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- 785,923 confirmed cases in California
- 15,017 confirmed deaths in California
- 98,529 confirmed cases in the Bay Area
*As of 9:00am PT on 9/21
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.
- Dropbox hosted its first virtual Hack Week in which Dropbox employees developed solutions to the new challenges people, companies, and nonprofits face while working remotely. Dropbox volunteers worked on ten social impact projects for seven of the company’s community partners, including San Francisco nonprofits Larkin Street Youth Services, Shelter Tech, and Black Girls CODE.
- Google upped its game in the fight against climate change. Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced that Google has eliminated its carbon legacy and will operate on carbon-free energy 24/7 by 2030.
- Intuit hit its goal to use 100 percent renewable energy a decade early! Now the company is working to reduce carbon emissions by 50 times greater than its 2018 carbon footprint by 2030.
- Both Lyft and Uber will offer free and discounted rides to polling places and ballot drop boxes for the November 2020 election.
- Twitter launched an election hub in the “explore” tab for U.S. users. The hub will provide real-time voting and election information, as well as curated election-related news in both English and Spanish.
- Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff announced that the company will give all of its employees Election Day off to vote.
UPDATES FROM THE CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO
- On September 18, Mayor Breed announced the groundbreaking of the Maceo May Apartments, the first 100 percent affordable housing complex on Treasure Island. The complex will house 104 formerly unhoused veterans. It is part of a larger redevelopment plan on Treasure Island, which will include 8,000 new homes (over 27 percent of which will be affordable), 550,000 square feet of retail and commercial space, 300 hotel rooms, and 290 acres of public open space.
- On September 18, Mayor Breed, Director of Health Dr. Grant Colfax, and Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu announced San Francisco’s plan for reopening indoor dining. Once San Francisco is classified as “orange” on the State of California’s tiered COVID-19 system, the City will allow restaurants to resume indoor dining at 25 percent capacity and up to 100 people.
- On September 14, Mayor Breed announced the launch of San Francisco’s Community Hubs Initiative. On September 14, 45 Community Hubs opened at locations throughout the City to provide in-person support for distance learning and out-of-school activities for 800 of San Francisco’s high-needs children and youth. More Community Hubs will open in the coming months, ultimately serving some 3,000 students.
- On September 14, Mayor Breed announced the launch of a pilot program to provide basic income to 150 pregnant Black and Pacific Islander women in San Francisco. The Abundant Birth Project is a first-of-its-kind program intended to achieve better maternal health and birthing outcomes, especially among communities that disproportionately suffer from preterm births and high maternal and infant mortality rates. The program will provide a monthly income supplement of $1,000 to 150 Black and Pacific Islander women in San Francisco for the duration of their pregnancy and for the first six months of their baby’s life—all while monitoring the resulting health impacts.
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 18, Governor Newsom signed legislation to further expand access to the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC). AB 1876 ensures California tax filers, including undocumented ITIN filers, may qualify for the CalEITC and the Young Child Tax Credit (YCTC).
- On September 17, Governor Newsom signed legislation that ensures job-protected leave for Californians who work for an employer with five or more employees. SB 1383 expands job-protected family leave and leave to care for one’s own illness to nearly 6 million more Californians.
- On September 17, Governor Newsom signed two pieces of legislation to protect California workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. SB 1159 expands access to workers’ compensation and makes it easier for frontline workers who test positive for COVID-19 to receive medical care and wage replacement benefits. AB 685 ensures timely notification to employees and local and state public health officials of COVID-19 cases at workplaces.
- On September 16, Governor Newsom announced that Oregon and Washington will join California in piloting a project to test promising exposure notification technology for COVID-19. California recently partnered with the University of California San Diego and the University of California San Francisco to launch two pilot projects to test the Exposure Notification Express mobile application released by Google and Apple.
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.
- LavaMaeˣ began in 2014 as a mobile shower service for San Francisco’s unhoused population. Today, LavaMaeˣ is a nonprofit accelerator focused on training communities to deliver Radical Hospitality to their unhoused neighbors through LavaMaeˣ programs. LavaMaeˣ has served over 35,000 guests, provided nearly 80,000 mobile showers, and is now working in more than 12 countries. Learn how you can get involved and help LavaMaeˣ reach its goal of launching LavaMaeˣ-designed programs that serve 100,000 people moving through homelessness by 2024.
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