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On April 27 and 29, join sf.citi for our tremendously popular speed networking event, Breaking Into Tech. The 2021 edition of Breaking Into Tech will kick off on April 27 with a panel discussion about how to make tech hiring more equitable with industry experts from Workday, Okta, and more. Then on April 29, job seekers will have the opportunity to connect with employees at San Francisco’s top tech companies.
- 43.9 percent of Californians who are vaccinated with at least one dose
- 25.2 percent of Californians who are fully vaccinated
- 63 percent of San Francisco adults who are vaccinated with at least one dose
*As of 9:00am PT on 4/19
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.
- Alaska Airlines was one of several businesses to donate to San Jose’s $5.5 million scholarship program aimed at encouraging high school students in underserved areas of the city to pursue post-secondary education and training.
- AT&T is making a $2 billion commitment over the next three years to help bridge the digital divide. The company will offer a low-cost broadband internet offering, continue to build out 5G networks, launch 20 AT&T Connected Learning Centers in underserved neighborhoods, and more.
- Over 300 businesses, including sf.citi members Facebook, Google, Lyft, Microsoft, Salesforce, and Verizon, have signed an open letter to President Biden calling on his administration to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the United States by 2030.
- Okta announced that it is committing $1.6M in new grants through its Nonprofit Technology Initiative to support the work of nine different nonprofits, as well as Okta’s inaugural class of Nonprofit Technology fellows. In 2020, Okta deployed another $1.6 million in grants to 11 nonprofit organizations.
- Uber outlined its reopening plan. Starting in September 2021, the company will adopt a hybrid work model that allows employees to work remotely up to two days a week “but with a clear expectation that they also come into the office 3 days a week.”
UPDATES FROM THE CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO
- On April 16, Mayor Breed announced that Muni K Ingleside trains will resume service on May 15. Over the last year, Muni staff used the extended subway shutdown to accelerate other upgrades and necessary maintenance work on San Francisco’s subway system, including wifi availability in stations and tunnels and overhead line enhancements.
- On April 15, Mayor Breed announced the opening of a fourth neighborhood COVID-19 vaccine site in San Francisco’s Mission District. Located at the Local 261 Union building at 3271 18th Street, the site is one of three neighborhood vaccination sites opening in the next three weeks as the City increases its efforts to ensure equitable access to the vaccine in highly impacted neighborhoods. The site is operated in partnership with the Latino Task Force.
- On April 14, Mayor Breed and Director of Health Dr. Grant Colfax announced that San Francisco will reopen and expand activities allowed for counties assigned to the orange tier, starting April 15. Activities include indoor, live-audience events and performances and private events such as conferences and receptions. San Francisco will also expand the number of individuals allowed to participate in indoor and outdoor social gatherings and will loosen some restrictions on other activities, including dining, outdoor bars, retail, and recreation.
- On April 13, Mayor Breed and Director of Health Dr. Grant Colfax announced that all people age 16 and over in San Francisco are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Newly eligible people can visit SF.gov/getvaccinated to learn about their options for receiving the vaccine and to schedule appointments at different vaccination sites.
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 16, Governor Newsom signed legislation to create a statewide policy for the rehiring of workers laid off due to the pandemic. SB 93 requires employers in the hospitality and business services industries, including hotels, airports, and large event centers, to offer new positions to qualified former employees laid off due to COVID-19 within five business days, through 2024.
- On April 16, Governor Newsom announced partnerships with nearly 200 faith-based organizations to expand the state’s vaccine outreach and equity efforts. The goal is to provide at least 25,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses to pop-up clinics at these locations in the hardest-hit areas of the state.
- On April 15, all Californians age 16 and older became eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations. California’s eligibility expansion aligns with President Joe Biden’s nationwide deadline to make all adults in the U.S. eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by April 19.
- On April 13, Governor Newsom signed a $536 million wildfire package that enables the state to take urgent action on projects that support wildfire suppression, improve forest health, and protect communities from wildfires. This plan is part of the Governor’s proposed $1 billion investment in forest health and community fire resilience.
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.
- City Arts & Lectures is a San Francisco-based non-profit founded in 1980 that offers lectures and onstage conversations with outstanding writers, critics, scientists, performing artists, and cultural figures from around the world. City Arts & Lectures programs can be heard on more than 130 public radio stations across the country, co-produced with KQED 88.5 FM in San Francisco. During the pandemic, all City Arts & Lectures conversations have been hosted online. Upcoming speakers include Rachel Kushner, Stacey Abrams, and Jhumpa Lahiri, among others. If you want to help sustain City Arts & Lectures and support the cost of past and upcoming web productions, consider making a donation today!
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