Victorian home on-the-move / School board to pause renaming process

It's Monday. February 22nd.

Good evening, San Francisco. I hope you had a nice weekend and that you are enjoying this weather! Tomorrow might reach into the 70s. 😎  

Did you happen to see that semi-truck on Sunday morning move the 139-year-old Victorian home across six city blocks? I’m so bummed I missed out on it. Apparently, a move like that hasn’t happened in 50 years! 

A mini-parade of residents followed the truck and captured some great videos. “It’s the most excitement I’ve had in 10 years,” one onlooker told the Chronicle. “What if it topples?”

Where the home once stood, at 807 Franklin Street, a 48-unit, eight-story apartment building will take its place. At its new location, at 635 Fulton Street, the Victorian will be converted into seven residential units. 

All-in, the move reportedly cost around $400,000. 

Alright, now onto some more news: 

The San Francisco School Board will pause its efforts to rename 44 schools until students return to in-person learning, board president Gabriela López said in a statement on Sunday. “I want us to focus our time and actions where they matter most. On the safety of our children, and on safety getting them back into schools,” López said. “This is the last time I’ll comment publicly on renaming until schools are reopened.” 

Parents, along with Mayor London Breed, have been critical of the school board for spending time on the renaming process instead of focusing on a plan to reopen. Last week, for instance, the board was expected to vote on an agreement for reopening, but that agenda item was reportedly nixed and delayed a week so that the board could deal with a legal issue tied to the renamings. 

When schools are open and renaming efforts resume, López said it would be a more “deliberative process,” including more community input and “engaging historians at nearby universities to help.” Previously, historians were not consulted. 

“I acknowledge and take responsibility that mistakes were made in the renaming process,” López said on Sunday. 

Also on Sunday, a San Francisco family launched a website calling for López, as well as board members Alison Collins and Faauuga Moliga, to be recalled. So far, the site has reportedly collected information from 1,200 city residents in favor of the recall. 

Last week, Governor Gavin Newsom said he expected Covid restrictions to soon ease in a “substantial number” of counties across the state, and according to reports, San Francisco may be a part of that group. On Monday, Supervisor Matt Haney said on Twitter that he heard San Francisco may move from its current purple tier to a less restrictive red tier by next week. For that to happen, new daily cases per 100,000 people would need to drop below seven. According to the Chronicle, as of February 16th, that number was around nine in San Francisco. 

In the red tier, one of the biggest changes comes for restaurants, which would be allowed to reopen indoor dining at 25% capacity. 

Quick bits: 

  • 🌉 Some people are moving from Oakland to San Francisco for…get this...cheaper rent. (LA Times

  • 🚃 San Francisco’s historic cable cars may be some of the most difficult lines for the SFMTA to bring back, but advocates say their return would be a “symbolic victory” for the city. (Examiner)

  • 💃 Dance Mission Theater, in conjunction with Black artists from around the country, is putting on a virtual dance performance on March 5th and March 13th called “Harriet’s Gun, Shapeshifting Towards a Radically Imagined Black Future.” You can watch a trailer for the event here and buy tickets here. (SF Weekly

  • 💉 Vaccinations at Moscone Center will resume on Thursday, and apparently, the site will have enough doses for at least the next three weeks. (KRON4) Remember, if you are a part of Phase 1B Tier 1 (which includes educators, emergency service workers, and food industry workers), you will be eligible to book a vaccine appointment starting this Wednesday, 2/24. You can book your appointment online here

And finally… SF resident and Bay Area reporter Elena Kadvany found an upstart Little Library on Page Street, whose creator wants it to replace a nearby parking spot. 

Here’s Elena: 

An abandoned armoire has found a new life on Page Street between Fillmore and Webster as a Little Free Library. Jessica Jenkins, who lives in the neighborhood, created the library and hopes to make it more permanent by applying for a parklet permit so the armoire can face out onto Page, one of the city’s Slow Streets. 

“The Page St Little Free Library will provide a community resource to share books, welcome and delight people walking and rolling on Page St, and engender community support for making Page Slow Street permanent,” her application reads. (Only in San Francisco does a free community library get moved by someone trying to park their car, resulting in a detailed permit application executed by a major bike advocate.) 

If you’d like to lend your support to the project, Jenkins is looking for signatures.

Thanks to Elena for finding this!

For her day job, Elena reports on the Bay Area food scene, especially on the Peninsula. Check out her blog and newsletter if you’re interested in food happenings south of the city!

That’s it for today! Oh, if anyone DMed the mayor of Miami over the weekend and got a response, I’d love to know! You can simply hit reply on this email to reach me.

Alright, have a great night and see you tomorrow! - Nick B. 

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