SAN FRANCISCO ELECTION SEASON 2020: PART 1
While the last local election may have flown slightly under your radar, the San Francisco election on March 3, 2020 is a big one. It’s the California Presidential Primary Election (!!), and we’ve got a sneak peek of what to expect.
If it feels like we just had an election in San Francisco, it’s because we did. Alas, there is no time for election fatigue! On March 3rd, San Franciscans will vote on five local ballot measures, including two noteworthy propositions that we’ve highlighted in the latest sf.citi blog. Proposition D, or the Vacancy Tax, attempts to combat those empty storefronts you’ve likely seen scattered throughout San Francisco neighborhoods. It proposes to tax landlords whose storefronts have been empty for more than six months. Proposition E, meanwhile, proposes to place a moratorium on new San Francisco commercial real estate development if state-mandated affordable housing goals are not met.
In March 2020, San Francisco voters will also choose a presidential nominee in the California Presidential Primary Election. We explain why this year’s primary is held three weeks earlier than usual and offer practical information about voter registration. If, for example, you are one of the five million Californians registered as a “No Party Preference” (NPP) voter, you can still vote in the presidential primary election. But you’ve got to be proactive in asking for a ballot! Read about this and more in our blog below.
DISCOVER LOCAL AIRBNB ANIMAL EXPERIENCES
Looking for new ways to explore the Bay Area (or impress a date)? Join sf.citi at our next event on January 29 and discover four local Airbnb Animal Experiences!
What better way to enjoy our beautiful Bay Area than by helping animals in need. At The Business of Doing Good: How Corporate Leaders are Advancing Animal Welfare, you will meet representatives from Muttville, Charlie’s Acres, Goatlandia, and Sweet Farm, all of which offer unique animal-centric experiences here in the Bay Area that you can sign up for on Airbnb.
The goal of the evening is to explore how companies can build better businesses while promoting a more responsible world. One example? sf.citi member Airbnb’s leadership on animal welfare. Before launching Airbnb Animal Experiences last October, Airbnb teamed up with World Animal Protection, US to craft one of the most comprehensive animal welfare policies ever written. Now offering a suite of incredible animal tourism experiences, Airbnb’s platform bans exploitative practices. To guide the conversation, we’ll hear from Mikel Freemon of Airbnb, Alesia Soltanpanah of World Animal Protection US, and California Assemblymember Ash Kalra. Get your ticket below!
APPLY TO JOIN sf.citi ONE CITY FORUM
sf.citi is looking for a nonprofit leader to join our One City Forum, the driving force behind many of sf.citi’s events and community building efforts in San Francisco.
sf.citi created the One City Forum to further our mission of championing collaboration to address San Francisco’s greatest challenges. The Forum is comprised of nine (soon to be ten) volunteer members, each of whom belongs to a tech company or nonprofit with a San Francisco presence. They work closely with the sf.citi team to plan quarterly events, build cross-sector partnerships, and discuss difficult issues facing our City.
As a member of sf.citi’s One City Forum, you’ll work alongside other thought leaders in exploring new ways to connect the tech industry and the broader San Francisco community. It’s a great opportunity to elevate your own organization’s work and make a meaningful difference in San Francisco. Learn more about the role and apply below!
sf.citi TAKES FUTURE OF FOOD TO SONOMA
For two years in a row, sf.citi has hosted sold-out conversations about the exciting possibilities of food tech at the Future of Food. sf.citi Executive Director, Jennifer Stojkovic, will continue this conversation combining tech, sustainability, and food at the Grounded Summit on March 19–20.
Hosted just an hour away in picturesque Sonoma County, the Grounded Summit will bring together diverse voices and industries, all focused on the most innovative and scalable global climate solutions. Get your early access ticket below to attend the food-focused panel moderated by sf.citi’s very own Executive Director and hear about other cutting-edge climate solutions — all while enjoying fine wine and dining.
DID YOU KNOW?
In light of the current climate crisis, sf.citi member Microsoft committed to being carbon negative — not just neutral — by 2030. And the company is using Microsoft technology to do so! “Those of us who can afford to move faster and go further should do so,” said Microsoft President Brad Smith. Read more about this Microsoft awesomeness here.
BUZZ | #MEMBERNEWS
- Cruise unveils driverless shuttle — steering wheel not included (San Francisco Business Times)
- Lyft and LeBron James are giving thousands of young people free bikeshare memberships (Fast Company)
- Amazon touts favorable survey of small firms before House antitrust hearing (Axios)