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- 809,460 confirmed cases in California
- 15,607 confirmed deaths in California
- 102,087 confirmed cases in the Bay Area
*As of 9:00am PT on 9/28
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.
- Last week, Airbnb launched a first-of-its-kind solution to help governments and tourism organizations better understand Airbnb’s footprint in their communities, rebuild tourism, and develop deeper partnerships with Airbnb. The Airbnb City Portal provides real-time insights into local short-term rental market characteristics, as well as compliance tools to help governments develop and manage short-term rental policies and regulations.
- Bay Area employer Cisco (which includes sf.citi member AppDynamics) granted their employees paid leave to vote on Election Day.
- Google introduced helpful COVID-19 information in Google Maps. After clicking “COVID-19 info” in the app, users will see the seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in a given area. Areas are also color coded based on whether their COVID-19 case count is trending up or down.
- Over the last year, Microsoft committed to becoming a carbon negative, zero waste company. Microsoft recently announced another landmark sustainability commitment, pledging to be water positive (replenish more water than it consumes) by 2030. Microsoft President Brad Smith describes the steps Microsoft will take to reach that goal.
UPDATES FROM THE CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO
- On September 25, Mayor Breed announced a temporary permit program to ensure safer outdoor entertainment and amplified sound activity as a part of San Francisco’s COVID-19 reopening. The new Just Add Music (JAM) permit will help businesses, organizations, and individuals conduct entertainment activity at Shared Spaces and other outdoor locations throughout San Francisco.
- On September 24, Mayor Breed announced a $28.5 million commitment to expand COVID-19 support for San Francisco’s Latino community, which has been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. Latinos represent only 15 percent of San Francisco’s total population but account for 50 percent of the City’s reported COVID-19 cases. The Latino Parity and Equity Coalition and the Latino Task Force will work with the City to leverage these new resources to support our Latino community.
- On September 24, Mayor Breed issued an executive directive requiring uniform and stricter fundraising standards between City departments and partner organizations. Following last year’s federal charges against former Public Works Director, Muhammed Nuru, the directive aims to strengthen transparency and accountability around City fundraising.
- On September 24, Mayor Breed announced the groundbreaking of a new housing complex at 1064 Mission Street for adults and seniors who are exiting homelessness. Expected to open in late 2021, the 256-unit housing complex will be the largest Permanent Supportive Housing facility in San Francisco. It will also include a 6,000 square foot commercial kitchen space for an in-kitchen hands-on training program run by Episcopal Community Services.
- On September 21, Mayor Breed announced that San Francisco was awarded $45 million by the state’s Project Homekey for the purchase of the Granada Hotel as permanent supportive housing. Bolstering Mayor Breed’s Homelessness Recovery Plan, the money will allow the City to purchase and refurbish Granada Hotel, a 232-room hotel in Lower Nob Hill.
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 25, Governor Newsom signed a package of bills to improve access to mental health and substance use disorder services. AB 1976 increases access to care for those in need of outpatient behavioral health treatment, while SB 855 requires health plans and insurers to cover medically necessary treatment for all mental health and substance use disorders.
- On September 24, Governor Newsom signed several pieces of legislation to strengthen California’s climate leadership and transition away from fossil fuels. AB 793 makes California the first in the nation to establish minimum recycled content requirements for plastic beverage containers.
- On September 24, Governor Newsom announced the launch of California Climate Action Corps, the country’s first statewide corps developed to empower Californians to take meaningful action against climate change. California Climate Action Corps will begin accepting applications for the Climate Action Corps Fellows program. Beginning in 2021, 250 fellows will support local climate action projects in front-line and low-income communities across California.
- On September 24, Governor Newsom announced the California Climate Investment Framework, which integrates the climate risk strategies of the state’s three largest pension funds into a statewide approach to sustainable investment. The framework will (1) establish a California working group to develop a comprehensive climate risk disclosure standard; (2) increase the pension funds’ allocation to low-carbon indexes and sustainable technologies; and (3) make California a signatory of the Coalition for Climate Resilient Investment.
- On September 23, Governor Newsom signed signed an executive order to extend authorization for local governments to halt evictions for commercial renters impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic through March 31, 2021. Among other things, the order also allows local health officers and other public health officials to participate in the Secretary of State’s address-confidentiality program and authorizes the Department of Managed Health Care to gather information about the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on health care providers and health care service plans.
- On September 23, Governor Newsom signed an executive orderthat requires all new cars and passenger trucks sold in California to be zero-emission vehicles by 2035. This target would help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in California by 35 percent.
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.
- Community Forward is on a mission to help get San Francisco’s most vulnerable individuals off the street and connected to vital services. The organization provides a network of services to meet every stage of need, including housing, medical shelter, and substance use support. Every year, Community Forward serves over 6,000 unhoused San Franciscans, 80 percent of whom are cis and trans women. Get involved with Community Forward to help the most vulnerable in our San Francisco community.
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