sf.citi 2022 POLICY PRIORITIES
Each year, the sf.citi team works 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. Our 2022 policy agenda includes many policy priorities from previous years, though each reflects the new realities of reigniting the economy and recovering from COVID-19.
ASSESSING SAN FRANCISCO’S ECONOMIC RECOVERY AT THE QUARTER MARK
As the effects of the omicron variant wane and COVID-19 restriction ease in San Francisco, the March economic report on the City revealed some positive trends. The data from the past month showed that job creation, hotel occupancy, housing permits, office attendance, and new businesses openings all moved in the right direction. However, despite these positive economic trends, Chief Economist Ted Egan stated that San Francisco still has a long road to recovery as the City lags far below pre-pandemic levels and ranks last or near the bottom compared to other large American cities.
BLOOM SF WELCOMES WORKERS AND VISITORS BACK TO DOWNTOWN SAN FRANCISCO
Last week, downtown San Francisco welcomed back workers and visitors with Bloom SF, a series of special events and programming. In partnership with Mayor Breed’s Downtown Recovery Plan and “Welcome Back to SF” program, seven of San Francisco’s iconic destinations offered week-long programming that included concerts, a wine walk, stand-up comedy, a silent disco, arts and crafts, food trucks, outdoor fitness classes and much more. With a return to “normalcy” on the horizon for the City, Bloom SF could be the first of many programming attempts to entice office workers and visitors back to downtown San Francisco.
DID YOU KNOW?
Pinterest has expanded its community guidelines to become the first social media platform to ban climate change misinformation. Pinterest’s Head of Policy, Sarah Bromma stated, “The expanded climate misinformation policy is yet another step in Pinterest’s journey to combat misinformation and create a safe space online.” Learn more about the updated misinformation guidelines here.