City Administrator's July 2022 newsletter

Image text: Thank You Warriors

Celebrating the Golden State Warriors!

As the Warriors battled the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals, City employees were hard at work preparing to bring the NBA Championship Parade to San Francisco! Take a look at all the behind-the-scenes work for the Warriors Parade and Celebration on Market Street on June 20, 2022. The video was produced by SFGovTV, the official television station of the City and County of San Francisco. 

City Hall at sunset with pink and purple clouds

News from City Hall

Launching Government Operations Recovery Initiative

The City Administrator’s Office, in partnership with the Controller’s Office and the Department of Human Resources recently launched the Government Operations Recovery Initiative to lead changes and improvements to make City hiring, contracting, and financial operations faster and easier. As part of this effort, the City Administrator’s Office introduced and Mayor London Breed signed legislation that authorizes departments to extend certain contract agreements to address pandemic-related staffing shortages and contracting backlogs and ensure continuity of operations and services. We are now collecting input and feedback from citywide agencies to identify areas for improvements.

 

Vaccines Now Available for Children 6 Months and Up!

Vaccinations are now available for children ages 6 months and older. For adults and youth, vaccines have proven to be highly effective at preventing severe illness. Find vaccines for youth on the SF.gov vaccine finder by selecting your child’s age range in the Filters section, or contact your child’s healthcare provider. Learn more about vaccines for young children (ages 6 months to 4 years) here. 

 

Resources for Homeowners: Family Wealth Serie

To strengthen homeownership across all neighborhoods, the Office of the Assessor-Recorder is hosting a series of virtual workshops on fair home appraisals, resources to help you avoid foreclosure and related property scams, and more. The Family Wealth workshop series addresses common questions about estate planning and passing on a family’s most valuable asset, their home. Sign up for an upcoming workshop on Foreclosure Prevention on July 26 and watch recordings of previous workshops here.

 

SPUR Good Government Awards

On July 15, the SPUR Good Government Awards honored City & County teams who were instrumental to San Francisco's COVID-19 emergency response and exemplified the highest standards in public service. Members of the City Administrator's Office were honored for their herculean efforts on contracting, financial, logistics, and technology support and more to keep residents and workers safe. Learn about all the honorees here.

Members of the SPUR Good Government Awards emergency response team posing at the grand steps of City Hall

Resources for Small Businesses and Nonprofits

Make Your Business More Accessible: Grants Up to $10,000 Availabile

The Accessible Barrier Removal Grant allows small business owners and certain nonprofits to be reimbursed up to $10,000 to make accessibility improvements or to pay for accessibility inspections. Applications are currently being accepted on a rolling basis. Apply online today here. 

For immediate in-person assistance, visit the Office of Small Business at the Permit Center at 49 South Van Ness. Watch the video here to see how easy it is to receive live help at the Permit Center.

 

Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance Updates

The Office of Labor Standards Enforcement (OLSE) recently released final rules on updates to the Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance, which gives certain employees the right to request flexible or predictable work arrangements to take care of family caregiving responsibilities. 

Learn more about complying with the requirements on OLSE’s website, or contact OLSE at 415-554-6424 or ffwo@sfgov.org to ask questions or report a violation. You can also sign up to receive email updates from OLSE on San Francisco labor laws here.

 

Minimum Wage Increased to $16.99 Beginning July 1

Starting on July 1, 2022, the San Francisco minimum wage has increased to $16.99. Employees that perform work in San Francisco, including part-time and temporary employees, must be paid no less than the San Francisco minimum wage, except for a small number of “Governement Supported Employees” which are subject to an increase of minimum wage rate of $15.03 starting July 1.  

This increase is based on Section 12R.4 of the San Francisco Administrative Code. The minimum wage rate will be adjusted based on the annual increase in the Consumer Price Index. 

Image text: City and County of San Francisco-San Francisco minimum wage. $16.99. July 1. 2022.

Accomplishments

SFGovTV Wins Emmy Award for COVID Vaccination PSA

SFGovTV recently won a prestigious Emmy Award from the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences! The award honored a Spanish-language vaccination video that the station produced as part of a multilingual series to encourage residents to get vaccinated. Watch the Emmy-award winning video and the full vaccination video series on SFGovTV’s YouTube channel.

 

JUSTIS Data Hub Launches for SF Superior Court and Criminal Justice Agencies

The City and the San Francisco Superior Courts just launched a new data hub and court case management system to improve cross-agency data sharing and collaboration and increase transparency of criminal justice information. The new JUSTIS Data Hub and C-Track court case management system streamline case management and improve access to services among City criminal justice agencies and the public at-large. The new system replaces an outdated mainframe system that required high maintenance costs, saving taxpayers approximately $3 million per year, and expands the City’s ability to analyze trends and improve public safety program outcomes. 

 

Celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride with Marriage Event at City Hall

After pausing for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of the County Clerk resumed hosting a special marriage event on June 24, the Friday before the world-famous San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration. The County Clerk’s Office opened up additional marriage ceremony appointments and invited couples to tie the knot in a festive Pride-themed celebration at City Hall. Sixty-five couples wed and received commemorative Pride marriage licenses. Congratulations to all the newlyweds! To learn more about getting married in City Hall, please visit the County Clerk’s website at sfgov.org/countyclerk/marriage

Supervisor Mandelman officiates a marriage of a couple both wearing white dresses in front of a rainbow balloon arch

Agency Spotlight: Mayor's Office on Disability

The City's Overall ADA Coordinator

The Mayor’s Office on Disability (MOD) oversees the implementation of and local adherence to Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as well as other federal, state and local access codes, disability rights laws, and accessibility obligations. The office serves as a liaison between the City and Deaf and disabled San Franciscans, conducting public outreach and education, and assistance with grievance resolution. MOD also serves as a resource and technical advisor to City departments, the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor regarding architectural and programmatic accessibility needs, emergency planning, and legislative impacts on people with disabilities.  

MOD hosts monthly Mayor’s Disability Council meetings as well as issue-specific disability community town halls and listening sessions to provide public forums to discuss disability issues. Feedback provided during these meetings help inform and advise the City, Boards and Commissions, and the Mayor on accessibility gaps, obligations, and policy.  

During the pandemic, the Mayor’s Office on Disability assisted the COVID Command Center with all aspects of disability access, including but not limited to the provision of accessible COVID testing and vaccination sites, communication best practices with Deaf and disabled residents, the provision of accessible virtual meetings, and the impacts of race on disability. MOD also advocated for vaccine access equity, assisting with the implementation of a call center, multiple disability community vaccination clinics, and a home vaccination program specifically for San Franciscans with disabilities.  

July 26 marks the 32nd Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). To commemorate, City Hall will be lit in purple, the international color of disability!

Last updated July 21, 2022

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