Locals share sandwich favorites / School Board members call for VP to step down

It's Wednesday, March 24th.

Good evening, San Francisco. 

There’s an important thread happening on Twitter today about the best sandwiches in San Francisco. 

Some sandos that caught my attention: the eggplant parm from Molinari, Turkey Lulu from Handy Deli, spicy meatloaf from Breadbelly, and pretty much anything, people say, from The Yellow Submarine and Turner’s Kitchen

What’s your favorite sandwich in the city? 

For me, it’s changed based on where I lived. Like, when I was out towards the Inner Richmond, I was big on the turkey sandwich from Arguello Super Market (So much so that I bought one of their sweatshirts 😳 ). Then, in Hayes Valley, I loved picking up a meatball sandy to-go from Fatted Calf. Now that I recently moved towards Divisidero, I’m sorta searching. 

Any recs, I’d love to hear (just reply to this email). I’ll share some of our readers' favs from around the city tomorrow! 

And now, onto some news… 

On Thursday, two San Francisco school board members will introduce a resolution that aims to unseat Alison Collins as its vice president and take away her committee assignments after a series of Collins’ tweets from 2016, deemed racist and anti-Asian, recently surfaced. 

Nearly all city supervisors have called for Collins to resign from the board entirely. So too has Mayor Breed

But only two school board members—Faauuga Moliga and Jenny Lam—have asked for Collins’ resignation. Others, like board president Gabriela López, say they support a more “restorative justice” approach. And Collins herself—who issued an apology for her tweets, saying they were taken out of context—has shown no public signs of stepping down. 

When asked about the situation on Wednesday by the Chronicle, Mayor Breed said she hopes Collins steps down to end the “distraction, and allow the school board to move on so we can get our kids back to school.”

A petition in favor of Collins resigning has gained some 3,700 signatures

State Assemblymember David Chiu introduced a bill on Wednesday that aims to create a more cohesive public transit experience across the Bay Area, including a “universal” Clipper Card and an integrated transit map for the entire region. Chiu submitted a similar bill last February before it was derailed (too much?) by the pandemic. 

“Every day hundreds of thousands of Bay Area residents have experienced a system that has been fragmented, unreliable, hard to use and inefficient,” Chiu said. “That’s the big picture.”

Quick bits:

  • 🚴 Mayor Breed announced Wednesday that the city has completed its network of protected bike lanes in SOMA, meaning downtown commutes (when those pick back up again) may become a lot safer. The interactive map included showing the project’s progress since 2015 is pretty neat! (Medium / London Breed

  • 😔 Total tourism spending dropped $8 billion last year, from $10.3 billion in 2019 to $2.3 billion in 2020, according to the city’s tourism bureau. More than 65,000 (or, 75%) of jobs supported by tourism were lost in 2020 as well. (Chronicle

  • 🌈 For the second year in a row, San Francisco’s Pride parade will not happen. In June, though, there will be some in-person events like a movie night in Oracle Park. (Examiner)

  • ⚾ Speaking of Oracle Park, Mayor Breed said on Tuesday that “the plan is to make sure [the Giants] have spectators” come opening day, which is slated for April 9th against the Colorado Rockies. Specifics, including capacity numbers, are still being decided, Breed said. (Public Comment

  • 🍷 Two-Michelin starred Californios has moved into where Bar Agricole once stood and in its place, sometime this spring, a foursome of local bartenders will open Buddy, an “all-day” bar serving “wine-focused, low-ABV drinks” and spritzers. (Chronicle

And finally… I spoke to Souvla CEO Charles Bililies a couple of weeks back about what running one of the city’s most popular dining destinations has been like this past year. 

And today, I heard a bit of a different perspective from Chris Davis, the lead pastor of Redemption Church (who actually married my wife and me) about leading a local church through the pandemic. I thought what Davis had to say about a church’s role in a city was particularly interesting. 

Just like companies (which can create solutions for a city) or the arts (which provide entertainment), Davis sees churches as part of a city’s “ecosystem” to, in his words, “bring hope… to those who need it.” 

During the pandemic, Davis said his church partnered with its supervisor, Dean Preston, and let the city use its lobby to store pallets of face masks and other protective gear. Church members also wrote checks, totaling $20,000, to their neighbors in need. 

“The only stipulation was that you had to be affected by the pandemic and you had to live in District 5,” Davis said. “A little church in the heart of San Francisco can’t handle all the city’s problems, but you just do your part.” 

As for San Francisco post-pandemic, he said he hopes for “a greater sense of community in the city.” 

“I’m hoping that we will be more present with one another,” Davis said. “And see the significance in being able to have a meal and take our mask off and to just enjoy a drink with one another without being fearful.” 

That’s all for today! Have a great night everyone and remember, send some sando inspiration my way and I’ll be sure to include some recommendations from other readers tomorrow! 

- Nick B.

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