Hey there, San Francisco.
Let’s talk about the weather! It’s something we rarely get the chance to do since, you know, it’s pretty much always 58 and foggy.
But this Memorial Day weekend, it’s gonna get hot (for San Francisco).
Saturday will be the coolest day of the long weekend with the temp in the low 60s. By Sunday, though, it’ll rise to around 68 degrees.
Monday is slated to be the hottest at 70 degrees and sunny.
If you’re new to the city and think that still sounds chilly, think again. For whatever reason (actually, if someone knows please tell me) 70 degrees in San Francisco really feels like 85 or 90.
If you do want to experience actual 90-degree weather, just travel south or north or east about ten miles. It’s scheduled to be especially hot all around us this weekend.
Alright, you’ve been warned. Dust off those shorts, fill up the Hydro Flask, and get out there. It should be a beautiful holiday weekend.
And with that… onto some news…
On Tuesday, Supervisor Dean Preston introduced legislation that would protect tenants from eviction until the end of 2021 if they paid their landlords at least 25% of their monthly rent. California enacted similar protection during the pandemic, but that state law is set to expire on June 30.
“It’s inexcusable that the state has not acted,” Preston, a former tenant attorney, said during a virtual press conference this week. “But we’re not going to sit around and wait for them to expire.”
Meanwhile, also on Tuesday, Preston introduced a bill that would excuse business owners from paying rent to their landlords for the months that they were forced to close during the pandemic due to public health orders.
As Chronicle reporter Mallory Moench writes, “the legal underpinning of the legislation is a state law that excuses a party from a contract because fulfilling it has become impossible...Businesses across the country have used a similar legal defense during the pandemic, to varying success, but landlords here are likely to push back hard.”
🦁 A mountain lion broke the window of a San Bruno home early Tuesday morning and “prowled inside” until the homeowner scared it away, the Chronicle reports. San Bruno police said the lion may have been attracted by “several large game, taxidermy trophy heads” mounted on the walls inside the home. No one was injured.
Also, there’s no indication that the cat had any connection with “Mr. Handsome,” the two-year-old mountain lion that California Department of Fish and Wildlife authorities found hiding in a Bernal Heights tree last week. (Chronicle)
😔 More details are coming out about yesterday’s tragic shooting in San Jose that left ten people dead. As the Wall Street Journal reported, U.S. Customs officers had detained the shooter in 2016 after a trip he took to the Philippines, noting that he possessed “books about terrorism...as well as a black memo book filled with lots of notes about how he hates the VTA.” The Journal said it was unclear whether the border officials notified local authorities or the VTA of their findings before Wednesday’s shooting. (Wall Street Journal)
💊 A mother whose son is addicted to fentanyl held a rally in the Tenderloin on Wednesday to speak out about the drug’s devastating effects. “My son did heroin for years, and he just started doing fentanyl this past year. And he has deteriorated faster than he ever did using heroin,” the mother said. “I know it’s only a matter of time before he’s going to overdose. Like so many of his friends.”
Over 700 people died from a drug overdose in San Francisco in 2020, which was up 60% from the year prior. Already, in 2021, the city is on pace to surpass last year’s record high. (Chronicle)
🍜 Slanted Door’s sister restaurant Out the Door will be closing its Fillmore District location after 11 years. The building that housed Out the Door and its famed chef Charles Phan (upstairs) is also on the market for $6.2 million. (SFist)
🌎 Young climate activists are marching 266 miles from Paradise, CA to San Francisco to show their support for President Biden’s proposal to bring back the Civilian Climate Corps. The weeks-long march starts tomorrow. (Broke-Ass Stuart)
How cool is this? Lowell High freshman Christopher Gee has been baking sourdough bread since he was 10, but during the pandemic, he decided to start selling his loaves to his Richmond District neighbors.
“Whenever I give my bread to customers and they’re just like, ‘Whoa! It’s still warm. It’s still hot.’ And I tell them, ‘It came out of the oven like 5 minutes ago.’ I think it really brightens up their day,” Gee said.
Also, you gotta love Gee’s father, who drives his son to make the deliveries and also helps with clean-up duties.
“It’s all for a good cause,” his dad said. “As a parent, you’d do anything for your child right?”
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