First recall effort reaches deadline / Woman feeds raw meat to coyotes

It's Wednesday, August 11.

Hey there, San Francisco. 

Hope you’re doing well and enjoying this sunshine. Have we officially escaped Fogust? I don’t want to jinx it, so please, everyone go knock on something right now. 

And then...let’s get onto some news… 

The signature collection deadline for the first of two recall efforts against District Attorney Chesa Boudin is Wednesday, though its organizer, former San Francisco mayoral candidate Richie Greenberg, told the Chronicle this week that his “confidence level has dropped a bit” in terms of collecting enough names to trigger a special election. 

Meanwhile, the second recall campaign, dubbed “San Franciscans for Public Safety,” has outraised Greenberg’s effort “by a wide margin,” as Here/Say Media points out, and has until October 25 to hand in its 51,000 valid signatures. 

The Examiner’s education reporter Ida Mojadad raised a good question on Tuesday. Given that “ventilation is a key factor in battling coronavirus,” what’s going to happen when wildfire smoke forces schools to close their windows? 

Majodad writes that “updated guidance from the San Francisco Department of Public Health simply recommends closing windows and continuing other coronavirus precautions, particularly face masks.” The use of portable air cleaners is also recommended, though not all SFUSD buildings can handle the power requirements, a district spokesperson told the Examiner. 

“Personally, I am terrified that it’s going to become a super spreader event during the wildfires,” a first-grade teacher at Junipero Serra Elementary School said. “We can now assume that [wildfires] are going to happen and part of getting ready for climate change is having a plan.”

A new housing proposal in Potrero Hill could become the first “majority market rate project” in San Francisco to take advantage of Scott Weiner’s Senate Bill 35, which lets developers “bypass local planning and zoning rules if they agree to make a certain number of units affordable,” the Chronicle’s J.K. Dineen writes. The development at 300 De Haro Street plans to have 450 units, of which 181 will be below market rate. 

San Francisco Planning Director Rich Hillis told the Chronicle: “This is what the state intended when they passed their rules, and what I think we are looking at for future projects.” 

Quick bits:

  • 💰 The San Francisco Public Press published a good podcast recently that explains why some local politicians and residents are pushing for the city to create a public bank. Hint: A lot of it has to do with concerns over traditional banks’ investments in areas like fossil fuels. (SF Public Press

  • 🍖 San Francisco Animal Care & Control is seeking the public’s help in identifying a woman they believe to be a "particularly egregious coyote feeder." The agency released a photo of the woman on Wednesday sitting on Bernal Hill next to a plate of raw meat. (SFGate

  • 🥖 For our sandwich lovers out there, 48 Hills food correspondent Tamara Palmer released her “sandwiches to seek this week” list on Tuesday, and it includes some I don’t think we’ve mentioned here before, like daily veggie panini from Alimentari Aurora and the Senegal street style spaghetti sandwich from Teranga. (48 Hills

​And finally… 

On Wednesday, Here/Say Media released a good video with Police Chief Bill Scott as he attended community events in the Bayview, Mission Terrace, and Ingleside districts earlier this month. 

Scott touches on some of his familiar talking points, but still, I found it interesting to see him interact with residents and hear his thoughts on effective policing. 

“Having officers in the community policing the right way and talking about developing relationships, being present, being visible—it does make a difference,” Scott said. “When that’s done the right way, people tend to feel more safe.”

That’s all for today! Thanks so much for reading y’all and I’ll see you back here tomorrow. 

Have a great night! - Nick B. 

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