Breed announces indoor vaccine mandate / Souvla to serve cherry fro-yo on Delta flights

It's Thursday, August 12.

Hey there, San Francisco. 

Well, it’s official. 

On Thursday, Mayor London Breed announced that San Francisco will soon require restaurants, bars, gyms, theaters, and other indoor event spaces to check for proof of vaccination at the door. 

New York City unveiled a similar policy last week, but San Francisco will become the first major U.S. to require that a person be fully vaccinated to be allowed inside. It’s set to take effect for patrons on August 20. 

“Many San Francisco businesses are already leading the way by requiring proof of vaccination for their customers because they care about the health of their employees, their customers, and this City,” Breed said in a statement on Thursday. “This order builds on their leadership.” 

As of this week, 78% of San Franciscans 12 years or older are fully vaccinated. Still, since late June, new cases in the city have been on the rise (with a slight dip in recent days). 

“Vaccines are our way out of the pandemic,” Breed said. “And our way back to a life where we can be together safely.”  

So what’s the reception going to be like to the city’s new policy? This week the Chronicle spoke to several restaurant and bar owners already asking for proof of vaccination who said it's mostly been a non-issue, including tapas bar owner Debi Cohn who described the response from her customers as “overwhelmingly positive.” 

And with that...onto some more news… 

The first of two recall efforts against District Attorney Chesa Boudin failed to gather enough valid signatures to set off a special election, the Examiner reported on Wednesday. The leader of the campaign, former Republican mayoral candidate Richie Greenberg, and his committee “missed the mark by 1,714 signatures,” Examiner reporter Michael Barba writes. “His volunteers collected 52,990 signatures, but determined that 3,379 were either invalid or blatantly fake, filed with fictitious names such as ‘Ben Dover.’”

“I’m pissed as hell but proud of our recall team,” Greenberg said. 

A second recall campaign against the DA has until October 25 to hand in its signatures. 

Meanwhile, the leaders of the effort to oust three San Francisco school board members told Here/Say Media on Wednesday that they have surpassed the 51,325 signature mark needed to trigger a recall election. Still, they have until September 7 to collect autographs and say they hope to reach 70,000 to safeguard against dupes and fake names. 

“They’re definitely on track,” political strategist Jim Ross told Here/Say. 

Quick bits: 

  • 🚆 Alaric Degrafinried, who took over as the head of Public Works after Mohammed Nuru’s arrest in early 2020, will leave his top post to take a “high-ranking position at BART,” Mission Local’s Joe Eskenazi reports. 

    “Alaric was solid as a transitional leader at a very dark time at DPW,” Supervisor Matt Haney told Mission Local. “The guy oozed integrity and, needless to say, that’s something we need more of at DPW and across city government.” (Mission Local

  • 💊 The SF Weekly’s Benjamin Schneider had a good article on Wednesday that delved into how safe consumption (or, injection) sites in San Francisco could actually work. Namely, Schneider writes, “it will be up to [Mayor] Breed to coordinate the city’s strategy and then declare a state of emergency, clearing the way for the city to violate state and federal law by allowing safe consumption sites.” 

    Schneider said that Supervisor Matt Haney is expected to “craft a resolution calling on the mayor to declare a state of emergency,” which could be introduced as early as September. (SF Weekly)

  • 🍷 Linden & Laguna, a “Parisian-style wine bar,” opened on Wednesday in the Hayes Valley location previously occupied by the champagne and sparkling wine favorite, The Riddler. (Eater

  • 🥂 On Thursday, Chronicle food critic Soleil Ho shared a secret. Empress by Boon, the fancy, new Cantonese restaurant in Chinatown and the toughest reservation in the city right now, has a bar/lounge area that’s walk-in friendly and offers its full menu. 

    “You just have to know,” Ho writes. “And once you do, you will find a romantic go-to spot to watch the sun set while tucking into baijiu cocktails and some of the best roast duck in the city.” (Chronicle

  • 🥗 Souvla will soon serve its chicken salads and cherry-syrup fro-yo to first-class Delta passengers flying from SFO to Boston's Logan International Airport and New York's JFK International Airport as part of a partnership announced on Wednesday. The miles-high Souvla menu will also include some dishes not found at its four San Francisco stores including a breakfast pita, baked feta pasta, and meatballs. (SFGate

  • 💜 Shout out to The Bold Italic’s Matt Charnock for reminding us that it's the most wonderful time of the year in San Francisco, bougainvillea season. “Being perennials, their colors remain bright throughout most of the year,” Charnock writes. “However, bougainvillea truly comes alive with its pink and purple Pantones through the summer.” (Bold Italic

And finally… 

H/t to Broke-Ass Stuart for surfacing a great, new 10-minute documentary about how the Roxie Theater in the Mission survived the pandemic and reopened in May after 434 days of empty seats and quiet projectors. 

“The Roxie almost went out of business more times than I can count,” said Executive Director Lex Sloan. “It was really through fundraisers and the love of the community that the Roxie was able to stay afloat.” 

That’s all for today! Thanks so much for reading y’all and hope you’re having a good week. We’re almost there! See you tomorrow. - Nick B.

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