Tenderloin drug sting / Ferris wheel drama

It's Friday, December 18th.

Good morning, San Francisco. It's Friday, December 18th, and here’s the local news you should know today: 

  • Thursday’s early morning showers should be the last of the year, meteorologists say, which means a dry holiday season for San Francisco. The city’s seen just 2 inches of rainfall since the start of October, which is 60% lower than average. Still, dry doesn’t mean warm. Temperatures are expected to be below 60 degrees through the new year. 

  • Eight East Bay residents were arrested on Wednesday in connection with a drug trafficking operation in the Tenderloin which ended with federal agents seizing 10 pounds of fentanyl. The Chronicle reports that the sting involved wiretaps and undercover agents, and was a part of the federal initiative launched last year to crack down on the drug trade in the Tenderloin. This year, San Francisco will lose two people each day from a drug overdose, with a majority of those deaths linked to fentanyl. That’s up from 441 fatal overdoses in 2019. 

  • Warriors star Steph Curry had aspirations to bring an annual PGA Tour event to San Francisco, but those plans have officially fallen through. Curry, an avid golfer himself, wanted the tournament to be played at TPC Harding Park (near Lake Merced), but complications, including uncertainties around Covid restrictions, derailed the project. “Our city is facing greater challenges right now than a lost golf tournament,” said Parks and Rec manager Phil Ginsburg. “But of course we’re disappointed.”

  • The 150-foot tall Ferris wheel in Golden Gate Park was supposed to be taken down next March, but now Parks and Rec officials are planning to propose extending its stay. The ride, which was meant to help celebrate the park’s 150th anniversary, has mostly sat still due to Covid, operating for only 39 days this fall when virus cases were low in the city. Some residents, however, oppose the extension, including bird groups who say its bright lights can cause migrating birds to veer off track, or worse, collide with the ride. 

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