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Made it through the hardest days of the week. It's Wednesday.

Today's weather: Partly sunny. High of 71, low of 52.

Situational awareness: The Golden State Warriors were eliminated from the postseason last night after a 94-118 loss against the Sacramento Kings in the Play-In Tournament.

Today's newsletter is 930 words — a 3.5-minute read.

1 big thing: Seismically at-risk concrete buildings

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Amid collective anxiety about when the "Big One" will hit, San Francisco city officials are working to seismically retrofit the concrete buildings at risk of collapsing during a major earthquake.

Why it matters: Certain types of concrete buildings — ones that are inflexible or lack steel reinforcements — can be vulnerable to cracking and collapsing during a major quake, according to city officials.

Driving the news: Mayor London Breed yesterday directed San Francisco's Office of Resiliency and Capital Planning to draft legislation creating a screening process for concrete buildings to determine if they would be at risk during a quake.

  • So far, San Francisco has a preliminary list of about 3,400 concrete buildings that could be at risk, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
  • Breed has also directed the Department of Building Inspection to create retrofit criteria for concrete buildings within the city's building code.

What they're saying: "San Francisco is always working to prepare for its next earthquake because for us it's not a matter of if, but when," Breed said in a press release.

Context: These efforts are part of the city's Earthquake Safety Implementation Program, a 30-year plan to improve seismic safety.

  • In 2013, San Francisco introduced a program that has led to seismic retrofits of more than 4,500 multifamily residential buildings in the city, according to the mayor's office.

Threat level: There is at least a 95% chance of a damaging earthquake occurring in the San Francisco Bay Area within the next 100 years, the United States Geological Survey said in January.

  • USGS defines that level of intensity as "felt by all, many frightened" with some heavy furniture moved, some instances of fallen plaster and slight damage.
  • The USGS has also determined that the Bay Area has a 72% chance of having a 6.7-magnitude or greater earthquake by 2043.

Flashback: The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake was a magnitude-6.9 quake that caused extensive damage to parts of the Bay Area, resulting in dozens of deaths, thousands of injuries and billions of dollars in damage.

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2. How I Wake Up: Guy Raz

Photo illustration: Axios Visuals. Photo: Robb Hill

Guy Raz has interviewed countless entrepreneurs, inventors and creatives as host of the "How I Built This" podcast — exactly the sort of people who obsess over their morning routines.

  • We caught up with how their habits have rubbed off on Raz, who lives in Marin County with his wife and two children. He's now helping release a STEM-themed toy line born out of co-hosting the kids podcast "Wow in the World."

Wake-up time: 5:45am, no alarm needed.

💊 First thing he does: Drink a glass of water and take a combo of multivitamins, vitamins E and D, and fish oil.

  • "It's probably just making my urine more expensive, but I take it anyway."

☕ Must-have: Espresso.

🧘 Must-do: An hour of exercise that mixes up mobility, strength and cardio, keeping heart rate between 130 and 160.

  • "I find that routine is really helpful in keeping me disciplined — in keeping me physically and mentally fit."

🥛 Breakfast: Post-workout protein shake with Om's mushroom-based powder.

  • He's on a keto diet, so he also goes for a full-fat Greek yogurt. "And then have more water. I use either Liquid IV or LMNT powders."

💡 Morning wisdom: Be forgiving.

  • It's fine if your morning is upended. "I reset and I start again the next day. I've learned from a lot of entrepreneurs that you can't be so hard on yourself."

🏁 Commute: Off to the studio, after connecting as a family and seeing kids off to school.

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3. The Wiggle: Navigating the news

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

The union that represents San Francisco deputy sheriffs says it wants the California National Guard to come in to help support operations at county jails amid "an alarming increase in prisoner fights" and other issues. (SF Examiner)

🤝 SF has reached tentative labor deals with unions representing more than 20,000 city employees, though exact details are not available. (SF Standard)

🚽 Noe Valley's public bathroom officially opened yesterday. (SF Chronicle)

4. Your last chance to ride BART's legacy train

A train arrives at the Walnut Creek station of the BART system in 2017. Photo: Smith Collection/Gado via Getty Images

BART's legacy trains, composed of rail cars that have served the Bay Area for over half a century, will sunset after a farewell ceremony this Saturday.

State of play: BART will hold a retirement ceremony at 1pm on Saturday at Oakland's MacArthur Station, where there will be food trucks, an activity table, a raffle for legacy car number plates and more starting at noon.

  • Many of the groups who are repurposing old BART cars for new uses will be present to share information about their projects.
  • Following the ceremony, interested riders can line up in the plaza and board a legacy train that will run from MacArthur to Fremont Station, mirroring the initial service BART provided when it opened Sept. 11, 1972.
  • It's a 45-minute trip that travels along 24 miles of the original section of tracks.

What they're saying: "These train cars are part of the history of the Bay Area," Bob Powers, BART general manager, said in a news release.

  • "While we are excited to modernize the system, we recognize the profound cultural importance of these cars, and we want to celebrate their rich history and give them a proper send off," he said.

The big picture: While a few legacy cars will go to museums and other groups approved for repurposing projects, most will be recycled after their final dispatch.

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5. Where in SF was Shawna?

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Photo: Shawna Chen/Axios

We're back at it with a new entry, and this one could stump a good many of you, I fear.

👀 Hint: I was in a restaurant.

Hit reply to submit your best guess!

🏀 Megan is in her feelings about the Warriors game.

🥳 Shawna is celebrating her boyfriend's birthday!

🚈 Claire loved digging through the archives for old BART footage ahead of this weekend's final legacy train ride.

This newsletter was edited by Rachel La Corte and copy edited by Kathie Bozanich and Anjelica Tan.

Editor's note: Yesterday's story on the NBA Play-In has been updated to reflect that the Dubs need to win two Play-In games, rather than three.