Matt Haney Launches Campaign to Represent CA's 17th Assembly District / Weekend in Review

"Happy Monday," said no one on October 4, 2021.

Hey, San Francisco!

Matt Charnock here — The SF Minute's second guest editor. Some of you might know me as the human behind The Bold Italic and SFist (on the weekends). TBH, I’m just glad to be here and for the free snacks.

Now, on to the news!

Haney announcing the City has fully funded the addition of ten new 24/7 bathrooms and nine daytime bathrooms back in August. (Photo: Courtesy of Twitter/@MattHaneySF)

District 6 Supervisor Matt Haney is, bar none, the most Twitter-savvy member on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. On any given day, you can visit Haney’s account handle — which, at the moment, boasts around 21.7k tweets — to get a good idea of what’s happening around downtown San Francisco, as well as in the greater city itself.

As many have been suspecting, Haney officially put his name in the hat to become the next Assemblymember of California's 17th Assembly District. The current representative for the district is David Chiu… who we highlighted last week after it was revealed Chiu is expected to become SF’s first Asian American City Attorney.

“For over 15 years, I’ve fought for progressive policy change — for workers, tenants, students, families, small businesses — as a Supervisor and Budget Committee Chair, SF Board of Education Member and President, advocate and organizer, pro-bono tenant attorney, and state legislative aide,” Haney wrote in a follow-up tweet announcing his campaign during this special election for the seat.

San Franciscans know both Haney and District 5 Supervisor Dean Preston as among the most vocal supporters of tenants rights in the City legislature. Should Haney win the race to represent California's 17th Assembly District, he would be one of only three renters out of the 120 members of the California State Legislature.

“There is an obvious and urgent need for more renters and tenants rights leaders serving in the state legislature,” he continues. Given that California’s eviction moratorium has now been lifted, tenants across the state are vulnerable to losing their homes due to past-due payments.

Housing is a human right. This understanding appears to be a focal point for Haney’s campaign.

You can read Haney’s official campaign announcement, here.

Quick Newsy Bits:

  • Feminist artist Judy Chicago has debuted a retrospective of her work, which is now on view through January at the deYoung Museum; Chicago is also set to conduct one of her performative "smoke" pieces at the Music Concourse on October 16. (SFist)

  • SFGate just hired a “burrito reviewer,” whose sole job is to visit, eat, and write about the city’s illustrious burrito scene for a monthly column; Cecilia Cassandra Peña-Govea, the holder of this dream job, started by taking a trip to none other than the Mission District’s beloved La Taqueria. (SFGate)

  • UCSF Professor David Julius — an educator and chair of the Department of Physiology at UC San Francisco and the Morris Herzstein Chair in Molecular Biology and Medicine — has won a Nobel Prize for his work on how the human body responds to pain sensations; his findings hold the potential to better understand and treat chronic pain disorders. (ABC7)

  • Here’s your reminder that San Francisco recently welcomed the country’s first-ever transgender person elected bishop of a synod of the Lutheran church — and Megan Rohrer, who uses they/them pronouns, is here to both open and heal our spirits. [SF Examiner]

  • California’s missing gray wolf — the first of its kind to be spotted in the state in nearly a century — might not be dead, after all. [Chronicle]

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And Finally…

This weekend saw its fair share of happenings here in San Francisco — all of which mirrored their pre-pandemic iterations.

Thousands of people walk from Civic Center to the Embarcadero during this year’s Women’s March on Saturday. Unlike 2020’s march, which only included a few hundred well-spaced-out attendees, the 2021 promenade saw many times more than that amount, with both young and old holding signs that called for the protection of reproductive rights.

On Sunday, the Castro Street Fair returned to its queer glory after taking a year hiatus. Bars in the area were packed and outdoor vendors were happily selling their goods to interested buyers. Being that this year’s Castro Street Fair was held just a week after “Megahood2021,” there was perhaps more leather on display than is usual.

All in all, it’s great to continue seeing the City By the Bay come alive again. And yes: Our zealous mask-wearing did help keep our infection rates down amid the Delta surge.

Have a great evening. See y’all Wednesday! — Matt Charnock

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