Billion dollars available to city / Breed helps the homeless with rental vouchers

It's Monday, March 29th.

Good evening, San Francisco. 

Supervisor Matt Haney had a crazy tweet today. 

A billion dollars! If you feel strongly about a particular issue our city faces, you should really respond to Haney’s tweet. He leads our city’s budget committee. 

Of course, as your resident trash kook, I proposed an idea I’ve been thinking a lot about lately: Funding teams to constantly pick up trash throughout our city. 

For the past couple of weeks, with my bucket and gloves, I’ve been cleaning the four blocks around my apartment. It only takes around 15 minutes! I then use the 311 app to snap a photo of my full trash bag and create a ticket for city workers to come and pick it up. They usually do within the day. 

Sorry to use this overused phrase, but I think this scales. Imagine if we had 2-3 people stationed in each neighborhood for 8 hours a day to pick up loose trash. In a response to my idea on Twitter, Haney said a similar approach is a part of his “10 point plan” to keep our city clean. 

That plan, which also includes the city adding more trash cans and more public bathrooms, is a good one. I just hope we can keep it simple and get one or two of the points done. 

Speaking of more trash cans, Mission Local reporter Clara-Sophia Daly had an article today about Gavin Newson’s experiment in 2007 (when he was San Francisco’s mayor) to do away with around 1,500 trash cans throughout the city. The idea, Daly said, was that public bins entice people to “use them for illegal dumping of household or business trash.” 

Well, San Francisco is still messy and we now have 3,113 public trash cans for a 47-square mile city compared to 4,500 in 2007. For reference, Manhattan has 9,144 bins to cover its 23-square miles, Daly said. 

What to do? Hopefully this billion dollars will help. 

And now, onto some news…


San Francisco public schools are scheduled to start reopening on April 12th, but as Chronicle reporter Jill Tucker wrote this weekend, important details (like, will there be enough teachers) have yet to be ironed out. 

Already, 13% of the city’s educators have applied to work online only, saying that they or their family members are at serious risk of a Covid-related illness. In San Francisco, only a doctor’s note is needed for such a waiver. 

In other districts, Tucker writes, a “formal legal process to receive accommodation to remain at home” is required. Such is the case in neighboring Novato and so far, only one school staff member out of 800 has requested to remain home. 

“We are currently working to recruit and hire additional substitutes,” an SFUSD spokesperson told the Chronicle. “We will continue to monitor these numbers to make every effort to staff every classroom for the spring.”


On Monday, the Chronicle highlighted one part of Mayor Breed’s permanent supportive housing plan for the city’s homeless—rental vouchers. The idea is to give 1,100 people such vouchers to allow them to live in neighborhoods (other than the Tenderloin, for instance) that are not riddled with drug use and run-down buildings. 

So far, the city has given out 340 rental vouchers and around 100 people already have moved into places like Glen Park, North Beach, and Hayes Valley. To pay for the apartments, recipients must offer up 30% of their income to pay rent and the city covers the rest, or up to $1,800 per month, the Chronicle said. 

Some are worried that voucher recipients won’t have on-site support like they do today in buildings dedicated to people with physical or mental disabilities. Others told the Chronicle “it’s a way to more quickly get house keys into people’s hands.”


Quick bits: 

  • 🚙 Uber opened its brand-new Mission Bay office on Monday, becoming the first major employer in San Francisco to welcome back employees since restrictions were lifted last week. (Chronicle)

  • ☕️ The Creamery, a popular coffee shop among tech workers and venture capitalists that shut down its SoMa location last year, is set to open a new location on the corner of 14th and Mission despite push back from its new neighbors. (Mission Local

  • 📡 To help close the digital divide, the city plans on spending $1.2 million to provide free wifi access to residents living in the Sunnydale and Potrero public housing sites, which total around 860 units. (Examiner

  • 🏌️‍♀️ Due to Covid concerns, spectators will not be allowed when the Women’s U.S. Open comes to the Olympic Club in June. “Everybody is super disappointed because it’s our first women’s Open [in San Francisco] and there’s so much support in the community for this championship,” a source said. (Chronicle

  • 🍣 The Michelin-starred sushi spot in NoPa, Ju-Ni, is now serving up its 12-course omakase menu to customers outside from behind plexiglass. (Eater


And finally… San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin was on 60 Minutes on Sunday. Well, not THE 60 Minutes. It was 60 Minutes+ on Paramount+. 

If you’re interested in watching the full 20-minute interview, you can sign up for a free one-month Paramount+ trial. It’s well-done and worth a watch. Or, there are some segments on Twitter to view instead. 

There wasn’t much “new” per se, but in terms of the city’s drug problems, the tension between Boudin and San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott was particularly interesting. 

For his part, Boudin said that his office hadn’t made policy changes regarding drug sales, but thinks “we need to do more than simply arrest street level dealers.” Scott, meanwhile, said, “street-level dealers are who are causing... the damage that's happening on the streets.” 

“I'm looking at every individual life counts,” Scott said. “If we get a kilo, that’s great. It’s fantastic. If we get a little sack of fentanyl off the streets, that’s just as fantastic.” 

When asked about a “rift” between the DA and rank-and-file police officers, Scott said: “I can’t discount that.” 


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