Improving S.F. government with technology

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(KTSF by Hellas Leung)

Mayor Ed Lee has announced a partnership with the nonprofit Code for America aimed at streamlining government processes, such as small-business applications or locating property records. The first-of-its-kind “civic accelerator” is a program designed to house, mentor and fund startups focused on using technology to improve government efficiency and increase transparency.

“San Francisco is home to some of the world’s greatest entrepreneurs, the ones who have ‘disrupted’ numerous industries and made our City a hub for innovation,” said Mayor Lee. “The challenge now is to bring those same disruptive technologies to make government more accountable and engaged.”

Mayor Lee also announced the appointment of Jay Nath, the former Director of Innovation with the Department of Technology, as the City’s first Chief Innovation Officer in the Mayor’s Office.  He is responsible for introducing new ideas and approaches to make City government more transparent and efficient.

“They are civic accelerators.  I think it is a great example of harnessing the entrepreneurship spirit in the city,” Nath said.

The Stockton Street Pilot Project for Chinese New Year 2012 will operate between 10 am to 6 pm, from January 14 – 22.

Barricades will be installed to delineate the extended sidewalk from traffic. The parking lanes will reopen for truck deliveries and use before and after the scheduled project hours.  MUNI lines will continue to operate. Parking and traffic will be strictly enforced during these trial days.

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