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1 big thing: Bay Area's clean transit score

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

The San Francisco Bay Area is among the top metro areas limiting transportation's impact on greenhouse gas emissions, according to a recent report.

Why it matters: Transportation is the biggest driver of greenhouse gas emissions nationwide and accounts for 44% of greenhouse gas emissions in San Francisco.

State of play: The San Francisco metropolitan area, which includes San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley, came in third overall in a new index that ranked cities on a variety of transportation-related emissions factors.

  • The Transportation Climate Impact Index, created by transit intelligence firm StreetLight Data, included several factors, including overall vehicle miles traveled, vehicle fuel efficiency, transit ridership, and electric vehicle adoption in the region.

By the numbers: The San Francisco metro area ranked high in multiple categories, coming in second in vehicle fuel economy, transit ridership and EV adoption, but ranked 20th for vehicle miles traveled, which is the top contributor to an area's emissions.

  • Meanwhile, the San Jose area ranked highest in several categories, including vehicle miles traveled, fuel economy and EV adoption.

What they're saying: The ranking "underscores our region's comprehensive strategy to slash emissions," Tyrone Jue, director of San Francisco's environment department, told Axios via email.

  • Investments in public transit, charging stations and cycling infrastructure "are vital for meeting our climate objectives," he said.

What to watch: San Francisco is working toward becoming a net-zero-emissions city by 2040 and has set an interim goal for 25% of all registered vehicles to be electric by 2030.

  • Last month, District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman unveiled a plan to implement an EV charging pilot in San Francisco to support EV adoption and get closer to meeting those goals.

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2. Local officials say crime is falling

San Francisco Mayor London Breed speaks at an event in February. Photo: Steve Jennings via Getty Images

San Francisco recorded a decline in crime rates in the first quarter of 2024 compared with the same period last year, according to the mayor's office.

Why it matters: San Francisco has taken a more hardline approach to public safety in response to car break-ins, motor theft and drug trafficking.

By the numbers: City data released last week shows that from Jan. 1 through March 31, car break-ins decreased by 51%, gun violence decreased by 38% and rape decreased by 29%.

  • Burglaries, motor vehicle theft, homicide, robbery and gun violence also decreased.

What they're saying: "These downward trending crime rates show that the SFPD is on the right path," San Francisco police chief Bill Scott said in a written statement.

  • He added that the department looks forward to incorporating more modern technologies into its efforts to prevent and investigate crimes.

What to watch: Voters approved a controversial ballot measure in March that would enable San Francisco police to chase people suspected of committing felonies or misdemeanors, use drones for car chases, and install surveillance cameras with facial recognition technology.

  • Voters did, however, reject a separate ballot measure that would have allowed the city to expand police staffing but fund it through an unspecified "future tax" on residents.

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3. The Wiggle: Navigating the news

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Apple laid off more than 600 Bay Area employees last week. (SF Standard)

🧑‍🍳 Total revenue for the city's food service businesses, which include restaurants, pop-ups and food trucks, was down about 20% in the fourth quarter of 2023 compared with the same quarter in 2019, after adjusting for inflation. (SF Chronicle)

🚗 SF has begun towing the cars of people suspected of selling drugs or stolen goods, but it's unclear how the city knows which cars belong to them. (SF Standard)

4. The best time to sell your SF house

2023 San Francisco home sale premiums, by listing date
Data: Zillow; Chart: Erin Davis/Axios Visuals

San Francisco metro homes listed in late February make the most profit, per a new Zillow report.

Why it matters: Sellers need all the cash they can get to make their next move more palatable.

State of play: In 2023, sellers in San Francisco made the highest profits in the last two weeks of February, Zillow data shows.

  • Homes listed in that time frame saw a $50,300 boost.

What they're saying: "The old logic was that sellers could earn a premium by listing in late spring, when search activity hit its peak," the Zillow study says.

  • "Now, with persistently low inventory, mortgage rate fluctuations make their own seasonality," according to the report.

The other side: Buyers, if you want to avoid peak pricing, consider shopping from August through January.

What's next: Interest rate cuts aren't expected anytime soon, but if those rates do fall in 2024, we may have a second spring market.

5. Photo to go: Giants' home opener

Fans at the San Francisco Giants home opener. Photo: Claire Reilly/Axios

Giants fans turned out in droves Friday for the team's home opener against the San Diego Padres, which we won 3-2.

  • Many wore the jersey of leadoff hitter Jung Hoo Lee, who signed a $113 million, six-year deal with the Giants this offseason.

It was Thairo Estrada who came through with a game-winning double in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving the Giants a walk-off win over the Padres.

🏀 Megan is relieved the Warriors have clinched their spot in the postseason.

🚘 Shawna is loving this story about a newlywed couple who rode off into the sunset in a Waymo. How very SF.

🌚 Claire is having major FOMO over the eclipse (and is wondering why she didn't go on an eclipse vacation to Texas!).

This newsletter was edited by Rachel La Corte and copy edited by Khalid Adad and Anjelica Tan.