Hey there, San Francisco.
Running through the Panhandle yesterday evening, it was pretty wild to see how many tree branches were down from Sunday’s storm.
The Department of Recs and Park is responsible for the cleanup there.
But today, I connected with Rachel Gordon, a spokesperson for Public Works, which handles “street trees” and all the fallout from them after a storm. Gordon said about 700 “tree requests” came into her departments’ queue over the weekend, with an additional 200 added in the last 24 hours.
“We’re making good progress but still catching up,” Gordon said.
Today, Public Works focused on large trees that fell during the storm, especially those on top of parked cars and one that was leaning against a house in Bernal Heights.
“We’re slowly working through the next layer of trees blocking sidewalks and driveways,” Gordon said. “Tomorrow will be a continuation of that before we can even get to all the stacked piles of debris around the city.”
A special thank you to all the crews helping to clean up our city after Sunday’s record-setting storm.
And with that...onto some news…
🏨 On Monday, the mayor’s office announced that the Abigail Hotel in the Civic Center-area, which served as a shelter-in-place hotel during the pandemic for the city’s homeless, will reopen as 59 units meant to serve “adults successfully transitioning from Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) to affordable housing, with a more independent living model.” (Here/Say)
🍎 Those against the sunsetting of Lowell High’s merit-based admissions process, including the Lowell Alumni Association, Friends of Lowell Foundation, and Asian American Legal Foundation, filed an injunction over the weekend to reverse the school board’s decision earlier this year. The groups, which sued the district in April over the same issue, believe that the school board violated certain state laws during its vote and thus, its changing of Lowell’s admission to a lottery-based system should be considered “null and void.” (Chronicle)
🤒 On Tuesday, Supervisors Hillary Ronen and Myrna Melgar will introduce legislation that, if passed, would make San Francisco the first city in the country to offer paid sick days to “domestic workers,” like house cleaners and nannies. The Chronicle’s Carolyn Said report’s that “an employer would pay one hour of wages into [a] fund for every 30 hours of service from a domestic worker” and that “the Office of Economic and Workforce Development would oversee the program, finding a company to create an app for workers and employers to track the benefit.” (Chronicle)
⛹️ After a 119-107 win over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night, the Warriors are off to a 3-0 start to their season, the first time the team has done so since 2015. “We’re chasing 82-0, right?” Steph Curry said after the game.
Meanwhile, after four straight losses, including a 30-18 beating by the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night, things aren’t so rosy in 49er-land. “The bottom line is that we’re not playing well enough...every single person, myself included,” linebacker Fred Warner said regarding the team’s disappointing 2-4 record. (Chronicle / Examiner)
👨⚖️ After 40 years in prison, District Attorney Chesa Boudin’s father, David Gilbert, has been granted parole and will be released from his Hudson Valley correctional facility sometime next month, New York state officials announced on Tuesday. (ABC 7)
📺 Peter Stein, an independent filmmaker from San Francisco, will appear on Jeopardy this Thursday. Go Peter! (Bay Area Reporter)
Edward Dang closed his Taraval shabu-shabu restaurant during the pandemic and not seeing a hotpot resurgence anytime soon, he’s pivoted to a prime rib pop-up called Prime Steakhouse that’s open on Friday and Saturday nights and caters to those who can’t score a reservation at the popular House of Prime Rib. (Eater)
There’s a new Oaxacan restaurant on 24th Street called Donaji. It’s the brainchild and first brick-and-mortar location for chef Isai Cuevas, who's been serving his tamales at San Francisco farmers’ markets for years. (Eater)
According to Here/Say’s Meaghan Mitchell, Supervisors Shamann Walton and Ahsha Safai are advocating for a community market in the Bayview that would “distribute donated or subsidized food—but unlike a food bank, eligible shoppers would be able to pick and choose their own groceries and either pay for the goods at a subsidized price or obtain them for free.” (Here/Say)
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What else I’m reading:
Should the Castro flag be updated? People have opinions (Broke-Ass Stuart)
A look back at ‘Live 105,’ the station that brought alternative music to Bay Area ears for 30 years (Datebook)
San Francisco's colorful homes were once painted gray (SFGATE)
Whistleblowing hasn’t worked at San Francisco’s Department of Building Inspection (Examiner)
Zillow house of the day:
This 3-bedroom, 2-bath in the Outer Sunset has a nice backyard and actually appears to be a decent deal at $1.1 million.
Check it out here.
San Francisco filmmaker Kevin Smokler co-directed and produced a new, 92-minute documentary about the reinvigoration of vinyl records in America. It’s called “Vinyl Nation” and its San Francisco debut is this Friday at the Roxie Theater at 7 pm, Mission Local reports.
Here’s a link the trailer:
That’s all for today! But before you go, I wanted to give a shout-out to the 132 of you who filled out our fall reader survey. Seriously, it’s a huge help!
And in case you’re interested, here are some data points that stood out to me:
83% of you live in San Francisco proper. And another 13% live in the Bay Area. So, our readership is very local.
55% of you like the “Quick Bits” news section the best. 27% said their favorite section was the longer, feature story at the top.
City Hall/local politics was people’s favorite topic at 39%. That was followed by things to do/events at 25% and food/restaurant news at 11%.
92% thought the newsletter was just the right length, while 8% thought it was too short. No one thought it was too long :)
And finally... 49% of readers said they would pay for The SF Minute as is today.
Thank you all again, and I will definitely use this feedback to try and make The SF Minute better and better. AND, congrats to our two winners Alyssa and Bowen who will each receive a $25 gift card to a local business of their choice.
Alright, have a great night y’all and see you back here tomorrow. - Nick B.