Hey there, San Francisco.
Happy Tuesday! Did you notice the rain last night?
Downtown reportedly got all of 0.04 inches. Not a lot, but it was the first rain in San Francisco in 44 days.
It’s also getting cold! The low temperature may dip to 37 degrees on Wednesday. And over the ten days, temperatures are expected to peak at about 60 degrees.
Bundle up out there! And onto the news…
Quick bits: Bite-sized news stories
😔 A 16-year-old girl from the Central Valley was found dead on Friday morning by authorities responding to a possible overdose case in SoMa. “It’s absolutely tragic,” Supervisor Matt Haney said. “Our city cannot be a place where people get drugs so easily.” (SF Standard)
🏨 The historic, Sir Francis Drake Hotel in Union Square is scheduled to reopen this spring. And when it does, it’ll have a new name: the Beacon Grand. (SFist)
🏆 The Warriors’ Steph Curry took home MVP honors from this weekend’s NBA All-Star game after scoring 50 points and a record 16 3-pointers. “Once I kind of knew I was feeling it, I kind of knew I wanted to ride that wave,” Curry said. (Chronicle)
What else I’m reading/watching: Links to browse
San Francisco Mayor: Politics Were 'Clearly A Distraction' For Recalled School Board Members (Meet the Press / NBC)
Reporter’s Notebook: Inside the SFPD beating trial — a behind-the-scenes look (Mission Local)
Photos: San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade makes its return (Hoodline)
Omg: San Francisco Is Getting an Immersive Frida Kahlo Exhibit (Bold Italic)
And finally… Parcel K’s uncertain future
The Examiner ran a good story on Tuesday written by longtime SF Minute contributor/correspondent Natalie Mead. The topic: Parcel K.
Most people know the quarter-acre, Hayes Valley lot as the “Proxy,” where retrofitted shipping containers house a Ritual Coffee and Smitten Ice Cream. There’s also an outdoor movie screen and an outdoor gym, that seems to have grown in popularity throughout the pandemic.
But, as Mead points out, over 20 years ago, the city earmarked that space next to Patricia’s Green for affordable housing.
So what will Parcel K look like in five to ten years? It’s not entirely clear.
The Proxy’s current lease with the city is month-to-month. And recently, Supervisor Dean Preston said he’s “insisting that any extension of interim use [of Parcel K] be tied to a concrete timeline for affordable housing.”
Still, some, like Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association chair Jason Henderson, think community space and housing can both be achieved.
“Let’s use our imagination,” Henderson said.
More on Parcel K in the future, I’m sure.
That’s all for today. Thanks so much for reading y’all and see you back here tomorrow. - Nick B.