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1 big thing: Public school enrollment drops

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.

Why it matters: California uses average daily attendance metrics to determine how much funding the state will give to public school districts. Fewer students enrolled means SFUSD will receive less money.

  • The district's losses over the years could negatively impact it in the future. On average, public school districts in California receive about $10,000 per student from the state.
  • SFUSD's enrollment decline from 2019 would have resulted in a loss of about $35.8 million. However, the state allowed school districts to budget for the upcoming school year based on attendance from the 2019-2020 school year due to the impact of COVID-19.

What they're saying: Jenny Lam, president of the San Francisco Board of Education, said the adopted $1.1 billion budget in June, "ensures a positive outlook for the next three years."

  • Lam added: "As we continue to address our ongoing structural deficit, we are committed to making decisions that support our students, their learning and well-being and to move towards stronger financial footing in the long term."

Zoom out: Last school year, student enrollment in California public schools declined by 1.8% from the 2020-2021 school year.

Between the lines: SFUSD enrollment has been on the decline for nearly a decade, but COVID-19 has exacerbated the trend, with some families opting to leave the city or send their children to private schools.

Of note: The school district has been mired in controversy since 2020, ultimately resulting in the recall of three school board members. The latest drama involves school board member Ann Hsu.

  • In July, Hsu made "anti-Black and racist" remarks about how it's difficult to educate Black and Latino students because of their "unstable family environments" and "lack of parental encouragement to focus on ... or value learning." The school district is 6% Black and 30% Latino.
  • Earlier this month, the school board voted to strongly reprimand Hsu for her comments. However, fellow board member Mark Sanchez told Axios the school board needs to send the message that Hsu is not "fit to be serving our schools."

What's next: The school year kicks off on Wednesday, but the school district will take an enrollment census count in October.

  • SFUSD received a similar number of applications for the upcoming school year compared to last year, indicating enrollment numbers won't dramatically change.

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2. Niners' optimistic Super Bowl odds

Data: FanDuel; Chart: Axios Visuals
Data: FanDuel; Chart: Axios Visuals

With the NFL season nearing, oddsmakers are fairly bullish on the 49ers chances.

  • Out of 32 teams, the Niners have the seventh best shot at winning Super Bowl LVII, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Be Smart: At +1600, a $100 bet on the 49ers today would pay out $1,600 if they ended up taking home the Lombardi Trophy in February.

Catch up quick: The 49ers were one game away from the Super Bowl last season before losing to rival Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship game.

  • Yes, but: That was with Jimmy Garoppolo under center. This season, second-year quarterback Trey Lance will lead the team.
  • Lance had a shaky training camp, with coach Kyle Shanahan saying he had "some real good days" and "a couple of rough days."
  • Still, in the Niners preseason win last Friday against the Green Bay Packers, Lance completed 4 out of 5 passes, including a 76-yard touchdown toss to rookie wide receiver Danny Gray.

Of note: The Niners kept other big name players on their team for the season ahead, including defensive end Nick Bosa, tight end George Kittle, and wide receiver Deebo Samuel, who signed a 3-year contract extension at the end of July, worth up to $73.5 million.

What's next: The 49ers have two more preseason games before their Week 1 matchup against the Chicago Bears on Sept. 11.

  • The team's first home game at Levi Stadium is Sept. 18 against the Seattle Seahawks.

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3. The Wiggle: Navigating the news

Illustration of a San Francisco cable car with "The Wiggle" written on the front.
Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

🍦 Humphry Slocombe and Señor Sisig collaborated to make a new ice cream flavor!

  • Called Churron, the flavor palette pulls from churros and turon, a Filipino fried dessert.

πŸ₯ State Sen. Scott Wiener says Kaiser Permanente's long wait times for mental health services may violate state law.

  • Patients sometimes have to wait up to 12 weeks to get a follow-up mental health appointment. (San Francisco Examiner)

πŸ‘©β€πŸ³ San Francisco's Financial District and SOMA neighborhoods lost the most restaurants between 2019 and 2021.

πŸ‘€ Former SF police commissioner John Hamasaki, who officially announced his intent to run for district attorney on Friday, has hired recalled DA Chesa Boudin's former campaign manager. (San Francisco Standard)

Now hiring: New job openings

4. SF natives start a coffee cart

Third Wheel Coffee cart
Vida Sharp and Thomas Emanuel. Photo: Courtesy of Third Wheel Coffee

πŸ‘‹ Nick here.

Recently, I met Vida Sharp and Thomas Emanuel, the founders behind Third Wheel Coffee.

Details: Together, they have a mobile espresso bar β€” on three wheels β€” which can be rented for private events or found at the Castro farmers' market on Wednesdays.

  • They also serve coffee at Lucinda's Deli near Alamo Square Park every Friday through Sunday from 8am to 3pm.

What they're saying: "We just wanna meet new people through our business," Emanuel told me. "It's nice to have people come back for the coffee, but also come back for β€” just a chat."

Of note: Sharp and Emanuel were both born and raised in San Francisco, but didn't meet until working together at Noe CafΓ© in 2020.

πŸŽ‰ Megan is obsessed with "Mario Party Superstars."

πŸ“Ί Nick can't stop laughing out loud about "The Rehearsal"and is getting sad that the season finale is later this week.