Schools stay closed / Hotel funding relief

It's Monday, December 21st.

Good morning, San Francisco. It's Monday, December 21st, and here’s the local news you should know today: 

School status

Quick take: San Francisco public schools will not resume in-person learning on its January 25th target date after the teacher’s union couldn’t agree on reopening plans. 

Know more: Last Friday’s announcement frustrated some parents and even Mayor London Breed, who said that the teachers were asking for standards beyond the Department of Public Health recommendations. Breed called the situation “infuriating” and said her office would work to move a deal forward with teachers, though specifics remain unclear. 

Food for a cause

Quick take: Media Noche, the Mission District’s quick-service cuban restaurant, is now serving up a La Cubana Frita burger with 10% of its sales going to the SF-Marin Food Bank. 

Know more: The new burger sports a spiced beef patty, spicy house red sauce and shoestring fries (inside the sandwich) that are made from plantains. It costs $14.50. Meanwhile, on Fridays at the Bayview Mexican restaurant Tato, customers can pay-what-they-like for two tacos and a side of rice and beans. For every customer who pays the full $10 for the taco plate, Tato will donate a meal to those residing in one of the city’s Covid hotels or homeless shelters. 

Relief for hotel program 

Quick take: FEMA will continue paying for the California program that’s moved thousands of homeless people into hotels for the “duration of the COVID-19 emergency,” Governor Gavin Newsom said on Friday. 

Know more: San Francisco has around 2,300 homeless people living in hotels as a part of Project Roomkey, but funding has been a concern throughout. Federal support accounts for 75% of the program’s funding, but previously, it could have been cut within a 30 days notice. Mayor London Breed had said that wasn’t enough time to transition people out of the hotels, and proposed moving the group into longer-term housing instead. 

Culture corner 

  • Hit Netflix mini-series, The Queen’s Gambit, was based on the 1983 novel from San Francisco-born author, Walter Tevis. Here’s a great history of how Tevis’ upbringing and later work as a chess reporter influenced his writing. 

  • The SF Ballet may be closed this year, but check out this Covid-era rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “Waltz of the Snowflakes” on an Alameda tarmac. 

That's all for today. Remember, you can always listen to the news instead on our page here. Also, as a heads up, we’ll be taking a bit of a holiday break coming up, so this Wednesday will be our last newsletter until we pick back up in early January.

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