Haney talks bid for State Assembly / Matrix to premiere at Castro Theater
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Happy belated birthday to SF Minute reader Lincoln Mitchell. We missed you by one day, but hope you’re having an awesome birthday week! 🎉
Hey there, San Francisco.
This morning I spoke with Supervisor Matt Haney, who’s one of four candidates running for San Francisco’s vacant State Assembly seat. (The primary election for that position is coming up in February.)
I thought it was interesting what Haney had to say about why he’s running. Basically, he’s worked in the trenches (in San Francisco) but thinks a lot of our problems need to be solved upstream (in Sacramento).
“I don't want to mislead people into believing that we can solve homelessness or the drug crisis just in San Francisco,” Haney said. “If the state keeps doing what they're doing and nothing more...unfortunately, I don't think San Francisco is going to look all that different.”
Also, it can be hard to pin politicians down to specifics, but I tried to have Haney talk about one policy that he’d push for in Sacramento, especially one that may be controversial. His answer: “I’d like to see a real ability for our attorney general to sue counties and cities that are not providing any services for people experiencing homelessness.”
“If you don't have any shelter beds, if you don't have anywhere for people to go or any supportive housing, I think there needs to be in our law the ability to bring an action against you,” Haney said. “This is not something that can be passed on to only a handful of cities and counties. It needs to be something that everybody is accountable for.”
You can listen to my full conversation with Matt Haney here. In that post, I also listed out how to navigate the recording and included some quotes that stood out to me.
As a reminder, here’s my talk from last week with fellow State Assembly candidate Bilal Mahmood. And, next Thursday, I’ll sit down with David Campos, who’s also running for the open seat in Sacramento.
Oh, yeah. One more thing about my talk with Haney. We also learned that he has two one-year-old tabby cats that he rescued during the pandemic.
“They're tenderloin cats,” Haney said. “So their names are Eddy and Ellis.”
And with that...onto some news…
Quick bits: Bite-sized news stories from across the city
🍿 The new Matrix movie, some of which was filmed in San Francisco last year, will make its US premiere at the Castro Theater on December 18, “four days ahead of its Dec. 22 release in theaters and on HBO Max,” Chronicle reporter G. Allen Johnson writes. General admission tickets won’t be available for the premier, but there will be a “fan zone” outside the theater to snap photos of Keanu and others on the red carpet. (Chronicle)
👀 Starting in January, the Liholiho Yacht Club team will turn its Mission District pop-up (located at 3560 18th Street) into a new restaurant called Good Good Culture Club. Owner Ravi Kapur describes the concept as Liholiho’s “more lively, rambunctious cousin.” As Chronicle reporter Elena Kadvany writes, “Liholiho’s original Sutter Street space is still under construction and won’t reopen until next year.” (Chronicle)
🌊 “King Tides,” described by the Associated Press as “astronomical high tides,” are upon us this weekend. Already, on the Embarcadero this morning, water was seen spilling over onto nearby sidewalks. (SFist)
What else I’m reading: Links to browse at your leisure
SF Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone reveals he's not vaccinated against COVID-19 (ABC)
New School Board Recall Group Launched With $350,000 from Tech Investor Arthur Rock (SF Standard)
Home for now: Noe Valley family chooses eviction fight over SF flight (Examiner)
ICYMI: Here were the most popular stories (by clicks) this week
Monday: Life inside a century-old SRO hotel in San Francisco's Tenderloin (SFGATE)
Tuesday: Automat Sneaks Open with Wonder Bread Sandwiches from a Former Fine Dining Chef (Eater)
Wednesday: 14 Underrated Neighborhood Gems in San Francisco (Eater)
Thursday: This Hike in SF’s Corona Heights Will Burn Your Thighs and Rock Your World (Frisc)
This week, the Chronicle announced that it’s launching audio tours that “highlight the hidden corners and little-known histories of the city” and include its reporters as narrators.
Initially, the Chronicle has released two tours. One that’s an architecture and design tour of the Financial District with urban design critic John King and another that tries to unveil “secrets of Golden Gate Park” with columnist Heather Knight and culture writer Peter Hartlaub. Each tour is $6.99, or $3.99 for Chronicle subscribers, and can be downloaded on an app called VoiceMap.
It’s unclear whether the Chronicle has plans to release more of these tours, but my guess is that if they go over well, they will.
FWIW, I think it’s a really good idea and sounds fun! I always wanted to try that app Detour, which also had narrated walking tours of the city but shut down a few years back.
I guess, one more thing to add to your list this weekend!
That’s all for today! Thanks for reading y’all and hope you have a wonderful weekend. Be safe out there and see you back here on Monday. - Nick B.