Film commissioner forced to resign/ Three GGP attractions may merge

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Hey there, San Francisco. 

The Touchless parking lot on Divisadero is surrounded by a chain-link fence. But as I approach, I’m greeted by a friendly and familiar face at the corner car wash: Moises Bonilla. 

Bonilla worked at Touchless for the past 30 years, handling everything from car washing to office sweeping. Now, as the once hopping suds center has finally shut down to make way for a 186-unit apartment complex, the trusted employee has been tasked with packing up the odds and ends for former owners Roy and Patricia Chimik

Whatever's left he’s throwing into a big, green onsite dumpster. 

“We’re just fixing a lot of stuff,” Bonilla said. “We still have a lot of stuff that needs to be done.”

Not wanting to take too much of his time, I thank him for speaking with me and quickly ask what’s next. He gives me a smile and a wave and says he’ll soon start a new job at Tower Car Wash and Detail Center on Mission Street. He turns and just like that, he’s back to work.

Written by Paolo Bicchieri

And with that...onto some news...


Quick bits: 

  • 💉 The head of the SF Film Commission (a group that works to bring TV and movie production projects to the city) will need to resign at the end of the year for not receiving a Covid vaccine, and thus violating the city’s inoculation policy for its employees. Susannah Greason Robbins, who led the commission for 11 years, told the Chronicle she asked for a religious exemption from the mandate based on her “Christian Scientist upbringing,” but her request was denied. 

    “I’m sad to be leaving because I love this job and this city and the film community we have here,” Robbins said. (Chronicle

  • 😔 On Tuesday afternoon, a 19-year-old man suffered multiple gunshot wounds in a shooting on Third Street near La Salle Avenue. He later died at the hospital. With six weeks left in 2021, the shooting marked the 48th homicide in San Francisco this year. In 2020, there were 48 homicides total. 

    The SFist reports that hours after the incident on Third Street, an 18-year-old was shot and injured while driving in the Hunters Point area. It’s unclear, SFist reporter Jay Barmann said, if the two events were connected. (Chronicle / SFist

  • 🌺 The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced a proposal earlier this week that would merge the Botanical Garden, Japanese Tea Garden, and the Conservatory of Flowers into one attraction named "Gardens of Golden Gate Park." Today, each garden has its own “admissions, education, and outreach programs,” NBC Bay Area notes. 

    Rec and Park lead Phil Ginsburg said the merger would “create organizational and operational efficiencies.” (NBC Bay Area

  • 💰 On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a $4 million resolution to pay for the flood and mud damage at Stern Grove that resulted from a water main break in August. As Hoodline’s Joe Kukura writes, Stern Grove Festival officials have “not commented any further on the likelihood of a 2022 concert season since the accident, but they do think they can not only fix, but improve the venue.” (Hoodline

  • 🛍 The District Attorney’s office announced on Wednesday that it has filed over 100 theft charges against a local woman who reportedly stole some $40,000 worth of merchandise from the Stonestown Target within the past year. On Twitter, DA Chesa Boudin thanked the SFPD for “assisting with the arrest.” (Chronicle


What else I’m reading: 

More Indictments for Ex-DBI Commissioner and Building Inspector for Disguising Kickbacks as Rugby Donations (SFist

The soul of San Francisco rides on in this pedal-powered library (SFGATE

Opinion: The hottest political race of SF’s election season (Examiner


And finally… 

On Tuesday, the popular YouTube channel Practical Engineering (with 2.4 million subscribers) released a video entitled, “What Really Happened at the Millennium Tower?” Already, it has some 800,000 views. 

Give it a watch if you have 13 minutes and want to solidify your foundational Millennium Tower knowledge (sry, had to do it).


That’s all for today! But before you go, a couple of things. Next week is Thanksgiving, so I’m going to take a few days off. I’ll send the newsletter on Monday and Tuesday and then Wednesday-Friday, we’ll take a break. If something truly wild happens and worth interrupting your holiday, I’ll let you know. Otherwise, I’ll be back on Monday, 11/29.

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