SAN FRANCISCO 2022 ELECTION SEASON PART 3
As the District 17 Assembly election wrapped up this week, all of the attention now turns to the City’s third election of the year on June 7. Most of the election coverage will center on the recall of District Attorney Chesa Boudin, but the rest of the ballot is teeming with tough decisions. San Francisco voters will see seven ballot measures and a slew of primaries from State Assembly to Governor. There’s a lot to know about the upcoming election, so get up to speed and dive into our election primer blog below.
TECH’S ROLE IN REIGNITING THE CITY’S ECONOMIC RECOVERY
It is no secret that the economic recovery in San Francisco has significantly lagged behind other large metro areas in the nation. While the City started to trend in the right direction as of late, the recovery has been much slower than expected. The many prominent issues plaguing San Francisco certainly do not help the recovery process, but more importantly, the City must contend with the long-term problem of office workers who want to stay remote if there is any hope of reaching pre-pandemic levels. To counteract this new age of work, the tech industry and the City must embrace innovative ideas that incentivize workers to come back, from repurposing space downtown to pushing the envelope when it comes to bold housing proposals.
SUPERVISOR MYRNA MELGAR OUTLINES WHAT’S NEXT FOR SAN FRANCISCO
sf.citi continued our 2022 Lunch and Learn discussion series with District 7 Supervisor Myrna Melgar. We were joined by sf.citi members Airbnb, AT&T, Comcast, Cruise, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, Waymo, and more.
Supervisor Melgar came into last week’s conversation ready to discuss the current state of San Francisco and the different ways the tech community can elevate its role in the City’s recovery process. She emphasized how companies—in tech or not—want to be in San Francisco, but employers are concerned about the quality of life issues like public safety, home prices, and the school system. These problems have long existed in the City, but the pandemic revealed all of the cracks in the system. As the government’s responsibility, the Supervisor said that she and her colleagues must address these issues to get workers back to the office.
DID YOU KNOW?
San Francisco saw the return of many popular in-person events for the first time since the pandemic started such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s Soapbox Derby, the City’s 4/20 party in Golden Gate Park, the annual Easter Celebration at Dolores Park, and Off the Grid at Fort Mason, to name a few. The success of these events demonstrates the appetite in the Bay Area for large, in-person community events, and proves that a return to “normal” could be right around the corner. Check out highlights from these events and find out about upcoming events here.