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What can San Francisco and New York City do to stop the tech exodus and defend their titles as leaders in tech innovation? Find out on March 11 as Jennifer Stojkovic, Executive Director of sf.citi, and Julie Samuels, Executive Director of Tech:NYC, discuss in the next installment of our Mapping the Tech Exodus event series. Register below!
- 3,546,948 confirmed cases in California
- 52,212 confirmed deaths in California
- 406,991 confirmed cases in the Bay Area
*As of 9:00am PT on 3/1
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.
- A number of Bay Area tech companies, including Facebook and Twitter, signed the Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s 25×25 pledge, committing to fill at least 25 percent of their executive roles with people from underrepresented groups by 2025.
- Google.org contributed $1.25 million in funding and other resources to help create an open-access platform called Global.health with millions of anonymized COVID-19 cases from more than 100 countries. The initiative will prove invaluable for epidemiologists working to model the trajectory of COVID-19, track its variants, and prevent future pandemics.
- Microsoft announced its Cloud for Nonprofit, designed to meet the needs of nonprofits and to further expedite the reach and scale of their work. Understanding that many nonprofits have fewer resources and less funding due to the pandemic, Microsoft also plans to develop solutions for common scenarios nonprofits face.
UPDATES FROM THE CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO
- On February 26, Mayor Breed announced the new Lisa & Douglas Goldman Tennis Center in Golden Gate Park will open on March 3, 2021. Online court reservations can be made at goldmantenniscenter.com or by calling (415) 581-2540.
- On February 25, Mayor Breed and Board President Shamann Walton announced a spending plan for historic reinvestment in San Francisco’s African-American community. The new citywide “Dream Keeper Initiative” reinvests $120 million over the next two years to improve outcomes for Black and African-American youth and their families. This funding is part of Mayor Breed’s roadmap for reforming public safety and structural inequalities in San Francisco and follows an extensive community engagement and stakeholder process.
- On February 24, Mayor Breed and the San Francisco Human Services Agency (SFHSA) announced a $500 stimulus for lower-wage workers and families. $1.9 million in financial support initiatives will provide up to $500 in local tax credit and cash assistance this tax filing season for families struggling as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, free tax centers are now open at a number of San Francisco neighborhood locations to answer questions and help filers get more money back when applying for local, state, and federal tax credits.
- On February 24, San Francisco moved to phase 1B of COVID-19 vaccinations. This phase expands vaccine eligibility to people who live or work in San Francisco in the following sectors: education and childcare, emergency services, and food and agriculture. Healthcare workers and people over 65 are already eligible. Vaccine doses remain in short supply, however, and healthcare providers have been advised to prioritize second doses in the coming weeks. As a result, appointments for first vaccine doses are limited, and people who are eligible may not get an appointment right away.
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 25, Governor Newsom outlined an equity-centered plan to accelerate access to COVID-19 vaccines for education workers. As part of this plan, the State has dedicated a minimum of 10 percent of vaccine supply, or an estimated 75,000 vaccines per week, to K-12 school staff and childcare workers.
- On February 23, Governor Newsom signed a legislative package providing urgent relief to Californians experiencing pandemic hardship. This relief package will offer needed relief to individuals, families, and businesses suffering the most significant economic hardships from the COVID-19 pandemic. It builds on the Governor’s initiatives in the state budget proposal to provide cash relief to lower-income Californians, increase aid to small businesses, and provide license renewal fee waivers to businesses impacted by the pandemic.
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.
- FACES SF provides critical assistance to low-income families citywide, with a focus on the Haight Ashbury, Western Addition, Visitacion Valley, and Bayview Hunters Point neighborhoods in the following areas: early childhood development, workforce training, school-age enrichment programs, and family support services. Over 80 percent of the families FACES SF serves survive beneath the Extremely Low Income Line in San Francisco as determined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The organization’s mission is to nurture, teach, and empower San Francisco’s children and families to transform their lives. If you want to ensure assistance to low-income families, join the call to action and volunteer now, or consider making a donation to FACES SF.
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