Can SF Learn From New York’s Supervised Drug Consumption Sites?


Hello, Bay Area. It’s Monday, May 2, and the team at Chronicle Food + Wine breaks down the cost of a fun outing in Napa Valley.

New York City’s supervised drug consumption sites provide a good look at how San Francisco could save lives, writes columnist Heather Knight.

Despite support for opening a similar facility in San Francisco, city leaders stalled.

So Knight spent four days touring the two New York locations, talking to drug addicts, staff members, neighbors, critics and Bill de Blasio, the mayor who opened them before leaving office and who spoke with San Francisco Mayor London Breed about the idea.

“I don’t want to present this as a wonderland. We have challenges, but what we tend to do is flood the region when something like this develops and disrupt it,” de Blasio said, adding, “I don’t understand the politics of San Francisco.

Ultimately, Knight writes that she found NYC venues far more efficient and humane than the “disaster unfolding on the sidewalks of San Francisco.”

Also from Knight: A San Francisco father has solved a stolen luggage case for the police, yet the cops have yet to make any arrests.

Fueling the housing problem

The planned project on the former Schlage Lock property south of Bayview is among San Francisco’s stalled developments.

Paul Kuroda / Special for The Chronicle 2021

Plans for just three housing projects in San Francisco, totaling 62 units, have been approved so far in 2022.

While larger “mega-projects” will likely be tabled in the coming months, the current pace just isn’t enough to fill the city’s shortage of units. Which give?

Developers and construction experts say it’s no surprise. This reflects, they said, the reality of high construction costs, inflation, rising interest rates and a slower-than-expected economic recovery from the pandemic in San Francisco.

Lenders who usually finance multi-family housing projects are spooked by fewer office workers returning to San Francisco, as well as national media attention to dirty downtown streets and drug problems. .

Read more from JK Dineen.

More: Bay Area homebuyers in certain demographics are getting thousands of dollars in tax breaks. Here’s who qualifies.

Virus updates

San Francisco's Noe Valley has seen higher rates of coronavirus cases than poorer neighborhoods in recent weeks.

San Francisco’s Noe Valley has seen higher rates of coronavirus cases than poorer neighborhoods in recent weeks.

Stephen Lam/The Chronicle

The next wave of COVID could hit San Francisco’s affluent neighborhoods hard.

While the omicron variant has hit low-income communities across the city, the recent surge in viral infections is occurring among high-income communities. Previous outbreaks of COVID cases started in wealthy areas and quickly migrated to poorer neighborhoods, but that might not happen this time.

Pandemic fatigue and a lower level of natural immunity from previous infections put residents of wealthier neighborhoods at higher risk of catching COVID this time around, a UCSF expert said.

Read more from Susie Neilson.

• Another variant of COVID is spreading rapidly in California. Should you care about BA.2.12.1?

around the bay

Jason Samson helps build a structure in San Jose for the homeless as part of Simply Shelter.

Jason Samson helps build a structure in San Jose for the homeless as part of Simply Shelter.

Santiago Mejia/The Chronicle

Homelessness crisis: Volunteers build tiny homeless shelters in Silicon Valley, part of a wave of aid to homeless people by ordinary residents during the pandemic.

“Unwaveringly Optimistic”: Kathy Boudin, the former imprisoned radical leftist and mother of San Francisco DA Chesa Boudin, has died of cancer at age 78.

From Justin Phillips: History is repeating itself in the Municipal District of East Bay with allegations of racism. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

One step forward: Railroad officials have approved plans for a high-speed rail line between Fresno and San Jose that could take commuters between the Central Valley and Silicon Valley in about an hour.

“Overworked”: A nurse reportedly committed suicide last week at a Kaiser Permanente in Santa Clara. Although it’s unclear why, local healthcare workers said stress in their field has increased dramatically in recent years.

Cool job alert: Who are the workers keeping the Golden Gate Bridge painted with International Orange? What about the people who made the Bay Bridge shine? We look at the decades of photos of those defying death to paint the Bay Area’s famous spans.

where you won’t eat
: April’s restaurant closings include Randy’s Best Ice Cream, an Albany pop-up by a former chef who started rolling out of a retro ice cream cart, and Oliveto, the farmhouse’s cal-Italian institution. at the table in the Rockridge neighborhood of Oakland.

Opinion: Chesa Boudin’s recalls say quitting the DA will help end anti-Asian violence. Are they right?

In case you missed it

The Lavender Pool is one of many at Stanly Ranch in Napa.

The Lavender Pool is one of many at Stanly Ranch in Napa.

Jessica Christian / The Chronicle

The Chronicle Food + Wine team was left baffled by an article lamenting soaring Wine Country hotel prices.

At Stanly Ranch, a new hotel in Napa, visitors can lounge around one of the 700-acre resort’s multiple pools, enjoy its 200-seat restaurant, or even tour its hyperbaric oxygen chamber. A night there starts at $1,300 per night, which puts it squarely in luxury stay territory.

Yes, Napa Valley can be expensive – in fact, I wrote about the various Napa hotel prices and found an upscale resort renting a vacation home for $4,499 a night – but it turns out that you can do a lot in Napa on a budget.

Wine column writers Esther Mobley and Jess Lander mapped where thrifty travelers can find $4 breakfast, $30 wine tastings and $1.50 happy hour specials.

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