School board recall gets certified / Supervisor Peskin says he's sober

It's Monday, October 18.

Hey there, San Francisco. 

It’s good to be back! So, what’d I miss? 

A special thanks to Alex and Matt for writing The Minute while I was out. Hopefully, it was helpful and fun to hear from people other than me. I did hear some concern about the lack of emojis used by our guest editors. Rest assured, emojis will be back. So too will our Monday through Friday schedule. 

Fatherhood has been all sorts of things, mostly fun and plenty exhausting. Mom and the baby are both healthy and doing really well, and we thank you for all the kind notes. 

But, there’s a lot to cover (some things don’t change), so let’s get into it… 


Quick Bits: 

  • ✏️ The SF Department of Elections confirmed on Monday that the recall effort against three school board members—Gabriela Lopez, Alison Collins, and Faauuga Moliga—collected enough signatures to qualify for the ballot. A special election is scheduled for Feb. 15, 2022. (Here/Say

  • 🛍 The Chronicle pulled crime data on the five Walgreens stores set to close in San Francisco and found that “while not all shoplifting incidents are reported to police, [the stores] had fewer than two recorded shoplifting incidents a month on average since 2018.” 

    The piece is worth a read in full, though I thought what Supervisor Dean Preston told the Chronicle summed up the situation well: “Two things are true: Walgreens has experienced retail theft, and Walgreens has long planned to close stores. We do not know which factor or factors led to the decision to close 300 Gough and other San Francisco stores.” (Chronicle

  • 🎓 San Francisco State University is offering four years of free tuition to ten local students between the ages of 12 and 17 who get the Covid-19 vaccine. Eligible students can apply at designated vaccination sites across the city starting on October 25. (Chronicle

  • 😔 Two people at the Phish concert on Sunday night fell from the upper level at the Chase Center. One person died and the other, seriously injured. The incidents appear unrelated, and the cause of both falls remains unclear. (SFist


Food news: 

  • 🍻 Barebottle Brewing Company, known for its spacious Bernal Heights taproom, is opening up two new outposts at the Salesforce Transit Center—one on the rooftop park and another on the ground floor. Both are set to open in Spring 2022. (Chronicle

  • 🐔 Regrettably, the KFC/Taco Bell on the Duboce and Guerrero is now just a KFC. As Hoodline reports, “no more tacos.” (Hoodline


What else I’m reading/watching: 

  • District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin said in June he’d enter treatment for alcohol use after complaints about his behavior from colleagues. On Monday, the Chronicle’s Mallory Moench followed up with Peskin, who says for the first time in his life, he’s going to therapy and attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. 

    “The fact that I’m in recovery doesn’t mean that I’ve hung up my gloves, but I’m punching differently,” Peskin said. (Chronicle

  • We’ve reported on the CleanCorridorsSF before, but recently, Here/Say’s Sophie Bearman published a good, three-minute video that shows the street-and-sidewalk-cleaning initiative in action. (Here/Say

  • There’s a new San Francisco-based web series called “Comedians On Bicycles Getting Bobs,” and yes, it draws inspiration from Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee.” As the SF Gate’s Dan Gentile writes: 

    “Veteran improv comic Katz-Hyman hosts the 10-minute-long episodes, in which she cruises around San Francisco riffing about the joys of cycling while interviewing a notable San Franciscan and nibbling on maple old-fashioneds, crumb doughnuts and buttermilk bars. Like its inspiration, it’s a show about nothing, but also a show about everything it means to live in the Bay Area.”

    You can watch the first episode with the SFMTA’s Andy Thornley here. (SF Gate


Zillow house of the day: 

I’m addicted to Zillow, I admit. And so I thought I’d drop in a favorite or two in here from time to time. We’ll see if it sticks. If you love this section or hate it, lemme know. Working tagline: “Even if we can’t afford ‘em, we can still look!” 

Does this $1.4 million surf shack in the Outer Sunset even have a proper bedroom? I don’t care cause the landscaping/layout looks so freaking cool. 

Check it out here.


And finally…

Did you attend the “Atmospheres” performance outside the de Young on Saturday put on by feminist artist Judy Chicago? Apparently, around 8,000 people were there. It looked beautiful and...smokey. 

“I wanted to make sure my daughter was here today because Judy has been fighting for women’s rights and social justice,” one attendee told the Chronicle. “I think she’s the most important female role model for a child in a generation.”

Another onlooker said: “I’m sure it looked beautiful from one angle. But where most people were gathered, we were hit straight up with sulfur and smoke without warning.”

You can watch a live stream of Saturday’s show here. It starts around the 54-minute mark. 


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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