Fourplex plan moves forward / Chick-fil-A opens near SF border

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Hey there, San Francisco. 

Happy Friday. It’s been a busy week and still, lots to cover. So let’s get right into it. 

Onto the news… 


On Thursday, the San Francisco Planning Commission unanimously approved a plan proposed by Supervisor Rafael Mandelman that allows fourplexes to be built on lots currently zoned for single-family or two-unit homes. As Chronicle reporter J.K. Dineen writes, “[Planning] Commissioner Frank Fung said that all too often the planning panel entertains proposals for either soaring towers near downtown or the expansion of single-family homes already worth millions.” 

“Rarely do we see anything that looks like medium density,” Fung said during Thursday’s meeting. “I think that it’s time we try something different.”

The legislation is not set in stone, however. The Board of Supervisors will need to approve it, a process that will likely begin early next year. 


The debate continues over why the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing decided to pull the plug on the drop-in center at the former Haight Street McDonalds parking lot two weeks before it was expected to open. The center planned to provide unhoused people in the area with restrooms, hand-washing stations, and access to staff members who would “provide referrals to food and housing resources,” the Chronicle’s  Mallory Moench writes

Department director Shireen McSpadden said during Thursday’s Board of Supervisors committee meeting that pressure from Haight-area neighbors who opposed the plan did not influence its decision. Rather, she said, the department wanted to focus its limited resources on “housing placement and housing expansion.” 

Supervisor Dean Preston, who called Thursday’s hearing, was unsatisfied with the response, calling it the “latest chapter in an ongoing betrayal of the Haight.” A future meeting will be held to pick the issue back up. 


Quick bits: 

  • 😔 A 29-year-old mother of two was fatally shot near the Bay Bridge Toll Plaza on Thursday morning. “While the shooting was targeted, authorities say, it's not clear that she was the intended target,” the SFist’s Jay Barmann writes. (SFist

  • 🚔 On Friday morning, the SFPD shot and killed a man inside a residential hotel near 5th and Folsom Street in SoMa. According to The SF Standard, authorities said they were responding to a report of a man carrying a knife. (SF Standard

  • 🐔 Chick-fil-A opened a new location in Daly City on Thursday “mere minutes away from San Francisco’s city line,” Bay Area Reporter’s Matthew Bajko writes. But, not everyone is happy about the chicken chain’s arrival, including Supervisor Mandelman, who said the company has "a really bad history of supporting anti-San Francisco values, anti-California values, and supporting people who are fundamentally hostile to queer people." (Bay Area Reporter


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Weekend guide: 

🎟 Go see a movie on Van Ness. After a $1.2 million renovation, Landmark’s Opera Plaza Cinema located at 601 Van Ness Avenue reopens today. Its opening night lineup includes the new Kurt Vonnegut documentary and two San Francisco classics, “Bullitt” (1968) and “Dirty Harry” (1971). 

Also, did you know that the former AMC theater at 1000 Van Ness opened in September? Its new name: CGV San Francisco 14. As Chronicle reporter G. Allen Johnson noted, together the two updated theaters mark the return of “a combined 18 movie screens on the Van Ness corridor.” 

If you’d rather stay in, consider streaming the recent Marvel movie “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.” And after the 6-minute bus fight scene through San Francisco, immediately read the Twitter reaction thread that Muni driver Mc “Mack” Allen wrote this week. It’s incredible. 


🍷 Try a new drink spot. Buddy, a cocktail and natural wine bar located in the Mission at 3115 22nd Street, opened this week. Consider stopping by. They have food as well, including a fried mortadella “sammy” that has been on my mind all week. 

Or, if you’re looking for a different kind of buzz, stop by the new La Lucha Coffee Bar in Noe Valley at the corner of 29th and Sanchez. La Lucha’s original coffee window and cafe operates during the day out of Thee Parkside bar in Potrero. But this new Noe Valley store just recently opened


🛍 Go craft shopping. Just about every month, I believe, there’s a “West Coast Craft Fair” at Fort Mason. But with the holidays around the corner, it could be a good time to check out some 275 artists and designers who will be showcasing/selling their work. The event is on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm at the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion. 

Also, on Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm, the Sankofa Makers Market will take place at the Bayview Hunters Point Outdoor Market located on Hunters Point Blvd. between Hawes and Jennings. Besides craft wares, there will also be food for sale from local vendors like Gumbo Social, Yes Pudding, and Big H's BBQ. 


🎷 Listen to live jazz for free. The first annual Larkin Street Jazz Festival is this Saturday from 12 pm to 6 pm. It’ll take place on Larkin Street between O’Farrell and Eddy, which is currently closed off on Thursdays through Sundays as a part of the city’s Shared Streets program. According to the event page, there will be music performed by the Bay Area’s “top Jazz bands,” as well as food, drinks, and activities for kids. 


🦀 Get serious about crabbing. If you’re like me and always wanted to catch crab yourself, revisit this Eater article we highlighted earlier in the week which walks you through everything you’ll need to know to get started, from licenses to the best local shops to pick up gear. As reporter Becky Duffett notes, it’s a good year to catch crab yourself since the commercial season has been delayed

Still nervous about going solo? No worries. Duffett also includes the best local guides to get you out there. 


Alright! That’s all for today. Have an awesome, safe weekend everyone and we’ll see you back here on Monday. Talk soon! - Nick B. 


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