Former Public Works director reportedly arrested over potato chip incident

It's Wednesday, June 2.

Hey there, San Francisco. 

Sometimes news in this city seems stranger than fiction. And today is one of those days. 

Allegedly, Mohammed Nuru (the former Public Works director at the center of city hall’s corruption scandal) was volunteering at the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank in the Dogpatch on Wednesday when he “brandished” a knife at a person eating potato chips in the break room. 

ABC7 called it a “kitchen knife, like the ones they use at the food bank,” but said, “the person felt threatened and called the police.” 

Nuru was arrested and booked into jail this afternoon on attempted robbery charges. According to a police statement, he demanded the victim’s property, aka…the chips.

I’m sorta at a loss for what to say here. It’s wild and ultimately, sad. I’m sure more details will emerge in the coming days, but for now, let’s just glad no one was injured. 

And with that…onto some more news… 

On Tuesday, Protocol published an interview with Supervisor Matt Haney ahead of a hearing he called next month to address the state of tech startups in San Francisco. As Megan Rose Dickey writes, Haney’s goal is to bring local departments and tech leaders together to “determine how the city can better support startups, while also ensuring the tech industry provides access to opportunities for residents of the city.” 

"We are in competition with other cities," Haney said. "And, in some ways, we shouldn't just allow folks to leave who have brought tremendous economic growth and jobs to our city. I don't think that's a good thing."

On Twitter, some questioned Haney’s willingness to engage with tech companies in the past and called out his support for policies, like the “Overpaid CEO" tax, which passed last November. 

In response, on Twitter, Haney said he “did many tech town halls...and campaigned at tech shuttle stops nearly every morning.” Haney also said while he “actively supports startups and innovation in our city” he also wants “big companies & CEOs to pay fair share in taxes.” 

“That's actually what most San Franciscans believe,” he said. “It's not inconsistent.” 

Quick bits: 

  • 📈 Average rent in San Francisco is still down 17% from pre-pandemic levels, but since the beginning of this year, it’s been on the rise. Recently, from April to May, rent in the city increased by 3.8%. (Chronicle

  • 🎤 Last week, the Board of Supervisors’ Land Use Committee punted on making decisions about the future of the city’s parklet program. They are set to revisit the topic on June 7. On Thursday (tomorrow) at 9 pm, GrowSF will host a conversation with the President of San Francisco’s Small Business Commission Sharky Laguana about Shared Spaces, which could be a good way to learn more about the debate at hand.  (Twitter, Bilal Mahmood

  • 🥒 This is pretty great. The Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market recently launched a delivery service for Bay Area residents. There’s a flat delivery fee (for me, the website said it was $10.50) and orders are scheduled to arrive on Saturdays. You can shop by category (fruits, vegetables, etc.) or by farm! (Eater

  • 🎶 Sunset District resident Howard Simon recently returned a Bob Dylan album to the Cleveland-area library that he rented it from some 48 years ago. “As a recent retiree, I am taking the opportunity to turn my attention to some of the many vignettes of life that by dint of career and family have been neglected these many years,” he wrote in a letter to the library. “It’s quite late, and I’m quite sorry!” Simon also included a $175 check. (Chronicle

  • 🏳️‍🌈 On Saturday, in a game against the Chicago Cubs, the Giants will become the first team in Major League Baseball history to incorporate Pride colors onto their jerseys. The team will sport a Pride patch on their right sleeve (including rainbow, black, brown, and Trans colors). They’ll also have those same colors incorporated into the “SF” logo on their caps. (SFist)

And finally… 

Students in a Mission High photography class came together on their last day of school to arrange an exhibit on Valencia Street between 23d and 24th. The project resulted in a collage of some 100 photos, all taken of the sky. 

As Mission Local reporter Clara-Sophia Daly wrote: “Each photo is taken from a unique vantage point, symbolizing that although everyone has been apart, the San Francisco sky acts as a unifying force.” 

“I just took this when I was camping,” one student said. “I thought it was cool because you could see the sun and it was orange ‘n’ shit.”

The photography teacher, Andrea Nicolette Gonzales, said she “just wanted to close the year with something fun; I wanted them to have a good memory.” 

That’s all for today! And my apologies for sending this out so late! I dunno where the day went. Must write faster… 

Talk soon! - Nick B.

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