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We’ve heard that everything’s bigger in Texas—does that include tech? On April 14, Jennifer Stojkovic, Executive Director of sf.citi, will join Sarah Ortiz Shields, Executive Director of Austin Tech Alliance, for the final installment of our Mapping the Tech Exodus event series. They’ll discuss the rise of remote work, fundamental shifts within tech industry, and how tech-focused cities like San Francisco and Austin can recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Make sure to register below!
- 32.4 percent of Californians who are vaccinated with at least one dose
- 16.9 percent of Californians who are fully vaccinated
- 52 percent of San Francisco adults who are vaccinated with at least one dose
*As of 9:00am PT on 4/5
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.
- Comcast launched Comcast RISE to provide media, tech, consulting, and production support to BIPOC-owned (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) small businesses as they navigate the challenges of the pandemic. The program has already provided more than 700 businesses with technology makeovers. BIPOC-owned small businesses are invited to apply for essential assistance via Comcast RISE by May 7, 2021.
- As part of its commitment to racial equity, Google announced that it will provide $6 million in grants to help nearly 3,000 Black job seekers access the company’s new Google Career Certificates. To further prepare talent for the future of work, Google partnered with three employment and career-focused nonprofits: LeadersUp, Merit America, and Per Scholas.
- Nine months after launching a worldwide digital skills initiative that has helped 30 million people, Microsoft and LinkedIn commit to helping 250,000 companies make a skills-based hire in 2021. This is part of the companies’ efforts to ensure a more inclusive post-pandemic recovery.
UPDATES FROM THE CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO
- On April 1, Mayor Breed announced that all people aged 50 and over are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in San Francisco. This significant expansion in eligibility comes at a time when nearly half of San Franciscans aged 16 and over have already received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
- On March 31, a new report from the City Controller’s Office revealed that the American Rescue Plan reduced San Francisco’s projected budget deficit from $653.2 million to $22.9 million over the next two years. This will allow San Francisco to avoid projected layoffs and cuts to basic city services. The City nonetheless faces an ongoing structural deficit of $350 million in the fiscal year 2023-24 that will need to be addressed since costs are projected to rise faster than revenue in the coming years.
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 1, Governor Newsom announced that all Californians aged 50 and over are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The Governor himself received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at a vaccination site in South Los Angeles. Starting April 15, Californians aged 16 and over will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
- On March 30, Governor Newsom announced emergency early action to boost firefighting support as California faces another difficult wildfire year. He approved $80.74 million for 1,399 additional firefighters with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE). The Governor’s January 2021 budget also proposes $1 billion to support wildfire and forest management efforts.
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.
- 86Fund provides vital support to San Francisco restaurants—especially female and/or BIPOC-owned restaurants—in the form of grants. Started by San Francisco entrepreneur Maggie Spicer and Bay Area impact innovator David Cooper, 86Fund is a funding resource addressing COVID-related economic hardships in San Francisco’s restaurant industry. Although applications for the most recent round of grants have closed, 86Fund is looking to raise more funding and continue supporting Bay Area restaurants. If you want to see your favorite San Francisco eateries survive and thrive after the pandemic, consider making a tax-deductible donation to 86Fund.
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