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SAN FRANCISCO, CA. - Mayor Mel Lastman met with Mayor Willie Brown today to
talk about waterfront revitalization and the relationship San Francisco enjoys
with its state and federal governments.
"We could learn a lot from the San Francisco experience," Mayor Lastman said
after spending more than an hour with Mayor Brown. "Compared to Toronto, San
Francisco receives an incredible amount of support from California and
That support, Lastman said, has been key to San Francisco's success in
competing for investment on the world stage.
"Great cities don't just happen: People make them happen," Lastman said. "The
challenge for us in Toronto is to get people from the province and the federal
government to realize that an investment in Toronto is an investment in all of
Prior to his meeting with Brown, Lastman was in Los Angeles meeting with movie
studio executives to thank them for their business. Since 1998, film and
television production spending in Toronto has climbed from $700 million a year
to a high of $1.3 billion.
Lastman will be meeting with San Francisco venture capitalists to encourage
investment in Toronto's growing biotech sector before returning home.