sf.citi is committed to providing ongoing updates about the latest community news and resources from the San Francisco tech industry and beyond.
Tomorrow, July 14, join sf.citi for an important conversation about the effects of COVID-19 on San Francisco’s housing and rental market with Policy Director of the Bay Area Council, Xiomara Cisneros. You’ll learn about “pandemic pricing” across San Francisco’s rental market, as well as the Bay Area’s housing challenges before, during, and after COVID-19.
- 325,669 confirmed cases in California
- 7,053 confirmed deaths in California
- 35,112 confirmed cases in the Bay Area
*As of 9:00am PT on 7/13
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 released its 2019 sustainability report with several positive findings. 89 percent of Facebook operations are supported by renewable energy, while Facebook has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 59 percent since 2017.
- Funding Circle has resumed accepting applications for the Paycheck Protection Program. Extending the program means Funding Circle will be able to help up to 45,000 more small businesses by August 8th. Find out how to apply here. Funding Circle is also lending its support to senate bills 4101 and 4117 to provide further relief and assistance to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Microsoft and Twitter have been providing support to working parents throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Microsoft offered its employees an additional three months of paid parental leave that they can choose how and when to use. Twitter, meanwhile, organized an eight-week online summer camp for children of Twitter employees.
UPDATES FROM THE CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO
- Today, July 13, at 11:00am, tune into a conversation between Mayor London Breed and San Francisco Director of Health Dr. Grant Colfax for “The Data Driving Our Decisions.” They’ll discuss the metrics the Department of Public Health uses to guide San Francisco’s reopening process and explain how San Francisco is doing in the fight against COVID-19.
- On July 10, Mayor Breed and Director of Health Dr. Grant Colfax announced that the San Francisco Zoo and Gardens will be allowed to reopen today, July 13. Shoppers may also resume using reusable bags, and guidelines will be released for boat and fishing expeditions of 12 people or less. The remaining activities and businesses scheduled to reopen either June 29 or July 13, however, will remain on pause.
- On July 9, Mayor Breed announced the opening of a new mobile COVID-19 testing site at the Latino Task Force (LTF) Resource Hub in the Mission. Part of the City’s Right to Recover program, which encourages residents to get tested for COVID-19 while offering additional wrap-around services for those who face financial hardship, the site will operate on Thursdays from 10:00am – 3:00pm.
- On July 7, Mayor London Breed and Director of Health Dr. Grant Colfax announced that San Francisco will delay reopening indoor dining and outdoor bars—originally scheduled for July 13—due to a rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
- District 10 Supervisor Shamann Walton introduced legislation—cheekily dubbed the CAREN Act—that would amend the San Francisco Police Code to make discriminatory 911 calls illegal. The CAREN Act (Caution Against Racially Exploitative Non-Emergencies) attempts to protect people and communities of color, who are often the victims of false emergency calls.
- Over the next three months, BART will shift its law enforcement model to emphasize social services rather than police intervention for calls related to homelessness, drug use, and mental health. Introduced as an amendment to BART’s 2021 budget, the change was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.
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 July 9, Governor Newsom announced California would hire 858 more firefighters and six California Conservation Corps to ensure adequate wildfire support during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Dr. Michael V. Drake became the first Black president of the University of California system. Succeeding outgoing president Janet Napolitano, Dr. Drake was the president of Ohio State University and the chancellor of UC Irvine before that. You can read Governor Gavin Newsom’s statement about Dr. Drake here.
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.
- Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, home to San Francisco’s first dedicated COVID-19 unit, put all revenue-generating elective procedures aside to be the first at the frontlines — especially among San Francisco’s most vulnerable in the Tenderloin. This work doesn’t make money. It makes history, just like it did when Saint Francis was there for the 1906 earthquake, AIDS epidemic, and local wildfires. If you’re looking for a way to give back to our frontlines, supporting Saint Francis offers a lasting impact on our San Francisco community.
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