Hey there, San Francisco.
Happy Thursday. 🌞
The San Francisco subreddit has a good discussion going on around the question: “What are the rites of passage when becoming a San Franciscan?”
“Seeing a tree full of parrots,” “being bought a shot of Fernet,” and “having your car towed” were a few of the mentions at the top.
Personally, I could relate to “non-foggy Ocean Beach sunsets,” “correcting someone on how to pronounce Gough,” and “realizing you’re too old for 3 days of Outside Lands.”
Also, I had a good laugh at “being high and realizing Taraval spells Lava Rat backward.”
I never knew.
And with that…onto the news…
Quick bits: Bite-sized news stories
👮 The San Francisco Police Commission questioned Police Chief Bill Scott for hours on Wednesday over his decision to withdraw from an agreement with District Attorney Chesa Boudin over how officer use-of-force investigations are handled. The commission will meet again next week to discuss the topic and may force Scott back into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Boudin if the two can’t come to terms before then. (Mission Local / Chronicle)
🏡 Last month, 486 single-family home listings hit the market in San Francisco, which was down 42% from January 2021. (SF Business Times)
👀 Salesforce, the city’s largest tech employer, announced its plans to create a “work-and-wellness” retreat center in the Santa Cruz Mountains where it will onboard new employees and host team-building events. (WSJ)
🎿 San Francisco native Nina O’Brien, who fractured her tibia and fibula during Monday’s giant slalom final in Beijing, said on Instagram that she’s “in great hands” and recovering from surgery. “Well, I gave everything I had,” O’Brien said. “And maybe too much.” (Chronicle)
✨ SFGATE reports that after being open for one week, the bathrooms in the Powell Street BART station are surprisingly still clean, thanks, in part, to a restroom attendant who’s stationed right outside. (SFGATE)
What else I’m reading: Links to browse
An emotional Breonna Richard recounts watching police club ex-fiancé (Mission Local)
‘You can get anything’: How SF’s black market thrives off retail theft (SF Standard)
Meet the new executive director of San Francisco’s Exploratorium, an amateur bodybuilder who loves Legos (Chronicle)
How BIG hearts are made in SF with artist Todd Berman (Broke-Ass Stuart)
Weekend Guide: Events, ideas, and more
🍻 Celebrate SF Beer Week. A week-long series of events, tastings, and special releases, SF Beer Week kicks off on Friday. A few events that caught my eye for this weekend include:
Broke-Ass Stuart's Cornhole Tournament of Champions at 21st Amendment (Saturday, 1 pm)
Standard Deviant’s 4th Annual Chili Cook-Off and Smoked Kolsch Release (Sunday, noon)
And, Barebottle’s Super Bowl Watch and Hella Jalapeño Release Party (Sunday, noon).
Beer Week’s complete calendar can be found here.
🥞 Eat pancakes. Curtis Kimball, the founder of famed The Crème Brûlée Cart, threw a pancake breakfast for his Mission District neighbors last month, and this Saturday from 9am-11am (on Alabama Street between Cesar Chavez and Precita), he’s at it again. This time Kimball says he’ll serve up pancakes with blueberries, chocolate chips, maple syrup, salted caramel sauce, whipped cream, and more. As his promotion for the event reads: “No pressure, but it could be fun.”
🌿 Buy a house plant. This week, “SF plant Twitter” erupted when SFGATE Editor-in-Chief Grant Marek asked: “What are the best plant shops in the city?” These 100+ responses might be helpful if you’ve been meaning to do some plant shopping yourself. Some spots to consider include:
💝 Gear up for Valentine’s Day. The SF Parks Alliance and a group of local Etsy sellers (known as SF Etsy) are hosting a “Hearts and Crafts Market” this Saturday from 11am-4pm at Daggett Park in Mission Bay. Vendors will be selling flowers, jewelry, edible treats, and more. Live jazz is promised as well.
🌅 And finally…Hike to the Bernal Hill Rock. This week, The Bold Italic let us know that the rock atop Bernal Hill has a new, vibrant paint job. Maybe, go check it out this weekend! It’s a good excuse for a hike and a hangout on Bernal Hill, especially at sunset.
That’s all for today! Thanks so much for reading y’all and as a reminder, I’ll be out tomorrow. So, have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday! Talk soon. - Nick B.