Oracle Park workers vote to strike / Deli Board turns 10

It's Tuesday, September 7.

Hey there, San Francisco. 

Hope everyone had a nice Labor Day weekend. As a reminder, this week will be my last before taking some time for paternity leave. The Minute will be quiet the week of 9/13. But not to fear! 

We will be back the week of 9/20 with some awesome guest reporters until I’m back around mid-October. 

I hope you all can stick around while I’m out, as I’m really excited about all that we have brewing for the fall, including more writers, more original stories, pop-up events, and more. 

It’s been so much fun working on this newsletter over the past six months, and I can’t wait to share the next chapter of The Minute with you all. 

But for now...onto some news… 

On Tuesday, the parent-led recall against school board president Gabriela López, vice president Faauuga Moliga, and Alison Collins turned in its signatures to the city’s Department of Elections. The group, known as Recall SFSchoolBoard, said they submitted 81,300 for López, 81,200 for Collins, and 77,700 for Moliga. To trigger a special election, the department will need to deem that 51,325 signatures for each board member are valid.  

“​​Today we ensured the voice of the people resounds loud and clear through City Hall,” the group said on Twitter. “Today we launched a revolution to put students first in our public education system.” 

On the same day, the Chronicle’s Jill Tucker reports that Allison Collins officially dropped her $87 million lawsuit against SFUSD and five of her fellow board members. Previously, a federal judge had claimed the case had no merit. Apparently though, as Tucker writes, “the district had already spent $110,000 on the lawsuit, with more bills coming due.” 

Something else to keep an eye on, as the Examiner’s Michael Barba reports—if the recall efforts are successful, “as mayor, [London Breed] would get to choose a replacement for all three of them.” And, Barba adds, “The successors would then serve until the next election, potentially paving their way to higher office and widening the Mayor’s base of political allies.”

Quick bits: 

  • 🏗 The Board of Supervisors are back from their August recess and this week (or next), they will consider the proposal for a 316-unit market-rate building in the Tenderloin that the Planning Commission approved earlier this year. (48 Hills

  • 🏟 Almost 97% of concession workers at Oracle Park represented by the Unite Here Local 2 union voted late last week to strike against Bon Appétit, the Giants’ food service contractor, over Covid-safety concerns and pay. “At least 20 concessions workers have been infected with COVID-19 since the stadium reopened,” Unite Here said on Twitter, and as 48 Hills reported, stadium workers have not received a pay raise since 2018. 

    Food and drink service continued during this weekend’s series with the Dodgers, but as baseball reporter Molly Knight wrote, “workers are going back to the negotiating table this week.” (CBS Sports)

  • ⚾️ Speaking of baseball, the Giants won two-out-of-three games against the Dodgers this weekend, moving them into first place in the NL West Division. The team did so even with a home-plate umpire on Sunday that only got 86% of his calls correct and made more decisions in the Dodgers’ favor. Apparently, the average accuracy for an umpire is 94%. (SF Gate

  • 🍿 The 4 Star theater in the Richmond has sold to an unidentified buyer who plans to show “eclectic repertory and classic” films, rather than “first-run movies.” Renovations will take place over the next several months, and once completed, Balboa Theater’s owner/operator Adam Bergeron is slated to run its programming. (Datebook

  • 👀 Melvin McKay, who owns the Fisherman’s Wharf restaurant Nick's Lighthouse, said he’s had to turn away hundreds of customers (many over Labor Day weekend) due to the city’s vaccination mandate for indoor dining. "It's been challenging to say the least,” McKay said. (ABC7)

  • 🥖 This month, Deli Board’s Folsom Street location turns ten. “I think it’s recognized that the intentions are just pure,” owner Adam Mesnick told me. “And have always been all about getting people really good food.” (SF Minute

What else I’m reading: 

Behind the scenes of the ‘Shang-Chi’ bus chase through San Francisco — from the film’s director

Chesa Boudin and Jason Calacanis almost sat down for a podcast. What happened?

Once the site of a fatal bombing, Old Vedanta may be the most beautiful building in San Francisco

And finally… 

Last week, we made mention of Tahona Mercado, which opened up recently in Nob Hill. And today, SF Minute correspondent Paolo Bicchieri stopped by to check it out. 

You can read about his experience, which ended with a major mezcal purchase, here.

As a novice (and fan!) of Mexican spirits, I liked what Tahona’s co-owner Steven Sadri had to say: “​​It needs to have a place where everybody can learn the nuance...Not all mezcal is smoky. Not all mezcal will blow your face off...It’s the most terroir-driven spirit in the entire world.”

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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