Trash can costs come down / Restaurant group refrains from vaccine mandate

It's Wednesday, July 28.

Hey there, San Francisco. 

It’s a quick newsletter today, as I’m heading off to Manny’s to listen in on a conversation with Mayor London Breed. In-person tickets look like they’re sold out, but if you want to Zoom-in, access is just $5

The title of the event: “Running SF During a Pandemic.” And, in what seems to be a growing trend, proof of vaccination will be required upon entry. 

I’ll report back if anything new (or particularly interesting) is discussed.  

And with that… onto some news...

On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors approved a plan for Public Works to spend some $425,000 on a pilot program to test its new trash can designs. The prototypes are expected to cost $12,000 each, which is on the low end of the $12,000 to $20,000 range that Public Works floated last week. Once produced at scale, the price should drop to $2,000 to $3,000 per bin, the agency said. 

A Public Works spokesperson confirmed with me today that it’s scheduled to begin testing the three different prototype designs on sidewalks starting in November. 

Also on Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors approved the first four members of the Sheriff’s Department Oversight Board, which Examiner reporter Michael Barba writes, ​​was “approved by voters last November following nationwide protests against police brutality” and is “expected to make policy recommendations and focus on improving jail conditions.” 

Supervisor Shamann Walton, who authored the ballot measure, told the Examiner: “I’m just excited that we’ve come to a place where we now have actual oversight of the Sheriff’s Department.” 

Quick bits: 

  • 💉 According to a recent survey of 231 San Francisco restaurants, 63% support an indoor vaccination requirement for customers and employees. Still, the Golden Gate Restaurant Association told the Chronicle it wouldn’t officially recommend that local restaurants adopt a vaccine requirement (similar to what the Bar Owner Alliance recommended on Monday) because of the logistical hurdles in checking for proof and the “potential for customer conflicts.” (Chronicle

  • 🍷 Thieves smashed a window and attempted to break into the Gavin Newsom-owned PlumpJack Wine & Spirits on Tuesday morning. Authorities said it was at least the fourth break-in attempt at the Cow Hollow liquor store this year. (Chronicle

  • 👀 The nonprofit Code Tenderloin will be passing out a free eighth of weed to anyone who gets vaccinated on site this Friday at 4 pm at the 900 block of Market Street. What a deal! And to think...all I got after my shot was a lousy button pin! (SFGate)

And finally… 

Shoutout to my dear friends (and loyal SF Minute readers) Ani and Dylan, whose newborn Nico just (unofficially) became the youngest person ever to sit at the counter at Swan Oyster Depot

He is 5 days old today! 


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Alright, have a nice night and see you back here tomorrow. - Nick B.

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