Thoughts on yesterday / Frenchie stolen at gunpoint

It's Thursday, January 7th.

Letter from the editor: Yesterday was a lot of emotions for a lot of people. Personally, I was angry when I saw the images start to appear. Angry that our president incited these people. And that there wasn’t an adequate plan to stop them. Then, scared. For people’s safety inside the Capitol. Then, sad. For our country. 

By the end of the day (or, technically, early Thursday morning), Congress confirmed Biden’s victory. And President Trump, still claiming foul play, told us “there will be an orderly transition on January 20th.” That is good. 

As for the role of local news in all of this, I almost didn’t write this morning. How could stories of a lost dog and local pho shop really matter when just yesterday a group of people vandalized, looted, and for a moment, took control of the Senate chamber? Maybe they don’t. 

Still, I’d like to think that any reporting (national or local) that’s grounded in truth will help. - Nick

  • Russian Hill resident Sarah Vorhaus said she was walking her 5 month-old French bulldog, Chloe, Tuesday evening when she was assaulted at gunpoint and had her pup stolen. Vorhaus is offering a $2,000 reward for Chloe, but told ABC 7, “We will pay truly anything, no questions asked." She also said after six years of living in San Francisco, she’d be leaving: “I don’t know how I can stay safe here.” 

  • The San Francisco Art Institute, a gem of the city for 150 years, is considering the sale of its Diego Rivera mural to pay off its $19.7 million debt that almost forced the school to close last fall. Interested buyers of the mural, worth $50 million, include filmmaker George Lucas for his Museum of Narrative Art in Los Angeles, the New York Times reported this week. District supervisor Aaron Peskin called any sale “a crime against art and the city’s heritage.” An S.F.A.I. spokesperson said last year, “When you have an asset that’s that valuable, there’s always a discussion.” 

  • Governor Newsom’s $2 billion incentive plan for California elementary schools to reopen by mid-February received push back on Wednesday from the state’s largest school districts, including San Francisco’s. In a letter penned to the governor, superintendents said the plan—which offers up to $750 per student to schools that open—creates “a patchwork of safety standards in the face of a statewide health crisis.” San Francisco schools would forego $13 million in funding if they remain closed through February, the Chronicle reports. Most schools in neighboring Marin County, meanwhile, are open.  

  • A favorite of Steph and Ayesha Curry, Monster Pho owner Tee Tran recently received a $25,000 check when he appeared on a TV segment with the couple in December. Now, at Monster Pho’s two locations in Emeryville and Oakland, Tran is using the money to fund “#PhoForThePeople”—free pho for those in need of a hot meal. “I have to figure out a way to help people,” he recently told Eater SF. “That’s what I was put on this earth for.”

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As a programming reminder, I’ll be out early next week, but back full-time the week of 1/18. Thanks for all the love and support as I work on making this thing official.

Talk soon.✌️