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Another Reason to Love SF: Condom Company Supports Racing Vibrator Start Up

San Francisco’s Tastee’s Condoms, the original flavored condoms that are manufactured in California, is announcing its sponsorship of a local startup venture that is producing fun vibrator racing tracks.

“As a Californian condom manufacturer, we are keen to help other local and small businesses grow,” David Ashforth of Tastee’s Condoms said. “We want to support American trade, manufacturing and the community in which we are based.”

Tastee’s Condoms has sponsored local entrepreneur Raymond Tuzi by buying manufacturing equipment in order for him to launch his business and by helping Tuzi push his product to the market by offering it to distributors who already have a business relationship with Tastee’s Condoms.

“Sponsoring Raymond’s vibrator racing track business is a win-win, buying his manufacturing equipment and introducing him to our distributors will ensure his business is a success,” Ashforth said.

These racing vibrators on racetracks will be amusing and cutting-edge entertainment for bachelorette and bachelor parties, nightclubs, bars, and college dorm parties. The Vibrator Racing Tracks are handcrafted in Northern California. Each is packaged separately and customers must self-assemble the track. No extra tools are needed, but a small screwdriver is supplied. Assembly takes about 5 to 10 minutes and the instructions are included in the package.

For more information about the Fun Vibrator Racing Tracks, view the product on the web at www.vibratorracingtrack.com.

For more information about any of Tastee’s Condom’s products, call 888-852-2833 or buy condoms on the web at http://tasteescondoms.com.

About Tastee’s Condoms

Located in San Francisco, Tastee’s Condoms is one of the best-selling condoms in the U.S. and is known to be the first creator of flavored condoms. The Tastee’s Condoms brand was acquired in 2011 by a San Francisco adult novelty company with 12 years of experience in the industry. Tastee’s Condoms is expanding its market and will soon be introducing a natural condom, a ribbed and studded condom, an Atomic Sour flavored condom and more.

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SIMS METAL MANAGEMENT ANNOUNCES PROPOSED MAJOR COMMITMENT AT PORT

Redwood City, California Shredding and Export Facility Proposed for Enhancement & Expansion

Sims Metal Management’s North American Metal’s business (Sims) announced today a proposal to strengthen its commitment to a working waterfront in the Port of Redwood City (Port) by announcing its proposed plan to embark on a major expansion and upgrade of its Redwood City facility to increase export and processing capacity, improve efficiency and further strengthen its environmental sustainability. Sims is proposing to invest upward of $10 million dollars to make its Port facility a fully integrated scrap metal export powerhouse: a full-service shredding, processing, and export facility. The proposed growth is an extension of the more than $10 million worth of investments already made to improve operational efficiencies and reduce its environmental footprint in the last two years.  Sims is a division of Sims Metal Management Limited, the world’s largest publicly traded metal and electronics recycling company, and the 11th ranked company on the Global Top 100 Most Sustainable Corporations as announced at the 2012 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

The contemplated expansion will help reinvigorate Port infrastructure and create much needed sustainable “green collar” industrial jobs. The potential job growth not only benefits the Port and the regional economy, but also the environment, through increased and improved recycling. This proposed expansion will potentially double the number of long-term “green collar” jobs at the facility from 60 to approximately 120, in addition to numerous construction, engineering and supporting function jobs.  It also would constitute a significant infrastructure investment in Port property, and would include both improvements to existing equipment and the addition of new types of scrap processing equipment.  The contemplated expansion will yet again allow Sims to set the bar higher on leading edge recycling in the Bay Area and Northern California.

This potential investment would also bring significant benefits to the Port, the only working deep-water port in the South San Francisco Bay and one of the few bulk cargo ports in the entire Bay Area. In continuous operation for more than 160 years, the strategically located Port is accessible by ship, rail and truck. These attributes have enabled the Port of Redwood City to become the fastest growing “small” bulk port in California and to deliver on a host of environmental and economic benefits to Redwood City and the Bay Area Region.

“Due to its mid-Peninsula location, the Port of Redwood City has shown that it is an ideal location for a major recycling operation, as evidenced by the success of our current operations. The enhancements we propose to make could double the number of well-paying “green-collar” recycling jobs, while also increasing environmental safeguards and protecting the Bay,” said Steve Shinn, President – West Region, North America Metals. “We share the belief of the Port, the City of Redwood City and the County that it is important for the region to sustain a mix of industries that offer Bay Area residents a variety of well-paying jobs, while maintaining the critical jobs/housing/open space balance.  We are committed to being part of that working waterfront and will continue to responsibly deploy our public shareholders precious capital with respect to this commitment.”

“Sims’ plan to expand its operations in Redwood City would amplify the benefits that the Port already provides to the community and region.  Redwood City can be proud of the fact that its Port is one of the largest centers of recycling in Northern California, and greater capacity for metal recycling would certainly enhance this environmental asset,” stated Greg Greenway, Executive Director of Seaport Industrial Association. “It would also advance the City’s vision of job diversity and a thriving industrial sector as part of the long-term growth of the local economy.  The New General Plan embraces the value of a working waterfront and the need to plan for a healthy Port long into the future.  Sims’ proposal is forward looking and directly in line with that goal.”

In addition to the improvements proposed for its recycling facility, Sims is supporting and would assist with other improvements to enhance the value of the Port and its utility for all users.  At the top of this list is the proposed dredging plan to deepen the Port channel and allow access by larger draft vessels. Additional priorities are the installation or improvement of other Port infrastructure and the establishment of a much-needed buffer zone through the siting of additional industrial businesses such as warehouses and light industry or through the restoration of wetlands that would separate the heavy industrial operations in the Port from other land uses located to the east of Seaport Blvd.

Sims is committed to the Port, to the region and to recycling.  Last year, Sims Metal Management shipped more than 300,000 tons of recycled steel out of the Port of Redwood City.  As one of the top 20 exporters from the United States, Sims is recognized as an important engine in the restoration of the balance of payments of the United States economy. The proposed improvements at the Port of Redwood City would increase the export tonnage from the Port considerably, resulting in more jobs and more revenue for the Port and Redwood City.  Recycling is as vital to the environment as it is to the economy: The use of recycled steel avoids the need for mining virgin iron ore for the production of new steel products. The recycled materials are captured from end-of-life vehicles, appliances and other end-of-life metal products that would otherwise end up in landfills, or left along the sides of roads or in abandoned lots.   Sims looks forward to continuing to engage in dialogue with those stakeholders interested in seeing more recycling, more jobs and an improved, stronger Port in Redwood City.

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About Sims Metal Management
Sims Metal Management is the world’s largest listed metal recycler with approximately 270 facilities and 6,600 employees globally. Sims’ core businesses are metal recycling and electronics recycling. Sims Metal Management generated approximately 85 percent of its revenue from operations in North America, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, New Zealand and Asia in Fiscal 2011. The Company’s ordinary shares are listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX: SGM) and its ADRs are listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: SMS). Please visit our website (www.simsmm.com) for more information on the Company and recent developments.

For further information contact

Daniel Strechay
Group Director – Communications & Public Relations
Tel: +1 212 500 7430

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SF TRAVEL ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP GRANT PROGRAM FOR “ONLY IN SAN FRANCISCO” BUSINESSES

For the third year, the San Francisco Travel Association (SF Travel) will award up to ten Neighborhood Partnership Grants to unique “Only in San Francisco” businesses located throughout the city, with an emphasis on those operating outside the traditional visitor areas. The program is open to businesses that are of interest to visitors and not currently San Francisco Travel partners

Grant recipients will receive a complimentary one-year San Francisco Travel partnership (a $50 setup fee is required), including admission to events such as the San Francisco Travel Annual Luncheon, Market Briefings, Outlook Forums and Partner Business Exchanges. They will receive all of the benefits of San Francisco Travel partnership such as listings online and in publications, and access to the Convention Calendar.

The Neighborhood Partnership Grants also include mentoring by San Francisco Travel professional staff and partners experienced in working with the association.

The deadline for applications is May 1, 2012. The application is available online under “Forms” athttp://www.sanfrancisco.travel/partners/resources.html.

“Over the past two years, we have discovered some wonderful businesses in our city’s diverse neighborhoods. The Grants program helps us to include more of these lesser-known gems in our marketing programs,” said San Francisco Travel President and CEO Joe D’Alessandro. “Our overall goal with the program is to draw more visitors into the city’s unique and fascinating neighborhoods, while helping small businesses grow and succeed.”

Grant recipients will be selected based on several criteria, including the unique-to-San Francisco nature of the business, the potential to attract visitors to their neighborhood and their commitment to participate fully in the program.

A panel including representatives of the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development, the San Francisco Office of Small Business and San Francisco Travel staff will interview finalists.

The businesses selected for the 2011/2012 class of Neighborhood Partnership Grants will be honored at SF Travel’s Annual Luncheon on June 21. Businesses selected in this year’s class are:

Bayview Opera House – 4705 Third St. (Bayview District), 415-824-0386, www.bvoh.org The only theater in San Francisco to survive the 1906 earthquake, the Bayview Opera House was inducted to the National Register of Historic Places on March 23, 2011. Today, it is home to multi-cultural artistic events, celebrating the diversity of Bayview Hunters Point.

Favor, featuring Hotcakes Design – 2420 Polk St. (Russian Hill), 415-563-2741, www.shopatfavor.com Upstairs, original jewelry is designed, carved and assembled in cast resin, silver and acrylic. Downstairs, shoppers delight to colorful and unique vintage-inspired and modern accessories.

Grub Crawl – Citywide, 415-515-6256, www.grubcrawl.com Perfect for San Francisco, Grub Crawl combines a walking tour with a progressive dinner among three restaurants per evening. The three-hour tour appeals to everyone from single visitors to groups.

Real Food Company – 2140 Polk St. (Russian Hill), 415-292-3345, www.realfoodco.com Since 1969, Real Food Company has been a natural grocery store that is ahead of the curve in providing healthy, organic, seasonal, sustainable, locally grown food. This may be the only grocery store in the world that offers guided tours by a certified nutritionist.

STUDIO Gallery – 1815 Polk St. (Russian Hill), 415-931-3130, www.STUDIOGallerySF.com For eight years, this gallery has featured local artists and accessible, representational works, often of local scenes. Special shows are inspired by topics such as food and drink, California landscapes and urban scenes.

Swankety Swank – 289 Divisidero St. (Lower Haight/NOPA), 415-932-6615, www.swanketyswank.com “Honoring Beauty, Earth & Age,” the boutique offers art furniture, green home décor and upcycled fashion for women, men and children – all locally produced.

Tacolicious – Recently opened at 741 Valencia St. (Mission District), www.tacolicioussf.com Conceived at the Ferry Building Farmers Market and born in the Marina district, Tacolicious brings the Mission an irreverent menu, authentic Mexican cuisine and robust cocktails like “Tickle Me Telmo.”

Under One Roof – 518A Castro (Castro District), 415-503-2300, www.underoneroof.org Volunteer-staffed, the store raises funds for 23 different AIDS service organizations in the Bay Area through sales of its unique gift merchandise. The store features cards, San Francisco and Pride items, humorous gifts and holiday merchandise, much of it from local artisans or donated by generous manufacturers.

Urban Bazaar – 1371 Ninth Ave. (Inner Sunset), 415-664-4422, www.UrbanBazaarSF.com Each of the items at the boutique has a story, told on tags attached. Locally handmade and Fair Trade items change by the season and include jewelry, baby goods and San Francisco-themed gifts.

The San Francisco Travel Association is a private, not-for-profit organization that markets the city as a leisure, convention and business travel destination. With more than 1,500 partners, San Francisco Travel is one of the largest partnership-based tourism promotion agencies in the country. Tourism, San Francisco’s largest industry, generates in excess of $7.8 billion annually for the local economy. San Francisco Travel’s business offices are located at 201 Third St., Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103. San Francisco Travel also operates the Visitor Information Center at Hallidie Plaza, 900 Market Street at the corner of Powell and Market streets. For more information, call 415-974-6900 or visitwww.sanfrancisco.travel.

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San Francisco Awarded Major Grant to Train and Reskill City Residents to Fill Growing Number of High-Tech Jobs

This week Mayor Edwin M. Lee launched TechSF to train and reskill San Francisco residents for the City’s growing number of technology and IT jobs, announcing a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Technical Skills Training Grants program to jumpstart funding for the City’s major new workforce training initiative. Mayor Lee was joined at the announcement at Year Up Bay Area by members of the Board of Supervisors, U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s Office and partners from technology companies and workforce training organizations.

“Ensuring San Francisco residents have the skills and training they need to work in our City’s growing number of high tech jobs is a cornerstone of our economic strategies and critical to making sure our economic recovery reaches every neighborhood of our City,” said Mayor Lee. “This major grant from the Department of Labor for our TechSF initiative will bring City residents, technology companies and our workforce training partners together to train and reskill our residents to ‘win the future’ for San Francisco, in the words of President Obama. I want to thank the President, Secretary Solis and Leader Pelosi for strengthening public-private partnerships and investing in workforce training for our residents so that they can get the good jobs so many of our tech companies are creating right here in San Francisco today.”

“Securing this grant and investing in TechSF will train San Franciscans for the jobs of tomorrow; spur our fast-growing IT industry; strengthen and create new career and educational pathways for San Francisco’s workforce; and meet the needs of entrepreneurs and businesses large and small,” said Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. “With this grant, we can put more people to work in high-growth, high-tech occupations, and we can ensure unemployed San Franciscans have the skills and background necessary to secure and keep good-paying jobs.”

“The federal grant awards announced today will provide U.S. workers with the training they need to succeed in the high tech, high-growth jobs of the future,” said U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis. “Developing a strong and vibrant workforce that fits the needs of American businesses is critical to forming an America built to last.”

In San Francisco, the TechSF grant will serve local jobseekers that are currently underrepresented in the IT sector, especially the long-term unemployed. In addition to providing education, training and job placement assistance, the grant will enhance sector partnerships, create new pathways to high-wage and high-growth careers, and integrate San Francisco’s education, training and industry efforts in the local Information Technology sector.

The San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) partnered with WestEd, IBM, AT&T, City College of San Francisco and a consortium of San Francisco-based employers and community-based organizations to apply for this grant to create the TechSF Initiative to raise the technical skill of San Francisco workers.

The TechSF initiative is based on a highly successful program model, which includes building career pathways and training for in-demand skills in the rapidly changing technology industry. The partnership targets two groups of workers. One target group is local workers seeking jobs in the technology sector, at least 75 percent of whom will have been unemployed for longer than six months. The project intends to train and place more than 300 workers in this category into positions paying $25 – $50 per hour. The project’s employer consortium will help recruit participants, provide internship and work experience opportunities, and interview and hire participants who successfully complete the program.

The other target group is more than 1,400 employees in the San Francisco offices of IBM and AT&T who need training to remain competitive in their current jobs and advance into more highly skilled positions. Employees trained through this program currently earn an average hourly wage of $28 -$60 per hour. The TechSF initiative will result in 97 percent of all participants earning an industry recognized credential or degree, and 93 percent working in IT jobs after they complete training.

WestEd will serve as the project manager partner for this grant. WestEd is a national non-partisan, not-for-profit agency headquartered in San Francisco. Since 1966, WestEd has developed research, products, and policy for improving learning and human development.

“This workforce development project addresses the real needs of many San Franciscans,” said WestEd CEO Glen Harvey. “We’re proud and excited to collaborate with such innovative partners to increase career education opportunity in our community.”

Other companies participating in the grant program and initial TechSF initiative include AT&T, IBM Corporation, Riverbed Technology, Sega, CBS Interactive, UCSF Medical Center, Artisan Creative, CAL Insurance, The Exploratorium, Responsys, MicroMenders, Mozilla, Send Me, salesforce.com and Atlassian.

“The tech community in San Francisco is proud to play a leading role in making sure City residents get the skills and training they need to move into the City’s growing number of tech jobs, and this grant is a real boost to our collective efforts,” said Chair of the San Francisco Citizens Initiative for Technology & Innovation (sf.citi) and Special Partner of SV Angel Ron Conway. “sf.citi is looking forward to a continued partnership with Mayor Lee and the City’s TechSF initiative to create good jobs and focused IT training programs to employ City residents.”

Creating apprenticeships and job training initiatives – whether for young people coming out of high school and college or for those in need of reskilling in the middle of their careers – are critical parts of Mayor Lee’s 17-Point Economic Plan for Good Jobs & Opportunity for San Francisco.

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On Scene with Bill Wilson HRC Goes AFER Chad Griffin

Los Angeles, CA – Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced that Chad Griffin, Founding Board Member of the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), will become the next president of HRC.

imagea Chad Griffin (Left)listens to Ted Olsen and David Boies respond to questions after a session of the federal trial. (Photo by Bill Wilson)

AFER is the sole sponsor of Perry v. Brown, the federal constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8. After bringing together Theodore B. Olson and David Boies to lead its legal team, AFER successfully advanced the Perry case through Federal District Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Foundation is committed to achieving full federal marriage equality for all Americans.

HRC is the nation’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.

“I cannot think of anyone better to take the helm of the Human Rights Campaign than my dear friend and colleague Chad Griffin,” said AFER lead co-counsel Theodore B. Olson. “There is no one more passionate, more resourceful or more effective than Chad. His brilliant and visionary leadership makes me confident that one day, very soon, every American will be treated equally under the law. HRC is extraordinarily lucky to have him.”

imageb David Boies and Ted Olson (Photo by Bill Wilson)

“Time after time over the past several years, Chad has proven that he is easily one of the most skilled strategists and tacticians in American politics today,” said AFER lead co-counsel David Boies. “That is a rare combination of skill sets for one person to have. His diplomacy, his intellect and his passion for issues of equality are second to none. I cannot think of a better person to lead HRC into the future.”

imagecRob Reiner  (Photo by Bill Wilson)

“The federal constitutional challenge to Proposition 8, Perry v. Brown, would never have happened without the vision and tenacity of my dear friend Chad Griffin,” said AFER Founding Board Member Rob Reiner. “His incomparable leadership has brought us one step closer toward completing America’s last great civil rights struggle. My congratulations go out to Chad on this great honor and to the Human Rights Campaign for picking a brilliant leader as its next president.”

imaged AFER team on way to trial in District court Adam Umhoefer (left) and Chad Griffin (right) (Photo by Bill Wilson)

“Chad is a visionary leader who not only dreams the impossible, but also accomplishes it,” said AFER Executive Director Adam Umhoefer. “His bold determination to challenge Proposition 8 in federal court combined with his ability to transcend partisan and ideological boundaries have forever changed the way the nation thinks about equality for LGBT Americans. There is no better person than Chad Griffin to lead the Human Rights Campaign and their millions of supporters.”

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MACYS.COM – Retail Giant Signs 15-Year Lease Expanding SF Footprint to 242,753 Square Feet

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that Macy’s, the nation’s largest department store chain, has entered into a 242,753 square-foot lease at 680 Folsom Street in South of Market (SoMa) to house the e-commerce operations of macys.com.

“I am thrilled that we have reached this milestone of more than one million square feet of office space leased by technology firms in just the first two months of 2012. We are moving forward and relentlessly focusing on job creation here in our City and reaffirming that San Francisco is the ‘Innovation Capital of the World,’” said Mayor Lee. “With Macy’s long history in San Francisco, it is fitting that that their entire technology division is located right here in the heart of SoMa, taking advantage of the incredible talent in our City. I want to thank Kent Anderson, President of macys.com, for his leadership and commitment to San Francisco and acknowledge the hard work of the Macys.com team, TMG, and Rockwood in getting this deal done.”

Macys.com will expand by more 100,000 square feet and will occupy the top seven floors at 680 Folsom Street with a 15-year lease term. They will move to 680 Folsom in January 2014 when the building remodel is scheduled to be completed.

“Our new offices at 680 Folsom Street will provide an outstanding environment for the continued growth of macys.com as one of fashion retailing’s largest, most dynamic and customer-centric e-commerce operations,” said macys.com President Kent Anderson. “Our company’s omnichannel approach to the customer sets us apart from other retailers, and we are assembling a talented team to continue to develop the business. 680 Folsom will accommodate our needs as we move to the next level of growth.”

“Macy’s is a fantastic tenant not only for this space, but to complement the increasing broad based growth in San Francisco’s SoMa area,” said TMG Partners Chairman and CEO Michael Covarrubias. “It’s very exciting to be a part of this renewed vitality here in the City and we believe it not only indicates the strengthening of our local economy, but indicative of the positive trending in both the residential and commercial space within this area of the City.”

Macy’s lease comes on the heels of a 167,788-square-foot lease in the same 680 Folsom Street building, announced last month by Riverbed Technology. With 410,541 square feet leased, 680 Folsom Street is 80 percent leased. This shows that, as seen in 2011’s year end numbers, the technology industry continues to be a driver of office leasing in San Francisco.

More than one million square feet of office space have been leased by technology firms in just the first two months of 2012:

• Salesforce.com – 400,000 Sq Ft at 50 Fremont Street

• LinkedIn – 57,000 Sq Ft at One Montgomery Street

• Riverbed Technology – 167,788 Sq Ft at 680 Folsom Street

• Funzio – 20,000 Sq Ft at 55 2nd Street

• Kabam – 64,000 Sq Ft at 795 Folsom Street

• 6Waves – 26,405 Sq Ft at 550 Kearny Street

• StumbleUpon – 63,000 Sq Ft at 310 Brannan Street

• Macys.com – 242,753 Sq Ft at 680 Folsom Street

About Macy’s

Macy’s, Inc., with corporate offices in Cincinnati and New York, is one of the nation’s premier retailers, with fiscal 2011 sales of $26.4 billion. The company operates about 840 department stores in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico under the names of Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, as well as the TMG Partners and bloomingdales.com websites. The company also operates seven Bloomingdale’s Outlet stores.

About TMG Partners

TMG Partners, founded in 1984 and headquartered in San Francisco, is a full-service real estate development and management company. TMG has developed more than 18 million square feet of property throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, including Emeryville, Marin City, Novato, Palo Alto, San Bruno, San Jose and San Francisco. One of the most active developers in this area in the last decade, the company has developed a variety of office, retail, residential and industrial properties, ranging from office campus and multi-story properties in urban, infill locations to mixed-use retail and single-story suburban buildings.

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Mayor Lee announces the return of “Sunday Streets”, beginning March 11th

Mayor Edwin M. Lee has announced the return of the popular Sunday Streets program with a full schedule of car-free events starting Sunday, March 11th, along the Embarcadero. The eight-month Sunday Streets 2012 season opens streets to pedestrians, cyclists and people-powered wheels of all kinds by temporarily removing vehicular traffic on select Sundays, transforming street-space usually reserved for cars into recreational space for everyone to enjoy safely.

“Sunday Streets not only showcases San Francisco’s commitment to sustainability and innovation, it is a proven cost-effective way to better health for San Franciscans,” said Mayor Lee. “We’re committed to ensuring the program’s continued growth and success in 2012 and beyond. We look forward to returning to Chinatown, doing a more frequent Mission route, and adding a new route in the Southwest neighborhoods of our City to bring the benefits of Sunday Streets to more San Francisco neighborhoods.”

Founded in 2008, Sunday Streets has grown from two events to 10 and creates miles of car-free space on City roads. San Francisco was the third city in the United States to premier this free, community-oriented initiative. Since then it has become the nation’s largest, and one of the City’s most exciting initiatives promoting benefits such as biking, walking, recreation, and community-building. The program was one of only eight programs in the country to be selected for possible inclusion in Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” anti-obesity campaign.

Highlights this year include:

Continuing and possibly expanding the new Chinatown event;

Increasing the popular Mission District event to four consecutive events held on the first Sunday of May, June, July and August; and

Introducing a new route in Southwestern neighborhoods.

Sunday Streets is presented by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and Livable City, Sunday Streets’ non-profit fiscal partner. The 2012 season is co-presented by Bank of America. The Mayor’s Office, San Francisco Police Department, Department of Public Works and the Recreation and Parks Department. “We are proud to host our most ambitious Sunday Streets program to date,” said SFMTA Director of Transportation Ed Reiskin. “The Sunday Streets program has a tremendous impact on San Franciscans and visitors alike, who have started to envision the streets in a whole new way; not just as a means to get from place to place, but as an opportunity to create a healthier, more connected City for all.”

“Sunday Streets brings tens of thousands of people outside to explore more than 20 distinct neighborhoods of San Francisco. As a global company founded in San Francisco, Bank of America is proud to support this wonderful event,” said Bank of America San Francisco and East Bay Market President Martin Richards. “Sunday Streets and Bank of America share a commitment to building economically strong, connected, healthy communities in San Francisco and to celebrate the many diverse communities that benefit from the program.”

Financial partners include: AT&T, Shape Up SF, Kaiser Permanente, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, California Pacific Medical Center, PG&E, Lennar, Park Merced, The Seed Fund, The California Endowment and UCSF. Neighborhood sponsors include Sports Basement, Mikes Bikes, REI, CH2MHILL, Clif Kid, The New Wheel, Darling International, Bi-Rite Markets, and The Exploratorium. Major in-kind support is provided by The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter, which provides Emergency Medical support, City CarShare and Parkwide LLC. The San Francisco Examiner and Clear Channel Radio are media sponsors. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition runs Sunday Streets’ volunteer program.

Business community support includes Fisherman’s Wharf, Tenderloin and Fillmore Community Benefits Districts, Lower 24th Street (Mission), Bayview, Taraval and Outer Sunset and Valencia Corridor Merchant Associations, San Francisco and Chinese Chambers of Commerce, and dozens of community groups representing host neighborhoods along Sunday Streets routes.

Sunday Streets 2012 Season Schedule (subject to change):

March 11: Embarcadero- Season kick off

April 15: Great Highway/Golden Gate park- new route through the park

May 6: Mission

June 3: Mission

July 1: Mission

July 22: Bayview

August 5: Mission

August TBA: Chinatown

September 9: Western Addition/N. Panhandle Alamo Square

October 21: Outer Mission/Excelsior


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Obama’s Proposed Federal Budget Recommends $150 Million for Central Subway Project


Mayor Edwin M. Lee and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) announced on Tuesday that the federal government has once again demonstrated strong support for planned improvements to public transportation in San Francisco. President Barack Obama’s federal budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2013 includes a recommendation for $150 million in funding for the Central Subway Project and $10 million to implement bus rapid transit on Van Ness Avenue.

“These crucial investments in our City’s transportation infrastructure continue to receive strong support from the highest levels of the federal government,” said Mayor Lee. “We thank President Obama, Democratic Leader Pelosi, Senators Feinstein and Boxer and all our federal partners for their consistent leadership and their commitment to improving public transit, creating jobs and investing in San Francisco.”

“President Obama’s budget reinforces the federal government’s commitment to creating jobs and reducing congestion in San Francisco with the Central Subway,” said Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. “I will continue my work, along with Mayor Lee and local business and community leaders, to ensure the Central Subway becomes a reality for San Franciscans.”

ctRendering of Union Square/Market Street station – north entrance

The New Starts program of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recommended funding for the Central Subway. The FTA’s Annual Report on Funding Recommendations, which was released today, demonstrates the federal government’s support for the Central Subway Project. For the fifth consecutive year, the planned 1.7-mile extension of the T Third Line received a rating of medium-high – the highest rating given this year to projects currently undergoing the New Starts review process.

According to the FTA report, the Central Subway Project is one of only six projects nationwide that are on track to receive a Full Funding Grant Agreement, the formal agreement of federal financial assistance through New Starts, by the end of FY2013. The submitted an application for full funding in September 2011 and is expecting a decision this Spring.

New Starts has awarded $92.4 million to the Central Subway Project to date. The project is expected to cost about $1.6 billion in total, with the federal government contributing close to $1 billion.

The Central Subway Project is the second phase of the SFMTA’s Third Street Light Rail Project. So far, the Third Street Light Rail Project has received $256.8 million in federal funding, including $123.4 million for Phase One of the project. Phase One constructed the 5.2-mile segment of the T-Third Line currently in service between the Sunnydale Station in Bayshore and SoMa’s 4th Street Caltrain Station. The SFMTA will receive 50 percent of the funding for the Third Street Light Rail Project from federal sources.

The FTA report also gave a medium-high rating to the Van Ness Avenue Bus Rapid Transit project, recommending $10 million in funding in FY2013 through the Small Starts program. The Small Starts program invests up to $75 million in transit projects with total projects costs of less than $250 million.

The total cost of the Van Ness Avenue Bus Rapid Transit project is projected to be $125.6 million, including about $75 million in planned federal support. The project would improve bus travel along this crowded corridor by creating a dedicated bus lane along a two-mile stretch of Van Ness Avenue, from Van Ness Avenue and Lombard Street in the north to South Van Ness Avenue and Mission Street in the south. The project will also enhance pedestrian safety, upgrade bus shelters and optimize traffic signal operations, among other improvements.

“These projects will reduce congestion, decrease emissions and improve access to jobs, education and cultural amenities for the communities they serve,” said SFMTA Director of Transportation Edward D. Reiskin. “We are incredibly grateful for the continued support of the federal government, and we look forward to more good news from Washington.”

ct1Rendering of Mezzanine, Chinatown Station

About the Central Subway Project

The Central Subway Project will extend the T-Third Line from the 4th Street Caltrain Station to Chinatown, providing a direct, rapid transit link from the Bayshore and Mission Bay areas to SoMa and downtown. Four new stations will be built along the alignment—an above-ground station at 4th and Brannan Streets and three underground stations at Moscone Center, Union Square and Chinatown.

The Central Subway Project is the second phase of the SFMTA’s Third Street Light Rail Transit Project. The first segment of the T-Third Line began revenue service in April 2007, restoring light rail service to a high transit-ridership area of San Francisco for the first time in 50 years. Service on the Central Subway is expected to begin in 2019.

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RIVERBED TECHNOLOGY – Signs Long Term Lease for World Headquarters at 680 Folsom Street


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Sean Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that Riverbed Technology, the leader in IT performance solutions, has entered into a 167,788 square-foot lease at 680 Folsom Street to house their world headquarters. Riverbed is expected to move into the building in 2014.

Riverbed, currently at 199 Fremont Street, will expand by 65,430 square feet into five floors at 680 Folsom Street with a 10-year lease term. This expansion will allow for Riverbed’s continued successes as they grow their offices here in San Francisco. Currently with 503 employees in San Francisco, representing almost a third of their worldwide workforce, Riverbed continues to see growth. The Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) estimates that this expansion will allow for Riverbed’s local workforce to grow to 1,157 employees, more than doubling their local presence.

“Riverbed’s long term commitment to keep their worldwide headquarters in San Francisco through 2024 demonstrates once again that we are the location of choice for high tech companies,” said Mayor Lee. “With dynamic leaders like Riverbed’s Jerry Kennelly, we are making San Francisco the ‘Innovation Capitol of the World.’ I want to congratulate Riverbed, TMG and JLL on the completion of this successful real estate transaction that will create jobs and drive innovation in our City.”

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MAYOR ED LEE

“This is yet another example of how we are working with CEOs like Jerry Kennelly,” said Mayor Lee. “It was last fall that we sat down and we knew they were looking, they knew they were growing. Was it going to be here in San Francisco? Or some other place that we would lose them to? Our staff went to work right away. We found a great partner with TMG and Michael Covarrubias. We just came together very well and focused on what we could do to make sure they stayed here. They know there is talent here – that is unquestioned. The question is, are there other things that stabilize their ideas and their interests in working here long-term and staying here and growing here. We want IT companies to start here. We want them to stay and we want them to grow. As a result, we are evolving our policies on a weekly basis to continue attracting companies like Riverbed and making sure they feel comfortable. The end result is a lot more people get employed.”

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JERRY KENNELLY, Riverbed Co-Founder and CEO

“Riverbed is proud to have had its headquarters in San Francisco for the past 10 years. We’re making this investment to support our long-term growth and cement our commitment to the City of San Francisco,” said Riverbed Co-Founder and CEO Jerry Kennelly. “Like many prosperous technology companies headquartered in San Francisco, we think the City is the right location to attract the best talent and provide a thriving environment for our current employees. It is about time San Francisco becomes the capital of Silicon Valley and we want to be a part of that.”

“Riverbed is the ideal tenant not only for this space, but to complement the increasing tech growth in San Francisco’s SoMa area,” said TMG Partners Chairman and CEO Michael Covarrubias, the developer for 680 Folsom Street. “It’s very exciting to be a part of this renewed vitality here in the City and we believe it not only indicates the strengthening of our local economy, but indicative of the positive trending in both the residential and commercial space within this area of the City.”

Riverbed was represented in the transaction by the real estate firm Jones Lang LaSalle. “The Riverbed real estate team was excellent throughout this entire process and took a very strategic approach to their future real estate requirements. By being proactive, they executed a headquarters strategy and netted a superb block of quality space which will be the finest development in San Francisco in the last decade,” said Jones Lang LaSalle’s HQ practice leader and International Director David Churton.

With construction now underway at 680 Folsom Street, the building will be fully renovated in time for Riverbed’s occupation. The new headquarters will feature a clear glass wall skin replacing the current concrete façade, a new public plaza and is pursuing LEED Gold certification.

About Riverbed
Riverbed delivers performance for the globally connected enterprise. With Riverbed, enterprises can successfully and intelligently implement strategic initiatives such as virtualization, consolidation, cloud computing, and disaster recovery without fear of compromising performance. By giving enterprises the platform they need to understand, optimize and consolidate their IT, Riverbed helps enterprises to build a fast, fluid and dynamic IT architecture that aligns with the business needs of the organization. For more information about Riverbed, go to: Riverbed.com

About TMG Partners
TMG Partners, founded in 1984 and headquartered in San Francisco, is a full-service real estate development and management company. TMG has developed more than 18 million square feet of property throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, including Emeryville, Marin City, Novato, Palo Alto, San Bruno, San Jose and San Francisco. One of the most active developers in this area in the last decade, the company has developed a variety of office, retail, residential and industrial properties, ranging from office campus and multi-story properties in urban, infill locations to mixed-use retail and single-story suburban buildings. For more information, go to:
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