Hey there, San Francisco.
Lost a bit in yesterday’s news was the easing of indoor mask restrictions, which took effect on Wednesday. And unless you marked your calendar, you might not have noticed the policy change in action.
From what I could see (during a simple walk down Divisidero Street), people seemed to still be masking up inside retail establishments, like coffee shops and grocery stores.
And, as part of the policy, business owners can set their own mask rules.
Other places, like the fitness gym MX3, are embracing the change.
"Let's face it,” MX3 co-owner Dave Karraker told the Bay Area Reporter. “No one wants to be doing lunges or downward dogs with a mask on.”
And with that…onto some news…
Top Story: Thumbtack’s new
Thumbtack announced on Thursday that it's leasing the entire 13th floor of a new, mixed-use development on 5th and Mission Street. But the home services platform, which moved to a “virtual-first working model” during the pandemic, doesn’t want to call it an office, the Chronicle’s JK Dineen reports.
Instead, Thumbtack is calling it a “library.”
“We’re intentionally not building an ‘office,’” Thumbtack’s VP of People Jelena Djordjevic said. “We’re excited to introduce a brand new, purpose-built environment to connect in-person – be that through an in-person activity or after work happy hour — or simply to enjoy a change of scenery day-to-day."
The 20,000 square foot space will have two sections – one for socializing and another for “heads down” work. There won’t be any conference rooms, but there will be “Zoom rooms to meet with colleagues from around the world,” the company said.
Thumbtack’s library announcement comes one week after Salesforce released plans for its future-of-work concept: a retreat center in the Santa Cruz Mountains where it will host team-building events and onboard new employees.
Still, some are skeptical that such alternatives to traditional office space will win out in the long run.
Nick Slonek, a managing director for the commercial real estate firm Avison Young, told the Chronicle that when major tech companies like Facebook and Google start asking employees to come back, “people won’t be calling their offices libraries any more.”
Quick bits: Bite-sized news stories
🚲 Starting its own bike-share service would cost San Francisco $33 million up-front and $18 million annually, something Supervisor Dean Preston wants the city to consider when its contract with Lyft-owned Bay Wheels expires in 2027. “I think there are significant benefits to municipal bike-share,” Preston said on Thursday. (SF Standard)
🛒 The new Mid-Market Whole Foods, located on Market near 8th Street, is scheduled to open on March 10. (Chronicle)
🚶 San Francisco’s State Assemblymember Phil Ting introduced legislation on Wednesday that would decriminalize jaywalking in California. (NBC Bay Area)
What else I’m reading: Links to browse
What the election results mean—and what comes next (48hills)
Exclusive Q&A: S.F. police chief weighs in on Boudin, the Tenderloin, police morale and more (Chronicle)
Off the Grid food-truck rallies at Fort Mason coming back after two-year hiatus in April (Hoodline)
Weekend Guide: Events, ideas, and more
🍺 Beer Week continues. If you missed out on the festivities last weekend (or, during this week), not to worry. SF Beer Week continues through Sunday with plenty of events. You can see a full schedule here.
A couple that caught my attention include:
“South-End Smokeout,” which offers a “hop-on hop-off shuttle” between five bars and restaurants in the Ingleside, Excelsior, and Outer Mission (Ocean Ale House, Recovery Room, Gentilly, The Dark Horse Inn, and The Broken Record). “All venues will serve a smoked dish and have special brews on tap,” The Ingleside Light writes. Saturday from 4pm-10pm. More info here.
“Alcohol by Volume,” a record fair featuring local record vendors at Harmonic Brewing (located at 1050 26th Street). Food options include Al Pastor Papi and Media Noche. Sunday from noon-5pm. More info here.
🐯 Chinese New Year Parade. San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade, which organizers say is “the biggest parade celebrating the lunar new year outside of Asia,” is back this year and will take place on Saturday starting at 5:15 pm at Second and Market Street. The event is free to attend, but you can purchase bleacher seats here. And, ICYMI, here’s a sneak peek at this year’s floats.
🎸 Noise Pop Concert at Zeitgeist. The 29th rendition of Noise Pop, a Bay Area indie music, art, and film festival, officially starts next Monday. But on Sunday, there will be a pre-festival concert of sorts at Zeitgeist from 2pm-5pm featuring Zelma Stone, Mae Powell, B. Hamilton, and Indianna Hale. More info here.
That’s all for today! Thanks so much for reading y’all and see you back here tomorrow. It’s almost Friday! - Nick B.