T-5 DAYS UNTIL ELECTION DAY IN SAN FRANCISCO
San Francisco voters, you have five days left to cast your ballot in the November 8, 2022 election and decide the fate of numerous local candidate races and ballot measures. The City is at a critical point in its pandemic recovery, and the results of this election could prove vital in shaping a successful future. To assist those last-minute ballot needs, get up to speed on everything San Francisco with sf.citi’s suite of comprehensive election resources. Don’t wait, vote today!
CHANGES ARE AFOOT FOR SAN FRANCISCO TECH COMPANIES
The aftermath of Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter has dominated headlines, but many other San Francisco tech companies recently made the news as they implemented hiring freezes and carried out layoffs. The decision to trim workforce numbers is becoming a common trend throughout the tech industry, with companies preparing for the worst and counteracting their pandemic hiring sprees. While these decisions should help tech companies weather the current economic climate, the situation could spiral very quickly for San Francisco’s economy and its abysmal downtown health if the City does not act.
SAN FRANCISCO’S GOOD INTENTIONS MIGHT HAVE BACKFIRED
In 2016, the Board of Supervisors passed Chapter 12X, banning city employees from traveling to or contracting with companies located in states that passed restrictive LGBT, abortion, or voting rights legislation. Six years later, city officials still cannot determine if the ban affected policy-making decisions in other states but blame the ban for increasing administrative costs and the price of city contracts. To address the unintentional increase in doing business in San Francisco, five supervisors sent a letter to City Administrator Carmen Chu to look into the efficacy and impact of Chapter 12X and develop recommendations on how to reform the legislation to curb restrictive legislation while creating savings for the City.
DID YOU KNOW?
One year after rolling out its self-driving taxi service in the city, Cruise is expanding its service area to include the vast majority of San Francisco’s geographic footprint. Learn more about Cruise’s expansion and how you can use its autonomous taxi service here.