Car break-in data causes outcry / Lab-grown salmon company to open SF 'tasting room'

It's Tuesday, June 29.

Hey there, San Francisco. 

There’s a Chronicle article from Sunday about car break-ins that has a lot of people talking

I didn’t include the piece in Monday’s newsletter because we highlighted an Examiner report earlier this month that essentially told the same story, which is: Car break-ins are way up this year compared to last year in touristy areas of the city.

I also took some issue with the Chronicle’s initial headline, which read: “Car break-ins are up 753% in S.F.'s tourist hub. The aftermath happens elsewhere.” 

While the stat is true, the 753% figure only looks at theft from vehicles in the police’s Central District, which includes tourist destinations like Union Square and Fisherman’s Wharf. And it’s just comparing break-ins for this May to last May (when the city was under Covid lockdowns). 

Across the entire city though, break-ins were down 4% from January to May this year compared to last year. Also, during the first five months of 2021, vehicle break-ins are down 29% compared to the same period in 2019.

Interestingly, the Chronicle has since taken the 753% stat out of its headline, and editors from the paper did not immediately respond to my questions about the update.

The tough part about reporting on this crime story, I guess, is that both takes are actually right. Break-ins are down this year overall compared to the last two years, but with 6,615 reported incidents in the first five months of 2021, there are also still way too many happening. 

And with that… onto some news… 


In April, a settlement was announced in the case of Sean Moore, the 46-year-old Oceanview resident who was shot by an SFPD officer in January 2017 and later died as a result of the injury. On Tuesday, the Examiner reported the size of the proposed settlement: $3.25 million. 

As the Examiner’s Michael Barba writes, the $3.25 million figure is “the largest of its kind over a police shooting in recent San Francisco history, far surpassing the $400,000 paid to end litigation over the deadly 2015 police shooting of Mario Woods.” Barba also said that the news highlights the impact of police body-cameras since Moore’s shooting was “the first of many to be recorded on a body-worn camera by San Francisco police.” 

The Board of Supervisors will still need to approve the final settlement amount. 


Quick bits: 

  • ✈️ United Airlines is planning to increase its domestic fleet by 30% (or, around 270 planes) over the next five years, which could add up to 4,000 jobs at SFO. “We’re excited to invest in San Francisco,” United’s spokesperson told Chronicle. (Chronicle

  • 🍣 The San Francisco food startup Wildtype, which makes salmon in a lab, is opening up a sushi bar of sorts in the Dogpatch this fall. But because the FDA has not yet approved lab-grown meat, invites will initially be limited to “students and chefs,” the Chronicle wrote. Wildtype’s founders hope the tasting room can open to the public by the end of this year. (Chronicle

  • 🐺 Two Bay Area moms say a coyote came dangerously close to their children earlier this month while picnicking in Golden Gate Park’s Botanical Garden. "I love coyotes and I love wildlife,” one of the moms told the SF Gate. “[But] if something did happen to a child, I would be more upset if I didn’t say anything.” In May, the Chronicle reported that park officials closed down areas around the Botanical Garden after spotting seven coyote pups nearby. (SF Gate

  • 🏳️‍🌈 On Wednesday from 6-7 pm, the Chronicle’s Arts and Culture writer Tony Bravo is hosting a talk with local historians about queer landmarks in the city and the importance of preserving their history. Specifically, the discussion will cover the Harvey Milk Camera Shop, the SF Eagle bar, and the Lyon-Martin House which, Bravo told me on Tuesday, are “all making news with different degrees of landmark status in the past couple months.” 

    “I think discussions about how we preserve and commemorate our history as LGBTQ people are so necessary,” Bravo said. “As a newspaper reporter, I get to be part of the process of writing a draft of history. I’m glad I get to talk to sources like my panelists who help put these topics [into a] bigger cultural perspective.” You can RSVP for the event here. (Datebook)


And finally… 

I’ve said how much I love Mission Local’s “People We Meet” series in a previous newsletter, but I thought it was worth mentioning again. Today, reporter Eleni Balakrishnan wrote a good one about Roosevelt Tamale Parlor’s co-owner, Aaron Presbrey. 

No one really knows how old the tamale restaurant, located on 24th Street near York Street, actually is, Balakrishnan wrote. The logo on the outside window says it was established in 1919, while vintage calendars hanging on the inside walls say the date was 1921. 

“I kind of stay out of trying to provide any definitive history of the place, because I get refuted every time,” Presbrey told Mission Local. 

When Presbrey and a former colleague from Emmy’s Spaghetti Shack took over the tamale shop, he said, “with the intent of making it our own restaurant. But then we kind of quickly realized, like, it was a really important part of the neighborhood...So we decided to just try and improve upon it and make it the best Roosevelt Tamale Parlor it could be.” 


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

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