Exodus numbers slow / Yellow tier approaches

It's Monday, May 3rd.

Hey there, San Francisco. 

The migration out of the city may be ending. Or at least, returning to pre-pandemic rates.  

A Chronicle report on Monday showed that in March, 2,860 more households requested an address change out of San Francisco than into it. That might seem like a high rate, but the number of net households leaving the city per month in 2019 (before the pandemic) was around 2,000. 

During the pandemic, last August, the net household loss in San Francisco was almost 8,000, according to postal data.

It will be interesting to watch this number as more offices reopen and companies start asking their employees to return. Will the people who left for Tahoe or Napa or the East Bay be forced to move back? 

According to USA Today, San Francisco workers are returning to the office at the slowest rate of any major US city in its recent report. So, even though exodus numbers are stabilizing, it still may be some time before we see more people moving into the city than leaving. 

And with that… onto some news… 

On Monday, Mission Local reporter Joe Eskanzi looked further into Mayor Breed’s appointment of City Attorney Dennis Herrera to become the next Public Utilities Commission lead. 

Herrera has no prior experience running a “billion-dollar water-power-sewer entity,” Eskanzi writes, and his office is in the middle of a major City Hall corruption investigation. The appointment has political implications as well, since Herrera would have been a likely candidate to run against Breed in the next 2023 mayoral election. 

“It’s been a week, and nobody seems to be saying it, so we’ll say it,” Eskanzi writes. “This is weird.” 

Quick bits:

  • 💛 San Francisco is expected to move into the “yellow tier” of the state’s reopening plan on Friday, May 7. That means indoor bars, wineries, and breweries can reopen at a 25% capacity. Restaurants, movie theaters, offices, and gyms can also increase their indoor operations to 50% capacity. (Broke-Ass Stuart

  • 🍻 Speaking of watering holes, Eater updated its essential SF breweries list late last week. It includes some classics (like 21st Amendment) and some that I wish I visited more often (like Laughing Monk). Now, after checking out this list, I also really want to give Lupulandia and Harmonic Brewing a try. (Eater

  • ♿️ Disability advocates are voicing some concerns over the Shared Spaces Program, especially when parklets spill onto sidewalks and don’t maintain a required “six-foot-wide continuous path.” “You have to make it so it’s not an obstacle course,” one person said. (Examiner

  • 🏈 The NFL draft ended this weekend and Chronicle beat reporter Eric Branch called it a “unique” one for the 49ers. Notably, the team took quarterback Trey Lance with their first pick. They also picked up two rookie running backs in subsequent rounds. Here’s a complete list of the eight players that the Niners selected. (49ers.com

  • 🎬 Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in the Mission is expected to reopen on July 23rd. Safety protocols are set to include temperature checks at the door and mask requirements indoors, except when people are eating or drinking at their seats. (Datebook

  • 🌮 The husband and wife duo behind Son’s Addition is set to open a new restaurant in Lower Haight called Otro. Eater writes that the menu at Otro will “lean into modern Mexican comforts, [while] riffing on the foods Nick [the co-founder and chef] grew up with in Texas.” Otro will serve mostly plant-based dishes, they said, and should open next week (assuming all goes well with final permitting). (Eater

And finally… The city’s main public library located at 100 Larkin Street opened its doors on Monday for the first time since last March. Check out how the library staff greeted their first visitors this morning: 

That’s all for today! Thanks so much for reading y’all and one quick thing to note. Some of our best stories (like our features of Barter Bread and Dogpatch Paddle) came from tips from you, our loyal readers. So, if you have any tips or ideas for stories, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I’d love to hear from you: nick@thesfminute.com

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