DA releases data dashboards / Educator fatally struck by motorist in Cow Hollow

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Hey there, San Francisco. 

Late last week, the District Attorney’s office announced that it released two new data dashboards available for public viewing. Well, one is totally new, which shows the number of incidents, arrests, and prosecution rates for different crimes dating back to 2011. The other dashboard is an updated version of a previous one, but it shows the actions taken by the DA’s office when arrests by the SFPD are made. 

Both are worth a look, and can be seen here (scroll down until you see “SFDA Prosecutions of SFPD Incidents and Arrests” and “SFDA Actions on Arrests Presented”). 

Of course, the timing of these dashboards is interesting. Just this week, the recall effort against District Attorney Chesa Boudin was certified and a vote deciding his future in office is set for next June. Also to keep in mind, as the Chronicle wrote about last month, crime data can often be “fraught with issues and biases.” 

For now, though, I wanted to make sure you knew this information was available. I’m sure we’ll delve into it more over the coming months. 

With that… onto some news… 

The removal of 10 New-deal era wall panel paintings at UCSF’s Parnassus Heights campus began on Wednesday morning after years of disagreement “over the fate of the frescoes and the future of the building where they were housed,” the Chronicle’s Sam Whiting writes

Alicia Murasaki, an assistant vice chancellor for campus planning at UCSF, said that “the moving of the frescoes is the first physical action toward implementing our comprehensive plan for the Parnassus Heights campus,” which includes 1.5 million square feet of new construction. As Whiting notes, however, “UCSF first must resolve multiple lawsuits seeking to block the reconstruction project.” 

Quick Bits

  • 😔 On Wednesday morning, a motorist struck and killed educator Andrew Zieman outside of Sherman Elementary School in Cow Hollow, where he worked. The tragic incident was the twelfth pedestrian fatality in 2021 and the first in the Cow Hollow neighborhood since 2017, according to data from local advocacy group Walk SF. “Too many people are paying the ultimate price for unsafe streets,” Walk SF’s executive director Jodie Medeiros said upon the news of Zieman’s death. (Chronicle)

  • 📉 This week, the Chronicle’s Kellie Hwang checked in on Bay Area rental prices, and San Francisco remains the hardest hit by the pandemic. According to data provided by Apartment List, the median price of a one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco was $2,395 in October compared to $2,717 in April 2020, a 12% decline. (Chronicle

  • 🚰 Despite recent rainstorms, San Franciscans may be asked to cut water usage by 5% this winter to help combat the “extreme” statewide drought, Here/Say reports. “We have a long ways to go just to reach normal this year, let alone make up the deficit from the last three years,” meteorologist Jan Null said. The cutbacks, however, are likely to be voluntary. (Here/Say

What Else I’m Reading

  • Comedian Alexis Gay Makes Fun of Silicon Valley. And Silicon Valley Loves Her For It. (Worklife)

  • Can oysters save San Francisco’s shoreline from climate change? (Examiner)

  • This visual report on the SF drug overdose epidemic (Chronicle)

Weekend Guide: 

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🎬 Catch a French Noir film at the Roxie. Watching a movie at the Roxie is never a bad idea. And this weekend, the beloved Mission cinema is putting on its French Noir festival dubbed, “The French Had a Name for It.” In his write up on the event, Chronicle reporter G. Allen Johnson highlighted a few of the films, including “Death of a Killer” (Friday at 7:45 pm) and “Falling Point” (Friday at 9:20 pm). Bonus points for a BYOB dinner across the street at Pakwan before or after the show. 

💜 Grab a purple piña colada. Apparently, it’s a drink that’s trending across San Francisco’s top bars right now, according to Eater reporter Camper English. The trick? Adding ube from the Philippines or sweet potatoes from Japan to the classic Puerto Rican cocktail. English mentions four bars where one of these purple coladas can be found: Abacá (out near Fisherman’s Wharf), Kona’s Street Market (downtown), Wildhawk (in the Mission), and Bar Iris (Russian Hill). 

🗑 Come pick up trash with us! As a reminder, together with the help of Refuse Refuse, The SF Minute is putting on a trash pickup tomorrow (Friday) at 9 am. Meet at Cumaica Coffee (2800 California St), where (thanks to the kind folks at Cumaica) you’ll be able to grab a free caffeinated beverage. Sign up here if you can make it. 

We’ll do more of these in the future, and we’ll try to make them either on Saturdays or Sundays or earlier in the morning, so it doesn’t cut too much into your workday. But if you can swing it and clear your Friday morning calendar, we’d love to see you there. 

🕺 Roller skate at Pier 70. The Church of 8 Wheels is heading bayside this weekend, and according to the event page, they’re bringing the beats, good vibes, and importantly, the skate rentals. The event is free, though many of the time slots on Saturday and Sunday are filled. Check here to see if you can snag a reservation. Skate rentals are $5 and food from La Cocina’s Kayma Algerian Eatery and D’maize will be available. 

🍗 Make your SF Thanksgiving plans. If you’re staying in the city for the holidays, consider locking in some plans this weekend, especially regarding your spread. This week, Eater published a good guide to local Thanksgiving options, including take-home turkey kits from Bi-Rite, turkey or ham dinners from Tommy’s Joynt, turkey or vegetarian options from Che Fico, and the whole turkey dinner from Brenda’s, which includes “quarts of andouille cornbread dressing, brown gravy, and take-and-bake biscuits,” Eater writes. 

🌉 Other things to consider: 

  • On Saturday morning at 8 am, the group Walk San Francisco is hosting a 2.8-mile “run / walk” in Golden Gate Park in support of a car-free JFK Drive. Attendees should meet at Peacock Meadow

  • Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, who represents the ​​Castro, Glen Park, Noe Valley, Diamond Heights, and Mission Dolores neighborhoods, is hosting “office hours” on Sunday from 9 am to noon. To reserve your ten minutes to talk with the supervisor, contact his office: mandelmanstaff@sfgov.org.

Alright, 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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