Mayor London Breed announced today that Covid-19 vaccines will be required for many indoor activities. This means bars, restaurants and gyms will be required to verify patrons and employees are fully vaccinated. The requirement will also apply for indoor events with more than 1,000 people, all 35,000 City and County of San Francisco employees, and certain health care providers. Read the press release here

Back to School

Schools are fully reopening in person on Aug. 16. The San Francisco Unified School District announced that all 10,000 of its employees must be vaccinated or get tested for covid at least weekly, starting Sept. 7. 

City College 

It’s back-to-school time for adults, too. Registration is still open for credit and non-credit classes at City College of San Francisco, free for San Francisco residents. First classes begin this weekend. Register online here

Free non-credit classes are available in subjects like ESL, Citizenship, Custodial, Tai Chi, and Older Adults. Until August 26, in-person registration for non-credit classes is available at five CCSF locations throughout the city: the Mission, Chinatown/North Beach, Downtown, John Adams and Ocean campuses. 

The in-person registration schedule can be found below. For questions, call 877-379-2491. 

The DA, the Police Chief, and Mission Local 

Our very own Joe Eskenazi will be moderating a conversation with District Attorney Chesa Boudin and Police Chief Bill Scott on Monday, Aug. 16. He’s planning to hit the big topics: the perception of rampant crime in the city, arrest rates, the governor’s recall election, and more. 

Joe will be asking the questions from 6 p.m. to 6:40 p.m., then there will be 20 minutes of audience Q&A time. Come prepared with your questions, or just sign up to watch the show here

Umoja Health Day 

Umoja Health, a community-based initiative that brought covid testing, vaccinations, and other resources to East Oakland, celebrated its one-year anniversary last weekend. UCSF’s Dr. Kim Rhoads started the project to support African American communities during the pandemic. 

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf declared Aug. 7 “Umoja Health Day” in a proclamation commending the organization’s “invaluable service of providing holistic and lifesaving care” to the Oakland community. 

Library reopenings

A few more library locations have reopened for full, in-person service: the Anza, Marina, Portola, and Potrero Hill branches opened Aug. 10. They join the majority of public library branches, which reopened this summer. 

The Golden Gate Valley and Merced branches are expected to reopen next week, and the Mission and Treasure Island branches will continue with bookmobile service. 

Roxie and Dancing 

On Friday, Aug. 13, Pablo Larraín’s latest film Ema is opening at the Roxie Theater. The Chilean drama follows a reggaeton dancer and a choreographer whose lives are upended after a tragedy. The movie, co-presented by Chile Lindo, Cine+Mas SF Latino Film Festival and The Mexican Museum, plays at 6:45 p.m. on Friday, and will be playing through next week. Showtimes and tickets can be found here

After the show, film viewers can head to Chile Lindo for live music, empanadas, and Chilean wine. And of course, there will be dancing: Jae Stix and her “neo soul, jazz, funk collective” Baycoin Beats will be jamming the late show from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. 

Hearing Aids 

Visual artist Alison O’Daniel curated a series of short films and videos in Hearing Aids, which is currently screening at the McEvoy Foundation for the Arts. O’Daniel, who is hard of hearing herself, shows viewers the impact that sound can have on what we see and experience, and experiments with sensory loss to create a greater awareness. The topics range from urban surveillance to indigenous history, and films will be featured from seven different filmmakers. 

Session 1 screens daily through Aug. 31, and Session 2 begins Sept. 1. The show is free, but reservations are recommended

King of the Streets 

The San Francisco Lowrider Council is hosting the 40th anniversary of the King of the Streets on Saturday, Aug. 14. There will be a Lowrider Car Show and Hopping Contest, arts and crafts vendors, and the taco trucks will roll in. 

The Lowrider Council is joining forces with the Vacúnate Ya/Vaccinate Now Campaign, and will be offering free vaccines administered by the Department of Public Health. 

The family-friendly event will be at the Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave. in Daly City, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Public admission is free, but the Cow Palace will charge for parking. 

After 4 p.m., the cars will head to the Mission to cruise down Mission Street. 


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Eleni Balakrishnan

Eleni is our reporter focused on policing in San Francisco. She first moved to the city on a whim over eight years ago, and the Mission has become her home. Follow her on Twitter @miss_elenius.

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  1. I’d really like to watch the conversation with District Attorney Chesa Boudin and Chief of Police Bill Scott on Monday. But the only way appears to be to register with “Telegraph Hill Dwellers” whatever that is. Doing so requires me to agree that Telegraph Hill Dwellers can use my registration information and provide it to others. I don’t want to do that. Is there any other way to watch/participate in this event?!?

    1. Hi Mitch, we’re glad you will be attending. You’re welcome to sign up using a new or alternate name and email address, if you prefer. You will receive the Zoom link on the next page regardless of what you type in the registration form.

  2. Would you please do a follow up article on Off. Joel Babbs of the San Francisco Police Department. The previous article you wrote about him had lots of interesting comments. I heard he was terminated, but no info on the police commission website.Thanks

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