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Mayor Edwin Lee announces the opening of first cleantech accelerator,Greenstart

September 20, 2011

SF Mayor Edwin Lee

Greenstart Brings Four New Cleantech Firms & Drives Startups, Economic Growth and Green Jobs in SF

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the opening of Greenstart, the first cleantech startup accelerator, at 22 Battery Street in San Francisco. Greenstart’s first group of startup companies represents a wide swath of cleantech industry, including smart appliances, renewable energy, consumer software and energy efficiency.

“Today I am proud to welcome Greenstart and their first four startups – Lono, Sylvatex, Tenrehte Technologies and Wa.tt – to San Francisco,” said Mayor Lee. “As the first cleantech accelerator in San Francisco, Greenstart will serve as an engine for starting new companies, driving economic growth and creating green jobs in our City. San Francisco is at the center of the cleantech industry, and I remain committed to supporting the growth and success of this critical sector.”

“We’re thrilled to welcome these four startups to the Greenstart Accelerator. Of all of our applicants, these clearly stood at the top,” said Greenstart Managing Partner Mitch Lowe. “Each of these companies stands to make a big difference in the global energy challenge, and we’re excited to help accelerate their businesses and make them smarter, faster, less risky and better capitalized.”

Greenstart’s debut companies are Lono, LLC (a smart glass producer), Sylvatex (a renewable fuel producer), Tenrehte Technologies (a maker of enabled smart plug design), and Wa.tt (the creator of a free energy monitoring tool). Greenstart’s participants were vetted through a highly-competitive process that began with 129 applicants. The chosen companies receive ongoing mentorship from a pool of more than 30 successful entrepreneurs and experts in the startup and cleantech communities, gain valuable business resources and have introductions to angel, venture capital and strategy investors. In addition, Greenstart has invested between $25,000 and $100,000 in each company.

“We are thrilled to be joining the Greenstart program,” said Tenrehte Technologies CEO Jennifer Indovina. “Their amazing team and key location in San Francisco can offer us the close mentorship of industry leaders and important introductions to nearby investors, truly accelerating the business behind our energy efficient PicoWatt smart plug.”

Greenstart provides an open, collaborative and green workspace at its headquarters in downtown San Francisco, as well as additional resources to help them grow their businesses faster. These include access to prototyping and test space, legal counsel, grant writing assistance, and video and design support. Greenstart will begin recruiting more companies to join their space beginning October 2nd.

The San Francisco cleantech and green industry is composed of more than 225 firms, of which 21 percent are renewable energy firms and 16 percent are energy efficiency firms. San Francisco is home to a leading cluster of solar firms which includes more than 45 companies representing top solar manufacturers, developers and installers. To attract and support the growth of the sector, San Francisco offers qualified cleantech firms a payroll tax exclusion for up to ten years.

About Greenstart
Greenstart is a cleantech accelerator program providing a fast runway to success for entrepreneurs addressing the energy challenge. Greenstart provides seed funding, mentoring, and connections with fellow entrepreneurs and investors in order to give startups an advantage in launching the cleantech ideas of tomorrow. The company is based in San Francisco. For more information, go to http://www.greenstart.com .

About Lono, LLC
Lono, LLC, from University of Notre Dame, South Bend Indiana, is the maker of SmarterShade, a proprietary technology for smart glass that allows varying levels of light to enter through a window based on user controls. SmarterShade can be applied to any window or glass surface and can offer up to 40 percent in energy savings. SmarterShade received the $100,000 Kleiner Perkins Clean Tech Prize at the 2011 Rice University Business Plan Competition.

About Sylvatex
Sylvatex, from San Francisco, is the maker of SmartFuel, a cost-saving, renewable diesel fuel that significantly decreases petro-diesel consumption by replacing a portion of diesel fuel with readily available biomass-derived ingredients, significantly reducing carbon emissions. The company was voted “Most Likely to Succeed” at the 2011 Silicon Valley Launch conference.

About Tenrehte Technologies

Tenrehte Technologies, from Rochester NY, is the maker of PICOwatt, a WiFi enabled smart plug designed to address the real-time energy monitoring and control market. PICOwatt won Best of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2010 in the Green product section.

About Wa.tt

Wa.tt, from Portland Maine, is a free energy monitoring tool that brings together information from multiple energy accounts, automatically categorizes energy transactions, and helps manage energy use. Wa.tt intends to save consumers 15 percent on their energy bills while better informing them of their energy use and the different sources it comes from.
For more on San Francisco named the Greener city in North America check our Green Living Column

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Mayor Lee Announces new milestone In Tech Industry Growth in San Francisco

August 8, 2011

Mayor Edwin Lee

San Francisco, CA— Today Mayor Edwin M. Lee toured RocketSpace, a rapidly expanding tech co-working space in the SoMa (South of Market) neighborhood and met with representatives of dozens of San Francisco technology companies. During the visit, Mayor Lee announced that for the first six months of 2011, more than 4.6 million square feet of office space was leased in San Francisco, according to data from real estate firm Jones Lang LaSalle. Of the more than 4.6 million square feet, 1.6 million square feet of office space was leased by technology firms. RocketSpace also announced expansion plans for a new 150,000 square foot co-working space in San Francisco.

“San Francisco is a place for big ideas, where entrepreneurs and innovators from around the world come to build great companies,” said Mayor Lee. “From day one I made jobs and the economy a top priority. Today’s milestones underscore the success of our economic development strategies to help tech companies start here, grow here and stay here. Co-working spaces like RocketSpace serve a critical role, driving new company creation and expansion in San Francisco.”

Located at 181 Fremont Street in SoMa, RocketSpace is rapidly expanding in San Francisco. RocketSpace currently occupies 32,000 square feet and recently leased an additional 10,000 square feet in a neighboring building.

“I founded RocketSpace in San Francisco because there is simply no better place for an ambitious entrepreneur to build a game changing tech company,” said RocketSpace CEO Duncan Logan. “RocketSpace is unique because we focus our efforts on attracting the best quality tech clients into our network. We’re growing in San Francisco because the demand to enter our ecosystem is substantial and the support network to ensure our clients success sits on our doorstep.”

Today’s milestone announcement follows the implementation of key initiatives of Mayor Lee’s Start Here, Grow Here, Stay Here economic strategy. The Mayor’s leadership in partnering with the Board of Supervisors on the Central Market Payroll Tax Exclusion and Stock Option Payroll Tax Reform has made San Francisco a more competitive environment to attract, retain and grow the tech industry.

“The San Francisco tech sector is strong, growing and driving job creation in the City,” said Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) Director Jennifer Matz. “San Francisco offers tech companies an entrepreneurial ecosystem second to none with a deep pool of top talent, access to capital and a tech community featuring the world’s leading firms.”

To date San Francisco tech company leases have included:
· Kabam – In March, Kabam, the growing social game developer, leased a 25,000 square foot office downtown; Kabam will create 150 new jobs.
· Autodesk – In April, Autodesk, the 3D-design, entertainment and engineering software company, announced it was adding 16,000 square feet at its offices at One Market Street and adding 75 new jobs bringing Autodesk’s total footprint in the City to 115,000 square feet.
· Twitter – In April, Twitter announced they were staying in San Francisco and leased 200,000 square feet on Central Market, the largest tech deal of the year so far.
· Mozilla – In April, Mozilla, the maker of the Firefox web browser, announced they were opening their first office in San Francisco. The new 15,000 square foot office provides space for up to 125 paid staff and volunteers to gather and collaborate on developing Firefox.
· Zendesk – In June, Zendesk, which provides cloud-based help desk software, announced that they were moving to a 16,000 square foot headquarters on Central Market from a smaller SoMa location and plans to hire more than 70 new employees this year.
· DropBox – In July, DropBox, tech startup that helps to sync files across different devices, announced a lease for a new 85,000 square foot headquarters, the second largest tech lease in San Francisco this year.

About RocketSpace

Based in SoMa, RocketSpace is a “techcelerator” offering flexibility and support for fast growth technology companies. The RocketSpace ecosystem is built on post incubator and seed funded startups who sit alongside larger fast growth companies. RocketSpace is the center for innovation and technology bringing together the best companies along with venture capital, legal and other affiliated support services. While providing real estate, RocketSpace believes the team is more important than the stadium for amazing results. For more information

A summer delight from Marquis Los Cabos: Lobster medallions and tomato concasse

August 6, 2011

Lobster medallions over tomato concasse and green asparagus

A recipe by Maitre Cuisinier de France Thierry Dufour who has a pedigree of a two-star Michelin restaurant in France and presides over three restaurants including the 20-seat gourmet Canto del Mar, featuring French cuisine at Marquis Cabo San Lucas

This summer recipe serves 4 people, is very easy to prepare.
Chef Thierry Dufour suggests organic ingredients to get a more authentic taste.

We know you will love as much as we do.

Ingredients:

Lobster tail 1lb

Seafood broth 1 quart

Organic tomatoes 1lb

Organic Onions about ½ Lb

Organic Olive oil 2oz

Saffron 1 pinch

Sugar 1 pinch

Green asparagus 1 bunch

Gourmet salad 10 leaves

Arugula 10 leaves

Grapefruit flavored olive oil 3oz

Champagne Vinegar 1/2oz

Sea salt flakes and black pepper flower 1 pinch

Preparation:
Prepare the tomato concassé (peel, seed and remove skin and chop tomatoes)
add a little saffron and keep on a fresh temperature

Cook the asparagus tips on boiling water with salt.

Once cooked, cool down the asparagus on cold water and place them on a plate with absorbent paper.
Prepare a vinaigrette with the grapefruit flavored olive oil and the Champagne vinegar.

Mix the gourmet salad leaves and the Arugula.

Poach the lobster tails in the seafood broth.

Place on a plate the salad and the asparagus tips dressed with the grapefruit vinaigrette
Pour a table spoon of saffron and tomato cassé on the same plate.
Once cooked remove the lobster tails from heat, remove the shell and cut in medallions.
Place the warm lobster medallions over the tomato cassé, place the sea salt flakes and black pepper flower and serve.
This dish is a cold entree but the medallions must be served warm to enhance the flavor of the lobster.

Suggestion: Enjoy this with white wine or Champagne.

Lobster medallions with tomato concasse


Corporate Executive Chef Thierry Dufour

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Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom’s Statement on New York Legislature’s Vote to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

June 24, 2011

Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom

Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom today issued the following statement following New York State Legislature’s vote on same-sex marriage:

“For the past few weeks, as we have watched the events unfold in Albany, millions of us from around the country became temporary New Yorkers as we called, facebooked, and tweeted members of the legislature. While the victory achieved today will directly benefit New Yorkers in the short-term, we collectively recognize that legislating marriage equality within state borders is only the first step when we are attempting to correct a larger injustice.

“I thank Governor Andrew Cuomo for pursuing a course to this vote with dogged determination. His courage of conviction should serve as an example of what we can accomplish when we refuse to accept anything less than full equality. And I congratulate members of the New York State legislature, especially those who based their vote on their conscience rather than on party platform.

“The fight for marriage equality has been an ongoing battle, but one I believe we should never stop fighting. On this historic day, we honor all the same-sex families in New York who now have an opportunity to participate in something many of us take for granted: to have their commitment and love recognized by the state they live in.

“But at the end of the day, this fight isn’t just about the actual rights that come with marriage, this fight is about achieving the dignity that comes with being legitimately recognized as full and complete citizens.

“I am proud to be witnessing this significant moment in history and I look forward to the day when this vote is modeled across the country.”

Mayor Lee issues executive directive for free charging of electrical vehicles

May 9, 2011

San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee

Use of City-Owned Publicly Accessible Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Free for All Users Through 2013

San Francisco, CA— Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued a Mayoral Executive Directive announcing the City will offer free electric vehicle (EV) charging at all City-owned charging stations located on publicly accessible City properties through 2013 in order to build the local market for zero emission EVs. The charging stations will be located at 19 City-owned garages, San Francisco International Airport (SFO), and at other locations currently under review, including a number of neighborhood branch libraries. The first of these charging stations will be installed in June 2011.

“The City’s goal is to make it affordable and convenient for all San Francisco residents and visitors to charge their electric vehicles when they are away from their home charging stations,” said Mayor Lee.
“By providing free public charging powered by clean, carbon-neutral SFPUC power, San Francisco will help EV users avoid range anxiety and build confidence in the new technology.”

The City plans to install more than 80 charging stations citywide by the end of the year. Many of the stations will offer both Level 1 (120 volt) and Level 2 (240 volt) charging in order to serve the widest range of vehicles, powered by Hetch Hetchy’s carbon-free electricity. Multiple City agencies are involved in the project, including the Department of the Environment, SF Public Utilities Commission, Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), SFO, Department of Public Works (DPW), and Port of San Francisco.

In addition to helping promote new clean vehicles, the City’s commitment to EV infrastructure will help San Francisco meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals. San Francisco has already met the Kyoto Protocol target of reducing greenhouse gases to 7 percent below 1990 levels, but with the aggressive goal of reducing greenhouse gases 20 percent below 1990 levels by 2012, the city will clearly need to explore carbon reduction opportunities on every front.

The transportation sector generates more than a third of all greenhouse gas emissions in San Francisco, and private autos and trucks are responsible for more than ninety percent of those emissions. In addition to implementing San Francisco’s Transit First policies, which are designed to dramatically reduce the number of single-occupancy vehicles on the City’s streets, and promoting increased biking and walking, San Francisco is further committed to promoting the cleanest vehicles available and making San Francisco the nation’s most successful EV market.
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San Francisco High Rise Design: A seminar at Millennium Tower

March 27, 2011

Millennium Tower San Francisco

Millennium Tower, the 60-story, luxury residential tower in San Francisco has introduced ”La Vie”. It is a monthly events program designed to enhance the Millennium Tower lifestyle and showcase the amenities available to its residents. La Vie represents community living at its best.

The calendar of events is simply amazing and includes a variety of things to ensure each resident will find something of interest.
The exciting events have included a wine school seminar with renowned wine educator Karen MacNeil, an outing to watch a San Francisco Giants game from a private luxury box to name a few. The program of events ranges from film screenings, wine tastings, chocolate making, to Interior Design seminars.

Just recently, 2 vacant units were the back drop for a “ design seminar with an eco-friendly touch” we were privileged to lead.

Millennium Tower Kitchen


City Residence Millennium Tower

Residents and VIP guests enjoyed themselves while sipping award winning wines and savoring exquisite hors d’oeuvres provided by Millennium Tower and delicious organic treats courtesy of Vital Choice Seafood.

Guests at Seminar


Guests at Seminar

Vivian Panou, Green expert and Director of Special Events for Earth Friendly Products who especially flew in from LA, gave her tips on “ how to detoxify your home” via the use of green home cleaning products.

Vivian Panou


Earth Friendly Products

Residents were also shown green and eco-friendly design ideas by key note speaker and High Rise design expert, your very own Sophie Azouaou, who shared some important steps towards leading a more eco-conscientous life.

Sophie Sharing Eco-friendly Design Tips


Guests at Seminar

These are the essential do’s at a glance:

Choosing energy efficient window coverings to reduce energy costs such as Roller Shades, Thermal Blinds or Honey Comb shades. Finding greener alternatives in the shades themselves by opting for organic fabrics.
Selecting natural fibers for rugs such as Abaca or 100% new Zealand wool rugs to reduce risk of allergies, asthma and chemical exposure via toxic dyes.
Painting with Low VOC Paint (Volatile Organic Compounds), to reduce toxic fume exposure.
Opting for sustainable and natural wood furniture such Alder, Rattan, Bamboo, Wicker and switching to Bio Foam cushion and seat fillers instead of regular foam. Ochi and Company and Palecek are 2 leading sources in San Francisco.
Getting 100% wool filled mattress or soy bean base mattresses.
Favoring lead free glass top end and coffee tables, and lead free table and floor lamp.

Switching to bamboo, organic maple, reclaimed floors or wool carpet.
Last but not least, bringing the outdoors in, with plants and trees to not only complement the décor, but to purify the air.
The evening ended with a drawing of amazing raffle prizes provided by generous sponsors: DJ Mehler, Duchess Marden, Earth Friendly Products, Ensoma SPA, Living Tree Community Foods, MC Gary and Company, Ochi and Company, Pomega5, Shear Miracles By Robyn, Secret Agent Salon, SophiSticate Interiors, Suki Skincare, Vital Choice Seafood and Vaska.

Vital Choice Organic Chocolates


Suki Skincare


Shear Miracles By Robyn

All guests were treated to a full size Parsley Plus, Pear Dishmate, Hand Soap, or UniFresh courtesy of our sponsor Earth Friendly Products.
The seminar was well received. Attendees learned that they did not need to sacrifice comfort or design to lead a greener life. They left motivated by the new ideas unveiled to them.

You can view photos of event check our very talented photographer Rick Camargo.

Media sponsors: Examiner San Francisco, San Francisco Luxury Living and Jet Set Extra.

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Gavin Newsom Sworn In as California’s 49th Lieutenant Governor

January 10, 2011

This time I will not talk about interior design, but about an amazing day for our soon to be former San Francisco Mayor.
SACRAMENTO, CA –Gavin Newsom today took the oath of office as California’s 49th Lieutenant Governor. The oath was administered by Newsom’s father, the Honorable William A. Newsom, former Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeal at San Francisco.

“It is an honor to serve as the 49th Lieutenant Governor in the greatest state in the greatest nation in the world,” said Newsom. “At a time of great challenge, we must transform our crises into opportunities, replace old arguments with bold solutions, and reject timidity and incrementalism for risk-taking and innovation.”

Lieutenant Governor Newsom also pledged to work in close partnership with Governor Jerry Brown and legislative leaders to reform and rebuild a government that is truly worthy of California.

The inauguration ceremony included an invocation by Reverend Arturo Albano of the Mission Dolores Basilica in San Francisco and remarks by State Treasurer Bill Lockyer, Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker John Pérez. The Presentation of the Colors was performed by the 88th Cadet Wing Honor Guard, followed by the national anthem sang by the San Francisco Boys’ Choir.

As Lieutenant Governor, Newsom plans to aggressively pursue new business and job creation, help maintain environmental leadership and retool and reboot California’s approach to workforce, in an effort to deliver the skills needed to keep the state at the center of the innovation economy.

Prior to being elected Lieutenant Governor, Newsom served two-terms as Mayor of San Francisco. Under his leadership, the economy grew and jobs were created. The City became a center for biotech and clean tech. He initiated a plan to bring universal health care to all of the City’s uninsured residents. And Newsom aggressively pursued local solutions to global climate change. In the final days of his second term as Mayor, Newsom led a historic drive to host the 2013 America’s Cup, one of the largest and most prestigious sporting events in the world, which is expected to generate roughly 8,000 jobs and $1.2 billion for the local and state economy.

To learn more about Newsom, visit: http://www.ltg.ca.gov.