DA Boudin charges SF police officer with homicide / Giants' Buster Posey to retire

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Hey there, San Francisco. 

The corruption scandals across our city government can be incredibly difficult to follow. And that’s why this interactive map released by Mission Local on Wednesday is so great. 

Based on the reporting of Mission Local’s Joe Eskenazi and put together by data intern Will Jarrett (who told me it took him about two weeks to complete), the map (or, web) lets you quickly see how different city leaders are interconnected. It also calls out why those connections are problematic. 

I especially love that the John Deere tractor, which was allegedly part of a bribe with former Public Works director Muhammad Nuru, has its own circle on the map. 

I’ll be using this as a resource for a long time, I’m sure. And as Jarrett promises: “As more players are swept into the maw — and as connections between players become established — we will update this item.” 

With that… Onto some news… 

On Tuesday, District Attorney Chesa Boudin filed homicide charges against San Francisco police officer Kenneth Cha, who shot an unarmed man outside his Ocean View neighborhood home in 2017. The man, Sean Moore, died in 2020 as a result of the shooting. 

As the Chronicle reports, “It is only the second time in San Francisco that a police officer has been charged with homicide while on duty — the first case was also charged by Boudin, who has pledged to prosecute bad police officers.” 

“We rely on officers to follow their training and to deescalate situations; instead, in just eight minutes, Officer Cha elevated a nonviolent encounter to one that took Sean Moore’s life,” Boudin said in a statement on Tuesday. Body cam footage of the incident can be seen here

In response, Officer Cha’s defense attorney called the prosecution politically motivated (since Boudin faces a potential recall election next year) and, according to the Chronicle, “noted that former San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón had reviewed the same set of facts and declined to file charges.” 

On Wednesday, though, Boudin’s spokesperson Rachel Marshall disputed that claim and told me that Gascón had never reached a final decision on whether or not to prosecute Cha. 

Quick bits: 

  • ⚾️ After 12 seasons and three World Series championships with the Giants, catcher Buster Posey is expected to announce his retirement on Thursday. At 34, Posey had one of his best years ever in 2021, helping the Giants win more games than any other team in baseball during the regular season.

    After the team’s loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first round of the playoffs though, Posey mentioned looking forward to becoming a “full-time dad” to his four children. (Chronicle

  • 💉 Children in San Francisco between the ages of 5 and 11 will need to present proof of vaccination sometime in the near future to enter indoor spaces, like restaurants, city Health Officer Dr. Susan Philip confirmed during a town hall on Tuesday. The news came on the same day that the CDC officially recommended the Pfizer vaccine for children in that age group. 

    Meanwhile, SFUSD students of any age are still not required to receive the Covid vaccine, though as the Examiner reported in September, “that’s in large part due to the district’s high vaccination rate among students already.” 

  • 🌿 The owners of Rare Device, a gift shop on Divisadero Street, are opening up a sister store across the street that will focus primarily on plants. It’ll be named Plant House by Rare Device, and it’s scheduled to open on Saturday. 

    My main question: Will Mayor London Breed be there for the grand opening? As you might remember, earlier this summer, Breed mentioned being the proud parent of 36 house plants (!), a hobby she picked up during the pandemic. (Hoodline

  • 😋 On Tuesday, Chronicle food critic Soliel Ho released her list of top Korean restaurants in the Bay Area. San Francisco standouts include Daeho Kalbijjim and Soup, Han Il Kwan, Manna, Namu Stonepot, Queens, Toyose, and Um.ma. (Chronicle

  • 🚗 Did you see the video that Cruise CTO Kyle Vogt posted today of him driving around San Francisco in the backseat of a fully driverless car? It’s pretty cool. 

    According to a report by the Verge back in September, Cruise received permits from the California DMV to offer “robotaxi” rides to passengers in self-driving cars even without a safety driver in the front seat. Still, it’s unclear when Cruise will open up this service to the public. (Twitter)

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What else I’m reading: 

Opinion: The dangerous joke of the Chesa Boudin recall (Examiner

Goodbye, Embarcadero Freeway. Hello, affordable housing - 30 years later (Chronicle

Photos: Dia De Los Muertos Returns to the Mission District (Here/Say

Taking in Outside Lands, at a pivotal moment for SF (48 Hills

And finally… A brief history of San Francisco’s underground water tanks

Written by SF Minute reader and resident historian, Shawn Conly. 

The fire that followed the 1906 earthquake is perhaps the most infamous blaze in San Francisco history. And for good reason—it destroyed enormous portions of the city. But did you know it was a series of fire scares from 1849-51 that prompted San Francisco to build out a fire infrastructure plan that still exists today?

Underground water tanks, or cisterns, were a key component of that plan and are frequently marked by a circle of bricks you’ve probably seen in the middle of intersections across the city. They range in size from less than 10,000 gallons to a whopping 243,000 gallons (under Civic Center Plaza) and serve as an emergency stash completely separated from the rest of our water supply. 

The cisterns helped to save key parts of the city during the 1906 fire, and a post-disaster report said that with even more of them, the blaze could have been extinguished on the first day (it raged for three). As a result, the city promptly installed 150 more tanks. Today, 177 cisterns exist underground in San Francisco carrying around 11 million gallons of water. And apparently, no other city in the world has such a system.

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

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