalization and economic development that the Invest in Neighborhoods can bring.”

According to the SFGOV website, “The Invest in Neighborhoods Initiative is a new multi-agency initiative that will coordinate a wide range of resources for neighborhood commercial districts across the city. In each participating commercial district, City services—including business retention and attraction programs, community planning activities, cleaning, greening and beautification services, public safety programs, and neighborhood art projects—will be deployed in a focused, customized manner that responds to the corridor’s unique challenges and opportunities.

On San Bruno Avenue, the City and community development partner Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) have partnered since 2005 with the Portola Neighborhood Steering Committee—a group of merchants, residents, and community-based organizations that is focused on improving the neighborhood and attracting more visitors and shoppers to San Bruno Avenue. Accomplishments have included a major street scape overhaul, the completion of 8 storefront improvements, a 40 foot mural on a Caltrans support pillar, and a community safety ambassador program. The community’s current priorities for the neighborhood are the attraction of a coffee shop and the development of a pocket park at the intersection of Burrows and San Bruno.”

The Portola Planet already reported on the development of this new pocket park and we are so pleased the mayor came to the Portola to announce this news. It is a clear demonstration of the commitment the city has to our neighborhood and shows how much more progress we are going to see over the coming months. “We appreciate Mayor Lee’s leadership to bring together all the different City departments in order to achieve concrete results for our neighborhood,” stated our very own Robert Ramirez.

Permanent link to this article: http://portolaplanet.com/2012/03/mayor-ed-lee-announces-invest-in-neighborhoods-in-the-portola/

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