Breed proposes 'wellness' street team / HS seniors may return for just one day

It's Monday, May 10th.

Hey there, San Francisco. 

On Monday, Mayor London Breed proposed the formation of a new Street Wellness Response Team. The idea: Instead of sending police to check on someone lying down or sleeping on a sidewalk, for instance, a group of paramedics and social service workers (from the city’s homelessness department) would show up instead. 

In 2019 alone, there were 18,000 calls to 911 and 311 for “well-being checks,” the city said. 

The wellness team would differ from the Street Crisis Response Team, which has been responding to more severe, behavioral health crises in certain parts of the city since its pilot launched in November. 

“Building on the early success of the Street Crisis Response Team, we are continuing our work to make a significant change to improve how we effectively serve people in need on our streets,” Mayor Breed said in a statement. 

If approved as a part of the Mayor’s upcoming budget proposal, which should be voted on and finalized this summer, the wellness team is expected to launch by January 2022 with at least two groups in the field, the mayor’s spokesperson told me. 

And with that… onto some more news… 

High school seniors may have the chance to return to school before graduation to see friends and classmates, but it might only be for one day and not even on their own campus. On Friday, teachers’ union officials said they reached an agreement with the district to give seniors the “opportunity to spend some time in-person on campus with teachers and their peers during their last few weeks of high school.” But the details were vague. 

On Monday, the Chronicle reported that the return might be limited to just one day in total and instead of instruction, there would be activities like “end of high school conversations” and “college and career exploration.” The meetups are also expected to take place at only two high school sites, which means many students would not be back at their regular campuses. 

Interestingly, as part of state legislation that was meant to prompt California schools to reopen, the SFUSD could qualify to receive $12 million if it was able to open one high school grade before May 15. Chronicle reporter Jill Tucker wrote that some are calling the move to bring seniors back a “clear money grab.” 

Quick bits: 

  • 👀 The Board of Supervisors is expected to determine the future of the city’s parklet program sometime in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, on Monday, The Frisc highlighted a potentially important clause of the legislation that says a neighbor’s permission is needed if a parklet encroaches on the space outside of that person’s building. 

    Sharky Laguana, president of the SF Small Business Commission, told The Frisc that the situation is “kind of classic San Francisco—where… one person out there with a bone to pick or a chip on their shoulder gets veto rights over something the vast majority of the community would be happy to have.” (The Frisc

  • 😋 The Outer Sunset Farmers Market on Sundays has become quite the culinary scene, as Chronicle reporter Elena Kadvany writes. Notable vendors include Molcaxitl Kitchen, Gumbo Social, Churn Urban Creamery, Sunset Squares Pizza, Avast Bakeshop, and Driftwood Bread Co. (Chronicle

  • ⚾️ The Giants and A’s are both off to red-hot starts to the season and both lead their divisions. But will their success last? Chronicle reporter Rusty Simmons said the Giants’ success may be more sustainable, as their run differential (how many runs they’ve scored versus their opponents) is fifth-best in Major League Baseball. 

    The A’s, meanwhile, are 20th in run differential but have had an 8-2 record in games decided by one run. No team has made the World Series with a run differential outside of the top five overall since the Mets in 2015, Simmons said. (Chronicle

  • 🙏 On Saturday, San Francisco Luthern pastor Megan Rohrer became the first openly transgender person to be named bishop among major American Christian denominations. (KQED

  • 🍻 Harmonic Brewing’s second location, which is right near the Chase Center in the Mission Bay area, has opened and its spacious, waterfront patio can seat around 100 people. In total, the taproom can fit some 300 people “making it one of San Francisco’s largest beer drinking spots,” the Chronicle said. (Chronicle

And finally… 

This CBS news story is worth checking out. Last week, two bystanders chased down thieves in Japantown and were able to recover stolen luggage for a Chicago family that had stopped for food before heading to the airport. 

The bystanders turned out to be Jeremy Jong and Hudson Liao, co-founders of the community safety group Asians Are Strong. Jong and Liao formed the group in March amid the rising crimes against Asian Americans, and among other things, teach free self-defense classes. 

“We’re San Francisco natives and we hate what’s happening to our city, and we hate that tourists come here – this used to be a great place to visit, great place to live, and it’s gone downhill quick,” Liao told CBS. “We hate that and we want to make sure people come here, feel safe.”

That's all for today! Thanks for reading y'all and we'll see you tomorrow!

-Nick B.

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