Schools settle on re-opening plans / DoorDash delivery van stolen with kids inside

It's Monday, February 8th.

Hey there, San Francisco. 

Did you watch Tom Brady win his seventh Super Bowl yesterday? I did, but wish I took my friends up on their offer to bike across the city instead. (In case you missed it, the game was a blowout.) Maybe I’ll do something outdoorsy for next year’s Super Bowl. And when I do, based on my luck, I’m sure the game will be a nail biter. 😊

Okay, onto some news for the day…

The San Francisco Unified School District and teachers’ unions reached a tentative agreement Sunday on reopening plans for in-person learning across the city’s public schools. Under the plan, teachers and students would return to classrooms if San Francisco moved from its current “purple tier” status to a “red tier” AND vaccines were made available to on-site school staff. If the county jumped to an “orange tier” status (which indicates a “moderate” spread of the virus), vaccinations for school staff would not be mandatory for a return. “This agreement sets the stage to safely reopen schools in San Francisco,” said teachers’ union president Susan Solomon. “Now we need City and State officials to step up and make vaccines available to school staff now.” 

Still, as The Chronicle points out, the district and teachers unions need to agree on daily schedules and other reopening details for middle schools and high schools, which could cause delays for a return. It’s also not clear when San Francisco will move into a “red tier,” which would require new cases in the county to drop to between four and seven per day per 100,000 residents. (As of late last week, San Francisco’s daily new case average was 12.5.) It’s unclear as well when the vaccine will be available for educators and other school staff members under 65 years old. 

While completing a delivery for DoorDash on Saturday night in Pacific Heights, a man had his Honda minivan stolen with his two young children inside. The man immediately contacted city police, who then mobilized all its available officers to search for the children and issued an Amber Alert in counties across the Bay Area. The van was found some four hours later on Fitzgerald Avenue in the Bayview District with both children safely onboard. “It was panic and fear, and I needed to do something to get them back,” father Jeffrey Fang told The Chronicle. “I just had to find them.” 

A GoFundMe campaign for the Fang family has already raised over $115,000 as of Monday. “Jeffrey is an immigrant and also a proud San Franciscan who has been here for years, working hard, long hours in the gig economy to bring his family from China to California. This incident was incredibly frightening, traumatizing, and will take them time to recover,” the donation page reads. “Let's rally together and help the Fang family take some time off to rebound from this.” 

The carjacking suspect remains at-large. 

More details about the eight-car crash that killed one pedestrian near Lake Merced last Thursday came out this weekend. The person who allegedly caused the crash, 31-year-old Jerry Lyons, was reportedly drunk and driving a stolen vehicle. The Chronicle said Lyons had been arrested at least seven times since being released from jail last April. Most recently, Lyons was arrested for an alleged DUI in San Francisco in December, but was let go “while toxicology results were still pending in his case,” The Chronicle said. 

The person killed was 26-year-old Sheria Musyoka who had just moved to the city with his wife and 3 year-old-son less than two weeks ago. Musyoka, a biotech recruiter and recent Dartmouth College grad, was on a pre-work jog to explore his new neighborhood the morning he was fatally hit. “He is just a really amazing person,” his friend told The Chronicle. “It just makes it even harder to stomach.”

A GoFundMe Campaign for Musyoka’s wife and son was also set up and has raised over $110,000. 

Quick bits: 

  • 🐶 Golden Gate Park’s fenced-in dog park re-opened this weekend after a $2.4 million renovation. Olive the GSP and I haven’t visited it yet, but will report back once we do! (SF Examiner

  • ☕ Berkeley’s Souvenir Coffee opened its first San Francisco location at 262 Divisadero Street, between Haight and Page. (Eater

  • ⛽ Ever notice the gas station on Van Ness that has a Chevron logo but a sign that reads, “Standard.” Apparently, Chevron does that for one gas station in the 16 states it operates so it can keep the trademark from its Standard Oil roots. (SF Gate

  • 🌮 Tired of hearing about breakfast tacos from your friends who moved to Austin? Look no further than LoJo’s Tacos, a pop-up that runs out of Avedano’s Meats in Bernal Heights (235 Cortland Ave.) from 8 am to noon on Saturdays. (Chronicle)

And finally… Here's a look at Golden Gate Park during the game yesterday (aka what I really should have been doing):

That’s all for today. Thanks so much for tuning in. And before I go, just one quick ask: If you’ve been enjoying these weekday updates, I’d love for you to share The SF Minute with a friend, or two, or maybe even drop the link ( into a Slack channel at work. 

It’s an important time for our city. And while these short newsletters won’t solve our city’s challenges, I do hope they help to inform more people of the good and the bad and the complicated things that are happening around us.

Thanks again and have a great night. - Nick B. 

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