Shelter in place orders related to the current global pandemic resulted in a reduction in street services in The East Cut throughout the months of March and April, with the CBD Street Services Team operating at a reduced schedule and a skeleton crew. As a result, several cleaning and safety ambassadors were at risk to be furloughed without pay. This was due to City regulations stating that assessment dollars could not be used to compensate workers not currently on active “duty.”
The East Cut CBD Board of Directors believed that services staff deserved wages, as their inability to work (and earn an income) was not one of choice but rather an effort to help stop the spread of Coronavirus and adhere to the Health Order, at the time. In response, the CBD launched a Resiliency Fund to raise non-assessment dollars to pay minimum wages to furloughed cleaning and safety ambassadors. In the 6-weeks the fund was active, East Cut corporate partners pledge over $33,000!
The East Cut CBD appreciates the support of our corporate neighborhoods and wants to extend a heartfelt, “Thank You!” to Okta, 181 Fremont, Slack, Google, DocuSign, Columbia Property Trust, and DoorDash for their financial support. The CBD also wishes to extend special recognition to Courtyard Marriott for sharing the campaign with their trusted partners. Thank you to all of our corporate partners who are sustaining the programs and services of The East Cut CBD.