Hey there, San Francisco.
Well, you may have slipped on your “dry January” commitments, but the weather in the Bay Area sure didn’t.
The Chronicle’s Jessica Flores wrote on Wednesday that “last month was among the driest-ever Januaries on record” across the Bay.
In San Jose, January 2022 was THE driest January on record. And in San Francisco, it was the tenth driest.
“This (water) year started off pretty good in October and December,” meteorologist Sarah McCork told the Chronicle. “And then in just a month we have kind of done the whole 180 (degree) switch.”
So, is there any rain on the way? The National Weather Service says not until mid-February.
And with that…onto the news…
Top story: One thing you should know
The University of San Francisco has plans to acquire the historic San Francisco Art Institute, the Examiner reported on Wednesday, in a deal that includes SFAI’s Chestnut Street campus and famed Diego Rivera mural.
A program called SFAI@USF could launch as soon as this fall.
Previously, the future of the 151-year-old art college (whose alumni list includes photographer Annie Leibovitz and tattoo artist Don Ed Hardy) was uncertain given its financial troubles and decreased enrollment. SFAI stopped accepting new students in the fall of 2020.
“This pending integration is exciting news for our community and for our colleagues and friends at SFAI,” USF President Rev. Paul Fitzgerald said in a statement. “Our shared goal is for undergraduate and graduate art programs at the two institutions to merge, and to create a world-class arts education program.”
Quick bits: Bite-sized news stories
🏠 The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday to purchase a 114-unit residential hotel on Turk Street that will be used to provide housing to homeless people. The $34.8 million acquisition is less than one mile away from the Japantown hotel that the city tried buying last year before plans fell through due to neighborhood backlash. (Chronicle)
💸 The SF Standard reports that Supervisor Matt Haney and political newcomer Bilal Mahmood have raised more money than former Supervisor David Campos ahead of the February 15 special election for State Assembly. (SF Standard)
🏈 It’s not official yet, but 49ers’ quarterback Jimmy Garopollo says he expects to be traded. “I'm excited about the opportunities to come,” Garopollo told reporters on Tuesday. “I just want to go to a place where they want to win.” (ESPN)
🏙 Slack is ditching 13-floors of office space (around 200,000 square feet) at 45 Fremont Street after its CEO Stewart Butterfield said in December that “trying to lure employees back to the office…[was] probably a doomed approach.” Slack will be “digital-first,” the company said, but keep its headquarters at 500 Howard Street. (SFist / SF Business Times)
What else I’m reading:
A new S.F. housing complex for homeless people was faster, cheaper to build. So why isn’t it being replicated? (Chronicle)
Dumpling mania! The best choices at 8 top spots (48 Hills)
6 films to catch at 2022 SF IndieFest (Datebook)
Bike Kitchen San Francisco sale draws a crowd (Mission Local)
To celebrate Black History Month, local illustrator Fred Noland created a series of bus stop posters along Market Street that offer history lessons about the city’s Black trailblazers, SFGATE’s Dan Gentile reports.
Figures on Noland’s posters include Maya Angelou (San Francisco’s first Black and first female streetcar conductor), Dr. William Cobb (SFUSD’s first Black principal), and Sylvester, “the gender-challenging disco legend,” Gentile writes.
“There is so much more to the history that nobody knows about,” Noland said. “Hopefully next year, some young Black cartoonist could pick up where I left off.”
That’s all for today! Thanks so much for reading y’all and we’ll see you back here tomorrow! - Nick B.