SCALING SOCIAL IMPACT IN A REMOTE WORLD
On June 25, sf.citi will bring together a unique cross sector of San Francisco leaders to discuss their work promoting racial equality at our next virtual One City Forum event, Scaling Social Impact in a Remote World.
COVID-19 has presented unique new challenges for companies’ social impact efforts. With their workforce now mostly, if not entirely, remote, how do companies continue to unite their employees around important social causes and engage with local communities? At the same time, the surge of uprisings following the death of George Floyd offers important lessons for companies looking to strengthen social consciousness in a remote world. The widespread protests (and the atrocities that inspired them) reveal a clear and urgent need for corporate action on social justice, especially around racism. Tech employees have found creative ways to advocate for racial equality even against the backdrop of COVID-19.
At Scaling Social Impact, we will explore actions the tech community has taken to fight racism and promote equality both in and outside of its companies. We will also hear from nonprofit and government leaders to learn what the tech industry can do better and how companies can focus their social impact efforts on these pressing issues. Among our incredibly impressive lineup of speakers, we will hear from Kimberly Bryant, Founder and CEO of Black Girls Code.
THE COVID-19 EFFECT ON SAN FRANCISCO’S RESTAURANT & FOOD CULTURE
In our latest policy piece, sf.citi takes a hard look at how COVID-19 has drastically shifted San Francisco’s food culture and what to expect from your favorite local restaurants as the City reopens.
Restaurants are an essential fixture of San Francisco. So much more than food, local restaurants represent the unique flavor of San Francisco’s culture and community. They have also been among the businesses hardest hit by COVID-19. Even in the best of times and well before the pandemic, opening and maintaining a restaurant in San Francisco was no easy feat. In 2019, the San Francisco Business Times found that 384 restaurants opened, while 535 closed. Laurie Thomas, Executive Director of Golden Gate Restaurant Association (GGRA), estimates that half of San Francisco restaurants could close permanently by the end of 2020 due to COVID-19.
On a brighter note, San Francisco restaurants can reopen for outdoor dining on June 12. They have found creative ways to pivot their business models throughout the COVID-19 crisis. In addition to giving us all a welcome break from cooking with delicious take-out offers, local restaurants have been feeding our frontline workers and filling a supply chain gap for grocery stores. Restaurants are also adapting at record speed to new dining norms created by COVID-19. Many applied to participate in San Francisco’s Shared Spaces program, which allows restaurants to use adjacent public spaces to safely seat customers outdoors. Learn about this and other COVID-19-induced changes to San Francisco’s food culture below.
WILL YOUR FAVORITE RESTAURANT SURVIVE COVID-19?
Join sf.citi on June 23 as we explore the effects of COVID-19 on San Francisco’s restaurant and food culture with Executive Director of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association, Laurie Thomas.
Founded in 1936, the Golden Gate Restaurant Association (GGRA) represents many of San Francisco’s most beloved culinary institutions. GGRA Executive Director Laurie Thomas has been working tirelessly to advocate on behalf of San Francisco restaurant owners and employees throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Come learn about the many challenges restaurants face from COVID-19 and what they need to survive the pandemic on June 23 as sf.citi’s Jennifer Stojkovic and GGRA’s Laurie Thomas dive deeper into the future of San Francisco’s restaurant and food culture.
sf.citi’s conversation with Laurie Thomas is one in a series of virtual events sf.citi is hosting to explore the effects of COVID-19. Earlier this week, we chatted with California Secretary of State, Alex Padilla, to learn about changes COVID-19 will have on the 2020 Presidential election. You can watch (or rewatch) that discussion here.
JUSTICE REFORM WITH SF DISTRICT ATTORNEY CHESA BOUDIN
Last week, sf.citi hosted a timely Lunch and Learn discussion with San Francisco’s newly elected District Attorney, Chesa Boudin. We were joined by sf.citi members Airbnb, Dropbox, Funding Circle, LinkedIn, Lyft, Microsoft, Optimizely, Postmates, Slack, Twitter, Verizon, Waymo, Zoox, and more.
Elected San Francisco District Attorney in November 2019, Boudin campaigned on the idea of prioritizing healing and prevention within the criminal justice system and ensuring greater accountability among the police force. Like many other states, California—home to more prisoners than most countries—has come to rely on police and jails as primary responses to a wide array of social problems, said Boudin. In just a few short months, he has implemented several policies to deliver his vision of reform.
District Attorney Boudin has prohibited anyone in his staff from seeking money bail, shifting instead toward a risk-based system. He has also worked to deter racial profiling and biased traffic stops by refusing to prosecute contraband-only cases stemming from those interactions with San Francisco police officers. And he has partnered with sf.citi members Airbnb and Lyft to connect domestic abuse victims with free transportation and shelter. More recently, the District Attorney’s office declined to prosecute peaceful protesters.
DID YOU KNOW?
Looking to support local, Black-owned businesses? The San Francisco Chronicle put together a list of 200 Black-owned restaurants, caterers, and pop-ups in the Bay Area. Choose your next takeout meal from one of these many mouth-watering options.
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