HOW WE REPRESENT

sf.citi recognizes that technological innovation and progress are essential to San Francisco’s continued growth. We advocate for the interests of the city’s tech industry and community at City Hall and beyond.

Community Partnerships

Community Partnerships

Together is always better and that is why we work to partner with prominent community groups and across the city and state to connect the tech sector to San Francisco and beyond. Currently, we participate in the following groups and initiatives:

  • Mayorʼs Startup In Residency Program (STiR)
  • SF OEWDʼs TechSF Program
  • Clean Safe Civil
  • San Francisco “Buy Local” Campaign for San Francisco
  • Vision Zero Task Force for Pedestrian Safety
  • SFMTA Commuter Shuttle Pilot Program
  • City Business Tax Advisory Group
  • San Francisco All-Night Transportation Working Group
  • “By Right” Housing for All of California
  • San Francisco Technology Council
  • Mayorʼs Civic Bridge Innovation Partnership Program

City Collaboration

City Collaboration

Tech is a global industry – so we don’t just stop at San Francisco. By working collaboratively with regions across the country, sf.citi brings you intimate relationship-building opportunities with government and tech leaders from top U.S. cities. These exclusive opportunities provide member companies with a chance to speak directly to decision makers in key cities, helping you expand into new markets and grow your company. sf.citi has hosted roundtables with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. This new area of programming will continue to expand.

Federal Partnerships

Federal Partnerships

In 2017, concerning announcements from the Trump Administration prompted immense action from many in the tech industry, including sf.citi as it pertains to our member company interests in San Francisco. sf.citi supported the industry on several matters of federal jurisdiction, voicing strong opposition to the 2017 immigration ban and Net Neutrality repeal.

No to Immigration Bans

After Trump issued his Travel Ban – Executive Order 13780, titled Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States – sf.citi collaborated with partner organizations, fwd.us and the ACLU, and issued a statement on behalf of our Board of Directors opposing this Trump policy that would be so divisive and prevent many from excelling in our industry.

Yes to Net Neutrality

Another focus of sf.citiʼs federal work targeted the proposed repeals to the FCCʼs Obama-era regulations regarding net neutrality. As a collaborative organization representing all facets of the tech industry, sf.citi partnered with the Net Neutrality Day of Action organizers, and issued a statement on protecting net neutrality on behalf of our Board of Directors.

Ballot Box Advocacy

Ballot Box Advocacy

At sf.citi, we know that local elections matter. sf.citi promotes voter education, advocates for innovative policy proposals and encourages voter participation. Before each local election sf.citi’s Board of Directors votes on and issues a slate card of local ballot measure endorsements. Our member companies also receive briefings with our insights and analysis about proposed local measures and candidate races before and after election day. In the past we have organized voter registration drives in member company offices, making it easy for employees to participate in the democratic process.

Legislative Advocacy

Legislative Advocacy

Housing Policy

sf.citi has been an active supporter of robust housing legislation at both the local and state level. In June 2017, sf.citi supported, spoke publicly, and coordinated with partners to ensure the passage of the Affordable Housing Bonus Program (Home-SF). In September 2017, sf.citi furthered our support of innovative housing policies and backed the California housing package – SB 2, SB 3, SB 35, SB 167, AB 678, and AB 1515.

Transportation Policy

sf.citi promotes the improvement of modern and sustainable public transportation. In September 2017, sf.citi partnered with the Silicon Valley Leadership Group to co-author an opinion piece in the Mercury News, urging Governor Brown to sign SB 797 into law. This critical piece of transportation legislation provided Caltrain with a new source of revenue to improve the entire system and make dramatic improvements along the commute.

Innovation Policy

sf.citi is proactive in our efforts to allow innovation to flourish in San Francisco. In 2017, sf.citi was at the forefront in the conversation on the government role in regulating automation. This conversation escalated when San Francisco proposed legislation to prohibit autonomous delivery devices on sidewalks. In response, sf.citi actively pushed against the legislation to work out a compromise between the Board of Supervisors and the technology companies.

International Delegations

International Delegations

In September 2017, sf.citi was invited to serve as the technology industry representative on an official trip to the San Francisco Sister City of Kiel, Germany. As San Franciscoʼs tech representative, sf.citi worked to build international collaboration with the emerging German tech market, and strengthened ties for many sf.citi member companies currently working in the E.U. and Germany. sf.citi’s Executive Director Jennifer Stojkovic spoke on a panel of city leaders from across the globe on the topic of building smart cities during the cityʼs Digital Kiel Week conference.

Membership Exclusive Opportunities

Throughout the year, sf.citi offers its members unique opportunities to become familiar with key issues affecting their company and employees, interact with local leaders in an intimate setting, and open avenues for future partnerships. We are always seeking new methods and events to bring together a cross-section of industry leaders to discuss and collaborate on the future of the city and the technology community.

sf.citi's Lunch & Learn Series

sf.citi’s Lunch & Learn Series

At both the state and local level, sf.citi leads the way in advocating for San Francisco’s tech industry by engaging policymakers on the most pressing issues facing our community. To further these conversations, sf.citi launched our Lunch and Learn series in 2017 to provide members with regular opportunities to meet the elected officials who represent them. These intimate and engaging discussions between members and legislators explored the shared challenges affecting the tech community and the City of San Francisco.

sf.citi's BIG IDEA Series

sf.citi’s BIG IDEA Series

In October 2017, sf.citi released its first white paper, “Taxing Innovation: The Challenge of Regulating Job Automation.” As artificial intelligence and automation have already radically changed the way we work, sf.citi called on government and business to collaborate on an appropriate approach to automation in the workplace. In culmination with the paper’s release, sf.citi then brought together a cross-section of 25 San Francisco leaders from the tech, nonprofit, and public sectors to discuss the ideas we prompted in the paper. We convened a panel of distinguished experts across various fields of work, including Roy Bahat of Bloomberg Data, Vikrum Aiyer of Postmates, Laurel Arvanitidis of the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development, and Abby Snay of JVS Bay Area, to spark an informative and engaging conversation around the future of work. This white paper and policy breakfast will be the first of many more to come.

PAST WORK

Proposition E: Promoting Job Creation

Proposition E: Promoting Job Creation
sf.citi championed the fight to pass business tax reform on the San Francisco ballot in 2012. The tax reform measure, which passed with 70% of the local vote, transitioned San Francisco from an antiquated payroll tax structure to a gross receipts tax. This change benefited employers and employees alike by incentivizing hiring, strengthening startups, and improving city services.

Supporting Commuter Shuttles

Supporting Commuter Shuttles
sf.citi and its members supported the San Francisco MTA Commuter Shuttles Pilot Program, which created city regulations for private employer shuttles. The shuttles, which carry 8,500 passengers a day, eliminate more than 2 million single passenger car trips annually in the Bay Area. In partnership with MTA the shuttles have increased their ridership while decreasing their use of designated MUNI bus stops. sf.citi members submitted letters of support and testified in public hearings in favor of the program. We were very pleased that the city decided to make the pilot program permanent in the spring of 2017.

Support Tech Growth

Support Tech Growth
In 2016 sf.citi members successfully opposed a tax proposal before the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. The proposed “tech tax” would have imposed an additional 1.5% payroll tax on tech companies in San Francisco, an unprecedented effort to penalize hiring in a specific industry. We led a group of our member companies in opposition to the tax, hosting regular strategy calls, coordinating letters of opposition, and submitting public comment during the bill hearing. We are proud to have helped defeat the proposal and we continue to monitor legislation at City Hall on behalf of our members.

2015/2016 Legislation Advocacy

2015/2016 Legislation Advocacy
As an active supporter of comprehensive legislation and initiatives to improve the overall quality of life in the Bay Area, sf.citi leverages the power of the tech community through representing the tech sector in conversation with city policymakers. In previous years, sf.citi advocated for policies to create a brighter outlook for California’s housing landscape, enhance the growth of San Francisco’s economy, and improve the efficiency of Bay Area public transportation.

Housing
sf.citi was active in advocating for the Ellis Act Reform on SB364 and SB1439, promoted the State Affordable Housing Plan AB335, and supported SB364 to protect renters and long-term tenants in San Francisco.

Economic Growth
sf.citi supported AB2178 to help fill the “capital gap” that exists for smaller early-stage seed capital offerings and “jumpstart” these companies so that they can become candidates for larger rounds of financing and supported supported the City’s application for a Regional Innovation Strategies Grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration.

Transportation
sf.citi coordinated a Transportation Roundtable and Working Group to improve and modernize the 101 HWY Corridor and prompted BART to conduct a study that identifies investment and policy changes necessary to extend service for late-night hours.

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