sf.citi is committed to providing ongoing updates about the latest community news and resources from the San Francisco tech industry and beyond.
On October 21, join sf.citi for our next Scaling Social Impact event and hear leaders at top San Francisco tech companies discuss the future of social impact in an increasingly remote world.Though they’ve had to adjust their social impact strategies to meet our new COVID-19 reality, tech companies remain committed to supporting our local communities. Come learn from industry leaders about how tech companies and nonprofits can continue to work together to do good—virtually or not.
- 854,760 confirmed cases in California
- 16,575 confirmed deaths in California
- 108,450 confirmed cases in the Bay Area
*As of 9:00am PT on 10/12
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 and Instagram began displaying informational videos with state-specific guidance about how to vote by mail for all voting-age users in the U.S. These videos, offered in English and Spanish, will run on Facebook for four straight days in each state, starting between October 10 and October 18. On Instagram, the videos will run in all 50 states on October 15 and October 16.
- Google announced the 76 founders selected to receive awards (of up to $100,000) from Google’s Black Founders Fund. In the U.S., less than 1 percent of venture capital goes to Black founders—Google’s Black Founders Fund is working to change that and promote racial equity across the tech and startup landscape.
- Instacart recently launched new Senior Support Service to help customers over 60 transition to online grocery delivery and stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic (and upcoming flu season!). Participants are matched with a dedicated Instacart specialist who walks them through the process of setting up an account, filling a virtual cart, and placing their first order.
- Microsoft became the latest tech company to embrace a flexible workplace. The company will allow employees to work from home freely for less than 50 percent of their working week. Managers can also approve permanent remote work.
- Waymo opened up its fully driverless Waymo One service to the general public in Phoenix, Arizona. Existing Waymo One participants will use the service to start, and in the coming weeks, more people can sign up via the Waymo app.
UPDATES FROM THE CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO
- In an opinion piece for the San Francisco Business Times, sf.citi Executive Director Jennifer Stojkovic explains why the current San Francisco tech exodus is unlike previous busts and outlines the long-term consequences it could have on our City.
- On October 8, the San Francisco Economic Recovery Task Force (ERTF) released a report with 41 policy recommendations to advance San Francisco’s long-term economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past few months, the ERTF has convened over 100 San Francisco leaders to guide and inform San Francisco’s economic recovery. In response to this latest report, Mayor Breed announced an initial series of steps to support San Francisco, including making elements of the Shared Spaces program permanent, providing basic income for artists, and offering direct funding for businesses.
- On October 5, Mayor Breed nominated Manny Yekutiel—owner of civic gathering space Manny’s—to serve on the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) Board of Directors. In addition to running Manny’s in the Mission District, Yekutiel serves on the San Francisco Small Business Commission and is a board member of the Valencia Corridor Merchants Association.
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 October 7, Governor Newsom issued an executive order to use California lands to store and remove carbon from the atmosphere, as well as conserve 30 percent of land and coastal water by 2030. The 30 by 30 pledge has been adopted by 38 countries and supports a global effort to protect 30 percent of the planet by 2030.
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.
- Huckleberry Youth Programs has been serving vulnerable youth and families in San Francisco and Marin Counties for the past 53 years. In 1967, the organization established Huckleberry House, the first runaway and homeless youth shelter in the United States. Since then, Huckleberry Youth Programs has provided teens and families with services that promote safety, physical and emotional health and wellbeing, social justice, and educational success. Support San Francisco youth and families by attending Huckleberry’s free virtual event, Rise Up for Youth & Family Rights, on Thursday, November 12. Register here and learn how to build a more equitable Bay Area.
Would you like to be featured in a future sf.citi community update? Tell us about your work in San Francisco by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.