Hey there, San Francisco.
It's good to be back!
The last two weeks were a ton of fun (and a lotta work) watching my son. Thanks to everyone for the kind notes while I was away.
Some highlights included afternoon walks through the Panhandle and pulling off a trip to Fort Funston with our dog, Olive. Pushing him on the swings for the first time was pretty cool as well.
Anyways, thank you all again for the support. And, as promised, here’s a quick recap of recent news to get you (and me) back up to speed:
Mayor Breed was out of office for the past two weeks as well, touring across Europe and trying to drum up interest in San Francisco for international travelers. Our time away was not coordinated, I promise.
New census data confirmed the exodus narrative here in San Francisco, as our population decreased 6.3% between July 2020 and July 2021. New York County (aka Manhattan) was the only US county with a higher population drop during that time.
After the Board of Supervisors passed an 18-month moratorium on new parcel delivery services in the city, an Amazon spokesperson confirmed that the company will pause work on its “last mile” warehouse in the Design District.
“If you are going to come into our neighborhoods you are going to talk to the people in the neighborhood,” Supervisor Shamann Walton told the Chronicle.
The real estate development company SHVO, which reportedly bought the Transamerica Pyramid in 2020 for $700 million, has plans to pour $250 million into renovations for the building. It's Transamerica's priciest redesign ever.
4/20 celebrations at Golden Gate Park’s Hippie Hill will resume this year and apparently, Mike Tyson will be there.
La Ciccia owners Massimiliano Conti and Lorella Degan have sold their Noe Valley Italian restaurant to a South Bay restaurant group. Their last day at the helm will be April 16.
And, the $200 million project to install “suicide barriers” across both sides of the Golden Gate Bridge is expected to be completed by the end of 2023. It’s been eight years since the barriers were approved.
Alright, now that we’re mostly caught up, here are some of the top stories for today…
Quick bits: News to know
❤️ The city of San Francisco has opened its first ever public space dedicated to tai chi. The 4,500 square-foot area is located in McLaren Park, where residents have been practicing tai chi on nearby tennis courts for years. (Rec and Parks)
⛵️83-year-old Kenichi Horie, who sailed by himself from Osaka, Japan to San Francisco some 60 years ago, left on Saturday to attempt the solo trip again (this time in reverse order). He expects to arrive in Osaka in 2.5 months. (SFist)
🦀 Commercial fishing for Dungeness crab in most of California will end two months early (on April 8) after two humpback whales were reportedly caught in nets near Monterey and Half Moon Bay. Recreational crab fishing will still be allowed for now. (Chronicle)
What else I’m reading: Links to browse
When science fiction became reality at the bottom of the bay: Incredible Transbay Tube construction photos (Chronicle)
Campos and Haney both say they’ll win — and have polls to prove it (Mission Local)
Where to Eat During San Francisco Restaurant Week, Spring 2022 (Eater)
And finally… We Be Grandparents!
We Be Sushi in the Mission is temporarily closed, but for good reason!
According to a window sign spotted by a Redditor this weekend, the owners have traveled back to Japan for the birth of their first grandchild, a baby boy named Hayami.
They’ll be back open on April 6. Congrats to Andy and Eiko!
That’s all for today! Thanks so much for reading y’all and I’ll see you back here tomorrow. Talk soon! - Nick B.