CBS News: Residents can follow complaints against SFPD officers on new website

CBS News: Residents can follow complaints against SFPD officers on new website. “The San Francisco Department of Police Accountability has launched a case status tracking portal to make it easier for complainants to follow their case, submit documents and investigate hearing requests. The department works separately from the San Francisco Police Department to independently review the public’s allegations of misconduct and abuse from police officers.”

San Francisco Chronicle: Lost landmarks of the Bay Area

San Francisco Chronicle: Lost landmarks of the Bay Area. “In a city that has gone to war against sugary sodas, residents still took the 2020 loss of a Coca-Cola billboard hard, like someone was tearing down one of the Painted Ladies. When the Cliff House sign was removed — the art deco sign, not the actual Cliff House — hundreds arrived to mourn. So we’re building a virtual museum, tracking the most prominent lost landmarks of the last 50 years (including, sadly, more than a few that came down during the pandemic).”

San Francisco Chronicle: The next COVID surge may hit San Francisco’s wealthy neighborhoods the hardest. Here’s why

San Francisco Chronicle: The next COVID surge may hit San Francisco’s wealthy neighborhoods the hardest. Here’s why. “As COVID-19 case rates once more begin to climb in San Francisco, wealthy neighborhoods are seeing higher case rates than less-wealthy ones — a rare occurrence in a pandemic that has most deeply impacted lower-income people of color. But unlike the omicron wave last December, which started in wealthy neighborhoods and then quickly migrated to lower-income ones, public health experts say there’s a chance this latest wave could be the first to hit wealthy people harder — thanks both to pandemic fatigue within the demographic, and its relatively lower rates of natural immunity from prior infections.”

KCRW: SF disco is the sound of gay liberation. Historic reels go digital

New-to-me, from KCRW: SF disco is the sound of gay liberation. Historic reels go digital. “The SF Disco Preservation Society touts more than 2,000 records from when disco was the soundtrack of gay liberation, with queer men flocking to San Francisco, LA, and New York to dance, sing, and mingle. The archive is run singlehandedly by Jim Hopkins, who became a DJ at age 16 in 1981. He notes that many DJs in SF died of AIDS, and he wanted to preserve their legacies.” The archive is a Soundcloud collection of over 275 DJ sets of disco music. Most is from the 1970s or early 1980s, but there are few from the mid-90s.

San Francisco Chronicle: San Francisco spent $250,000 on a database to track construction delays. Years later, it has never been used

San Francisco Chronicle: San Francisco spent $250,000 on a database to track construction delays. Years later, it has never been used. “Three years after developing a database meant to track the performance of contractors on city construction projects, the system of checks and balances remains unused, according to a report from the San Francisco Civil Grand Jury.”

San Francisco Chronicle: San Francisco gardeners use TikTok to share unconventional planting methods

San Francisco Chronicle: San Francisco gardeners use TikTok to share unconventional planting methods. “Call them guerrilla gardeners, ‘petal-punks’ or TikTok horticulturists. Phoenix and Shalaco McGee of SF in Bloom are sowing native wildflower seeds in neglected plots of land and sharing their blooming adventures on social media. The San Francisco pair’s informational gardening videos and unconventional planting techniques have garnered more than 200,000 followers and 5 million likes on TikTok. The McGees take to San Francisco streets, spreading native, non-invasive wildflower seeds with pink, plastic guns and Parmesan cheese shakers.”

San Francisco Chronicle: San Francisco has the highest COVID rate in California. Here’s why

San Francisco Chronicle: San Francisco has the highest COVID rate in California. Here’s why. “The Bay Area is reporting about 700 new cases a day across its nine counties, still reflecting its steep drop since the winter surge that saw a peak of more than 18,000 new daily cases. But the number remains much higher than the 200 reported during last year’s summer lull before the delta variant of the virus took hold.”

San Francisco Chronicle: This Bay Area school is reinstating its mask mandate after a COVID-19 spike

San Francisco Chronicle: This Bay Area school is reinstating its mask mandate after a COVID-19 spike. “A Bay Area elementary school has restored its mask mandate after reporting a sudden increase in COVID-19 cases. Since March 22, Coleman Elementary School in San Rafael has confirmed 23 total cases of the coronavirus across the school — 17 in students and six in employees — the district said. In response, the school informed families that it would be reinstating an indoor mask mandate through April 15.”

San Francisco Chronicle: S.F. homeless deaths more than doubled during the pandemic’s first year — but not because of COVID

San Francisco Chronicle: S.F. homeless deaths more than doubled during the pandemic’s first year — but not because of COVID. “The grim findings echo a similar mortality spike in Los Angeles, where officials contending with rising housing costs and homelessness also used a wave of pandemic funding to test new approaches like sanctioned tent cities and state-funded hotels. Interventions like shelter-in-place hotels likely did help mitigate deaths due to COVID-19 and related health conditions, the report authors found, but lockdowns diverted resources and increased isolation that may have compounded other risks.”

San Francisco Chronicle: Mayor Breed wants office workers to return to S.F., but not everyone is on board

San Francisco Chronicle: Mayor Breed wants office workers to return to S.F., but not everyone is on board. “Despite indoor mask rules being lifted this month, office workers are not rushing back to their high rises downtown, and that has huge implications for businesses small and large. It’s also a big concern for the city’s long term tax revenue, some of which has been offset by remote workers no longer commuting into the city.”

Jewish News of Northern California: Digitizing J.’s archives was a mission to save Jewish history

Jewish News of Northern California: Digitizing J.’s archives was a mission to save Jewish history . “It was September 2011 and my first day in the office. I’d just been hired as J.’s editor and was getting the grand tour. I met the staff, admired my new desk, then stepped into the lunchroom and stopped in my tracks. There, atop a bunch of file cabinets, were dozens of large, black leather-bound volumes. Some were neatly lined up, others were stacked carelessly on top of each other. There were years printed on the spines: 1902, 1903, 1904, all the way to 2010. Some of the oldest covers had hardened and become detached from the inside pages….This was our history, the lived history of the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish community as recorded in the pages of its community newspaper. And those pages were literally crumbling away.”

KRON: Some San Francisco teachers stage ‘sickout’ for COVID safety

KRON: Some San Francisco teachers stage ‘sickout’ for COVID safety. ” Some San Francisco teachers are fed up with the school district saying they didn’t prepare for the expected surge the city is experiencing right now with omicron cases. So on Thursday, teachers in the union are holding a sickout — demanding safer work conditions. This is on top of the over 600 San Francisco teachers who actually called out sick yesterday due to symptoms or exposure to the virus.”

COVID surge: Outbreaks hit multiple Bay Area homeless shelters (The Mercury News)

The Mercury News: COVID surge: Outbreaks hit multiple Bay Area homeless shelters. “The Division Circle Navigation Center, a large shelter in San Francisco that also helps occupants access medical, mental health and substance abuse care, reported more than half of its 88 residents — plus three staff members — have been infected. Another 17 residents and nine staffers have tested positive at San Francisco’s MSC-South shelter.”