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Tech companies: It’s time to show that Black lives really matter to you

Published previously on TechCrunch. Over the past couple of weeks, in the wake of the protests over extrajudicial killings of Black people, tech companies have made tens of millions of dollars in commitments to racial equity organizations. These commitments are a powerful signal of the moral heft of the… Read More

How COVID-19 Gutted California’s Budget – Recording

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically reshaped the state’s budget outlook. Before the pandemic, California was assuming another year of economic growth and budgeted accordingly. Instead, the economic woes from the pandemic have opened a $50 billion hole—25% of the state’s entire budget—that makes cuts inevitable and new investments difficult. Read More

Community Spotlight: Nadia Anggraini

Meet Nadia Nadia is an Indonesian native who grew up in Singapore, and has called San Francisco home for the past 10 years. She currently works in strategy & analytics at Uber, but her professional career has spanned across industries, from management consulting to nonprofit to tech. She spends a… Read More

Introducing TechEquity’s 2020 Legislative Agenda

Each year, hundreds of bills are introduced into the California legislature. We sift through legislation to find and select a set of bills that address problems in our issue areas: housing and labor & workforce. We believe that these bills will do the most to ensure an affordable home, a… Read More

Oakland, Don’t Cut Homelessness Funding

We are deeply concerned that Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf has proposed using funds raised by the recently passed Measure Q for police salaries. We supported Measure Q in the March election because it would raise funds to provide housing and services to alleviate Oakland’s homelessness crisis. We oppose… Read More

Tech Workers, Let’s Get to Work

[Content warning: Black death, Black trauma] Last week was a horrific demonstration of the way power is wielded against Black people in this country.  We saw it in Amy Cooper, a white woman who threatened to call the cops on Christian Cooper, a Black man who simply asked her to… Read More

Is It Finally Time for a Basic Income? – Recording

Long before the COVID-19 crisis, there was a human-made crisis of an economy so broken that almost half American families couldn’t scrape together $400 in an emergency. Now, with the nation approaching 36 million unemployed, policymakers are forced to reckon with an economy that valued big returns for shareholders over… Read More

Virtual Ignites Recap: Innovation, Inspiration, and COVID-19

This week we hosted our first virtual Ignite event. The theme for this event was stories of innovation and inspiration sparked by COVID-19. We were excited to have over 50 attendees dial-in and join us for this event.  The pandemic has sparked a sense of urgency to come together and… Read More

TechEquity Supports Increasing Affordable Housing

We support AB 2345 which will boost affordable housing production by expanding the state’s density bonus program. The density bonus encourages affordable housing production by allowing developers to add more units and receive exemptions from building restrictions when they add more affordable units to their projects. This bill will grant… Read More

TechEquity Supports Legalizing Density

We support SB 902 which will repeal single-family only zoning statewide and instead allow two to four unit buildings on every residential property in California. Single-family only zoning policies are rooted in a racist and exclusionary past. This bill will begin to correct that ugly legacy and massively increase our… Read More