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LOOKING BACK BEFORE LEAPING FORWARD
At the end of 2020, sf.citi debuted our 2020 Annual Report—the culmination of our work with tech, government, and nonprofit leaders during an intensely challenging year.
We are hopeful that in 2021, we’ll be able to shift our focus to recovery and rebuilding across San Francisco and our country as a whole. Clearly, there is a lot of work to be done. Before charging into the new year, we invite you to take a look back and celebrate the things we as a community were able to achieve throughout 2020.
Below are a few of our favorite moments from 2020:
- Watching the tech industry respond to the COVID-19 pandemic with a swell of solidarity, tech resources, and support for San Francisco and people in need.
- Hosting events that addressed pressing issues, including the effects of COVID-19 on San Francisco, racial equity in tech, and social impact in a remote world.
- Leading the conversation about the tech exodus and its implications for the future of San Francisco (with a lot more on that coming this year).
MEET THE 2021 SF BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
In our first policy piece of the New Year, sf.citi introduces you to the two newest members on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors: District 1 Supervisor Connie Chan and District 7 Supervisor Myrna Melgar.
The Board of Supervisors is the most powerful governing body in the City and County of San Francisco. As such, we thought you’d like to know more about the policy priorities of Supervisors Chan and Melgar and how their tenure will shift political dynamics across both the Board of Supervisors and San Francisco at large. What issues will Supervisors Chan and Melgar tackle during their first weeks on the job? How do they plan to address multi-billion dollar budget shortfalls, homelessness, and the tech exodus? Find out below.
We also discuss the Board of Supervisors’ new President: District 10 Supervisor Shamann Walton. Now second in line to the Mayor, President Walton is the first Black man to hold the Board Presidency. Over the years, he’s championed criminal justice reform, racial equity, and public safety. He’s also proven himself a staunch advocate for San Francisco’s Black community and residents of the Bayview. We at sf.citi look forward to collaborating with President Walton on San Francisco’s COVID-19 recovery, tech policy, and more!
SUPERVISOR MYRNA MELGAR ON RETROFITTING SAN FRANCISCO FOR THE FUTURE
Speaking of new San Francisco Supervisors, sf.citi had the pleasure of hosting Supervisor Myrna Melgar at our first Lunch and Learn discussion of 2021. We were joined (virtually) by sf.citi members Airbnb, AT&T, Comcast, Cruise, Facebook, Google, Instacart, Lyft, Microsoft, Postmates, Salesforce, Verizon, Waymo, and more.
Supervisor Melgar’s ascendance to the Board of Supervisors is a historic one. Not only is she the first woman to represent District 7, but she’s also the first Latina to serve on the Board of Supervisors in 25 years. Supervisor Melgar’s expertise and interest lie in urban planning, transportation, and housing development. Fittingly, she’s chairing the San Francisco Land Use and Transportation Committee. She’s also working with Supervisor Hillary Ronen on building public-private partnerships for San Francisco public schools.
Supervisor Melgar attributes San Francisco’s recent and ever-expanding hemorrhage of residents to the City’s high cost of living. “I believe we need to add more housing of all kinds to mitigate that,” she said. Other concerns of the newly minted Supervisor are San Francisco’s homelessness epidemic and hospitality industry, which has been decimated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Contrary to popular belief, hospitality is San Francisco’s number one industry, and Supervisor Melgar is determined to revitalize it once people begin traveling again.
TAKING A STAND FOR DEMOCRACY
sf.citi has partnered with fellow tech advocacy organizations Tech:NYC, sea.citi, Austin Tech Alliance, LA Tech, and Tech United:NJ in calling upon tech workers to reaffirm their commitment to democracy.
Next Wednesday, our country will inaugurate Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as President and Vice President of the United States. We are asking the broader tech community to join us in condemning the insurrection at our nation’s Capitol and supporting the democratic, peaceful transfer of power. Let us not repeat the events of January 6, 2021—sign below!
DID YOU KNOW?
Many sf.citi member companies made it onto Glassdoor’s list of best places to work in 2021. In fact, 28 of the 100 workplaces featured were tech companies—a clear indication that tech continues to be an industry in which plenty of people want to work. In an interview with Protocol, Glassdoor CEO Christian Sutherland-Wong explained that what employees care about the most is that their company is mission-driven and that they feel like they’re contributing to something important. Learn about other ingredients for employee happiness here.
BUZZ | #MEMBERNEWS
- Airbnb, Facebook, Google press pause on political donations after Capitol siege (San Francisco Chronicle)
- Airbnb cancels all DC bookings during inauguration week (TechCrunch)
- LinkedIn: Bay Area hiring for remote work remains strong (San Francisco Chronicle)