☎️ SFUSD's anonymous tip line
Plus: 5 question Friday
Hey there, San Francisco.
Happy Friday and happy 85th birthday to the Golden Gate Bridge, which opened (to pedestrians) on this day back in 1937.
The long weekend awaits, so let’s get right into it…
Quick bits: News to know
☎️ The SFUSD announced on Friday that it will roll out the Say Something Anonymous Reporting System (run by the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation) starting in the fall. Students grades 6-12 across 40 schools will be trained to send "serious concerns" to a “National Crisis Center” via the system’s app, website, or telephone hotline.
“We actively work to cultivate trusting relationships at schools and want to make sure students know that they can always talk to a teacher, principal or another adult at their school,” SFUSD superintendent Vincent Matthews said in a statement. “However, we know that some students feel more comfortable sharing anonymously.”
News of the roll out follows the devastating school shooting in Uvalde, Texas earlier this week which took the lives of 19 students and two teachers.
SFUSD officials say they’ve been planning this launch since 2021. (SFUSD)
🏀 With a 120-110 win over the Mavericks on Thursday, the Warriors are heading back to the NBA Finals. They’ll face the winner of the Celtics-Heat series.
“We won 15 games two years ago… And we're here!" Draymond Green said after the game. (Examiner)
🛍 Four new retail shops and restaurants have plans to open soon in the Marina, according to SF Business Times reporter Alex Barreira. They are: Faherty, Malin+Goetz, Bluestone Lane, and United Dumplings. (SF Business Times)
What else I’m reading: Links to browse
Charles Barkley Wields Coffee Cup At Warriors Fans After Getting Hit By Debris (HuffPost)
Emmy’s Spaghetti Shack celebrates its 20th (and 21st) anniversary this Saturday (Hoodline)
Everywhere Worth Eating Between San Francisco and Lake Tahoe (Eater)
Bay Area ghost stories to tell during a summer campout (Broke-Ass Stuart)
ICYMI: This week’s most popular stories
Monday: Chaos reigned at this year's UC Berkeley college graduation (SFGATE)
Tuesday: How This Mission District Restaurant Fought Back From Financial Doom (Eater)
Wednesday: These are the 20 best San Francisco breakfast sandwiches I ate in the last year (SFGATE)
Thursday: The story behind how ‘Bob’s Burgers’ was created in San Francisco’s Mission District (SFGATE)
1 house to go see
If driving around to open houses is on your list this weekend, consider checking out this Noe Valley gem I came across the other day.
Address: 557 28th Street
Specs: 3 bed / 2 bath / 1,505 square feet
Asking price: $1,695,000
The listing agent Teresa Callan told me over email that it’s a “mid-century modern home with a very usable floor plan.” She especially liked the outdoor space, complete with decks and a landscaped garden.
Open house times are this Saturday from 11am-1pm and Sunday from 1pm-3pm.
And finally… 5 Question Friday with Manny
Is there a busier person in the San Francisco “civic scene” than Manny Yekutiel, owner of Manny’s in the Mission? I’d wager there’s not.
Besides hosting talks each week at his cafe (which, in the past year, have included conversations with Mayor London Breed, Congressman Cory Booker, and US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy), Yekutiel also sits on the city’s transportation board, has helped carry out special projects (like lighting up Valencia Street and other commercial corridors), and has a podcast.
Recently, I asked him about it all. Here’s what he had to say (some answers were edited for brevity):
1. How are you feeling about how San Francisco is coming out of the pandemic?
Manny Yekutiel: I'm very optimistic and I love my damn city. San Francisco is the most resilient city in the country and I've been feeling the energy pulse through the city again recently. The summer will be ecstatic. I choose to separate how I feel about San Francisco politics and how I feel about San Francisco, though…
2. Tell us about your most memorable event at Manny’s this year.
MY: One that sticks out is a fundraiser we threw for Afghan refugee resettlement after the evacuation. We raised $60,000 that night, had traditional Afghan food, music, and dancing and it was so beautiful to see the community come together.
3. Tell us about the lights. What inspired the project?
MY: The lights! I decided to help spearhead a project to light up 12 commercial corridors around the City with beautiful warm seasonal lights to help spur the economic recovery, support public safety, and bring joy. The lights on Valencia street, which was my baby, have been a huge success so I wanted to spread the cheer all over. It will be about 30,000 lights to cover 72 city blocks.
4. Since you’re on the SFMTA board, what’s one transit project that you’re particularly enthusiastic about right now.
MY: I'm most excited about Slow Streets at the moment. I think if done correctly, they have the potential to transform our city for the better.
5. Talk to us about the podcast. How’s it going?
MY: The podcast is called “The Fun Police” and I record it with my co-hosts Sharky Laguana (president of the small business commission) and Ben Bleiman (president of the entertainment commission). The focus is San Francisco politics, small business issues, and our general take on what's going on in the city. We've got some of the best banter out there and we record weekly. It's probably the most fun hour of my week. Subscribe here!
That’s all for today! Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you back here on Tuesday. Until then, Nick B. 🌁