The Grow SF Report, Vol. 20

What You Need To Know

The latest updates on SF government progress, policies, and priorities:

Update: SF COVID-19 Vaccinations

With the delta variant spreading, it’s important that everyone who is eligible get vaccinated.

IMPORTANT Delta variant update

If you received a Johnson & Johnson vaccine and are worried about the Delta variant, San Francisco’s Department of Public Health is offering mRNA booster shots at the Adult Immunization & Travel Clinic (AITC). You can book an appointment for “COVID Vaccine #1” online.

Current stats

Here’s a thread with some of the latest information:

Bars to require proof-of-vaccine or negative test for indoor seating

The SF Bar Owners Alliance, composed of over 500 bars in the city, have announced that starting on Thursday, July 29 all customers will be required to show their Covid vaccination or a recent negative Covid test to enter. Unvaccinated patrons will be allowed to sit outdoors at many.

The SF Bar Owner Alliance is extremely concerned by a recent uptick in cases of COVID19 among our staff members, especially those who are fully vaccinated. We believe we are obligated to protect our workers and their families and to offer a safe space for customers to relax and socialize.

The Central Subway is testing trains

After years of delays and going wildly over budget, the Central Subway is finally testing trains. It’s slated to open for use in Spring 2022, connecting Chinatown to the 4th & King Caltrain station.

Wildfire smoke

It’s already been a destructive fire season. It’s important to keep in mind that wildfires don’t just affect the place where they burned, they affect the whole continent. Check out this beautiful, but terrifying, visualization from the New York Times.

Community Learning Hubs helped kids

The San Francisco Department of Public Health and the Department of Children, Youth, and Their Families has put out a report analyzing the performance of the Community Hubs Initiative — a program that brought kids together to attend zoom school in small groups. They found that students from poor families struggled the most, and often disengaged from school entirely, but that this could be reversed when they were given extra support in the Community Hubs.

Check out the (very long) report here.

Mural decision

You might not think that the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) would apply to an indoor mural, but you’d be wrong. A judge ruled that the SF School Board violated CEQA by not considering “all alternatives” prior to voting to cover up the controversial mural in George Washington High School.

Your Action Plan

Now that you know what’s happening, help us shape what happens next:

Sign the School Board Recall Campaign

The best way to help with the school board recall is to sign the petition and get your friends to sign. The SF Chronicle reported support for the recall is at 60 percent. But it has to make it on the ballot first!

Don’t delay. Find signature gatherers around the city or print and mail your signature using this link.

Volunteers (mostly parents) have collected over 40,000 signatures, but the September 7 deadline is looming.

Fun in SF

Check out some of our favorite fun activities happening in SF right now:

Comedy Day in Golden Gate Park is back Sept 19

Comedy Day celebrates its 40th anniversary this year on Sunday, September 19th. Laugh your light jacket off from noon to 5pm at Robin Williams Meadow in Golden Gate Park. And don’t forget: it’s FREE! More details at

Sweet Glory Dessert Cafe opens on Larkin St

Topical Tweets

Yes, there is good stuff on Twitter. Here’s some of it:

Ok, this next one is more depressing than anything, but it highlights that San Francisco desperately needs more housing. Grow SF is here to make that happen.