Rossi Pool to reopen early next year / Outer Sunset's Starship House 'under attack'
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Hey there, San Francisco.
The Angelo J. Rossi Pool, located on Arguello Street and named after San Francisco’s mayor during the Great Depression, has been a fixture in the Inner Richmond neighborhood since first opening in the 1950s.
Now, after pouring two years and some $15 million into renovations, the six-lane, 100-foot long pool is scheduled to reopen within the first few months of next year.
“We are in the home stretch,” Rec and Parks spokesperson Tamara Aparton told me on Monday.
When it does reopen, Rossi will boast a brand new indoor pool, new locker room layout, and new multipurpose room. A 48-foot wide mural depicting a scene full of swimmers will also fill one of its back walls.
Still, the team tried to maintain Rossi’s original, “Modernist” design by keeping the building’s rectangular shape, angled roof, and eave overhangs, among other things.
“It was a very careful renovation because of the history of the building,” Aparton said. “The outside isn’t going to look a whole lot different, but inside, it’s going to be very much built to last.”
And with that...onto some news...
Top story: One thing you should know
In a video shared on Twitter over the weekend, Mayor London Breed appeared maskless while singing and dancing in a San Francisco nightclub. Current guidelines require patrons to wear masks inside businesses, nightclubs included, unless they are actively eating or drinking.
On Tuesday, Breed refuted any issues with her behavior and told reporters: “Yes, I was dancing and yes, I was drinking and having fun. And at the end of the day, I am doing everything I can to follow the existing protocols. And I think sadly, sometimes these videos are taken out of perspective.”
Quick bits: Bite-sized news stories from across the city
😔 Rescue crews pulled a woman’s body out of the water on Tuesday morning near the Ferry Building. Paramedics declared 67-year-old San Francisco resident Wei Ping Li dead at the scene, though further details are still unknown. (Chronicle)
🍜 Two weeks before Bay Area chain Ramen Hiroshi was set to open its first San Francisco location, people apparently broke into the new FiDi storefront and threw a party. Co-owner Daniel Bomya says alcohol bottles were left behind and his restaurant’s wine storage was emptied. "We are frustrated. We are angry, but we're more surprisingly disappointed," Bomya said. (KTVU)
🛍 A cannabis dispensary opened inside the downtown Westfield Mall earlier this month. Well, sort of. As a work-around to Westfield’s no-weed-shop policy, Joy Reserve lets customers browse its product options in-store via empty boxes and fake buds. Customers then can place an order on the shop’s app and have it delivered to them curbside, right outside of Bloomingdale’s. (SFist)
🍞 On Tuesday, Former Lazy Bear sous chef Matt Kirk opened the doors of his new “all-day cafe” for a soft, neighborhood preview. The spot, called Automat, is located on the corner of McAllister and Baker streets (where Green Chile Kitchen once stood) and is scheduled to fully open next Wednesday, December 8. (Eater)
What else I’m reading: Links to browse at your leisure
Chesa Boudin is pursuing looting charges against Union Square theft suspects. It’s a legal gamble (Chronicle)
For Mao survivors, the pandemic has been a cakewalk (Mission Local)
La Cocina will launch holiday market that spotlights minority-owned businesses at Tenderloin food hall (Hoodline)
Have you ever seen the “Starship House” located in the Outer Sunset? It looks like a pretty eclectic place, equipped with a Star Wars “rebel base,” a swimming pool-sized ping pong table, and a “batmobile” that’s usually parked out front.
Apparently though, according to a Sunset Beacon report on Tuesday, the man behind 2334 46th Avenue, James T. Kirk, is in a legal battle to keep the house and has set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for “attorneys fees and loan costs.”
“The rebel base is under attack,” the Sunset Beacon writes. “Repeat: The rebel base is under attack.”
Real quick before you go, an announcement that I’ll be interviewing Supervisor Matt Haney this Friday (12/3) at 10 am to discuss his bid for San Francisco’s open State Assembly seat. The live discussion will be available to SF Minute Members only, so if you’d like to join in Friday morning, make sure to sign up for one of our membership plans today.
Otherwise, I plan to release a recording of the talk later on, like I did last week after speaking with fellow Assembly candidate, Bilal Mahmood.
Alright. Have a great night y’all and see you again tomorrow! - Nick B.