Good evening, San Francisco.
It’s been one year since the city issued its shelter-in-place mandate on March 16th, 2020. One whole year!
Where were you on that day? I just remember standing in a line that wrapped around the entirety of Nick’s Super Market with my basket full of rice and pasta. No mask. Just confused and a little scared, partly from my decision to watch Contagion the night before.
Mission Local followed up with people on Tuesday that they had spoken to at the beginning of the pandemic (a nurse, an art gallery owner, a worker at a senior living facility, and more) to hear what the past twelve months had been like for them.
“Honestly, it was a state of chaos,” the art gallery owner said of the pandemic’s early days.
This week the Chronicle put together some charts that really drive home how much our lives have changed over the past year. More than 118,000 jobs were lost in San Francisco and San Mateo in 2020. TSA screenings at SFO dropped from 22.4 million in 2019 to just 3.6 million last year. And public transportation ridership was down from some 400 million rides across Muni, BART, AC Transit, Caltrain, etc. in 2019 to just over 100 million rides in 2020.
What was up? Instacart orders, of course— a 315% increase in December compared to the same month in 2019, according to the Chronicle.
But in a symbolic way of saying, “Things will get back to normal soon,” Mayor Breed on Tuesday was publicly administered the Johson & Johnson vaccine in front of a crowd of reporters and photographers.
“That’s it!” Breed said after receiving the shot. “I’m safe mama, I’m safe!”
And now onto some news…
The Ferris wheel will stay in Golden Gate Park for four more years after months of back-and-forth debate and a final, 6-5 vote by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday in favor of the extension. Opposing supervisors, including Connie Chan and Aaron Peskin, had only wanted the wheel to stay through next February.
"I'm in a moment when I'm desperate for fun... and this does provide it,” Supervisor Hillary Ronan said during the Tuesday meeting. “And that's all I will say about this for the rest of my life.”
Mayor Breed said on Tuesday that she expected San Francisco to move into the state’s “orange tier” for reopening by next Wednesday, March 24th. That tier lets restaurants operate at 50% capacity (as opposed to 25% under the red tier) and allows non-essential workers to return to their offices “with modifications.”
🏊 Two years and $19.7 million later, renovations for the indoor pool, clubhouse, basketball courts, and more at the Mission District’s Garfield Square have been completed. “I can’t wait to see our children, their families, and all of our residents fully using this new space as we emerge from this pandemic,” Mayor Breed said. (Examiner)
🏡 The Bay Area’s most expensive real estate listing right now is going for a smooth $135 million. The Woodside property has seven houses across 74 acres, and even comes equipped with a football field-sized Roman pool. (Chronicle)
🚘 A group of teenage girls tried stealing keys from a 75-year-old woman in a San Francisco Safeway parking lot last week before a “good Samaritan” stepped in to break up the incident (some of which was caught on film). On Tuesday, the SFPD announced one 16-year-old San Leandro girl has been arrested in connection with the attempted car-jacking. (SFGate)
🍋 If you’re like me and wish you did more of your shopping at farmer’s markets, here’s a good list Eater released today on farmer’s markets in the city. (Eater)
🏀 The Warriors lost to the Lakers last night 128-97, but during the game, Steph Curry passed Guy Rodgers as the franchise’s all-time leader in assists. (Examiner)
🎤 No official announcement has been made about the status of this year’s event, but on Tuesday, Outside Lands launched ticket sales on its website for the three-day music festival in Golden Gate Park that’s slated for August 6-8. The lineup includes Tame Impala, Lizzo, The Strokes, and yes… Nelly. (SFGate)
And finally…. If you’ve walked past the Madrone Art Bar on Divis lately, you’ve likely seen the recent mural painted in tribute of the late Curtis “CB” Bryant, also known as the “Mayor of Divisadero.”
Dan Gentile remembered CB in his SFGate piece on Monday, talking with friends and the mayor herself about the colorful soul that connected with so many.
“To walk down the street with him was almost a chore because so many people would try to talk to him or get his picture,” a friend said. “It was always a sparkling top hat, shoes to match, and it didn’t matter any time or day of the week, he was done up.”
CB moved to San Francisco in 1973 and lived in the same apartment on Grove and Divis until he passed in November. The neighborhood personality was a fixture at Madrone (you could often find him on the dance floor) and “was always impeccably dressed,” Mayor Breed said.
Madrone owner Mike “Spike” Krouse remembered CB for his welcoming spirit. “He didn’t care who you were, where you were from,” Krouse said. “Neighborhoods change, things change, he was always accepting of change.”
That’s all for today! Thanks so much for reading.
I did want to plug one more thing. Tonight at 7 pm (in less than one hour) TogetherSF is hosting a webinar called SF Politics 101. It’s only an hour long and could be a good way to get familiar with how our local government runs. Here’s a link to the event page to sign up.
Ah! I lied. One more thing. Don’t forget to share The SF Minute with three friends for your chance to win your very own plastic bucket and gloves (to help pick up trash in the city!). A tweet to spread the word would work as well! Just let me know by sending me an email before Friday: email@example.com.
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See you tomorrow! -Nick B.
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