Hey there, San Francisco.
Happy Friday! As a reminder, we are “springing forward” this weekend. So, we’ll lose an hour of sleep on Sunday, but longer days are ahead!
And as another reminder, today will be my last newsletter for a couple of weeks as I’ll be out on dad duty, changing diapers and strollering across the city.
I’ll be back on Monday, 3/28. And soon after, I’ll have some exciting news to announce!
So stay tuned and stay well, and I’ll look forward to talking soon!
For now though, onto the news…
Top story: Breed picks school board replacements
On Friday, Mayor Breed announced her replacements for the three recently recalled school board members. They are:
Ann Hsu, a “primary organizer of the recall,” the Chronicle writes.
Lainie Motamedi, a program director and ranger for the National Park Service in Marin.
And, Lisa Weissman-Ward, a Stanford University law professor.
All three women are parents whose children currently attend school in the district, something that’s not always the case among board members.
Also, interestingly, two of the three (Hsu and Motamedi) were recommended to the mayor for consideration by the recall organizers themselves.
In front of a crowd at Galileo High on Friday, Breed called her appointees “strong, capable women who I’m confident will do what is best for our children, our educators and the school district.”
The terms for Hsu, Motamedi, and Weissman-Ward will last only until January 2023.
Should they want to continue on the board past then, they will have to run in the upcoming November election.
Quick bits: News to know
🚲 On Thursday, the boards of the SFMTA and Rec and Parks Department formally approved their recommendation to keep JFK Drive car-free. The decision will now move on to the Board of Supervisors. (SF Standard)
🖋 This week, the city released a preliminary redrawing of its supervisor districts, which drew sharp criticism from some local politicians. Of particular concern was the proposed boundaries for District 8, which, as its current supervisor Rafael Mandelman told 48hills, would create “a much straighter and more conservative district.” (48hills / Chronicle)
🛤 A Caltrain headed south from San Francisco to San Jose on Thursday morning struck a vehicle and caught fire, injuring at least 13 people. (SFGATE)
🛍 SF Business Times reporter Alex Barreira found that foot traffic at the downtown Westfield mall was still down roughly 40% in February compared to pre-pandemic numbers, whereas foot traffic at the Stonestown Galleria (located near SF State) was up 8%. As Barreira writes, “Those different rates of recovery are in line with the general trend that's been seen throughout the San Francisco economy, that downtown fell farther and faster and is having a harder time getting back up.” (SF Business Times)
What else I’m reading: Links to browse
Jill Biden serves as her husband's emotional emissary over Ukraine (CNN / There’s an SF-angle here, I promise.)
Step Inside Bottle Club Pub, San Francisco’s New Throwback Homage to American Whiskey (Eater)
New Mission District tattoo studio offers ‘made-to-fade’ tattoos that disappear in a year (Hoodline)
ICYMI: This week’s most popular stories
Monday: Outer Richmond’s Homey New ‘Common Space’ (Richmond Review)
Tuesday: Durian, avocado and pineapple lattes? This new S.F. cafe is betting on the rise of fruit in coffee (Chronicle)
Wednesday: Potion Putt Arrives in San Francisco With 'Wizardry' Courses, Magical Decor, and Drinks (SFist)
Thursday: How the Filbert Steps Came to Be an Oasis in San Francisco (KQED)
And finally… Firehouse photos
Yesterday, I wrote about the new, floating fire station near the Embarcadero but didn’t have photos to share. So, today I thought I’d include a few.
Here’s what the only floating fire station in Western Hemisphere looks like!
(All photos courtesy of Public Works)
Alright, that’s all for today! Have a wonderful weekend and next couple of weeks, and I will see you back here on 3/28. Until then! - Nick B.