Mayor Breed wants to 'take back' the Tenderloin / Curry sets all-time 3-point record
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Hey there, San Francisco.
When I was a tech reporter at Business Insider, I remember my editors constantly reminding me that stories often were not about the companies or the products that we covered. At their core, most stories were about the people.
The same is true in local reporting. It’s the people that make these daily stories interesting and important to follow. The problem? When it comes to reading about local news and politics, most of us don’t have a great baseline understanding of who these people actually are.
That’s why I’m so excited that today we launched our series called “Meet the Supervisors.” We started with District 1 Supervisor Connie Chan, and over the next few months, we’ll profile all 11 city Supervisors in sequential order.
Again, the goal is to give you, the reader, useful context about the local leaders who we write about each day. So, take a few minutes to read through our story about Supervisor Chan.
I hope it’s helpful!
And with that...onto the news…
Top Story: One thing you should know
At City Hall on Tuesday, Mayor London Breed “delivered a fiery press conference...decrying the state of public safety in the city and announcing a myriad of initiatives that would increase police presence in the Tenderloin,” the SF Standard’s David Sjostedt writes.
“It’s time that the reign of criminals who are destroying our city…comes to an end,” Breed said. “It comes to an end when we take the steps to be more aggressive with law enforcement…and less tolerant of all the bullshit.”
The SF Standard’s video of Breed’s speech is worth a watch.
As outlined in a Medium post also published on Tuesday, part of the Mayor’s plan to “take back” the Tenderloin includes “interrupting” open air-drug dealing, open-air substance abuse, and illegal vending (to deter the sale of stolen goods).
As the Chronicle noted, Breed’s “push for more officers will likely draw the most attention, landing amid a national reckoning over the role of police in vulnerable communities.”
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Quick bits: Bite-sized news stories from across the city
😷 California updated its mask policy on Monday and shortly after, the San Francisco Department of Public Health confirmed that it’ll follow along. Basically, the new mandate means that if you’re going into the office or working out at an indoor gym, you’ll need to start wearing a mask again in those settings until January 15. (KQED)
📚 On Monday, Mayor Breed proposed a new ballot initiative called “Children First,” which would “require the school board to reform the way it operates in an effort to create transparency” and create a new city agency to “streamline funding and services for youth and families,” Bay City News writes. If approved by the Board of Supervisors, residents would vote on the measure in June.
The Chronicle called it an “unprecedented and unusual oversight plan.” School board Vice President Faauuga Moliga, who faces a recall election early next year, said: “I have been talking with many people about their concerns regarding the school board on the campaign trail...I have not heard anyone say that mayoral control over our public schools is the answer.” (Bay City News / Chronicle)
🌉 Golden Gate Bridge officials say they’ve figured out a fix to stop the bridge’s “humming” noise, which can be heard on windy days as a result of renovations made in 2020. The project’s estimated cost is $450,000 and if approved at an upcoming meeting on Friday, the bridge will likely be quiet again by the end of 2022. (Chronicle / SFist)
💵 For the sixth year in a row, the San Francisco metro area (which includes San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa, and Marin counties) was the most expensive place to live in 2020 based on regional pricing data released on Tuesday. (Chronicle)
Food news: News about food
🏅 On Tuesday, Chronicle food critic Soleil Ho released her official top new Bay Area restaurant list for 2021. San Francisco establishments include Chao Pescao, Itria, La Cocina Municipal Marketplace, and Otra. (Chronicle)
🍸 Eater reporter Becky Duffett wrote on Tuesday that while “espresso martinis” might be coming into vogue elsewhere in the country, they’ve long been a thing in San Francisco. Plus, Duffett writes, “ours are actually good.” She recommends grabbing one of these coffee concoctions at Balboa Cafe, 15 Romolo, and Macondray on Polk Street. (Eater)
What else I’m reading: Links to browse at your leisure
Marcus Santiago, SF ranger, has amassed $1M in OT since 2011 (Mission Local)
Should the feds drop poison on Farallon Islands to destroy invasive mice? Controversial plan goes to vote this week (Chronicle)
Assembly Race: Campos Falls Short in Bid for State Party Endorsement (SF Standard)
From Cheech & Chong to Asian AF: Your SF Sketchfest hit list (48 Hills)
Big swell sending 25-foot waves to San Francisco Bay Area beaches (SFGATE)
On Tuesday night, with 7-minutes left in the first quarter against the New York Knicks, the Warriors’ Steph Curry drained a 28-foot jump shot to become the NBA’s all-time leader in 3-pointers made.
Here’s a look at Curry’s historical shot:
That’s all for today! Lots to take-in on a busy news day here in San Francisco. Like the old saying goes, when it rains, it pours.
See you back here tomorrow y’all. - Nick B.