Mayor Breed 'pushing' for supervised drug use sites / Touchless car wash gets boarded up

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Hey there, San Francisco. 

One of the best parts about local news reporting—simply walk outside your door and you’ll likely find a story. 

On Tuesday, as I tried to get some steps in, I noticed that the Touchless car wash and gas station on the corner of Oak and Divisadero is boarded up and officially closed down. 

Apparently, according to a 2019 story from the Chronicle, an apartment complex with 186-units is set to take its place. At the time, reporter J.K. Dineen said the new development was “by far the largest residential project on Divisadero Street or in the Lower Haight neighborhood.” Twenty percent of the building, or 37 units, will be affordable. 

On Twitter, one person called the plan to turn the gas station/car wash into housing “the right move but I will be a little nostalgic for this place. I wonder what happened to the (what seemed like) hundreds of people they had working there?” 

Me too. 

Perhaps a story for another day. 

And with that...onto some news… 

After watching the recent Marvel film “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” with his family on Saturday, Muni driver Mc “Mack” Allen broke down the 6-minute bus/fight scene with an incredible thread on Twitter. 

“As a bus operator, this is the moment I pop my parking brake and open the doors,” Allen said when the scuffle first starts off. Hilarity and some really interesting Muni fun facts from Allen ensue from there. 

So far, the thread has over 40,000 likes, and it even got a shout-out from Mayor London Breed. “Muni operators know Muni,” she said.

Allen told the Chronicle on Monday that the whole thing has been “incredibly entertaining. I’ve never gone viral before.”

Chronicle reporter Trisha Thadani reported that Mayor Breed is “pushing” to open a supervised drug consumption site in the city as early as this spring. On Tuesday, Thadani said, the mayor introduced legislation at the Board of Supervisors meeting that calls on acquiring a former Goodwill store located at 822 Geary Street in the Tenderloin where the site could possibly reside. 

“We have been wanting to do this for a long time, especially in light of the significant increase in the number of overdose deaths in our city,” Breed told Thadani. “We have to get this site open.”

Still, given that the drug use sites are illegal under federal and state law, the mayor said, “I have to be very, very careful about how we do this.” 

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Quick bits: 

  • 🇺🇸 US Congresswoman Jackie Speier, whose district includes mostly San Mateo County but also a “sliver” of San Francisco in the southwest portion of the city, announced on Tuesday that she will not seek reelection in 2022. "It's time to come home," Speier, 71, told KQED. “It's time to pass the torch to a new generation." (KQED

  • 🏞 Outside Lands can be hard on the grass in Golden Gate Park, especially this year when the three-day music festival took place in October after a weekend of record-breaking rains. Still, Rec and Park spokesperson Tamara Aparton told the SFGATE on Tuesday that the damage to the grass was “not as bad as we feared.” (SFGATE

  • 🚿 After 30 years at 2051 Market Street, Eros, San Francisco’s “only gay sex club and sauna,” is moving locations, spokesperson Ken Rowe told Broke-Ass Stuart this week. Rowe said that Eros has signed a new lease “closer to downtown,” but the exact address won’t be made public until “city hall and stakeholders...approve zoning.” (Broke-Ass Stuart

  • 🍹 Buddy, a new cocktail and natural wine bar located at 3115 22nd Street, is officially opening on Wednesday. There’s also food, which Eater describes as “a cut above” typical bar snacks. Photos of the fried mortadella “sammy” have made me hungry all afternoon. (Eater

  • ⚾️ After a franchise-record 107-win season, Giants’ skipper Gabe Kapler was named National League Manager of the Year on Tuesday receiving 28 of possible 30 first-place votes. (ESPN)

What else I’m reading: 

Tenants being ‘Ellis Acted’ join forces to fight serial evictors (Mission Local

Audit Finds $3.5 Million In Anonymous Donations to SF Parks Alliance, Calls Out 'Potential Conflicts of Interest' (SFist

This house in San Francisco's Mission District has millions of tabs of LSD on the walls (SFGATE

Zillow house of the day: 

You know that one, white building in Pacific Heights that’s clearly taller than the rest? Well, apparently a 3,500 square foot unit in that building sold earlier this month for $15.5 million. At $4,428 per square foot, it’s the most expensive price per square foot ever in San Francisco, according to SFGATE reporter Anna Marie Erwert

Wild. If you want to check out photos of this lavish pad with awesome views of the Golden Gate, you still can here

And finally… 

I’ve always wanted to go crabbing myself but just have never taken the time to figure out how to get started. That’s why I appreciated this article from Eater SF on Monday that walks through all main beginner questions, from the licenses you’ll need to the best local shops to pick up the appropriate gear. 

We’ll see if I actually do it. But as reporter Becky Duffett noted, with the commercial season delayed this year, “If you want crab for Thanksgiving, it’s time to take matters into your own claws.” 

That’s all for today! Thanks so much for reading y’all and we’ll see you back here tomorrow. - Nick B.

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