Target cuts store hours due to 'alarming rise in theft' / Swing dancing returns to GGP

It's Tuesday, July 6.

Hey there, San Francisco. 

I hope you had a nice holiday weekend. Of course, our fireworks were back here in the city, but only... kinda. 

“The thick fog prevented higher fireworks from being seen, but lower blasts were still visible near the city’s piers,” the Chronicle wrote on Instagram, a caption that the paper might want to save for future years’ coverage. 

On Twitter, there’s been plenty of (visible) sparks flying this past week over the topic of crime and crime data in the city. 

Here’s what former Y Combinator president Sam Altman said last week: 

And what San Francisco native and startup founder Michelle Tandler said, as part of a longer thread, on Saturday: 

FWIW, according to the SFPD data, overall crime in San Francisco is down 4.7% so far this year compared to the same period last year. 

I thought former Chronicle columnist C.W. Nevius summed up the situation well in his Substack post today: 

On one hand we have a group, armed with stats and data, that wants to prove that things are not getting worse. They say this is about other factors: economic inequity, racial injustice and tech bros who complain about everything.

And there’s the other group — which I have one foot in — which says, you may have some numbers, but I want to tell you something. 

This feels worse.

Whatever “side” you find yourself on, the situation is starting to have a more tangible impact on the city itself. Late last week, the mega-retailer Target confirmed it had reduced store hours at all five of its San Francisco locations due to an uptick in crime. 

“For more than a month, we’ve been experiencing a significant and alarming rise in theft and security incidents at our San Francisco stores, similar to reports from other retailers in the area,” Target spokesperson Kayla Castaneda told me. “Target is engaging local law enforcement, elected officials and community partners to address our concerns.” 

For the foreseeable future, Targets in San Francisco will open at 9am and close at 6pm, instead of 7am or 8am to 10pm, like most of its stores in neighboring cities.  

The mayor’s office and SFPD did not immediately respond to my request for comment on the matter. 

Rachel Marshall, a spokesperson for the district attorney, told me: “We work regularly with retailers and retail associations across the city—such as our ongoing close partnership to support Walgreens—and this is the first we have heard from Target about their concerns. We remain willing and eager to work with them to combat this problem and identify solutions.” 

And with that...onto some more news…

Chronicle reporter Trisha Thadani wrote a good article on Sunday laying out the state of play for Mayor London Breed, whose 50 or so executive orders during the pandemic earned her the praise of many. “[She] gets an A,” University of San Francisco political science professor James Taylor said of Breed’s leadership over the past year. 

But now, Breed’s attention must turn to the city’s age-old problems, like homelessness, behavioral health, and crime. And, as Thadani noted, the mayor will need to work more closely with the Board of Supervisors (a group she doesn’t always see eye-to-eye with) to get things done, rather than sign orders into law herself. 

“The next steps that she makes will be vital to her legacy,” Taylor said. 

Quick bits: 

  • 🙈 On Monday, the Giants revealed their new, alternative jerseys that they’ll wear this weekend against the Washington Nationals and during Tuesday home games for the remainder of the season. In a headline, the Chronicle called the jerseys “more Creamsicle curse than tangerine dream.” 

    When asked about the orange and white alternatives, Giants pitcher Kevin Gausman said: “I think they should have dressed us up like prisoners at Alcatraz. That would have been great, but I don’t make those decisions.” (SFist

  • 🍺 San Francisco brewery and distillery Seven Stills recently made a Capocollo-infused, hazy IPA with a can design that looked “strikingly similar” to the logo for the Bayview-based, P.G. Molinari & Sons. Well, the salami company noticed and sent a cease and desist letter to the beer makers, since it has the trade rights to the design. Seven Stills told the Chronicle it will stop making its salami beer. (Chronicle

  • 🗣 Manny’s cafe and community space in the Mission reopened on Sunday, and it has an impressive lineup for its upcoming speaker series, including a talk with Mayor Breed later this month. On Thursday, Manny’s will host an interview with District Attorney Chesa Boudin to discuss “the last year, the well publicized recall effort, and the future of criminal justice here in San Francisco,” according to the event page. Tickets start at $5. (Eventbrite

And finally… 

Lindy Hop swing dancing has returned to Golden Gate Park, as SF Gate’s Amanda Bartlett reports

“There really is no substitute, and we’ve been hurting inside during this past year, not being able to do what we love, and to not have it be safe or allowed,” longtime Lindy Hop instructor Jen Holland told the SF Gate. “To do this now feels like a gift.”

The swing dance group Lindy in the Park meets every Sunday (near the Music Concourse) from 11am to 2pm. They offer free lessons for 30 minutes starting at noon. 

That’s all for today! Thanks so much for reading y’all.

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Have a great night and we’ll see you tomorrow! - Nick B. 

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