Hey there, San Francisco.
Happy Monday, and hope you had a nice weekend.
Tomorrow is election day again in the city, at least for folks on the eastern side of town who will decide whether to send supervisor Matt Haney or former supervisor David Campos to Sacramento as their state assemblymember.
It’s a runoff that’s been in the works for months now, since Mayor Breed appointed the previous District 17 assemblymember, David Chiu, to become City Attorney late last year.
And, lucky us, we’ll get to vote on the position again in the June primary.
Still, given that Tuesday’s vote will decide who gets to call themselves “the incumbent” in the upcoming general election, the results matter.
If you’re still undecided, here are links to the conversations I had with Matt Haney and David Campos back in December. Also, there’s a talk with the two candidates tonight at Manny’s, which is probably your last chance to hear them before the election.
And with that… onto the news…
Top story: Haney’s election day routine
Election day for a local politician can be both exciting and nerve-wracking, but state assembly hopeful Matt Haney told me on Monday that he tries to keep things as routine as possible.
Here’s what Haney’s morning will look like on election day:
Haney told me he’ll wake up “early” and check-in with his staff to make sure things are running smoothly. (At 6am, his campaign expects around 200 volunteers to be out and about, hanging signs on 10,000 doors by the end of the morning.)
He’ll then hit the gym, something he tries to do regularly.
But, he won’t be eating anything. Haney told me that he fasts each morning until noon.
He will drink coffee (Nespresso) and feed his cats (Eddy and Ellis) before heading into the office.
Knocking on doors and making last minute phone calls to prospective voters will make up most of Haney’s afternoon.
Also, for about two-hours on Tuesday, he’ll drive around the city in a red, 1972 Oldsmobile convertible to wave and encourage people to go vote. “[The car] has really loud music, so that gets people’s attention. Like, as soon as we turn a corner, people start dancing,” Haney said. He’ll be accompanied by the unofficial mayor of the Tenderloin, Del Seymour.
When the polls close at 8 pm and he’s made his last call to voters, Haney will sit at home by himself (with a glass of wine) for about 45 minutes before initial results drop. That time, he said, is used to “reflect on the experience and the gratitude for everyone” involved in the campaign. “In my first election, we got the results while I was at our event, and it was just way too overwhelming,” he said.
At around 9pm, once the early results are in, he’ll head to his election party, which will be held (coincidentally?) at Victory Hall in SoMa.
“Thankfully, I’ve won every election I’ve run in,” Haney said. “If I hadn’t, I don’t know, maybe I would have a different routine.”
Quick bits: News to know
🧑⚖️ A man convicted of a 1990 murder in San Francisco will soon be released from jail after maintaining his innocence for over 30 years. The reversal results, in part, from the DA’s Innocence Commission, which according to its site is “dedicated to… creating a process through which wrongful convictions can be identified and reversed.”
The case marks the first person exonerated by the Innocence Commission, the Chronicle notes. (Chronicle)
🔥 Monday marked 116 years since the 1906 earthquake and fire that leveled San Francisco and left half of the city’s 400,000 residents homeless. And, in what’s become a unique tradition, people dressed in 1906-era costumes (including Mayor Breed) met at Lotta’s Fountain on Market Street early this morning to commemorate the day. (Chronicle)
👀 The city’s Rec and Parks Department recently covered up two street paintings on roads near Bernal Heights Park. One read, “The Future is Black,” and another that read, “Alex Nieto,” the name of a man who was shot and killed by police officers in the park in 2014.
“Covering this mural represents the continued erasure of Brown people in the Bernal, but also SF as whole,” an activist told Mission Local.
Rec and Parks told Mission Local both were “unsanctioned messages,” saying, “memorials, murals and artwork have all found homes in our parks by going through the appropriate channels.” (Mission Local)
🏀 The Warriors’ Jordan Poole scored 30 points in his playoff debut on Saturday, helping Golden State beat the Nuggets 123-107. The two teams play again tonight at 7pm. (NBC Sports)
What else I’m reading: Links to browse
S.F. startup Phylagen’s quest: airborne COVID-19 detection in offices (Chronicle)
San Francisco plans to purchase 200 units to house homeless families (Examiner)
Minor White's San Francisco: evocative pictures of a vanishing city (California Sun)
Inside Lobby Bar, the Sultry New Cocktail Lounge Opening Wednesday in the Castro (Eater)
And finally… 🧘 Hot box yoga
4/20 is in the air, and h/t to Broke-Ass Stuart who may have found the best way to celebrate: Hot box yoga at New Mission Yoga.
The class typically happens every Thursday from 6pm-7:30pm, but according to New Mission’s site, it looks like it’ll happen this Wednesday (4/20) as well.
And, as Broke-Ass Stuart reports: “Yes, hot box yoga is exactly what it sounds like.”
That’s all for today. Thanks so much for reading y’all and I’ll see you back here tomorrow! - Nick B.