MEET SF SUPERVISOR CANDIDATES IN OUR 2020 DISTRICT DEBATE SERIES
sf.citi is excited to announce the launch of our 2020 November election programming with San Francisco Forward: District Debate Series.
In the months leading up the November 3, 2020 election, sf.citi will be hosting a series of virtual debates with Supervisor candidates running in San Francisco’s most competitive district races. With all six odd-numbered Supervisor districts up for election, you can expect a significant shake up in San Francisco City Hall. Our virtual district debate series will offer valuable opportunities to meet and learn about your future San Francisco representatives, especially as COVID-19 forces much of campaigning online.
The first debate in our series will kick off on Thursday, August 20 with Supervisor candidates from District 1—home to the Richmond, most of Golden Gate Park, and the University of San Francisco. Spots are limited, so make sure to register for our District 1 debate, as well as our District 7 debate, below!
LOCAL ELECTIONS MATTER—FIND OUT WHY ON AUGUST 18
Continuing the election theme, join us on August 18 to understand why you should vote local at our next virtual event, Local Matters: Understanding the Power of Local Elections.
Local issues and elections are easily overshadowed when they coincide with a Presidential election like the one coming up on November 3, 2020. That doesn’t mean they are any less important. At sf.citi we know that local ballot measures and candidate races have the most immediate impact on your everyday life. The local ballot is also where your voice carries the most weight as far fewer people participate in local elections or vote all the way down the ballot.
Joining sf.citi for this conversation about the power of local elections is A’Shanti Gholar, President of Emerge, a national organization that has recruited and trained over 4,000 Democratic women to run for office. We will also hear from Eitan Hersh, Associate Professor of Political Science at Tufts University and author of Hacking the Electorate and Politics Is for Power.
More speakers to come! Stay tuned and register now, as spaces are limited.
THE COVID-19 EFFECT ON SAN FRANCISCO
Over the last few months, sf.citi has hosted seven conversations exploring the effects of COVID-19 on San Francisco’s future. You can now find and watch (or rewatch) all of our discussions about “The COVID-19 Effect” in one spot.
To help our San Francisco community understand and navigate the challenges presented by the pandemic, we brought in experts to discuss the ways in which COVID-19 is changing our lives and City. We started off the series talking about all things COVID-19 and San Francisco budget with City Controller Ben Rosenfield. We also learned about the impact of COVID-19 on San Francisco’s office space market, transportation system, the 2020 Presidential election, restaurants, housing, and schools.
Key findings from our conversation series about “The COVID-19 Effect”
- 14,000 San Francisco businesses employing 167,000 San Franciscans were directly impacted by shelter-in-place, meaning they had to close fully or partially. (The COVID-19 Effect on San Francisco’s Budget)
- Because San Francisco’s office space market was so strong for many years, the City has come to rely on new office space to fulfill certain public benefits, including parks, infrastructure, and affordable housing. (The COVID-19 Effect on San Francisco’s Office Space Market)
- Several studies have found that up to 80 percent of independent restaurants are expected to close during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially if they do not receive significant aid. (The COVID-19 Effect on San Francisco’s Restaurant and Food Culture)
DID YOU KNOW?
The future of Caltrain may be hanging on a much-disputed 1/8-cent sales tax increase in the counties of San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara. Like many transit systems, Caltrain’s ridership and funding have plummeted during the COVID-19 pandemic. And a proposed Caltrain-saving sales tax increase has been met with fierce opposition from two San Francisco Supervisors. After weeks of negotiations, the sales tax appears to be inching toward the November 2020 ballot, but it still needs approval from several San Francisco powers—read more about that here.
BUZZ | #MEMBERNEWS
- Twitter co-founder Evan Williams donates $10M to SFUSD (SFGate)
- Uber to allow work from home until July 2021, joining Google (San Francisco Chronicle)
- Okta is helping nonprofits make the switch to virtual with software donations (San Francisco Business Times)