Hey there, San Francisco.
Sorry about the van Gogh fail in yesterday’s newsletter. Here’s the video I was trying to include:
And if that doesn’t work, here’s a link to the Chronicle story with the video at the bottom.
Also, as readers that have subscribed for a bit know, on Fridays we try keeping it light. So instead of talking about the top news stories of the day, we create a “guide” of things to do for the weekend ahead.
That said, a couple of stories dropped late Thursday that I thought were worth noting:
The emergency court order that would have required all of the city’s public schools to reopen by the end of April was denied by a San Francisco Superior Court yesterday. The judge said that the case was “largely moot” since the district now has plans to resume in-person learning on April 12 for younger students. Still, as the city attorneys argued, that plan falls short of providing specifics for when most junior high and high school students will return.
The school board voted 5-2 on Thursday to strip Alison Collins of her vice president title and committee duties after a series of her controversial tweets about Asian Americans recently surfaced. The Examiner described it as a “rare and somber vote of no confidence.” The only votes for the vice president to keep her title were from board president Gabriela López and Collins herself.
Okay, with that, here are some ideas for this weekend:
🍟 Grab some free food. Getting vaccinated, if you’re already eligible, has more than just its health benefits in the Bay Area. Show your vaccination card at a Krispy Kreme and you’ll get a free glazed doughnut. Post a picture on social media of yourself at a vaccination site and you can also snag free fries from Super Duper and free chips and salsa from Uno Dos.
🚴 Run, walk, bike, skate, or do whatever down JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park. JFK has been closed to through traffic since last April, but it might not always be that way. As it stands, the car ban is set to expire 120 days after the current health order in the city is lifted. Before the pandemic, JFK was closed to traffic on Sundays only. Advocates for the car-free route gathered in GGP last weekend to rally support for making the change permanent. But the debate picked up this week when two city supervisors voiced concerns over the idea.
Either way, grabbing a Lyft bike and riding through the park to the ocean does make for a really nice afternoon, especially when it’s sunny, which it should be this weekend 🙌 .
🥖 Indulge in a top, San Francisco sandwich. Lots of sandwich talk this week, which started from a Twitter thread that caught fire on Wednesday. Take a look at some of the recommendations! A couple of my friends went to Molinari today and sent some pictures and now I am so hungry writing this newsletter.
🎥 Snag some drive-in tickets. The SFFilm Festival started selling tickets this morning for the “in-person” portion of this year’s event, which includes drive-in screenings for nine of its films at Fort Mason. Tickets are a little steep ($70 per car), but it could be a fun experience? I, for one, have never been to a drive-in. As of this afternoon, drive-in tickets for all movies appear to still be available for purchase online.
🍷 And finally… With restrictions lifting, maybe it’s time to dust off those old wine-tasting boots. This week, the Chronicle updated its top 25 list of Bay Area wineries to visit. Admittedly, I don’t know a ton about these places, but it seems like a helpful list, especially since you can sort by whether a spot allows dogs and you can see how much a wine tasting costs (both very important factors for me). One that stood out was Ridge Vineyards, which has good wine and only costs $15 for a tasting. It is down in Cupertino though, so there’s that.
That’s all for today! Enjoy the weekend y’all and hope you can get out to enjoy the sunshine! See you next week! - Nick B.
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