City eyes SoMa building to house the homeless / Souvla adds plant-based lamb option

It's Tuesday, October 19.

Hey there, San Francisco. 

“The Storm Door is officially open,” the National Weather Service said on Monday. Rain is expected tonight and could last through the weekend

So, plan accordingly. And apologies to all the pups whose park runs will be impacted. But as they say, we could really some rain. 

And with that… onto the news… 

Quick bits: 

  • 🏢 On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors will vote whether to spend $86.6 million to buy the 160-unit Panoramic apartment building at the corner of Mission and Ninth streets as part of its effort to house the city’s homeless population. 

    But, as the Chronicle’s J.K. Dineen writes, “the acquisition is facing resistance by some SoMa residents who feel that the stretch of Mission Street between Fifth Street and Van Ness, already heavy with social services and subsidized housing for the formerly unhoused, has deteriorated in recent years.” (Chronicle

  • 🕵️ CBS SF reports that some 150 Marina residents are paying a private security guard $65 per month to patrol their neighborhoods from 8 pm until 5 am to look for “anything out of place or suspicious.” Beach Street resident Katie Lyons said: “We have an alarm, we have cameras on our property, but we want the extra security of having someone have eyes on our place.” (CBS SF

  • 👾 On Sunday, the Twitch sign outside the company’s Bush Street headquarters was reported...missing. (Twitter

Food news: 

  • 🍔 The San Francisco Department of Public Health closed the city’s only In-N-Out last Thursday because employees were not checking for proof of vaccination at the door. The Fisherman’s Wharf location is now back open, but indoor dining is unavailable. 

    “As a Company, In-N-Out Burger strongly believes in the highest form of customer service and to us that means serving all Customers who visit us and making all Customers feel welcome,” Arnie Wensinger, the company’s chief legal and business officer, said in a statement. “We refuse to become the vaccination police for any government.” (SFGATE)

  • 🥞 Breakfast restaurant Hilda and Jesse is set to open in North Beach on November 1. When it does, Chronicle food reporter Elena Kadvany writes, it may sport “​​perhaps the Bay Area’s only brunch tasting menu.” (Chronicle

  • 🥗 For the first time since opening its Hayes Valley location in 2014, Souvla is making a menu addition. Starting Wednesday, the local Greek chain will start offering plant-based lamb on its sandwiches and salads made by Dogpatch-based Black Sheep Foods. (Eater

What else I’m reading: 

The ultimate guide to San Francisco crime data (Chronicle

Electionpalooza: SF school board recall will kick off a flurry of local races (Examiner

Here's how the air above S.F. City Hall could be worth up to $45 million (Chronicle

Zillow house of the day: 

At $1.7 million, this 4-bedroom, 3-bath spot in the Forest Hill / Diamond Heights area is listed about $250,000 below its “Zestimate.” It’s located on a busy street, but still, that starting price seems low. 

Check it out here

And finally… 

Stanford assault survivor Chanel Miller has an exhibition on display at the Asian Art Museum entitled, “I was, I am, I will be,” the SFist reported on Monday. 

The 4-minute video, in which Miller discusses her work as an artist, is worth a watch. 

I liked what she had to say at the end: “In this piece…it was about accepting that I’ll never arrive somewhere. I’ll never officially become something or get a certificate of survival. It’s more that I’m in this state of constant becoming and that’s a beautiful thing.” 

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

Share The SF Minute


What place hosts drag queens, Senators, phone banks, poetry readings, famous civic leaders and change makers all in the same week? Manny's! Subscribe to our events list here.