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On April 14, join us for the final installment of our Mapping the Tech Exodus event series as we compare the tech policy landscapes of San Francisco and Austin. sf.citi Executive Director Jennifer Stojkovic and Austin Tech Alliance Executive Director Sarah Ortiz Shields will discuss the post-pandemic future of tech offices, San Francisco’s record year of tech investment, and unexpected challenges ushered in by Austin’s tech boom.
- 37.1 percent of Californians who are vaccinated with at least one dose
- 19.9 percent of Californians who are fully vaccinated
- 56 percent of San Francisco adults who are vaccinated with at least one dose
*As of 9:00am PT on 4/12
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.
- Facebook announced that it’s partnering with Ravenswood Family Health Network to host a COVID-19 vaccination site at its Menlo Park headquarters. The company is also partnering with nonprofits across California to support other pop-up clinics, aiming to help up to 10,000 people get vaccinated. Furthermore, Facebook is using its platform to connect people with state-specific information from local health departments about COVID-19 vaccines and how people can get vaccinated.
- Salesforce announced that it will reopen its San Francisco headquarters in mid-May for employees who have been vaccinated. Vaccinated employees will be grouped into separate “cohorts” of 100 or fewer people to start. The company is also extending its fully remote option for employees until the end of 2021. After the pandemic, the majority of Salesforce employees will enjoy a flexible combination of office and remote work.
- Twitter released its first Global Impact Report, which provides a cohesive representation of the company’s work across corporate responsibility, sustainability, and philanthropy.
UPDATES FROM THE CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO
- On April 10, Mayor Breed announced $1.96 million in grants for 11 San Francisco nonprofit organizations. The selected nonprofits expand essential services for people experiencing mental health challenges and homelessness, support low-income and first-generation college students, and/or provide access to music, dance, and arts. These space acquisition and lease stabilization grants are part of San Francisco’s Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative (NSI), which helps stabilize nonprofits that provide services and support to residents as part of the response to COVID-19 and beyond.
- On April 9, Mayor Breed signed legislation to provide $10.9 million in grants and loans for small businesses struggling as a result of COVID-19. The program will prioritize storefront businesses that have received little to no federal or City funding, businesses that have been forced to close for six months or longer due to state and local regulations, long-established businesses, and those in high-need neighborhoods. Grant applications opened on April 9.
- On April 8, Mayor Breed and Director of Health Dr. Grant Colfax announced that San Francisco is on track to issue guidelines that allow indoor live events to resume with capacity limits and other safety protocols beginning April 15, 2021. These planned guidelines align with the State’s announcement establishing operating guidelines for indoor live events and performances.
- On April 7, Mayor Breed announced the opening of a new neighborhood COVID-19 vaccine site in the Excelsior District. Located at 20 Norton Street, the Excelsior site bolsters San Francisco’s ongoing efforts to ensure that highly impacted neighborhoods have equitable access to the vaccine. Hours of operation are 9:30am to 3:30pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and 12:00pm to 6:00pm on Fridays.
- On April 5, Mayor Breed announced the 2021 return of Sunday Streets—San Francisco’s open streets program—beginning with the Rise Together Season. Starting this month, San Franciscans will be able to enjoy small-format, health order compliant events to celebrate car-free space and provide health and wellness programming where it is needed most. Sunday Streets is expected to resume its large-scale format in October 2021.
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 April 8, Governor Newsom announced a $536 million funding plan to help improve California’s resilience to wildfires.
- On April 6, Governor Newsom outlined the state’s next step in the COVID-19 pandemic recovery, moving beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. On June 15, California will fully open its economy if two criteria are met: (1) vaccine supply is sufficient for Californians 16 years and older who wish to be inoculated; and (2) hospitalization rates are stable and low. This means everyday activities will be allowed, and businesses can open with common-sense risk reduction measures, including encouraging all Californians to get vaccinated and mask mandates.
- On April 6, Governor Newsom announced the continued operation of the RingCentral Coliseum vaccination site in Oakland. The state reached an agreement with Alameda County and Contra Costa County to allow vaccinations to continue for four more weeks at the Oakland Coliseum site. The state will provide half of the weekly vaccines for the site, while the remaining half will come from the partner counties. The site is expected to deliver up to 6,000 vaccines per day.
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.
- Edgewood Center for Children and Families provides behavioral health services that transform the lives and restore the hope of children, youth, and families in the San Francisco Bay Area. Following a holistic and family-centered approach, Edgewood has helped over 10,000 abused, neglected, and traumatized children in the Bay Area. Its 27 programs range from prevention and early intervention to community-based, day and residential treatment. If you want to support Bay Area children, youth, and families struggling with mental health challenges, get involved with Edgewood Center for Children and Families.
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