SF vaccines begin / No more BART tickets

It's Thursday, December 17th.

Good morning, San Francisco. It's Thursday, December 17th, and here’s the local news you should know today: 

  • Dr. Antonio Gomez, head of the critical care unit at Zuckerberg General Hospital, became the first person in San Francisco to receive the Covid vaccine on Tuesday. The city’s initial vaccine allotment totals 12,675 doses, which will be administered to health care workers and nursing home residents to start. “This is really a light at the end of the tunnel,” Dr. Gomez told Mission Local. “Once it’s available, everyone should take it.” 

  • Speaking of Zuckerberg General, the SF Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday to formally condemn the city’s largest trauma center for adopting the Facebook CEO’s name back in 2015. Officially known as the Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, the hospital updated its name five years ago after a $75 million investment by the billionaire couple. The city’s resolution, which passed 10-1, can’t force a name change, but was meant to serve as a statement that “San Francisco is not for sale,” Supervisor Gordon Mar said. 

  • Tom Trauger, CFO of Bay Area sporting goods company Sports Basement, was one of five cyclists that died in a tragic bike accident last week. Trauger, 57 and an avid triathlete, was taking part in an annual ride with friends in Nevada when he and others were struck by a motorist. “We ask you to notice every cyclist you share the road with, and to remember that they are someone’s father, mother, son or daughter,” Sports Basement said in a statement. 

  • BART is no longer selling paper tickets at any of its stations, the agency said this week, pushing riders to move completely onto reloadable Clipper cards. BART said the shift has been in the works for more than a year and a part of its effort to promote “contactless interactions” for riders. On Wednesday, The Chronicle reported that ridership on BART was down 88% compared to pre-pandemic numbers. 

  • Mission Cheese, a staple on Valencia Street for almost a decade, will close at the end of December. The company said the pandemic was partly to blame for its shuttering, but that there were “so many layers” to its decision. Whatever the reason, its cheesy goodness will truly be missed. 

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