Police funding no longer scheduled to pay for equity programs / Robot manicures in Marina

It's Wednesday, June 16.

Hey there, San Francisco. 

This morning, I stood outside a coffee shop and debated about whether I should put my mask on. Are you having these same conversations with yourself? 

After the internal back and forth, I caved and just decided to wear it. 

But after talking with the barista (mostly about the weather, it’s hot out!) he said to me, “You know, you don’t have to wear your mask in here.”

I looked around at the other clientele and the room was pretty much split 50/50 on the matter. 

I imagine we’ll be in this in-between for a while. 

The Examiner had some good coverage of yesterday’s reopening, sending reporters from the Mission to Japantown to get a sense of the city’s new vibe. I especially liked the Motown Monday story from the Examiner’s editor-in-chief, Carly Schwartz. 

“I’m really stoked I don’t have to be a COVID cop anymore,” the owner of Madrone Art Bar (which puts on the Motown-themed dance parties every Monday night) told Schwartz. 

One patron (before hurrying back inside to the music) said: “I don’t care how anyone else feels, I just want to dance!” 

Meanwhile, in the Castro, the SFist captured photos of crowded bars and long lines outside. There was even a decent queue at Hot Cookie—a promising signal that things are getting back on track. 

And with that...onto some more news… 

The SF Weekly published an interesting piece on Wednesday about the state of police financing in the city. Namely, in the wake of George Floyd’s death last year, Mayor Breed vowed to divert $120 million in police funding to pay for programs that invested in the Black community. 

Those programs, collectively known as the Dream Keeper Initiative, still have a place in the mayor’s recently proposed budget. But the $120 million is slated to come from the General Fund, not the police, the SF Weekly reports. 

Meanwhile, the mayor’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year allocates $661 million to policing, which is down just $6 million from the year prior. And in the following fiscal year (2022-23), police spend is projected to be back up to $689 million, the Weekly said. 

Quick bits: 

  • 🏦 On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors green-lit the formation of a working group to assess the feasibility of creating a public, city-run bank. “As we chart a path to economic recovery, we need to look beyond corporate banks that prey on our most vulnerable communities,” said Supervisor Dean Preston. (CBS Bay Area

  • 😎 Indoor dining has resumed, but now...the sun’s out. To celebrate the summer, on Wednesday, Chronicle food critic Soleil Ho updated her list of top outdoor dining restaurants across the Bay Area. It’s a good list! But if I may add...I’ve really been loving the back patio at Arbor in Hayes Valley lately, the former home of Arlequin Café. (Chronicle)

  • 👟 For a second-straight year, without an official Pride parade, a People's March and Rally is set to take place to “stand in protest of transgender and racial injustice, police violence and killings, unjust healthcare, the fight for gun control, reparations to Black People, and the right for people of color to have the right to vote without laws of intimidations,” according to the event’s press release. The march will happen on June 27 starting at 11 am on the corner of Sacramento and Polk and ending up at the Civic Center. (Bay Area Reporter

  • 💅 In the market for a manicure? On Wednesday, the SF Gate’s Tessa McClean wrote about her experience at the Marina’s new beauty shop Clockwork that paints nails via machine. “The shellacking of a deep maroon cost me $8 and was done within 10 minutes,” McClean said. “Plus, you don’t need cash to tip a robot.” (SF Gate

And finally… 

The new 127-unit affordable housing building on Folsom near 16th Street recently added a series of 60 foot-tall murals honoring the Mission-based, Mexican-American painter Yolanda López, who Mission Local writes, is “known for her early revolutionary political posters, her feminist artwork, and her engagement with identity issues.” 

“She’s so monumental, yet often overlooked as a Chicano artist,” the project’s lead artist, Jessica Sabogal, said. 

“I was totally stunned,” Yolanda López told Mission Local, regarding the murals. “Even now I don’t know quite what to do with it… What [Sabogal] is doing is actually not just about me, but is a gesture to all women.” 

That’s all for today! So sorry for the super late send today. It was just one of those days! As a reminder, I’m off on vacation for the next couple of days, but I’ll be back on Monday. 

Stay safe (and cool!) out there. - Nick B. 🌴

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