Hey there, San Francisco.
“It seems like it’s unreal,” Lee told me in a conversation this week. “I never imagined Apple and the judges would see my photo, let alone like it.”
Lee, who recently finished grad school and works as a security engineer at Stanford Healthcare, said her dad sent her an article about the competition just a few days before the deadline. And soon after, she headed into her kitchen to see what she could photograph.
“I tried blueberries, but it didn’t work out as well,” Lee said.
Eventually she landed on strawberries and soda, which helped create small bubbles to show off the new iPhone’s ability to take clear, close-up photos.
“The photographer found a creative use of macro to celebrate the intricate texture of the humble strawberry,” competition judge Pamela Chen said in Wednesday’s announcement. “I love the energy of the air bubbles, captured at peak fizziness.”
Make sure to be on the lookout for Lee’s photo, which will be featured on a billboard off I-80 (near downtown) sometime soon!
And with that… onto the news…
Top story: ⚾️ Giant night
During Tuesday night’s 13-2 win over the San Diego Padres, the Giants’ Alyssa Nakken became the first female in major league baseball history to coach on the field. Nakken subbed-in for first base coach Antoan Richardson in the third inning after he was ejected.
“I’ve been in training as a first base coach for the last few years and work alongside Antoan, so I stepped in to do what I’ve been hired to do, [which] is support this staff and this team,” said Nakken, 31, who starred on Sacramento State’s softball team from 2009-2012.
The Giants hired Nakken back in 2020.
According to KQED, Nakken’s helmet that she wore on Tuesday is already on its way to the baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
“I think, yes, this carries a little bit more weight because of the visibility, obviously there’s a historical nature to it,” she said. “But again, this is my job.”
Quick bits: News to know
💰 With a $350,000+ salary, San Francisco Mayor London Breed was the highest paid mayor in America in 2020, according to recent data published by The SF Standard. That’s higher than former New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio, who earned $259,000 in 2020, and more than three times the $100,000 salary for San Diego’s mayor.
The Standard’s report also included a list of San Francisco’s highest paid city employees, including the health department’s Grant Colfax, who made nearly $580,000 in 2020. (SF Standard)
📝 Lowell High School principal Joe Ryan Dominguez announced his resignation on Wednesday, citing frustration with the district. Dominguez took over at Lowell just last fall.
“The decision to leave SFUSD is solely based on my desire to apply my passion for education in a district that values its students and staff through well organized systems, fiscal responsibility and sound instructional practices as the path towards equity,” he said in a letter, according to the Chronicle. “Change is difficult and our campus has seen more than its fair share of it in the last several years.” (Chronicle)
💼 The current quarter, between April and the end of June, will be the busiest since the start of the pandemic for conventions in San Francisco, the SF Business Times reports.
The roughly 20 events at Moscone Center are expected to bring 72,000 conference goers to the city, resulting in 143,000 hotel room nights booked and $117.2 million spent. (SF Business Times)
What else I’m reading: Links to browse
New Mailers From Pro-Haney PAC Attack Campos for Working for Boudin (SFist)
Urban Alchemy: A rapid rise with rampant risks (Examiner)
A 415 Day Lineup of San Francisco Rap Connects the City's History With its Future (KQED)
San Francisco is getting a new store devoted to miso (Chronicle)
And finally… 🦫 Eager beavers
“Eager Beaver” tickets for this year’s Outside Lands went on sale on Wednesday morning and sold out within 30 minutes.
The three-day event is scheduled for August 5-7 and the lineup is still TBD.
When asked when festival-hopefuls can expect to see tickets on sale again, a spokesperson told me to keep an eye on Outside Lands’ TikTok account for clues.
That’s all for today! Thanks so much for reading y’all and I’ll see you back here tomorrow. - Nick B.