Letter to Mayor London Breed and Mayor Libby Schaaf Re: Wage Workers and CoVID19
Dear Mayors Breed and Schaaf,
As a hospital medicine physician at UCSF and a first responder to the CoVID19 spread, I want to commend you for taking steps to contain the virus by recommending limited social engagement. I believe that limiting how many gatherings are happening this month will be crucial to how quickly and effectively we weather this storm together.
Many wage workers I know will be deeply impacted by this. Musicians are having gigs canceled. Restaurant workers are not making the tips they need to survive. Theater performances are being canceled and actors, stagehands and crew are impacted. Yoga teachers and dance teachers are impacted as well.
I am asking for you to put a moratorium on evictions and enact a plan to forgive rent for wage workers who will be unable to make the income needed to pay rent for the month of April. By following the advice of the SF health department, they are doing a service to the greater good and should not be punished fiscally for that collective action.
Thank you for considering this plan. We look forward to your action to protect our economically vulnerable residents.
Rupa Marya, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Hospital Medicine
University of California, San Francisco
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