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D4 Newsletter | Tomorrow morning - Unemployment Town Hall, major legislative updates, and more
 
 
 
As we grapple with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, there is a related crisis growing at a record rate.

141,000 San Franciscans have filed for unemployment insurance since we declared a State of Emergency on February 25th. This too, is now a state of emergency for laid off workers. The scope of our unemployment crisis is greater than any since the Great Depression, representing hundreds of thousands of lives, livelihoods and families thrust into economic uncertainty. 

This crisis is not unique to San Francisco, but we are uniquely positioned to lead in addressing it. This is a labor town, a City that has long held that the rights of workers to fair treatment and fair terms of employment are sacrosanct, and we need to lead now in new ways to help our communities and families weather this crisis and land on their feet. 

I hope you can join us for our virtual town hall tomorrow morning, where we'll be sharing information, updates, and resources for workers both employed and unemployed, and more about the steps we're taking to support them. 

As always, don't hesitate to reach out, we're here to serve you. 

 

Unemployment Crisis | D4 Virtual Town Hall


Join us for a virtual town hall focused on the unemployment crisis and workers' rights, resources, and needs for an economic recovery.

With:
Jobs with Justice San Francisco
San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD)
Legal Aid at Work

Register in advance for this meeting

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We will take questions from participants, starting with those submitted in advance and prioritizing frequently raised topics.
 
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Back to Work Emergency Ordinance Moves Forward

Our Back to Work ordinance passed out of committee this week. This groundbreaking legislation is built on a simple idea: when they re-open, businesses should rehire, not replace, their laid off workers.

With our skyrocketing unemployment crisis, we need bold policy interventions to ensure fair treatment in rehiring. This ordinance provides that, and provides laid off workers with information and access to support while they’re unemployed.

We made some amendments after listening and working with small business stakeholders to balance their needs and make this ordinance the best it can be, and I’m proud to bring the Back to Work ordinance for a final vote at the Board of Supervisors this Tuesday!

Read more in the Examiner

Expanding Paid Leave for Workers


We’re in the middle—or maybe just the start—of an historic pandemic with no clear end in sight.

Climate change continues to exacerbate our wildfire seasons, and future fires may be more dangerous than any before.

We need laws that reflect the urgency and the grave reality of these threats, and provide safety and security in the face of them. We need Public Health Emergency Leave now, and we’ll need it in the future. We need this for working people, and we need it for public health. This benefit grants workers at large private employers two extra weeks of paid leave during public health emergencies. 

So I’ve introduced a ballot measure to make Public Health Emergency Leave permanent, expand it to cover unhealthy air quality days, and keep this benefit in place for over 200,000 San Francisco workers, to ensure they can take the time they need during emergencies to take care of themselves and their families.

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Raising Revenue for City Services


We're facing a City budget crisis of $1.7 billion over the next two years. Fiscal responsibility does not require us to be cruel, it requires us to be creative. Creative in advancing revenue strategies to strengthen our social safety net, protect our budget in the long term, and address the economic inequality and unfairness that are at the root of so many of our long term crises, from homelessness to housing access to hunger.

That means asking the corporations who are the most well off, who are most resilient to the current crises, and who too often have been given breaks or benefits in policy after policy, to pay their fair share. That’s what the Stock Compensation Tax does, and that’s why I’ve put it on the November ballot.

We cannot balance our budget on the backs of the vulnerable communities who rely on our programs and services now more than ever. At the start of a recession, with an exploding unemployment crisis, in the midst of a global pandemic, we have to be bold, and we have to be clear in rejecting long term austerity cuts to vital programs as a solution. It’s not a solution—not for City services, not for City workers, and not for the countless vulnerable San Franciscans who rely on them.

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More Slow Streets Coming


New Slow Streets on 20th Avenue and Ortega Street - Implementation Scheduled for Next Week

SFMTA is planning to implement two new Slow Street in our neighborhood next week: 20th Avenue from Lincoln Boulevard to Ortega Street, and Ortega Street from 15th to 47th avenues will become a Slow Street later next week.

We already have one Slow Street in place on 41st Avenue, and it's been an incredible success. The program limits thru-traffic to allow better access for walking, biking, and keep the street slower and safer -- for everyone. Parking is preserved, and local residents, delivery/mail services, and emergency responders can still access the road with their vehicles.


For more information on the Slow Streets Program visit SFMTA.com/SlowStreets.

If you or other have any questions please email SFMTA directly at SlowStreets@sfmta.com, or reach out to my Legislative Aide Edward Wright at edward.w.wright@sfgov.org

 

Sunset activist in search of ADA housing


Our good friend, Brandon Lee, is still in search of housing for his family of 3. He survived a political assassination attempt abroad and is now paralyzed. Brandon is in the BMI lottery system for housing but has been placed at 5,736 the last time he applied for a unit. Let us know if you have any leads on an open unit or a landlord willing to do ADA modifications to a unit.

Brandon is a Lincoln High School and SFSU alumni, and a true hero for his environmental and indigenous rights advocacy.

Please get in touch at gordon.mar@sfgov.org or (415) 554-7460.
 

Holding Corporations Accountable


Back in March, we passed a resolution I authored calling on the City Attorney, State Attorney General, and District Attorney to take legal action against “gig” employers for flagrantly breaking the law by misclassifying their workers to deny them basic rights and protections like paid sick leave.

Since then, all three have done just that, with City Attorney Dennis Herrera joining California Attorney General Xavier Becerra in filing suit against Uber and Lyft, and San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin now seeking injunctive relief and civil penalties from DoorDash.

This legal action is overdue, and I thank them for it. This is an important step forward to protect the rights of workers and hold corporations accountable.

Read more in the Chronicle
Read more in the Examiner

 

Free Home-Delivered Meals for Seniors


Great Plates Delivered SF is temporary state emergency food assistance program for older adults sheltering in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This City-run program delivers three free meals a day to eligible seniors, who are at a higher risk from COVID-19. The City has partnered with restaurants and food vendors to prepare and deliver meals to our community’s older adults. All deliveries are contactless for safety, and all individuals delivering meals are subject to background checks. In the first month of the program, more than 1,400 people have participated and over 80,000 meals have been delivered.
To see if you or someone you know may qualify for this program or other services, please call (415) 355-6700 or visit: www.sfhsa.org/greatplates. The City's helpline is available Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm.
 
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