Residents 'most at risk of shooting someone' to receive monthly stipend

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Starting in October, the city will start paying $300 per month to a small number of local residents who it considers “most at risk of shooting someone—or being shot,” the Examiner’s Michael Barba reported on Monday

The initiative, known as the Dream Keeper Fellowship, will pair the high-risk individuals with “life coaches...who will help them make the right choices and access services,” Barba writes. Participants can earn an additional $200 per month for hitting milestones, like interviewing for a job or meeting consistently with a mentor.

“We know that $500 in San Francisco is not a significant amount of money,” Sheryl Davis, executive director of the Human Rights Commission, told the Examiner. “But if it’s enough to get you in to talk to folks, and be able to make a plan for your life, then that’s huge.”

Barba wrote that the city hopes to start with 10 participants in the program by the fall and 40 total by EOY. When fully up and running, the program could include 75 people per year. 

“Providing individuals with resources to survive and increase their options for success is integral in changing the trends of increased violence,” said Board of Supervisors President Shammon Walton. As of late July, there had been twice as many shootings in San Francisco this year compared to the same period in 2020 and 2019. 

“This is the perfect time for this strategy,” he said. 

And with that...onto some more news… 

Quick bits: 

  • 🎒 A recent survey of 294 families living in single-room occupancy housing, mostly in Chinatown, found that 70% opposed sending their children back to school for in-person learning this fall, citing concerns that their kids (under 12 years old) could not be vaccinated. “There's a lot of fear,” said Jen Chan, resident services manager at the Chinatown Community Development Center. (KQED

  • ⛰ National forest officials have closed a series of trails in Mariposa Country where a former San Francisco family and their dog were mysteriously found dead earlier this month. “We are uncertain of the causes of death. We still haven’t gotten the [toxicology] results from the case,” an official told the Chronicle. “So, as a precaution, let’s go ahead and close it because we know there’s some form of hazard to the public.” (Chronicle

  • 🚔 On Tuesday, the SFPD said it’s offering a $50,000 reward to anyone with “information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the suspect(s)” who shot and killed 16-year-old Jaedah Tofaeono in the Bayview District last month. (SFPD

  • 🍷 Last week, a Mexican delicatessen, or “Mexicatessen,” called Tahona Mercado opened in Nob Hill and its shelves are filled with unique mezcal from Oaxaca, wine from Valle de Guadalupe, and Oakland-made salsa macha. Tahona is also serving up mushrooms and poblano stuffed quesadillas, a carnitas torta, and pastries from Norte 54. (Chronicle

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What else I’m reading 🤓 …

New Deal-era murals at UCSF med school to stay in place for now, judge rules by the Chronicle’s Sam Whiting. 

The push to save the murals is part of a larger strategy to stop expansion and redevelopment of the UCSF campus in Parnassus Heights. In February, three neighborhood organizations — San Franciscans for Balanced and Livable Communities, the Parnassus Neighborhood Coalition, and Yerba Buena Neighborhood Consortium — each sued to overturn the Board of Regents decision to allow construction of a 2 million-square-foot medical center and academic facility in the already dense Parnassus Heights neighborhood, to the south of Kezar Stadium in Golden Gate Park.

The wildest underground pro wrestling show, Hoodslam, returns in San Francisco by SFGATE’s Amanda Bartlett. Hoodslam had its 10th-anniversary show last Sunday, August 22 at DNA Lounge. 

“Think of the craziest s—t you’ve ever seen and double it,” says Tim Vannoy, a fan I meet waiting in line an hour before the show. He traveled from Arizona for this particular event.

Diamond Heights land was bought for affordable housing. Now it could become expensive townhomes by the Chronicle’s J.K. Dineen. 

The developer...has an option to buy the property and wants to construct 24 townhomes that average 2,500 square feet and will likely fetch more than $3 million apiece. The development would not include any affordable units, but the developer would pay $2.8 million to the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development.

Opponents question whether the current property owner, the Cesar Chavez Foundation, has the right to sell the land to a market-rate developer.

That’s all for today! Thanks so much for reading y’all, and I’ll see you back here tomorrow. Have a great night! - Nick B.

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