In-N-Out backlash grows louder / Geary transit project deemed early success

10.21.21 * Circulation 2,374

Hey there, San Francisco.

There’s lots of chatter across our local publications about In-N-Out and the company not wanting to check Covid vaccination cards at the door, a decision that forced the burger joint to shut down its Fisherman Wharf location last week. In-N-Out has since re-opened its lone San Francisco joint, without indoor seating. 

“They don’t care about their workers, and they don’t care about you,” Chronicle food critic Soleil Ho wrote in her column on Wednesday. Ho went on to call the food at In-N-Out “terrible” and told readers: “It’s time to deprogram yourself. In-N-Out sucks. Get over it.”

Examiner opinion editor Gil Duran called on the company to “cease the anti-virtue signaling on vaccination, stick to making burgers and render unto the SF Public Health Department its rightful jurisdiction over COVID health rules.” 

It’s a complicated world out there, and the nostalgic burger chain is by no means immune to it. 

For me, I’m trying to eat less meat anyway. And personally, at In-N-Out, I’ve always preferred eating outside. 

And with that… onto the news… 

On Wednesday, Mayor Breed and other city officials gathered to celebrate the completion of the Geary Rapid Project, which finished on budget and on time and included various improvements along the corridor for pedestrians and public transit services. 

One such upgrade, the red-painted, public-transit only lanes, has “resulted in a 20% boost in reliability and travel times for Muni’s 38-Geary and 38R-Geary Rapid lines, making them among the service’s fastest and most reliable,” the Chronicle’s Richard Cano reports. (Chronicle

Quick bits: 

  • 😔 On Thursday, investigators said the San Francisco family that moved to Mariposa County during the pandemic died while hiking due to “hyperthermia and probable dehydration,” the Chronicle reports. Previously, it was unknown how the couple, their one-year-old daughter, and dog had all died together on the trail with no signs of foul play. (Chronicle

  • 🏟 Five days after two people fell from the upper level at the Chase Center during a Phish concert, the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection conducted a “site inspection” on Thursday and “found the area under investigation to be fully code-compliant,” a spokesperson for the department said. Meanwhile, the Warriors’ home opener at the Chase Center is tonight against the Los Angeles Clippers. (Chronicle

  • 👮 Some 40 active-duty San Francisco police officers have been put on paid leave for not yet receiving the Covid-19 vaccine. In a Twitter thread earlier this week, Mayor Breed said, “after a due process hearing [the unvaccinated officers] can be separated from the City.” (ABC 7

  • 💊 On Tuesday, the SFPD said it arrested 18 people allegedly involved in a “mid-level” drug ring that operated between the East Bay and San Francisco’s Tenderloin District. Authorities seized 17 pounds of drugs, including 12.5 pounds of fentanyl. (Examiner

  • 🐕 On a lighter note, Eater says that the new trend for fine dining establishments in San Francisco is having a menu for...dogs. (Eater

What else I’m reading: 

  • City Attorney David Chiu faces immediate test in major gig economy lawsuit (Examiner

  • Data from S.F. Sheriff Shows Widespread Flaws in Electronic Monitoring (Here/Say

  • What it's like to explore every street in San Francisco (SFGATE

  • SF’s Strangest Statue Garden: Cayuga Playground (Broke-Ass Stuart

Zillow house of the day: 

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And finally… A piece by Paolo. 

Sandra Bautista just wanted to work part-time with flowers, nothing too serious. She landed at Brother and Sisters Flower Shop in Oakland, and over the six years she spent there, her respect and passion for petals grew. So too did her ability as a florist. 

“You get lost in making arrangements,” Bautista told me in a recent conversation. “You get creative.”

This spring, Bautista opened her own flower studio called Dasluz in Cole Valley. The shop, located next to Say Cheese on Cole Street, is just two blocks from where she lives. 

“Cole Valley is like a small town,” Bautista said. “It’s very sweet. And we’ve never had a flower shop.”

Bautista grew up between San Diego and Tijuana, attending school in both cities. She worked in interior design for years but found it stressful. Flowers, on the other hand, remind her of her grandma’s beautiful rose garden, a sense of home and memories from Mexico. 

“It was important for me to feel happy,” Bautista said. “I want to feel happy every day.”

Drop by the shop at 858 Cole St. on Wednesday-Saturday: 11am-6pm and Sunday/Monday: 11am-5pm. On Tuesday, November 2, come by Dasluz for a community altar for Dia de Muertos, showcasing live music and local Latinx vendors.

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Alright, have a great night and see you back here tomorrow! - Nick B.

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