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- 740,400 confirmed cases in California
- 13,763 confirmed deaths in California
- 91,226 confirmed cases in the Bay Area
*As of 9:00am PT on 9/8
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 has set ambitious diversity and inclusion (D&I) goals, aiming to achieve 50 percent diversity in its workforce by 2024.
- Instacart announced a new back-to-school shopper program that offers child care financial assistance in states heavily impacted by COVID-19, including here in California. The company also teamed up with Staples to give U.S. shoppers an exclusive discount of up to 40 percent off on their back-to-school supplies.
- In response to California’s ongoing wildfires and heat waves, Lyft has activated its disaster response program LyftUp to provide free rides to designated evacuation centers for those in affected areas. The company also partnered with civil rights organization National Action Network to provide discounted transportation options to people participating in the March on Washington on August 28.
- Slack announced a new partnership with Oakland-based nonprofit Raheem, which works to end police violence against the Black community by bringing greater visibility and accountability to police behavior. As part of the partnership, Slack for Good will provide financial support to help Raheem recruit and hire an engineer. Slack volunteers will also continue to work with Raheem to expand its mission.
UPDATES FROM THE CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO
- On September 2, Mayor Breed announced the launch of a citywide public awareness campaign about the importance of wearing face coverings in slowing the spread of COVID-19, especially as the City reopens. The campaign will include posters, signage, and digital billboards in areas where people tend to gather, as well as a robust digital and social media presence using the hashtag #MaskTheSFup.
- On September 1, Mayor Breed, Director of Health Dr. Grant Colfax, and Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu announced next steps in San Francisco’s reopening plan for businesses and activities. The City will begin by resuming outdoor activities that are lower risk and then move to indoor activities that are lower risk and with limited capacity. In-person learning and child and youth development activities will also resume on a rolling basis.
- On August 31, Mayor Breed announced the delivery of face shields, masks, and sanitizers to businesses and workers in San Francisco’s most vulnerable communities, including the Mission, Bayview, and Chinatown. The shipment of 360 pallets of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) includes over one million surgical masks, 600,000 face shields, and 150,000 bottles of hand sanitizer.
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 3, Governor Newsom signed an executive order extending consumer protections against price gouging through March 4, 2021 as part of California’s response to COVID-19. These protections prevent sellers from increasing prices on food, consumer goods, medical or emergency supplies, and other items by more than 10 percent.
- On September 3, Governor Newsom signed an emergency proclamation to provide additional energy capacity amid extreme temperatures across California. The proclamation allows power plants to generate more power by suspending certain permitting requirements.
- On August 31, Governor Newsom signed COVID-19 tenant protection legislation. Under the legislation, landlords are not allowed to evict tenants before February 1, 2021 as a result of rent owed due to a COVID-19-related hardship accrued between March 4–August 31, 2020. Tenants are still responsible for paying unpaid amounts to landlords, but those unpaid amounts cannot be the basis for an eviction.
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.
- Founded in 2017, Dev/Mission is working to close the tech gap by providing young adults from diverse communities with the necessary training and support to pursue a career in tech. Dev/Mission offers a unique curriculum to develop hardware and coding skills among young adults ages 16-24. The organization also connects its students with apprenticeship and internship opportunities. Help grow and diversify the next generation of San Francisco tech talent by volunteering with and donating to Dev/Mission.
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