No new Covid restrictions, Breed says / Recology could owe more money to residents
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Hey there, San Francisco.
On Monday, Sonoma became the first Bay Area county to reinstate a ban on large gatherings. It also advised residents to resume sheltering-in-place and avoid contact with those outside their households.
But after a press briefing on Tuesday with Mayor London Breed and city health officials, it does not appear that San Francisco will follow suit.
"We know this is a really tough time, but…this is about learning to live with this virus," Breed said. "We are not imposing new restrictions."
City health officer Dr. Susan Philip seconded the mayor’s stance, but added: “We will continue to follow the data closely and make adjustments as needed.”
During the briefing, Breed also called on private health networks, like Sutter Health and Kaiser, to “step up and do [their] part” when it comes to testing.
To meet the current demand, Breed said: “We need all of our private health care…to not just send people to the city resources, but to make sure [they] are providing resources that the members and the city are paying [them] to provide."
And with that…onto some more news…
Quick bits: Bite-sized news stories from across the city
💸 Last year, Recology admitted to overcharging San Francisco residents nearly $95 million, but now local officials think that number might be higher. Supervisor Aaron Peskin said he’s “convinced” the original figure was “only a portion of what [Recology] overcharged.” City Controller Ben Rosenfield is investigating the matter and “said he will publicly release his office’s findings at a later date,” the SF Standard’s Michael Barba writes. (SF Standard)
🙌 The US Mint announced on Monday that it’s begun shipping out new quarters that feature poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou. Angelou, who moved to San Francisco at age 12 and later worked as a streetcar conductor, is the first Black woman to appear on the coin. (KQED)
Food news: News about food and drink from around the city
🌽 Casa Sanchez (best known for its packaged chips and salsas) may have its longtime building in the Mission (located at 2778 24th Street) reach city landmark status. The Board of Supervisors will vote on the designation later this month. (Hoodline)
🍖 Inner Richmond izakaya favorite Halu closed late last year. Now, two fans of Halu, Daniel and Richard Cheng, are trying to carry on the tradition with Moku Yakitori-Ya, which opened in December. “We decided we wanted to continue their legacy and provide a nice Japanese pub for the Inner Richmond area,” Richard Cheng said. “Filling in Halu’s shoes, it’s a big step.” (Chronicle)
🍕 Eater SF updated its list of best San Francisco pizza spots on Tuesday. Also on Tuesday, Eater reported that a new pie shop called Na’Pizza opened in the Marina and has an “Americana” pizza topped with hot dog and french fries on its menu. (Eater, list / Eater, report)
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What else I’m reading: Links to browse at your leisure
With few face-coverings coming through official channels, one local leader has been a mask marvel (Mission Local)
How We Got Here: The Road to the Recall Election of 3 SF School Board Members (KQED)
In comedy, it rarely pays to be kind. Bob Saget made a career out of it (Datebook)
With all that was written about #KlayDay (Klay Thompson’s return to basketball on Sunday), I missed this tribute poem to the Warriors star by local writer, Alan Chazaro.
It’s really good and worth a full read here in the Bold Italic. But here are a few lines I liked:
you’ve been gone
for too long and we’ve missed
your truth. your hoops. your numbers
matter and today
is yours: game time
still magic, timeless
with your touch even 31
That’s all for today! Thanks for much for reading y’all and we’ll see you back here tomorrow. - Nick B.