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Today's newsletter is 826 words — a 3-minute read.

1 big thing: Curbside EV charging stations

Supervisor Rafael Mandelman held a press conference yesterday in support of EV curbside charging stations. Photo: Courtesy of Rafael Mandelman's office

City officials want to install thousands of curbside EV charging stations throughout San Francisco to support EV adoption, and said they hope to have a pilot program in place by next year.

Why it matters: San Francisco is working toward becoming a net-zero emissions city by 2040, and city leaders see curbside EV charging as imperative to meeting those goals.

Driving the news: District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, alongside leaders from the San Francisco Environment Commission and other city agencies, announced yesterday that the city is assessing the feasibility of a curbside EV charging program.

  • The first step is to evaluate how to install, operate and maintain curbside public charging stations in the city.
  • Mandelman said the hope is to implement the pilot by next year, but city agencies still need to determine the project's cost.

What they're saying: "It's about creating a more equitable and sustainable transportation ecosystem," he told reporters.

The big picture: Fossil fuels from transportation account for nearly half of greenhouse gas emissions in San Francisco, according to city data.

  • As part of the city's goal to reach net-zero emissions, San Francisco has set an interim goal for 25% of all registered vehicles to be electric by 2030.
  • Meanwhile, as California plans to ban the sales of new gasoline-fueled vehicles in 2035, the cost of charging electric vehicles is increasing.

Yes, but: "The most serious obstacle today to replacing fossil fuel cars is getting access to power for residents of multifamily housing," Marc Geller, co-founder of the Golden Gate Electric Vehicle Association, said at the press event.

  • Geller said he sees curbside EV charging stations as a useful tool for those who don't have access to affordable EV charging at their homes.

What to watch: If all goes according to plan, the city aims to install 5,000 curbside charging stations throughout the city by 2030.

  • Meanwhile, Mandelman introduced a resolution at yesterday's Board of Supervisors meeting urging support for the initiative.

Friction point

2. E-bike rebates for low-income residents

A cyclist rides an electric bike in San Francisco in 2018. Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is offering $1,000 in rebates to low-income residents who want to purchase new e-bikes.

Why it matters: The price of an e-bike is often a barrier to access — the recreational equipment company REI puts the cost around $2,000 on average, though it can fluctuate depending on components like motor and design.

  • The new rebate program is the agency's first attempt at incentivizing a micromobility transportation option — which generally encompasses small, low-speed, electric-powered devices like e-bikes and electric scooters — as the city continues efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Driving the news: Interested customers would need to assess their eligibility before submitting an online application. If approved, they'll receive a coupon code via email or text that can be applied at the point of sale.

  • Participants must then redeem the rebate within 30 days of the receipt and before April 20. Retailers in the program include Mike's Bikes, Ocean Cyclery, Sports Basement, Warm Planet Bikes and more.

What they're saying: "San Francisco's hills are gorgeous, but they can make biking in this town challenging," SFPUC general manager Dennis Herrera said in a written statement.

  • "E-bikes are a fantastic option, especially considering the high costs and environmental toll of gas-powered cars."
  • An estimated 25,000 current electricity customers are expected to qualify for the rebate, which is based on enrollment in low-income discount programs through CleanPowerSF and Hetch Hetchy Power as well as their utility address in a designated equity priority community, according to SFPUC.

The big picture

3. The Wiggle: Navigating the news

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

San Francisco's medical examiner yesterday identified the three family members who were killed over the weekend after a car crashed into a West Portal bus stop.

  • The victims were Diego Cardoso de Oliveira, Matilde Moncada Ramos Pinto and 1-year old Joaquin Ramos Pinto de Oliveira. Police say the family's injured 3-month-old infant remains hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. (SF Chronicle)

ğŸŽ¡ Mayor London Breed yesterday proposed to extend the SkyStar Ferris wheel's run at Fisherman's Wharf for another 18 months. (SF Examiner)

🚽 Noe Valley Town Square's public toilet will be open for business in the coming weeks, according to the city's recreation and parks department. (Rec & Parks)

4. Chart du jour: The state of women-owned businesses

Data: Yelp; Table: Alice Feng/Axios

Women-owned business openings in the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward area increased 3% in 2023 compared to 2022, Axios' Analis Bailey reports from new Yelp data.

  • Over 1,560 women-owned businesses opened up in 2023, compared to 1,515 in 2022.

The big picture: Women-owned business openings rose 17% nationwide from 2022 to 2023.

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5. Delicious Jewish baked goods at Loquat

Some tasty baked goods at Loquat in Hayes Valley. Photo: Claire Reilly/Axios

Loquat bakery in Hayes Valley was just named one of Bon Appetit's nine most exciting bakeries of 2024 and we can see why, Axios SF video host Claire Reilly writes on Instagram.

  • Inspired by the foods of the Jewish diaspora, Loquat serves savory treats like bourekas (flaky pastries with fillings like spinach and feta) as well as desserts with ingredients like pistachio, bay leaf and preserved lemon.
  • And the cinnamon date babka? It's the stuff dreams are made of!

Check out more of Loquat's offerings

ğŸŽ¶ Megan still needs to get tickets to see "Larry the Musical: An American Journey," a show about labor organizer and civil rights activist Larry Itliong.

😒 Shawna is in disbelief that Megan wants the fog and cooler temperatures to return. She doesn't like sunshine, y'all.

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