THE TECH INDUSTRY’S GUIDE TO SAN FRANCISCO VOTING
sf.citi is excited to release our November 2020 San Francisco Voter Guide with explanations and recommendations for all 13 San Francisco ballot measures.
In a matter of days, San Francisco voters will begin receiving their mail-in ballots. Along with deciding the President of the United States, they’ll weigh in on local ballot measures and candidate races that could fundamentally change the future of San Francisco. In our recent Local Matters event, we learned that people are far less likely to participate in local elections even though that’s where their vote counts the most! We challenge all of you San Franciscans to be the exception to the rule, exercise the full power of your political voice, and vote on the issues that directly affect the City in which you live and work.
As an advocate for the San Francisco tech community, sf.citi always structures our ballot recommendations around how to build and maintain a thriving tech industry and make San Francisco the world’s best place to live and work. This year is no different. In our November 2020 Voter Guide, we break down the 13 San Francisco ballot measures and explain why we recommend voting “yes” or “no” on each one. With a growing number of tech workers and companies uprooting from San Francisco, there is a lot at stake for the tech capital of the world in the November 2020 Election.
COMPARE SAN FRANCISCO’S 2020 SUPERVISOR CANDIDATES
This year, sf.citi is providing another valuable November 2020 election resource for San Francisco voters: our 2020 Supervisor Candidate Questionnaire.
All six odd-numbered San Francisco Supervisor seats are up for election on November 3, 2020, leaving more than 20 candidates competing for a spot in San Francisco City Hall. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is one of the City’s most powerful decision-making authorities. In partnership with the Mayor, the Board of Supervisors determines the City budget, passes legislation on key issues like housing and homelessness, and sits at the forefront of San Francisco’s COVID-19 response and recovery.
Learn more about the San Francisco Supervisor candidates and see how they stack up on the issues most important you by taking a look at our Supervisor Candidate Questionnaire below. As an added bonus, you’ll see which apps are most popular among San Francisco’s current and future Supervisors—the answers might surprise you!
Sidenote: you can access all of sf.citi’s November 2020 San Francisco election resources in one place here.
THE FUTURE OF CALTRAIN WITH SUPERVISOR AARON PESKIN
Last week, sf.citi hosted District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin as part of our virtual 2020 Lunch and Learn series. We were joined by sf.citi members Airbnb, Alaska Airlines, Comcast, Dropbox, Instacart, Lyft, Microsoft, Postmates, Salesforce, and more.
Supervisor Peskin commended the City for its early action on the COVID-19 pandemic. He also highlighted some of the positives to come from COVID-19, including the City’s ability to make significant progress on the Central Subway and building the first transitional age youth center in District 3 at 888 Post Street. Supervisor Peskin noted that San Francisco is a “remarkably resilient City.”
Heading into the November 2020 election, one of Supervisor Peskin’s top priorities on the San Francisco ballot is Measure RR, the Caltrain Sales Tax. With 70 percent of its revenue coming from rider fares, Caltrain has taken a major hit during the pandemic. Supervisor Peskin emphasized that voters now have a responsibility to pass the 0.125 percent sales tax and ensure Caltrain’s continued service, which he described as the “future of our transportation from Silicon Valley to downtown San Francisco.”
DID YOU KNOW?
Google offers cities its Environmental Insights Explorer (EIE) tool to bypass lengthy climate studies and quickly assess their carbon footprint and potential for renewable energy. Piloted in 2018, Google’s Environmental Insights Explorer (EIE) uses Google’s aggregated mapping data and emissions insights to estimate a city’s carbon footprint and solar energy potential. It’s now being expanded to 3,000 cities. Read more on that here.