Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Gavin Comes Clean at Bernal Bubbles

SF's Mayor Gavin Newsom came clean this evening at Bernal Bubbles.

I came late to the gathering at the Bernal laundromat so I had to squeezed in right next to the door. I was incredibly impressed by how knowledgeable and articulate he was. Gavin was very comfortable going into details on a wide range of topics. Some of the specific areas that caught my attention:
  • SF Connect -- The question of how to engage volunteers came up and the mayor praised what SF Connect is doing. "The mission of SF Connect is to mobilize residents and sectors for a stronger San Francisco. SF Connect is about engaged residents volunteering their talent and time for the City as well as innovative partnerships between the private, public and social (nonprofit) sectors."
  • Experience Corps -- A program where the "experienced" ones are able to give back in educational settings.
  • College Track -- A progam that is starting to come into SF. They say, "We exist to help students, who have the desire but lack the resources and support, to attain higher education and fulfill their own best promise." Video of College Track.
  • There's a movement gathering momentum to generate power from tidal turbines outside the Golden Gate. Chronicle article
  • He mentioned that San Francisco has a recycling rate of 70% and that this blows away all other US and international cities.
  • There was also a lot of talk about Bay View and the potential for a greening of the area along with development of green collar jobs.
  • The Mayor's blog.
A video of his talk at Bernal Bubbles.
Part 1

Part 2

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