City mandates its employees be vaccinated / All-Black drag show to premier at Oasis
It's Thursday, June 24.
Hey there, San Francisco.
It’s been about six months since launching The SF Minute, and recently, we hit a cool milestone: 1,500 subscribers! On Thursday, I wrote how we got there.
To start, it took a lot of individual outreach to friends, former colleagues, and people I noticed at online events/talks. Since then, I’ve focused mainly on getting the content right and then relied on you (our awesome readers) to spread the word. I’ve spent a little money on Twitter ads as well.
If you’re curious about these marketing/growth-type things, you can check out my full post (on LinkedIn!) here.
And not to get too sappy, but a special thank you to you all. There’s no way The Minute would have reached 1,500 inboxes each day without you telling friends, family, and coworkers about it. So, thank you, thank you, thank you! Really, youda best.
And with that...onto some news…
On Wednesday, city officials announced that San Francisco will require all of its 35,000 employees to receive the Covid vaccine once it's fully approved by the FDA (which is likely to happen within the next few months). San Francisco will become the first city or county in California to enforce such a mandate. Failure to comply could result in termination, city officials said.
“It’s about protecting the city as an employer from what we deem to be unacceptable risk,” San Francisco’s head of human resources Carol Isen said.
Meanwhile, the Chronicle reported on Thursday that the San Francisco Unified School District is considering a similar vaccine policy for its 9,700 person staff.
But not all welcomed the news. According to the Chronicle, an advocacy group for Black city workers emailed London Breed and the Board of Supervisors on Thursday saying that the mandate was “harsh, insensitive, and is anticipated to have disproportionate impacts to the city’s Black employees.”
💰 San Francisco’s homelessness department is asking for $15 million in the upcoming fiscal year to fund “safe sleeping villages,” which are designated areas around the city where homeless people can sleep in tents and receive three-meals-a-day, 24/7 security, and access to bathrooms and showers.
The cost-per-tent amounts to $57,000 per year, which, as Chronicle reporter Trisha Thadani pointed out, is about twice the median cost of a one-bedroom apartment in the city. The Board of Supervisors’ Budget and Finance committee is slated to vote on the matter next week. (Chronicle)
😋 With at least six restaurants (and one shop) within less than a mile offering jiaozi (Northern-style Chinese dumplings), the SF Gate’s Fiona Lee calls Taraval Street (between 19th and 31st Ave) a “hidden dumpling row.” (SF Gate)
👖 Levi Strauss announced on Thursday that it will renew the lease on its 355,000 square foot downtown headquarters, which is good news for the city’s commercial real estate scene. “Our company was founded in San Francisco in 1853 and we enjoy being a part of the fabric of the vibrant Bay Area community,” a company spokesperson said. “Fabric”... I see what you did there! (Chronicle)
🍔 Luna Park on Valencia Street sat empty for six years. But on Thursday, under new ownership, the restaurant opens with a slightly new name, “Luna.” From the photos, the burger and cocktails look awesome. (Eater)
The city’s only all-Black drag show (called, “Reparations”) started streaming on Twitch during the pandemic. But on Friday, July 9 the show will have its in-person debut at the Oasis club in SOMA, KQED reports.
“Everyone put a Black Lives Matter message in their bio but immediately went back to posting thirst traps,” the show’s host, Nicki Jizz, said. “This is not just a fad. This is not just a summer thing. This is a forever thing. We need to support Black arts every day.”
That’s all for today! Thanks so much for reading y’all and we’ll see you back here tomorrow for our weekend guide. It’s almost Friday! - Nick B.