TECH LEADS THE CHARGE ON OFFICE VACCINE MANDATES
As we prepared to reopen a few months ago, experts still debated whether or not employers could require employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. How so much can change in three short months. Not only did vaccine mandates get approval from the courts and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission but now major cities like San Francisco, New York City, and Los Angeles require all city workers to receive the vaccine. It didn’t take long after for the tech industry to spurn their industry-wide hesitancy on vaccine mandates and follow suit. In the past few days, sf.citi members Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Lyft have joined others to delay their office reopenings and impose a vaccine mandate to enter the office when they do reopen—and they won’t be the last.
Are universal vaccine mandates for most private—and maybe public—spaces on the horizon?
THE APPROACH TO DIGITAL EQUITY IN SAN FRANCISCO
During last week’s Bridging the Divide: The Road to a Digital-First SF event, sf.citi heard key solutions to address the City’s digital divide from an incredible panel of industry experts, community leaders, and Supervisor Matt Haney. The lively conversation sparked a simplified approach to the digital divide that focuses on three pillars: access to the internet, making internet services more affordable, and having regular consumers and small business owners understand the value of broadband and possess the digital tools, skills, and resources so they can adopt digital advancements. Now the question becomes, can policymakers, private industry, and community organizations advance efforts in the City that close the digital gap before it’s too late?
SAN FRANCISCO PREPARES FOR CONGESTION PRICING
It might become easier—and more expensive—to drive around downtown San Francisco in the coming years. That’s according to the new recommendations released from the San Francisco County Transit Authority’s (SFCTA) study on congestion pricing. At the end of the year, the SFCTA will present the Board of Supervisors these recommendations, which include among others, imposing a base fee of $6.50 to enter the congestion pricing zone with eligible discounts based on income level, charging a fee only during morning and afternoon rush hour, and expanding the congestion zone to areas around downtown such as the Tenderloin, Fisherman’s Wharf, Mission Bay and more.
DID YOU KNOW?
Months before this recent wave of office vaccine mandates, sf.citi member Fast implemented a strict vaccine mandate for everyone—employees and contractors—to come into the office. Read more about how Fast safely reopened its office here.
sf.citi MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
- Instacart plans to build and operate fulfillment centers for supermarkets (Wall Street Journal)
- Argo AI will put its self-driving cars on Lyft’s network by end of the year (San Francisco Business Times)
- Twitter launched a pilot aimed at testing the potential for e-commerce on its platform (TechCrunch)