- December 9, 2016
Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the appointment of Brian Strong as San Francisco’s second Chief Resilience Officer. The Chief Resilience Officer works under the supervision of City Administrator to oversee City policy and implementation on resilience, including the Capital Planning Program, Earthquake Safety Implementation Program and Lifelines Council.
“San Francisco’s leadership on resilience is an example for our nation. As City Administrator I established the Lifelines Council to bring public officials together with academic experts, members of the public and private utilities and ensure a swift recovery for San Francisco after the next significant event,” said Mayor Lee. “Brian Strong created the City’s Capital Plan and brings more than a decade of proven leadership to this vital resilience work. I am pleased to announce his appointment as San Francisco’s Chief Resilience Officer.”
About Brian Strong
As the Director of the San Francisco’s Capital Planning Program, Brian Strong is responsible for the City’s $32 billion 10-year Capital Plan and its $450 million capital budget. Brian created the City’s first multi-year capital plan in 2006 and has been instrumental in the development and passage of $2 billion in General Obligation bonds specifically addressing earthquake safety and resiliency. Brian has also implemented a number of innovative resiliency programs to protect San Francisco’s infrastructure, including the Earthquake Safety and Emergency Response bond program, the nation’s first Sea Level Rise Guidelines, and the first building-by-building HAZUS assessments to evaluate facility performance, economic impacts, casualties, and other risks associated with earthquakes. Brian currently chairs the Sea Wall Finance Working Group to identify funding to seismically strengthen the Great Sea Wall that runs from Aquatic Park to the AT&T Park.
Under Brian’s leadership, the Capital Planning Program received the 2011 Good Government Team Award from the Mayor’s Fiscal Advisory Committee and the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association. He also serves as President of the Board for the San Francisco Community Investment Fund that distributes new market tax credits to disadvantaged communities. Brian has a master’s degree in intergovernmental management from USC and a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College.
- March 1, 2017
In compliance with the San Francisco Administrative Code Section 3.20, City Administrator Naomi Kelly and the Office of Resilience and Capital Planning are pleased to submit the Proposed City and County of San Francisco Capital Plan for Fiscal Years (FY) 2018-2027. Having been approved by the City’s Capital Planning Committee, the Proposed Capital Plan now goes before the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor for their approval by May 1, 2017.
The guiding document for City infrastructure investments, the Proposed Plan assesses the City’s capital needs, identifies the level of investment required to meet those needs, and provides a constrained plan of finance for the next 10 years. This Plan continues the City’s commitment to plan and finance projects that will strengthen the integrity of San Francisco’s infrastructure. The Plan recommends a record level of $35 billion in investments over the next decade that will improve San Francisco’s resilience through critical seismic repairs and strengthening; transportation and utility system improvements; safer streets for pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers; and more affordable housing.
For the first time, the Proposed Plan includes strategies to address the multigenerational need to fortify the Seawall, which protects three miles of vital and vibrant waterfront. The Seawall, its assets, and the people who rely on it for home, work, recreation, and/or travel are all vulnerable to the immediate threat of earthquakes and the slow-moving threat of sea level rise.
Even with this record level of investment, the Proposed Plan defers $4.6 billion in identified capital needs for General Fund departments and does not fully fund annual state of good repair needs for those departments until FY2032.
San Francisco has long been a city resilient in the face of environmental, economic, and social challenges. The Capital Plan not only guides infrastructure investments but also builds public trust in the City’s ability to do smart long-term planning. The City Administrator and the Office of Resilience and Capital Planning look forward to working with the Mayor and the Board of Supervisors to enact the recommendations of this Plan and continuing to build a stronger City.
To view the Proposed Capital Plan, please click here.