A MOMENT OF GRATITUDE AMID COVID-19
We would like to start this week’s sf.citi newsletter by recognizing the many courageous and inspiring San Francisco residents who are holding our City together during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We would like to thank our local leadership, namely Mayor London Breed, who has taken proactive measures to keep our City safe and look out for those affected by COVID-19 during these unprecedented times. Under Mayor Breed’s administration, San Francisco has set an example of how to respond swiftly to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
We would like to thank our doctors, nurses, and all of our healthcare workers who have put themselves at risk to support patients suffering from COVID-19.
We would like to thank our first responders who rise to every occasion and crisis, including the COVID-19 pandemic, to protect our City.
We would like to thank the employees at our local grocery stores and pharmacies who have adjusted to new precedents created by COVID-19 with grace and continue to provide us with food and basic necessities.
We would like to thank our garbage men and women, plumbers, janitors, and service staff who keep our City up and running even as many of us shelter in place.
Which other San Francisco heroes need recognition during these challenging times? Email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can highlight them on our channels.
COVID-19 RESOURCES FROM THE SF TECH COMMUNITY
Earlier this week, sf.citi compiled a list of resources from San Francisco tech companies (and sf.citi members) to help people, organizations, and businesses navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.
While news about the novel coronavirus changes every day, tech companies are responding just as quickly with resources to support our San Francisco community. We launched our dedicated SF Tech COVID-19 Update page on Monday. Since then, many more sf.citi members have announced initiatives to support people and businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak here in the Bay Area and beyond. We’ve included the latest tech updates below.
- AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon will not terminate the service of customers unable to pay their bill due to disruptions caused by COVID-19. All of the companies are also waiving late payment fees and are offering service plans for free to new customers.
- Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses.
- Okta is helping organizations transition to Emergency Remote Work by offering Okta core services to all new customers for free.
- Postmates introduced a Small Business Relief Pilot allowing new businesses in the San Francisco and Sacramento areas to sign up for the platform and enjoy a temporary waive on commission fees.
- Twitter joined other major social media platforms in committing to combat fraud and misinformation about COVID-19.
- Uber is offering a 25% discount (up to $10) for trips taken to or from food distribution centers set up by the San Francisco Unified School District starting Tuesday, March 17, through Friday, April 3. The company will also donate $50,000 to the San Francisco Unified School District’s non-profit arm, Spark.
See our full list of tech resources, as well as the latest COVID-19 updates in San Francisco and California, by clicking the link below.
sf.citi RECOMMENDED WFH HOBBY: LEARN ABOUT SAN FRANCISCO POLITICS
Now, more than ever, is a time for unity and pride in San Francisco. To help you learn more about our beloved city, sf.citi is offering limited-time, complimentary access to our SF Politics 101 guide to San Francisco government. Read on for details.
One of the few positive side effects of the coronavirus is that it may have prompted some of you to learn more about the city in which you live. If, for example, you didn’t know who the Mayor of San Francisco was before the COVID-19 outbreak, it’s likely you do now—especially with new public health orders coming from the Mayor’s office almost every day.
Understanding the inner workings of San Francisco government and politics is sf.citi’s bread and butter. If you have some extra time on your hands, we encourage you to deepen your knowledge of San Francisco by reading our comprehensive guide to San Francisco government, SF Politics 101.
In the spirit of celebrating new indoor hobbies, we invite all sf.citi readers to download our 72-page SF Politics 101 report for free using the code “OneCitySF”.
DID YOU KNOW?
San Francisco cake shop Butter& has adapted its offerings to the time of COVID-19—you can order several “quarantine cakes” beautifully decorated with CDC-approved advice. There are plenty of other local retailers you can support while sheltering in place. And if you are tired of home cooking, here is a running list of San Francisco restaurants open for delivery and takeout.