WHAT’S ON SF’S MARCH 2020 BALLOT?
With the March 2020 election less than a month away, it’s time to study up on the San Francisco ballot measures. Not sure where to begin? The March 2020 sf.citi Voter Guide has all you need to know about the San Francisco ballot.
On March 3, 2020 San Francisco residents will vote in the California Presidential Primary Election. You’ll select a presidential nominee, decide a number of state-level candidates and measures, and — at the very end of the ballot — vote on five proposed pieces of legislation that could fundamentally change the future of San Francisco. At sf.citi, we believe the local level is where your vote matters most. And as with every election, we’ve released a voter guide to walk you through the San Francisco ballot measures and tell you where we stand. In the March 2020 election, the San Francisco ballot includes a tax on empty storefronts (Proposition D), a potential moratorium on office development (Proposition E), and much more.
Remember that in order to participate in the California Presidential Primary election you need to do one of two things. First, check your voting status to see if you’re registered with a political party. If you are, you’re all set to vote for a presidential nominee. If you’re one of the five million Californians registered under “No Party Preference,” however, you’ll need to request a ballot—either from a poll worker on March 3rd or by filling out the county notice voters receive in the mail. You have until February 18 to change your voter status!
sf.citi POLICY PRIORITIES FOR 2020
Always advocating for collaborative, forward-thinking policy solutions in San Francisco, sf.citi is excited to share our 2020 Policy Agenda.
At the start of each year, we work closely with our Policy Advisory Committee to identify and define the policy areas that matter most to sf.citi and our members. We then integrate these areas of focus into our policy agenda, which serves as a framework for all sf.citi advocacy work and programming throughout the year.
It should come as little surprise that many of the policy priorities outlined in our 2020 Policy Agenda align with those of the broader San Francisco community. To name a few, sf.citi and our members are committed to increasing career pathways into the tech industry, supporting creative approaches to ending homelessness, and championing pro-growth housing measures that respond to San Francisco’s ongoing housing shortage and affordability crisis. Read about our other policy priorities and dive into the specifics below.
ANIMALS AND OTHER HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE BUSINESS OF DOING GOOD
On January 29, sf.citi, World Animal Protection, and Airbnb hosted a unique conversation about Airbnb’s animal welfare policy and corporate responsibility at The Business of Doing Good. Take a look at what we learned below.
First and foremost, we learned that partnerships between companies and nonprofits — especially around social causes — are beneficial to everyone involved. Before launching Animal Experiences, Airbnb worked with World Animal Protection to develop guidelines that promote ethical human-animal interactions. Consumer reaction to Airbnb’s proactive leadership on animal welfare, said Mikel Freemon, Head of Animals at Airbnb, has been “overwhelmingly positive.” This did not surprise California State Assemblymember Ash Kalra, who said we are seeing a “societal shift” among both companies and customers as they think more seriously about their impact on the world.
Alesia Soltanpanah, Executive Director of World Animal Protection US, described how the partnership with Airbnb has helped advance World Animal Protection’s mission by educating travelers on the “importance of cruelty-free animal tourism.” Charlie’s Acres, Goatlandia, Muttville, and Sweet Farm — four nonprofits offering Airbnb Animal Experiences in the Bay Area — were present at the event and said much the same. Find links to these local Airbnb Animal Experiences and other takeaways in our recap below!
CALLING NONPROFIT LEADERS TO JOIN THE ONE CITY FORUM
Want to join a coalition of dynamic tech and nonprofit leaders working to build a more unified San Francisco? Apply to serve on sf.citi’s One City Forum!
The One City Forum furthers sf.citi’s collaborative approach to addressing San Francisco’s greatest challenges. We are looking for a nonprofit leader to join our nine other Forum members, each of whom belongs to a tech company or nonprofit with a San Francisco presence. One City Forum members work closely with the sf.citi team to plan quarterly events, build cross-sector partnerships, and discuss difficult issues facing San Francisco. Learn more about the role and how to apply below!
DID YOU KNOW?
We wish the 2020 Super Bowl had gone differently for our San Francisco 49ers. One silver lining was the collection of tech-centric commercials that played throughout the game. We loved seeing the latest and greatest products from sf.citi member companies Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft. Watch the ads (again) here.
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- The Technology 202: Pinterest bans misinformation about voting and the census (Washington Post)
- UPS, Waymo teaming up on driverless transportation (The Mercury News)
- The Next Transgender Generation Isn’t Waiting To Get To Work (Forbes)