Absence of after-school programs causes issues / Housing for homeless vets officially opens

It's Wednesday, May 5th.

Hey there, San Francisco. 

Pre-K and elementary schools have reopened in San Francisco, but not everyone is attending in-person. Last month, the percentage of eligible students who returned to the classroom was around 65%. 

One reason why some parents are keeping their kids home, as Mission Local reported today, is due to a lack of after-school programs. 

Here’s how Mission Local’s Kate Selig explained the predicament some parents are facing: 

They [used to drop] off their children for school, and at the final bell, their children walked into after-school programs to be picked up once their parents finished work. Most of those programs are now shuttered, even as some elementary school students return to classrooms...

Parents without the money for a babysitter or a spouse or family member to pick up kids in the middle of the day have resorted to sacrificing work or keeping their children at home.

A district spokesperson told Mission Local it was “not possible to also plan for after-school programs” this school year. Still, some after-school programs have resumed, while others have not. Reasons for the inconsistencies remain unclear. 

It’s also not immediately clear what the state of after-school programs will look like come August when the entire district is expected to return in-person. A district spokesperson did not immediately respond to our questions on the matter.

And with that… onto some news… 

The Edwin M. Lee Apartments in Mission Bay opened last February, but on Tuesday, Mayor Breed and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi celebrated the completed project, which includes 62 units for formerly homeless veterans and 56 units for low-income families. “I felt like I won the lotto,” one Navy veteran told the Chronicle about walking into her brand new apartment for the first time. 

I found this interesting as well, from the Chronicle’s J.K.Dineen: 

The building comes as Mission Bay, a planned community constructed on a former railyard, is nearly fully built out. So far 6,060 housing units have been completed, of which 1,456 are affordable. Two more affordable projects are in the pipeline: 141 units for formerly homeless, expected to be complete in 2022, and 148 affordable homeowner opportunities, expected to start construction next year.

Quick bits: 

  • 😔 Two elderly Asian women, ages 84 and 63, were stabbed on Market Street on Tuesday. As of Wednesday morning, they were in critical condition at San Francisco General Hospital. The police arrested the alleged attacker Tuesday evening and charged him with two counts of attempted murder and elder abuse. (Chronicle

  • 😔 A Black fifth-grade student bought a sandwich at the Castro neighborhood Safeway and was stopped and questioned by security about whether he had stolen anything. On Wednesday, the Chronicle’s Jill Tucker reported that school officials from the boy’s elementary school were organizing a peaceful march to Safeway to “stand up for Ja’Mari and all students facing discrimination.” (Chronicle

  • 🚗 During the pandemic, the SFMTA stopped towing vehicles that had multiple unpaid citations, registrations that had been expired for more than six months, or hadn’t moved in over 72 hours. But despite calls to make the bans permanent, those towings will resume again later this month. (Examiner

  • 💉 “Herd immunity” can be difficult to define on a national level, but San Francisco may be the most likely major US city to reach it on a local level, according to a recent report. Over the past week, the city has averaged just 26 new Covid cases per day. (NBC News

  • 💸 On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors approved the $100 million settlement with Recology, after the trash company had been overcharging San Franciscans since 2017. Residential Recology customers stand to receive around $190 each from the settlement, which could come as soon as September. (Examiner

And finally… 

Did you see the latest Heather Knight interview with Jeffrey Tumlin, in which the SFMTA executive director agreed that San Francisco was more conservative than Moscow? 

“San Franciscans, on a national political metric, we are far to the left,” Tumlin said in the interview. “But when it comes to our own city, we are so resistant to change that the result is a lot of conservatism.”

It’s an interesting take—that you can have “progressive” or “liberal” ideas, but if nothing gets done and things don’t change, that starts to look a lot more conservative. 

That’s all for today! 

One correction to note from yesterday’s newsletter. I said it was Wednesday when it was indeed, Tuesday. I can confirm with confidence that today is Wednesday. 

Thank you to all my editors out there! I really do appreciate you. And my apologies for any confusion that might have caused. 

Have a great night y’all. - Nick B. 

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