Hey there, San Francisco.
Where were you when you heard about the tsunami warning on Saturday?
I was on Twitter, dodging Wordles, and promptly canceled plans for Fort Funston. Our pup was not pleased.
The tsunami caused flooding at the Santa Cruz Harbor, and at San Gregorio State Beach (just south of Half Moon Bay), two fishermen were swept into the water by the high tides. They “self-rescued,” according to Cal Fire.
Fortunately, damage elsewhere across the Bay Area appeared minimal and by Saturday evening, officials lifted the advisory.
We made it to Fort Funston on Sunday, where the sea seemed mixed up, but nothing too crazy. And on Monday, we went east to another beachy, off-leash area called the Albany Bulb, which was cool.
So, in the end, we were safe, and Olive the dog got to run. A successful weekend.
Now, as long as we can avoid the nearby asteroid that, according to SFGATE, is “larger than three Salesforce buildings” and scheduled to “zoom by Earth on Tuesday,” we should be good for a bit. Right?
And with that…onto the news…
Top Story: One thing you should know
On Tuesday, the “linkage center” in UN Plaza, central to Mayor Breed’s emergency initiative in the Tenderloin, opened its doors.
As Chronicle reporter Mallory Moench writes: “Anyone can now come in off the street to 1170 Market St. to get food or clothing or to bathe or use the bathroom. They can then get referrals for mental health care, substance use treatment, shelter and other resources.”
Currently, due to staffing shortages, hours are limited to 12 a day, although officials have promised the linkage center would be open 24/7 “soon.”
The SF Standard published a video late last week of what it looks like from the outside, while the Chronicle’s Moench said on Tuesday that signs advertising the center on nearby fences read: “Come as you are, help starts here.”
Quick bits: Bite-sized news stories from across the city
🏈 The 49ers beat the Dallas Cowboys 23-17 on Sunday in wild, Wild Card playoff game. They move on to play the Green Bay Packers on Saturday. (Also, this post-game interview with the 49ers’ Deebo “Can Do It All” Samuel was the best.) (SFist)
👀 Investor and Golden State Warriors’ minority owner Chamath Palihapitiya said on his recent “All In” podcast that “nobody cares about what’s happening to the Uyghurs” in China. On Monday, the Warriors issued a statement saying that “his views certainly don’t reflect those of our organization.” Palihapitiya later said on Twitter: “To be clear, my belief is that human rights matter, whether in China, the United States, or elsewhere. Full stop.” (CNBC)
🚗 As part of a change that already took effect on January 1, the speed limit in seven commercial stretches throughout the city (including Valencia Street, from Cesar Chavez to Market streets, and Polk Street, from Filbert to Sutter streets) has been lowered from 25 to 20 miles per hour. As Chronicle reporter John King writes, the “downshift” is meant to “reduce the number of incidents where cars hit pedestrians or bicyclists and, if such encounters occur, lower the chance that the victim will be seriously injured or killed.” (Chronicle / Hoodline)
Food news: News about food and drink from across the city
✌️ “Two new restaurants are coming to San Francisco’s Presidio,” the Chronicle’s Janelle Bitker writes. One will take over Presidio Officers’ Club, which previously housed Traci Des Jardins’ Arguello. The second will be near the new Tunnel Tops park. Both will be run by Latin American restauranteur Eduardo Rallo. (Chronicle)
🍖 Good Good Culture Club, a new Mission District restaurant from the team behind Liholiho Yacht Club, opened on Friday. It looks colorful! (Eater)
What else I’m reading: Links to browse at your leisure
Street-Photo Spotlight: Scenes From the First Martin Luther King Jr. Day in San Francisco (Frisc)
City College makes a move to save Cantonese classes (48 Hills)
Friday Morning’s ‘Bike Bus’ Drew More Than 100 Kids and Parents, and May Start a New Monthly Cycle (SFist)
On Monday, SFGATE published a good piece entitled: “The rise and fall of Esprit, San Francisco’s coolest clothing brand.”
I vaguely remember Espirit and admittedly, didn’t realize it started in San Francisco (I know, I’m sorry. Millennial here). But the company’s roller-coaster story (complete with a staring role from North Face co-founder Doug Tompkins) is worth a read.
“Esprit appealed to the youth with a message of lefty, post-racial harmony,” SFGATE reporter Joshua Bote writes. “Wild prints, bright colors and baggy silhouettes reigned. Their tote bags and T-shirts hung from all the coolest shoulders, adorning fashion plates with the legendary Esprit logo. With the logo’s omnipresence at the time, it may as well have been Supreme for the teens of the late ’80s and early ’90s.”
That’s all for today. Thanks so much for reading y’all and I’ll see you back here tomorrow. - Nick B.