Fourth shooting in the Haight / Navy names ship after Harvey Milk

11.8.21 * Circulation 2,957

Hey there, San Francisco. 

Late Saturday evening, there was another shooting in the Haight Ashbury area. It marked the fourth shooting incident in-and-around the district in less than three weeks. 

According to a statement from the SFPD, a man was inside his home on Saturday night around 11 pm when he heard glass breaking. He then went outside to investigate, saw four men trying to break into a nearby business, and yelled at them to stop. The suspects fled, but as they did, one fired a gun towards the man.

No one was struck by gunfire on Saturday. Still, the recent shootings, including one late last week that left one person dead and another wounded, have local residents and merchants on edge. 

Erica Ash, who runs a coffee window on Haight Street called Coffee OutThere, told me on Monday that locals were “definitely shaken up” and a lot of people have come by the shop to talk about it. In general, she said, Haight Street has “been a little quieter this past week.” 

Christin Evans, owner of The Booksmith at 1727 Haight Street, said that she and other members of the Haight Ashbury Merchants Association met with representatives from the SFPD, District Attorney’s office, and Supervisor Dean Preston on Monday morning to discuss their concerns. 

“One incident would be shocking, but then to have multiple incidents is that much more shocking,” Evans told me. “We’re in a state of trying to really understand what’s going on.” 

SFPD spokesperson Adam Lobsinger told me that he could not confirm whether the four incidents were related. He did say, however, that the department was increasing its presence “in and around areas that we believe will make the [Haight] safer.”

If you’re interested in attending, Supervisor Dean Preston is hosting a virtual town hall for residents on Wednesday at 6:30 pm to discuss the recent string of violence in the Haight. You can sign up for that discussion here

And with that...onto some more news… 

Quick bits: 

  • ⚓️ The US Navy has named one of its new ships after former San Francisco supervisor and gay rights activist Harvey Milk, who served in the Navy during the Korean War and was discharged “after being questioned about his sexual orientation,” KQED’s Deepa Shivaram writes. 

    "We have to teach our history to prevent ourselves from going backwards," Milk’s nephew, Stuart Milk, said during a ceremonial event on Saturday. "This navy ship sends an important message to the world." (KQED

  • 😔 A San Francisco police officer who had reportedly had “not met the city’s Nov. 1 deadline for inoculation,” died from Covid-19 over the weekend, the Chronicle reports. Jack Nyce, a 17-year SFPD veteran, was 46 years old. (Chronicle

  • 🏗 Two of the top candidates to replace David Chiu and represent San Francisco in the California State Assembly are Supervisor Matt Haney and former Supervisor David Campos. Both are “progressive Democrats,” the Chronicle’s Joe Garofoli writes, but their views on the recently rejected, 495-unit apartment building in SoMa differ. Haney supported the project, while Campos opposed it. (Chronicle

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What else I’m reading:

'He just never gave up': Brian Edwards, staunch S.F. advocate for the homeless, dies at 46 (Chronicle

Co-ops could help solve San Francisco’s affordable housing crisis (Examiner

We used an algorithm to score S.F. supervisors from progressive to moderate (Chronicle

Redrawing San Francisco’s political map (Examiner

Mitchell's Ice Cream was the first parlor to introduce mango and other Filipino flavors to San Francisco (SFGATE

Zillow house of the day: 

I went for a hike this weekend at Lands End and the weather was perfect, which of course prompted the thoughts of, “Man, how cool would it be to live out here?” Well, for $2.5 million you can. 

Check out this newly remodeled 5 bedroom, 3.5 bath on 46th Ave. 

And finally… A piece by Paolo

Recreational fishing for Dungeness Crab opened this weekend, and Oakland-resident Robert wasted no time heading to Ocean Beach. 

Robert’s crabbed for 10 years now, and he typically makes the trip across the Bay about five times during the season to try his luck. This year, he hopes to catch a Dungeness or two for Thanksgiving, so he can cook up his favorite dish—a ginger stir fry with green onion and oyster sauce. 

 “We’re off to a good start,” he told me on Sunday. 

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

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