Amazon’s new hub / City workers face layoffs

It's Wednesday, December 16th.

Good morning, San Francisco. It's Wednesday, December 16th, and here’s the local news you should know today: 

  • Amazon is planning to build its first-ever delivery hub in San Francisco, as the online retail giant confirmed Tuesday that it purchased a 6-acre site in the city’s Design District for $200 million. The site’s previous owners, waste management firm Recology, had proposed in 2018 to turn the land into 1,000 new homes and over 500,000 square feet of office and maker space. Those plans, however, seem to have officially fallen through.

  • San Francisco faces a possible deficit of over $650 million over the next two years due, in part, to lower sales, hotel, and business taxes as well as additional Covid-related costs for the city, like setting up testing facilities. On Wednesday, Mayor Breed is expected to tell department heads to slash spending, which could mean layoffs for city workers. “This deficit is going to take a lot of work and sacrifice and tough choices,” the mayor’s spokesperson said

  • When the lockdowns first happened back in March, some Bay Area residents escaped to Hawaii, and now, The Chronicle reports, some of those folks are staying on the archipelago for good. Hawaii's highest-profile newcomer, Oracle founder Larry Ellison, alerted his staff on Monday that he’d be “using the power of Zoom to work from the island of Lanai.” 

  • Restaurant openings: The Noe Valley neighborhood welcomes Billingsgate, a seafood market and oyster bar, offering comfort dishes, like Dungeness crab salad on brioche bread, to go. The short-lived Al’s Deli on Valencia Street is now a Puerto Rican pop-up called Tripleta, serving up its meaty namesake sandwich filled with braised pork, rotisserie chicken, and grilled steak. And from Dennis Lee, the chef behind San Francisco’s Namu restaurants comes Sunset Squares—his take on Detroit-style pizza. 

  • The Warriors’ top draft pick James Wiseman practiced with the team for the first time on Monday, after the rookie center tested Covid-positive early last week. The towering 7’1” Wiseman is expected to play in next Tuesday’s season opener when the Warriors face Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets.

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