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This Thursday, join sf.citi for our next Scaling Social Impact event and hear leaders at top San Francisco tech companies discuss how they’re empowering tech workers and customers to get civically engaged. We’ll hear from Joan Hanawi, Social Impact Manager at Lyft, Jim Green, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Public Policy at Salesforce, and Casey Aden-Wansbury, VP of Policy and Government Affairs at Instacart, as they describe ways tech companies can integrate civic engagement into their culture and products—and what that looks like in the era of remote work.
- 3,467,469 confirmed cases in California
- 47,116 confirmed deaths in California
- 395,977 confirmed cases in the Bay Area
*As of 9:00am PT on 2/16
UPDATES FROM THE TECH COMMUNITY
We are sharing the latest COVID-19 resources from the San Francisco tech industry, as well other community-minded initiatives pioneered by sf.citi members.
- Huge Ma, a software engineer at Airbnb, has joined other tech volunteers across the country in developing tools like TurboVax and NYC Vaccine List to help people navigate the confusing web and city and state websites when scheduling coronavirus vaccine appointments.
- Google announced a new initiative called Grow with Google: Black Women Lead. Partnering with six organizations led by Black women, Google will train 100,000 Black women in digital skills by 2022. The initiative is part of a $15 million commitment Google announced in June 2020 to help Black job seekers grow their digital skills.
- Atlanta, Georgia will soon be the largest Microsoft hub in the United States after Puget Sound and Silicon Valley. Microsoft’s office in Atlantic Yards will be completed this year. Microsoft also purchased a 90-acre parcel of land to house a future campus at Quarry Yards and Quarry Hills. 25 percent of the land will be dedicated to affordable housing and other local community services and needs.
UPDATES FROM THE CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO
- On February 12, Mayor Breed announced the opening of the Willie “Woo Woo” Wong Playground, a community engagement and recreation center in Chinatown. The playground recently underwent a top-to-bottom renovation that includes an expanded children’s play area, a new clubhouse, and improved access to the park. In March 2021, the park will be home to one of San Francisco’s Community Hubs and provide a dozen students with in-person support for distance learning, healthy meals and snacks, and recreation opportunities.
- On February 9, Mayor Breed and Director of Health Dr. Grant Colfax announced that COVID-19 vaccines will be offered to individuals in Phase 1B, Tier 1 of California’s population prioritization plan for vaccine administration starting February 24. This includes people who work in the education and childcare, emergency services, and food and agriculture sectors. San Francisco will continue to vaccinate healthcare workers and people 65 and older. Eligible individuals sign up for a vaccine appointment here.
- On February 8, Mayor Breed conducted the swearing-in ceremony for Joaquín Torres as the new Assessor-Recorder for the City and County of San Francisco. Formerly the Director of the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD), Torres will now be responsible for locating all taxable property in the City as Assessor-Recorder. He will have to run in the June 2022 election to complete his current term.
To stay up to date with all City of San Francisco updates, follow the Mayor’s updates here.
UPDATES FROM THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
- On February 12, Governor Newsom announced the launch of an interactive Safe Schools Reopening Map, an online tool providing a statewide snapshot of the status of school reopenings across California. The map displays data on reopening statuses, safety planning, and COVID-19 supports for all school types. The map will eventually feature other key data, including outbreaks reported in each school district and whether schools have partnered with the Valencia Branch Lab for COVID-19 testing. It’s intended to help local communities make data-driven decisions to safely open classrooms.
To stay up to date with all State of California updates, follow the California Department of Health’s updates here.
SUPPORT OUR SAN FRANCISCO COMMUNITY
Every week, sf.citi will feature a different San Francisco nonprofit and share ways you can support its mission and work.
- Old Skool Cafe is a youth-run supper club located in the heart of San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood that trains, mentors, and employs formerly incarcerated, foster care, and at-risk youth ages 16-22. It addresses the root causes of violence, incarceration, and recidivism by creating an environment that allows high-risk youth to receive workforce training and wrap-around support. Participants of Old Skool’s programs learn to be hosts, servers, chefs, and entertainers. If you’d like to see at-risk youth in San Francisco receive a fair, second chance at life, support the work of Old Skool Cafe by ordering a delicious meal or donating.
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