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Public school enrollment declined by thousands since pandemic

Source: California Department of Education
Source: California Department of Education

Enrollment at San Francisco public schools has decreased by thousands since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Details: The San Francisco Unified School District’s enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year decreased by 3,574 students, or 6.8%, from the 2019-2020 school year.

District Attorney Brooke Jenkins under fire for six-figure disclosure

Illustration of San Francisco City Hall with lines radiating from it.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins has been in the hot seat this week following an income disclosure showing that she received over $100,000 from a nonprofit linked to the effort to recall her predecessor, Chesa Boudin.

Why it matters: The recent revelations raise ethical concerns around whether Jenkins intentionally misled the public about her role in the recall.

Nick Bastone
Aug 12, 2022 - News

Hayes Valley gets its own parking zone (and name)

Hayes Valley parking sign
Sign being installed on the edge of the new Area HV parking zone. Photo: Nick Bastone/Axios

Hayes Valley is getting San Francisco's first ever residential permit parking area with a name that reflects its neighborhood: "Area HV."

Context: Previously, the SFMTA assigned permit parking area names alphabetically.

Nick Bastone
Aug 11, 2022 - News

Slow Streets' future could find clarity in September

Street signs being installed on Page Street
Road crew installs reflective posts for Page's Slow Street. Photo: Paul Chinn/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

The future of the city's Slow Streets program — which closed some 30 roads to traffic early in the COVID-19 pandemic — is murky, but may clear up in the weeks to come.

Driving the news: San Francisco Mayor London Breed wrote late last month the city should "evolve" its approach to Slow Streets — moving beyond "temporary interventions" and making decisions to last "for years to come."

D6 Supervisor Matt Dorsey to push for safe consumption sites

A man using narcotics.
A man utilizes one of New York City's safe consumption sites. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

District 6 Supervisor Matt Dorsey intends to "fight hard" to establish safe consumption sites in San Francisco, telling Axios it's "a strategy that can save lives."

Why it matters: The city's in the midst of a drug overdose epidemic, largely driven by the opioid fentanyl. While accidental overdose deaths were 7% lower in 2021 than 2020, raw numbers remain high.

AAPI community and allies rally to stop anti-Asian hate

A crowd of people holding signs that read "Enough is enough" and "Stop hate"
A 2021 anti-Asian hate rally in San Francisco. Photo: Ray Chavez/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images

Hundreds of members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, and allies, marched and rallied over the weekend to demand that city officials and local police better address violence against the Asian American community in San Francisco.

Why it matters: Anti-AAPI violence has been on the rise since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. In 2021, anti-Asian hate crimes in San Francisco increased by 567% from the previous year.

Landlords must give renters 10-day warning before eviction notice

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Landlords in San Francisco must now provide a 10-day warning to tenants before serving eviction notices, the Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development announced Friday.

Why it matters: Tenant protections are important in San Francisco, one of the most expensive rental markets in the country.

School board member seeks no-confidence vote after Hsu's "hurtful" remarks

Two protest signs read "No room for racism on the school board" and "Racist attitudes can't possibly serve black and brown communities."
A rally outside a school board meeting that ruled to admonish Commissioner Ann Hsu. Photo: Megan Rose Dickey/Axios

San Francisco school board member Mark Sanchez tells Axios his fellow commissioner Ann Hsu's "very hurtful" remarks should result in a vote of no confidence.

Driving the news: The school board unanimously voted Tuesday night to strongly reprimand Hsu in light of recent comments about the performance of Black and Latino students.

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