SF's wettest October day, ever ☔️

10.25.21 * Circulation 2,446

SF Minute correspondent Natalie Mead took the reins for the bulk of today’s newsletter while I worked on a project that I’m excited to share with you all soon. So, thank you to Natalie and make sure to keep your eyes peeled for a special email later this week! - Nick B. 

Hello, San Francisco!

As noted above, I’m Natalie, not Nick. It was an honor to make today’s newsletter for you all, and Nick will return tomorrow.

ICYMI, it rained a lot yesterday. Today’s weather-related headlines ran the gamut, but most notably, yesterday sent us 4.02 inches! It was the wettest October day on record for San Francisco, and the city’s fourth wettest day overall, according to the National Weather Service

And though the North Bay got the most “bomb cyclone” rainfall, SF still got its fair share of action, with over 150 downed trees/limbs, an evacuation on 9th Avenue due to a leaning tree, and a smattering of power outages, per the Chronicle. Two trucks were overturned on the Bay Bridge, according to NBC Bay Area news, and portions of Mission Street, among many other roadways, were closed.

MUNI service was heavily affected yesterday, but things are slowly getting back on track today (pardon the pun), with the exception of the cable cars, which are down due to a “cable issue.” 

Also, this seems like a good time to mention AlertSF and other ways to stay updated about citywide emergencies, warnings, and the like. I subscribe to the AlertSF texts, and got quite a few yesterday about the storm.

And with that, onto some news…

Quick bits:

  • 📦 On Friday, organizers for the second recall effort against District Attorney Chesa Boudin submitted 83,000 signatures, 32,000 more than was required. Though the signatures still need to be certified, a recall election next year is now “very likely,” the Chronicle reports. (Chronicle)

  • 😔 Two separate shootings occurred within a mile of each other near Haight Street over the weekend. “This is extremely unsettling and has rattled the entire community,” Supervisor Dean Preston, who represents the Upper and Lower Haight Street-areas, wrote on Twitter. No deaths were reported, though Preston said on Twitter on Sunday that the victim in the second shooting was in “critical condition.” Investigations are ongoing. (Chronicle, Twitter)

  • 🚙 Mayor Breed’s office announced late last week that a safe parking area for people living in their vehicles has been approved. The “Vehicle Triage Center,” which will be located in a Candlestick Point State Recreation Area parking lot, will provide 150 parking spaces along with “security, staffing, lighting, electricity, bathrooms and showers, potable water, and other necessities,” according to the Examiner, though it’s intended only as a temporary site with a two-year lease. (Examiner)

  • 🐶 The Wag Brigade, SFO’s team of over a dozen therapy dogs and one therapy pig, returned to their work of greeting airline travelers last week after a pandemic hiatus. (Secret San Francisco)

What else I’m reading:

  • Actor Edward Norton is Helping Anchor Brewing Recycle Its Water...Kinda (Broke-Ass Stuart)

  • Why a progressive prosecutor just left D.A. Chesa Boudin's office and joined the recall effort (Chronicle)

  • City employees face months-long wait time for mental health care (Examiner)

  • See where S.F. ranks among the most rat-infested U.S. cities. Spoiler Alert: We are not #1!  (Chronicle)

Zillow house of the day: 

Walking distance to Bare Bottle’s SF taproom in Bernal Heights, this newly renovated 3-bedroom, 2-bath is a beauty. It’s asking price: $1.5 million. 

Check it out here.

And finally… “I f***ed up”: Long before Sully, SF had a water landing of its own

The fog was incredibly thick that day in 1968 when Japan Air Lines Flight 2, en route from Tokyo, approached SFO. The experienced pilot, Kohei Asoh, had landed many times at the San Francisco airport. But while nearing the landing strip, he became confused between the grey of the fog and the grey of the bay, and found his plane just above the water about a mile short of the runway.

Having to think quick, Asoh “swan” landed the Douglass DC-8 plane on the water. Amazingly, no one was seriously injured, with only one person reporting a bloody nose. AND, the passengers were able to debark the plane without even getting wet. 

When asked what went wrong, Asoh, the pilot, simply said, “I f***ed up.” Read more on the incredible landing from the SFGATE’s Andrew Chamings here. 

This summary was put together by SF Minute reader and resident historian Shawn Conly. Shawn’s a self proclaimed “SF history geek” and in his spare time, he leads historical walking tours around the city for friends. This is the first installment of The SF Minute’s History Corner, but the plan is to drop these historical tidbits in the newsletter from time to time moving forward. We hope you enjoy them! 

That’s all for today! Thanks so much for reading y’all and one more thing before you go. Thanks so much to everyone who’s filled out The SF Minute fall reader survey so far. 

If you haven’t yet, there’s still time! Take a minute or two to fill out the survey here. You have until tomorrow at 4 pm. 

In tomorrow’s newsletter we’ll announce the two winners. Each will receive a $25 gift card to a local business of their choice. 

Alright, have a great night and see you tomorrow! - Nick and Natalie 


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