🏞️ Public to weigh in on car-free JFK Drive / Weekend guide

It’s Thursday, September 23

👋 Hey, San Francisco!

I’m Alex Mullaney, publisher of the Ingleside Light neighborhood news site, City College journalism instructor and The SF Minute's first guest editor.

On to the news!

Vehicle traffic on John F. Kennedy Drive, the east-west roadway in Golden Gate Park, has been a point of contention for decades. The advocacy and debate for the future of the street reached new levels this year after park-goers got used to socially distanced recreation there during the depths of the pandemic. Now the city is ready to take action, and the first step is gathering public input.

The new Golden Gate Park Access and Safety Program, jointly run by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, will conduct a public outreach process to inform proposals for modifying street closures and improving access to the park shuttle, bikeshare, scooters, taxis and pedicabs, San Francisco Chronicle columnist Heather Knight scooped.

The announcement has not been received warmly in all quarters.

In an email obtained by Here/Say Media, District 1 Supervisor Connie Chan told the city agencies on Wednesday that she “will not be supporting any of the options presented by your agencies unless it is the Beach to Bay Car Free option called for by the resolution.”

What the city agencies do, if anything, in response to Chan’s remarks remains to be seen.

Once the public feedback is collected and technical analysis is complete, the recommendations will be submitted to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in late winter.

+ Transit agency seeks input on Muni service restoration (San Francisco Examiner/Bay City News)

Quick bits

  • “Just the stability of a hotel room allows people to access their health care.”

    Twenty of the original 25 hotels housing thousands since the shelter-in-place public health order in 19 months ago are still in operation, the San Francisco Examiner reports. They’re functioning as supportive housing, granting a high degree of health care access for occupants. City officials, however, are planning to relocate hotel residents throughout the next year as funding for the hotels will run dry.

  • Mayor London Breed and the San Francisco Police Department announced the Organized Retail Crime Initiative, which “calls for strengthened reporting and investigation between the San Francisco Police Department, local retailers and other law enforcement agencies,” the San Francisco Examiner/Bay City News reports. 

  • San Francisco Public Defender Mano Raju is suing the court system on behalf of 400 jailed people awaiting trials that have been delayed by a pandemic-caused backlog, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. “The jails are filled with pre-trial detainees, who are preemptively innocent of the charges against them,” the suit states.

  • “To me there’s some joint responsibility.” 

    Mission Bay streets and sidewalks are still sinking and distressing residents, KPIX reports. San Francisco Public Works won’t fix any private property.

What else I’m reading

Weekend guide

🍴 Eat up! Michelin just added three San Francisco restaurants to its best 'affordable' eateries list. Time to try, no?

If you’re on the hunt for more frugal fare, look no further than the Prince of Penny Pinching’s guide to eating well on the cheap in the Bay Area over at brokeassstuart.com.

🍰 Indulge yourself! Score a slice of Ingleside delight — well, a whole cake, actually. The outstanding Zanze’s Cheesecake is back in business, now selling its in-demand cheesecakes at several retail stores.

🌲 Park it! For National Public Lands Day this Saturday, all of America’s national parks and monuments are available to everyone fee free. That includes Muir Woods and all of the historic vessels at the Hyde Street Pier of SF’s Maritime National Historical Park. (Please check with each park to confirm that the park and its facilities are open and admission is free.)

🎺 To the bandshell! The Golden Gate Park Band’s 139th season is winding down. Their weekly free-to-the-public concerts take place most Sundays starting at 1 p.m. The season finale is Oct. 3.

🏮 Take a stroll! Chinatown’s Grant Avenue will be closed off to vehicle traffic for Walkway Weekends every weekend through December 2021. Stroll under red lanterns and dine outdoors in one of the city’s quintessential neighborhoods.

🧹  Lend a hand! Basin Neighborhood Association’s Bayview Beautification Day is this Saturday. Help clean up Bayview/Hunters Point along Innes Avenue. All supplies provided. Meet at Cafe Alma (888 Innes Ave.). Sign up on this Google Form or email info@refuserefusesf.org with the event name in the subject line.

That’s all from me. The Bold Italic’s Matt Charnock will take over next week. Have a great evening and an even better weekend! —Alex Mullaney

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