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Calling San Francisco Bay Area nonprofits! How can tech support your organization in the year ahead?
If you work for a nonprofit in the San Francisco Bay Area, please take two minutes to complete the survey below about your biggest challenges and priorities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your answers will help sf.citi galvanize our wonderful community of tech companies and employees to offer any needed support!
- 832,025 confirmed cases in California
- 16,148 confirmed deaths in California
- 105,378 confirmed cases in the Bay Area
*As of 9:00am PT on 10/5
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.
- Google expanded its Environmental Insights Explorer (EIE) tool to 3,000 cities around the world. Using Google’s aggregated mapping data and emissions insights, the EIE helps cities estimate their carbon footprint and solar energy potential.
- Salesforce adapted its business software to help distribute COVID-19 vaccines once they become available. Salesforce’s Work.com for Vaccines will allow governments and healthcare organizations to track vaccine inventory levels, create online appointment portals, and track how patients fare after being vaccinated.
UPDATES FROM THE CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO
- On October 1, Mayor Breed announced steps San Francisco is taking to ensure safe voting during the November 3, 2020 election. All registered San Francisco voters will receive a vote-by-mail ballot this week. They can drop their completed ballot in any USPS mailbox. Beginning today, October 5, San Franciscans can also cast their vote in person at the Voting Center at 99 Grove Street. On Election Day, itself, San Franciscans can vote in person at one of the 588 polling places throughout the City.
- On September 29, Mayor Breed announced an extension of San Francisco’s commercial eviction moratorium until November 30, 2020. While the extension does not waive the obligation to pay missed rent, commercial tenants cannot be evicted for missed or late rent payments from March 17, 2020 through November 30, 2020. They also do not have to fulfill the missed payments until after the moratorium expires.
- On September 29, Mayor Breed, Director of Health Dr. Grant Colfax, and Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu announced that, beginning September 30, the City would move forward with resuming indoor dining and worship at 25 percent capacity for up to 100 people. Additionally, the City will expand capacity for outdoor dining and worship, as well as reopen family entertainment and hotel fitness centers. These steps come as San Francisco moved to the orange tier on California’s tiered COVID-19 system.
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 September 30, Governor Newsom signed several pieces of legislation to reform California’s criminal justice and policing systems. Among other pieces of legislation, Governor Newsom signed AB 1196, which bans the carotid restraint and AB 1506, which requires the California Attorney General to investigate police shootings of unarmed individuals that result in death.
- On September 30, Governor Newsom signed legislation to study and make recommendations on reparations for slavery to the Black community. He also signed a bill that prohibits the use of race, ethnicity, or national origin to seek or obtain convictions or impose sentences, as well as another bill to reduce discrimination in jury selection.
- On September 30, Governor Newsom signed legislation to make California the first state in the country to ban toxic chemicals in cosmetics. The legislation bans 24 toxic chemicals in cosmetics and requires cosmetics companies to disclose harmful ingredients in their products.
- On September 29, Governor Newsom signed several pieces of legislation to bolster California’s emergency preparedness and response efforts, support wildfire survivors, and safeguard communities in wildfire hazard areas. The signed bills establish best practices for counties in developing their emergency plans, enhance space requirements for structures in high-risk areas, and require expedited permitting of emergency standby generators for macro cell towers.
- On September 28, Governor Newsom declared a state of emergency in Napa, Sonoma, and Shasta Counties due to the Glass and Zogg fires. The Governor also sent a letter to the President requesting a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration to assist California’s wildfire response and recovery efforts.
- On September 28, Governor Newsom signed several pieces of legislation to help California reach its housing production and equity goals. Among other things, the package of 15 bills grant tenants and community groups rights to buy foreclosed homes, expand eviction protections, and increase incentives to build more housing near transit and for working families.
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.
- SF Nonprofit Spotlight is a local TV show created by SF Commons, San Francisco’s public access TV station. The series has already highlighted 20 San Francisco nonprofits in its first ten episodes (two per episode) with more coming. By tuning into SF Nonprofit Spotlight, you’ll learn how you can volunteer, donate, and support the work of these amazing local organizations, which provide everything from youth career services to assistance for our unhoused neighbors. Many of the San Francisco nonprofits featured have struggled during the COVID-19 crisis—a time when their services are needed more than ever to care for our most vulnerable communities. Watch SF Nonprofit Spotlight and find out what you can do to support San Francisco’s network of incredible nonprofit organizations. While you’re at it, learn about the force behind the series: the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC).
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.