Breed wants $1 billion to fight homelessness / Local kayaker leaves for Hawaii

It's Tuesday, June 1.

Hey there, San Francisco. And welcome back from the long weekend. 

On Tuesday, from the newly renovated Willie “Woo Woo” Wong Playground in Chinatown, Mayor London Breed announced her highly anticipated budget proposal, which includes a $1 billion investment over the next two years to help the city’s homeless population. 

“If we focus and invest right, we have a real chance to make a fundamental change for those who are living on the streets, for our city as a whole,” Breed said. 

That billion dollars, which would be in addition to the $300 million the city already spends on homelessness annually, would fund 4,000 “new housing placements,” including the creation of 1,000 new Permanent Supportive Housing units, the mayor said. It would also help the city cap rent for all of its Permanent Supportive Housing at 30% of a tenants’ income. 

“Yes, this is a historic investment for our city, but we have to be honest with ourselves,” Breed said. “If we’re going to see change on our streets, it takes more than money. We also have to have the will to make the change.”

The Board of Supervisors’ Budget and Finance committee will begin hearings on the budget proposal next week and can make amendments. Later this summer, around August 1, the board will submit their version of the budget to the mayor for her approval. 

At that time, the mayor could also veto the proposed budget and seek further amendments from the board, though as a person familiar with the process told me today, “Generally that doesn't happen.” 

And with that… onto some more news… 

Quick bits: 

  • 🏳️‍🌈 Happy Pride Month! San Francisco canceled its parade, but Datebook has a list of events to attend, including movie nights at Oracle Park and a Pride Nightlife at the California Academy of Sciences. (Datebook

  • ☁️ Dreamforce will be back in San Francisco this September, but instead of pre-pandemic crowds that totaled over 170,000, the attendee count is currently capped at just 5,000. Also, Salesforce, the company behind the event, is mandating that all conference-goers this year be vaccinated. (Chronicle

  • 🎟 “Hamilton” will return to the Orpheum Theatre for a limited, four-week run from August 10 to September 5. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday. (SFist)

  • ⛳️ Over the last 21 months, child golf prodigy and five-time LPGA winner Michelle Wie West had wrist surgery, married Golden State Warriors exec Jonnie West (son of Hall of Famer, Jerry West), and delivered her daughter, Makenna. She also moved to San Francisco. This weekend, at the Olympic Club, Wie West will attempt to win her second U.S. Women’s Open. (Chronicle

  • 🍜 Noodle in a Haystack, a six-year-old in-home ramen pop-up, is opening a brick-and-mortar location in the Inner Richmond that’s slated to open in August. Back in 2019, Chronicle restaurant critic Soleil Ho said her favorite meal of the year came at Noodle in a Haystack. “After eating here, lesser noodles turn to ash in my mouth,” Ho said at the time. “No other ramen is good to me anymore.” (Chronicle

And finally… 

Forty-four-year-old Marin resident Cyril Derreumaux is attempting to kayak by himself from San Francisco to Waikiki. He left yesterday.

“The question comes up, what if I do die?” he told the Chronicle. “Was it worth it to lose 40 years of your potential life for a two-month adventure? To me, it’s worth it. But I can’t really explain why.”

If all goes to plan, Derreumaux hopes the 2,100 nautical mile paddle will take him around 70 days. 

“The ocean is going to do what it does,” he said. “I’ll try to listen to the ocean and adapt. Hopefully, it lets me go across.”

You can check on Derreumaux’s live progress on his website here.

That’s all for today! Thanks for reading y’all and we’ll see you back here tomorrow. - Nick B.

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