Searching for SF's best burger / The Independent returns

It's Thursday, July 8.

Hey there, San Francisco. 

For the past few years or so, a group of friends and I have been on a quest to find the best burger in the Bay Area. Last night, for the first time in a while, our “club” regrouped and headed to Mua in Oakland, where we tried their half-pound hamburger. It was quite tasty. 

And so, still stuffed, I found it a funny coincidence this morning when I saw that Eater re-upped its top burger list for San Francisco. It’s a good list. And has some burgers on there that I’ve never tried, like the one at Red's Java House, Violet's, and the Butcher Shop

Shout out to Sam’s, Causwells, and Hi-Way, a few of my favorites from the list. 

Have you had a good burger in the city recently? I’d love to know and share your burger intel in tomorrow’s newsletter:

And with that… onto some news… 

Quick bits: 

  • 👕 Former Public Works manager, Gerald “Jerry” Sanguinetti, was arrested this week and accused of concealing $262,947 in income from his wife’s merchandising business. That company, known as SDL Merchandising, allegedly won “no-bid” contracts with Public Works and charged the department twice the going rate for items like custom hats and T-shirts. (Chronicle

  • 💰 On Thursday, Mayor Breed announced that the city would offer $12 million in zero-interest loans to small businesses, especially those that “haven’t been served by other relief programs.” Interestingly, the program (which offers up to $100,000 per business) is open to new, local ventures as well. “If you have an idea for a business, we want you here in San Francisco,” Breed said on Twitter. (Chronicle

  • ✈️ Not surprising, but good to see—there are A LOT more people traveling through SFO these days. In May, the total number of travelers taking off and touching down at SFO was up over 500% compared to the same month last year (1,739,021 passengers vs. 286,570). (Broke-Ass Stuart

  • 🏠 A report released on Wednesday found that for every new housing permit in the San Francisco/Oakland/Hayward area between 2008 and 2019, there were nearly 3.5 jobs created. That 3.5 new jobs-per-housing unit number was the highest of the 20 metropolitan areas in the study. (Chronicle

  • 🎤 After some 16 months, The Independent will open back up Friday night “with a show by Bay Area soul, psych-rock, and R&B band Con Brio,” Hoodline writes. Here’s a look at the upcoming shows for the Divisadero Street venue. (Hoodline

  • 😅 Did you feel the earthquake today? It was a 5.9 magnitude quake centered southeast of Lake Tahoe in a town called Coleville. (SFist

And finally…. 

Mission Local had a good piece today about the tech scene in San Francisco, and the story lined up with what Annie Gaus and I found back in March. Namely, among young entrepreneurs, San Francisco still remains a top place to start a company for its existing startup networks, proximity to major venture capital firms, and the “serendipitous” moments it can offer. 

“A lot of my friends, and other young people and startups that I know and really look up to and have a great time with, are also going to be in San Francisco,” one 19-year-old startup CEO told Mission Local. 

“There’s no other city in the world that is so global, [while] being so intimate,” another said. 

That’s all for today! Thanks so much for reading y’all and we’ll see you back here tomorrow. It’s almost Friday! - Nick B.

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