Hey there, San Francisco.
Hope you’re all doing well. A bit of a programming alert before we dive into the news for the day. Based on reader feedback from our recent survey, I’m going to try something new.
Instead of publishing the “Weekend Guide” on Fridays, I’m going to include it at the bottom of Thursday’s newsletter. And then on Fridays, I’ll put out a typical news-based newsletter (though I might keep it on the shorter side ‘cause it’s Friday).
The changes are based on people telling me two things: 1) They want more time to plan ahead for their weekends and 2) They still want to hear about the news on Fridays.
I think it makes sense! So let’s give this a try and see how it goes.
Alright...without further ado...onto some news:
🎤 The Regency Ballroom, a historic concert venue on Van Ness, is up for sale, the San Francisco Business Times first reported on Wednesday. The venue is still hosting concerts today, though the Compass listing online called the property “an icon poised for transformation.” (SF Business Times)
🍎 The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted this week to permanently give non-U.S. citizens the right to vote in local school board elections. The legislation also explicitly extends to school board recall elections. If Mayor Breed gives the ordinance her final approval, it could go into effect as early as December, ahead of February’s special election to recall President Gabriela Lopez, Vice President Faauuga Moliga, and Commissioner Alison Collins.(Examiner)
🏨 The Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing said on Wednesday that it will shut down the city’s shelter-in-place hotels by September 2022—a five-month extension to the program that will cost the city an additional $21 million. Currently, around 1,200 people still reside in the SIP hotels, which were set up early in the pandemic to give shelter to the city’s homeless. Reporter Matt Charnock writes that “the department aims to rehouse between 35 and 40 people weekly to meet the September 2022 deadline, but cited various obstacles in permanently rehousing individuals.” (Here/Say)
🚎 On Wednesday, Muni announced that some bus routes would be temporarily suspended as a result of “the city’s mandate that only vaccinated employees may work after November 1.” Earlier this month, SFMTA director Jeffrey Tumlin warned of such cutbacks given that some 120 transit workers had not yet provided proof of vaccination. Suspended lines include the 1 California Short, 14R Mission Rapid Short (weekdays only), 30 Stockton Short, and 49 Van Ness Short (on weekends only). (SFist)
What else I’m reading:
Firing at ‘Mission Girls’ highlights Mission nonprofits’ struggle with accusations leveled against community leader Jon Jacobo (Mission Local)
Is San Francisco losing its fog? Scientists fear the worst (Examiner)
Opinion: Why making In-N-Out play vaccine police is actually bad for public health (Chronicle)
Eight Black women who run some of the biggest U.S. cities (NYT via the Examiner)
Step Inside the Warm Minimalism of Sushi Sato for Affordable Tastings and Whiskey Cocktails (Eater)
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Zillow house of the day:
This Bernal Heights 4-bedroom, 4 bathroom house is really pretty. It’s got white marble in the kitchen, nice views of the downtown skyline, and it's a short walk to Precita Park. Yours for $2.4 million.
Check it out here.
👩🎤 Enjoy Outside Lands. If you’re attending the first-ever Halloween edition of Outside Lands, I’m jealous, and hope you have an awesome time. The SFist reported on Wednesday that ground in Golden Gate Park is relatively dry after last week’s storm, so that’s a good start.
Today, SFGATE released a list of 13 bands and artists not to miss, and the SFist reminded festival-goers not to forget proof of vaccination (or, a negative Covid test taken within the previous 72 hours). Also, this seems important: According to the Outside Lands’ website, you can get “expedited entry” into the festival grounds by downloading the CLEAR app and creating a “CLEAR Health Pass,” something you can do ahead of time.
Outside Land will be live-streamed on Twitch this year, though the exact streaming schedule has yet to be released. And, as Broke-Ass Stuart mentioned yesterday, there are some good spots outside the fences (like behind the main Land’s End stage on Chain of Lakes Drive) where you can listen in for free.
🚗 Head to Sacramento. Want to escape the Outside Lands’ noise and crowds? Maybe consider taking a drive to Sacramento. As part of its “Best Day Ever” series, the Chronicle released a really good guide this week on how to have the best (food) day possible in our state’s capital. Chronicle reporters Janelle Bitker and Elena Kadvany suggest starting your morning at Ginger Elizabeth Patisserie, grabbing Persian food for lunch at Maydoon, dinner at Kin Thai Street Eatery, and natural wine to top it all off at Ro Sham Beaux. Bitker and Kadvany have plenty of other Sacramento food and drink recs in their guide here.
🍺 Spend the entire weekend at Zeitgeist. There’s a lot happening in the city, but honestly, it might be best just to hang out at Zeitgeist all weekend. The Mission bar (with perhaps the best outdoor area in town) is hosting a triple-feature horror movie marathon on Friday, a 6-hour fright-fest concert on Saturday, and a Halloween costume contest on Sunday. Truly, an awesome lineup. More details here.
🎃 Go Trick-or-Treating. Because I haven’t had a kid in the city until about six weeks ago, I asked the Twittersphere today: “Where's the best place to go trick-or-treating in San Francisco.” There are some good responses here, including suggestions to check out “Upper Noe Valley around Sanchez and Randell,” “6th Ave b/t Irving and Hugo,” and “Chenery St in Glen Park.”
Another exciting response (and something I did not know before today!) mentioned that on Sunday from 3 pm to 6 pm the Great Highway is set to transform into the Great Hauntway. Starting around Taraval Street, parents are planning to set up “Trick-or-Treat Stations” so that kids can walk, bike, or scooter along the roadway to pick up their candy. The group putting on the event, Kid Safe SF, is asking people to RSVP ahead of time for planning purposes, whether you’re coming to Trick-or-Treat or want to set up a candy station of your own.
Alright, 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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