TECH READY TO TAX ITSELF FOR MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Responding to the needs of both the tech industry and San Francisco’s greater community, sf.citi endorses Proposition D, a proposed increase to commercial gross receipts taxes to fund affordable housing. In a piece for The Bay City Beacon, sf.citi Executive Director Jennifer Stojkovic explains how tech companies—keenly invested in helping the homeless and supporting the city’s continued success—have long been staunch advocates of more affordable housing options in San Francisco. And with Prop D promising to raise $1 billion for more housing and homelessness solutions over the next ten years, we as an industry are prepared to “use our voices and our wallets to make this happen.”
If you look closely at the June 5th ballot, you will notice that Proposition D is competing for the same revenue source with another initiative, Proposition C, Universal Childcare for San Francisco Families. And in a Game of Thrones-esque turn of events, only the proposition with the most support will win. We at sf.citi believe Prop D will deliver a more profound impact by addressing the most pressing issue facing San Francisco today: the housing crisis. As sf.citi’s leader points out, “Fundamentally, we as a community cannot afford to support initiatives like universal childcare if we are failing at housing families and individuals first.”
JUNE 5 ELECTION COUNTDOWN: READY. SET. VOTE.
Vote June 5th! Less than a week away, the June 2018 election is your opportunity to shape the future of San Francisco by choosing the city’s next leader and weighing in on a number of local and regional ballot measures. While avenues for political engagement abound outside of elections, the ballot box continues to be one of the most powerful drivers of political change. This holds true even more so at the local level, where your voice resonates in a much smaller voting pool and determines policy that directly affects your everyday life.
The 2016 presidential election caught many Americans off guard and sparked a wave of consciousness around the importance of voting. In just a few days, you can fulfill those promises you made to yourself to be more politically engaged – right here in San Francisco!
- Should we raise tolls on Bay Area bridges to fund transit and transportation improvements? (Regional Measure 3)
- Should local tobacco retailers be allowed to sell flavored tobacco products? (Proposition E)
- Should the city provide legal representation to all San Francisco tenants facing eviction? (Proposition F)
These are just a few of the ballot measures you will be asked to decide on June 5th. To facilitate the voting process, we have provided a slate card showing where sf.citi falls on the local and regional ballot measures, as well as a side-by-side comparison of the city’s leading mayoral candidates – take a look below.
Voting by mail? Remember that your mail-in ballot must be postmarked before or on Election Day – June 5, 2018. You can also drop off your completed and signed ballot before 8 p.m. at any of polling place in California.
Voting in person? Look up your polling station here.
GROWING GAINS: NEW SF.CITI TEAM MEMBER
As sf.citi continues to grow, so does the sf.citi team. Join us in welcoming aboard the newest sf.citi addition, Jacqueline McGraw. In her role as Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Jacqueline will oversee sf.citi’s external communications, including newsletters (like this one), press outreach, and more.
A Bay Area native, Jacqueline left the Golden Coast to complete her undergraduate degree in rural Ohio at Kenyon College. Prior to joining sf.citi, Jacqueline did communications for the Open Government Partnership, an international nonprofit working to promote open and accountable governance. While Jacqueline enjoyed her stint in the international arena, she is excited to tackle issues closer to home and witness firsthand the benefits of sf.citi’s work.
Have questions, thoughts, or ideas about sf.citi’s brand, outreach, social media presence, and/or press opportunities? Let Jacqueline know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DID YOU KNOW?
May brought a number of potential policy changes for tech in San Francisco. Here are the latest updates:
- Scooters can stay…as long as they get permits – read more here
- SF voters may decide on a “Privacy First” charter amendment in November – read more here
- City officials have asked the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to require GPS sharing from autonomous vehicles – read more here
BUZZ | #MEMBERNEWS
- When Google increased paid maternity leave, the rate at which new mothers quit dropped 50% – Quartz
- Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff calls for a national privacy law – CBS News
- Alaska Airlines awarded top ranking among Traditional Carriers in J.D. Power Satisfaction Study for 11th consecutive year- Cision