Friday News Roundup: Recall Season Heats up and Ivy Getty Gets Married
Hey there, San Francisco.
Another Friday, another busy week of local news. Both recall efforts against District Attorney Chesa Boudin and the three school board members had major updates, model/heiress Ivy Getty had a wedding extravaganza across the city, and importantly, San Franciscans will soon be able to buy Dungeness crabs directly from their favorite, local fishermen.
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For now, here’s a quick recap of this week’s top headlines:
DA recall election set for next summer
On Tuesday, the Department of Elections confirmed that the recall effort against District Attorney Chesa Boudin gathered enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot.
As the Chronicle’s Trisha Thadani reports, Boudin’s future as San Francisco’s DA will be decided by voters on June 7, 2022, as part of the statewide primary election. If ousted, Thadani noted, Mayor London Breed would decide on his replacement.
Mayor Breed voices support for school board recall
Also on Tuesday, Mayor London Breed threw her support behind the effort to recall school board president Gabriela López, vice president Faauuga Moliga, and member Alison Collins.
“Sadly, our school board’s priorities have often been severely misplaced,” Breed said in a statement, first reported by the Chronicle. “Our kids must come first.”
Last week, State Senator Scott Wiener also voiced his support to vote out the three board members in the upcoming special election, which is set for February.
D2C Dungeness crab sales now permitted
This week, the San Francisco Port Commission voted in favor of a one-year pilot that will allow fishermen to sell live Dungeness crabs from their boats at Fisherman’s Wharf. Previously, direct-to-consumer sales were not permitted when it came to crabs.
But don’t head to the wharf quite yet in search of Dungeness. The commercial crabbing season, which typically opens on November 15, has been delayed due to endangered whales and sea turtles spotted in local fishing areas. The Department of Fish and Wildlife is expected to decide on when the season can start later this month.
Educator fatally struck by motorist
On Wednesday morning, a motorist struck and killed educator Andrew Zieman outside of Sherman Elementary School in Cow Hollow, where he worked. The tragic incident was the twelfth pedestrian fatality in 2021 and the first in the Cow Hollow neighborhood since 2017, according to data from local advocacy group Walk SF.
“Too many people are paying the ultimate price for unsafe streets,” Walk SF’s executive director Jodie Medeiros said upon the news of Zieman’s death.
Amazon plans to build its largest SF fulfillment center
Amazon has confirmed its plans to build the company’s largest San Francisco fulfillment center at 900 7th Street in the Design District this week.
Previously, the site, which Amazon bought from Recology last year for some $200 million, had been at the center of a proposal that would have brought over 1,000 housing units to the area. If approved by the city, the shipping center could take up to two years to construct.
Navy names ship after Harvey Milk
The US Navy has named one of its new ships after former San Francisco supervisor and gay rights activist Harvey Milk, who served in the Navy during the Korean War and was discharged “after being questioned about his sexual orientation,” KQED’s Deepa Shivaram writes.
“We have to teach our history to prevent ourselves from going backwards,” Milk’s nephew, Stuart Milk, said during a ceremonial event on Saturday. “This navy ship sends an important message to the world.”
SFPD officer died from Covid
A San Francisco police officer who had reportedly had “not met the city’s Nov. 1 deadline for inoculation,” died from Covid-19 last weekend, the Chronicle reported on Monday. Jack Nyce, a 17-year SFPD veteran, was 46 years old.
Another shooting in the Haight
Last Saturday evening, there was another shooting in the Haight Ashbury area. It marked the fourth shooting incident in-and-around the district in less than three weeks.
According to a statement from the SFPD, a man was inside his home on Saturday night around 11 pm when he heard glass breaking. He then went outside to investigate, saw four men trying to break into a nearby business, and yelled at them to stop. The suspects fled, but as they did, one fired a gun towards the man. No one was struck by gunfire on Saturday.
SFPD spokesperson Adam Lobsinger could not confirm whether the four incidents were related. He did say, however, that the department was increasing its presence “in and around areas that we believe will make the [Haight] safer.”
Filming in Lower Haight
Video crews descended upon the Lower Haight this week to film a new Apple TV Plus series code-named “Madeline.” But, this isn’t a remake of the popular children’s book.
According to the SFGATE’s Dan Gentile, the show will be called “Surface,” which stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw and centers around her character “piecing her life back together after a suicide attempt.”
DJ Khaled, in partnership with “ghost-kitchen operator” Reef Technologies, is simultaneously launching 150 delivery-only wing shops on Thursday, including one in San Francisco listed on GrubHub at 468 Capp St. The name: Another Wing.
And finally…Ivy Getty gets married
Did you see the photos of Ivy Getty’s wedding this past weekend in San Francisco? This Vogue piece documented the model/oil heiress’ lavish weekend, which included a Thursday night welcome party at the Palace of Fine Arts, a Friday night rehearsal dinner at three-Michelin starred Quince, a Saturday ceremony under City Hall’s rotunda (officiated by Speaker Nancy Pelosi) and an after-party at the Getty Mansion in Pacific Heights.
California Governor Gavin Newsom and San Francisco Mayor London Breed were in attendance as well.
According to the Chronicle, the city earned some $100,000 from the event, $50,000 to rent our city hall and $50,000 for security and other services. But as reporter Michael Cabanatuan noted, those costs were “likely a small fraction of the weekend festivities.”
Alright, that’s all for this week. Thanks y’all for reading and again, if you want to receive these news updates daily, I’d love for you to subscribe to The SF Minute.
Have a great weekend and I’ll see you back here next Friday! – Nick B.