Hey there, San Francisco.
Last week, I spoke with Thea Selby about her campaign for San Francisco’s open State Assembly seat.
Selby, a self-described “grassroots candidate,” is a mother, small business owner, neighborhood activist, and currently, she sits on the City College of San Francisco Board of Trustees.
She told me: “It doesn’t take long for you to look at politicians say, ‘I can do that.’”
As for what makes her campaign different, Selby said, “Thing one, I’m a woman. People might say, who cares? But 70% of the assembly is male.” Also, she said, “I’m a parent. I raised two kids in the district. That leads me to have deep empathy for working families.”
You can check out the full interview with Thea Selby here.
And with that…onto some news…
Quick bits: Bite-sized news stories from across the city
🏙 A new, members-only club, equipped with three private restaurants, three bars, and a fitness center, is scheduled to open on the bottom three levels of the Transamerica Pyramid in 2023. Initiation fees to the club, called Core, will cost between $15,000 and $100,000 for “founding members.” (Chronicle)
🏟 After defeating the Green Bay Packers on Saturday, the 49ers will now face the Rams this weekend in Los Angeles. The winner will go on to play in the Superbowl. As SFGATE reports, though, the Rams initially were not selling tickets to anyone who lived outside of the Greater Los Angeles area, in what appeared to be an attempt to limit 49ers fans at the game. Ticketmaster lifted the geography restriction on Monday. (SFGATE)
🔫 The man fatally shot by police at SFO last week was carrying airsoft guns, not handguns, the SF Standard reports. He also had a knife. (SF Standard)
🚙 Last week, the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing opened a “sanctioned” parking lot in the Candlestick Point area for people to live in their cars and RVs. The site will eventually have 130 spaces. (Chronicle)
❤️ The Lands Ends labyrinth, which vanished last year due to vandals, has recently been replaced by a heart-shaped rock formation. “Within days [of completion], it had already served as the location for several marriage proposals,” SFGATE’s Dan Gentile writes. (SFGATE)
Food news: News about food and drink from across the city
🌹 The Stinking Rose, a North Beach staple known for its garlic-infused menu, is not closing. Instead, on Monday, it opened a new shop (at 430 Columbus Ave) just one block from its original location. (SFGATE)
🥖 The Slanted Door’s Charles Phan is opening a banh mi shop in the Mission called Chuck’s Takeaway. Scheduled to debut in February on the corner of 18th and Capp, Eater writes that Chuck’s will have no seating or chips, but they will have Vietnamese iced coffee. (Eater)
🥗 Supply chain issues know no limits. On Monday, Eater wrote that Burma Love is running low on fermented tea leaves, aka the key ingredient to the restaurant’s beloved Tea Leaf Salad. It’s limiting Tea Leaf Salad to in-person dining only and asking to-go customers to try “the other fun and traditional salads” on its menu. (Eater)
What else I’m reading: Links to browse at your leisure
Is City Hall’s ‘document deleting’ cause for alarm? (Examiner)
S.F. Mayor Breed vs. supervisors: Battle over ballot box issues heats up (Chronicle)
At Hunters Point, Former Mayor Willie Brown Cashes in Even as Massive Development Project Remains Stalled (SF Standard)
San Francisco General Hospital has released images of this year’s massive, 400-pound hearts that will be placed around the city as part of its Valentine’s Day tradition, Hearts in SF.
The hearts’ exact locations are still TBD, but we now know what they look like and the artists behind them, including a pair from Mr. Brainwash, a Banksy protégé.
They should be up by early February, Hoodline says.
That’s all for today. Thanks so much for reading y’all and I’ll see you tomorrow. - Nick B.