What to know about the SF School Board recall

Hello, Bay Area. It’s Friday, February 4, and The Chronicle’s Food + Wine team has the scoop on the exciting new restaurants coming to the Bay Area. Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

Voters in San Francisco will head to the polls on February 15 for a special election. The most contentious issue voters are likely to face is the potential recall of three school board members that made national headlines. Political observers are watching the recall closely. We’ve answered the basic callback FAQs here.

With less than two weeks to go before the election and mounting questions over the San Francisco Unified School District budget, another school board clash has erupted.

Alison Collins and Faauuga Moliga, two of the three school board members to be recalled, had heated exchanges over the former’s plan to create a new parent advisory committee made up of LGBTQ parents, which would require a new employee in the central office. district to support them, and how it would be funded.

As the district tries to fill an estimated $125 million shortfall next year, the dispute reflects what’s at stake personally for these council members.

Read more from Jill Tucker.

• We interviewed the three members of the SF school board about their records in office. Here are their answers.

• The Chronicle’s editorial board weighed in with an endorsement on the recall. Read it here.

Winter vacation

An elephant seal rests with her calf at Año Nuevo State Park in Pescadero.

Jessica Christian / The Chronicle

California beaches are teeming with seals. Yes, the plump mammals that can weigh more than the amount of trash picked up in a week in three blocks of a San Francisco neighborhood are back to nap, give birth to puppies and sunbathe on the side.

For humans, that means it’s time to see the northern elephant seal, which inhabits the coasts along the Central Coast, Peninsula and Marin during the winter. Journalist Tara Duggan spent a morning following UC Santa Cruz researchers who have been studying the journey of seals in the Pacific for the past year – and what it tells us about the evolution of the oceans.

If you’re looking for a weekend activity, or planning an upcoming day trip, I’ve got the guide for you on where to find them this year.

around the bay

Anayeli Guzman performs vegetation management and fire mitigation work in the forest at the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center as Sonoma County farmworkers push for safer working conditions, disaster insurance and hazard pay ahead of the 2022 fire season.

Anayeli Guzman performs vegetation management and fire mitigation work in the forest at the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center as Sonoma County farmworkers push for safer working conditions, disaster insurance and hazard pay ahead of the 2022 fire season.

Jessica Christian / The Chronicle

Fight for security: As fire season approaches, Sonoma winemakers fear they may have to endure another harvest in dangerous conditions. A popular movement calls for protections.

Law enforcement breakdown: The dispute between SF Police Chief and DA Chesa Boudin raises questions about where the city will go with police reform. As well: Confused by spat? Reporters Megan Cassidy and Rachel Swan break down on “Fifth & Mission.”

Recall: Landmark’s Embarcadero cinema has closed after 26 years in San Francisco, another blow to theater fans in the city.

“Objectionable”: The 49ers have condemned the violent beating of an Oakland fan during Sunday’s Rams game in Los Angeles.

Closed for now: Several Starbucks locations have temporarily closed in San Francisco and Oakland as cases of the coronavirus forced workers to self-isolate.

Destructive Flame: A fire in SF’s Mission district Wednesday night displaced 22 people and damaged a popular taqueria.

$36 for your vote: Have you ever wondered how much California gubernatorial candidates spent in the recall election? The Chronicle breaks down what their campaign finances looked like.

Potential candidate? California Judge Leondra Kruger is reportedly on the shortlist to replace retired Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. Here’s what you need to know about her.

Opinion: My preschooler coughed in my face and gave me COVID. The doctor in me kinda died that day.

what to eat

Bodega dried rockfish, fermented radish, chili peppers, lemon verbena and lime at Pomet's Restaurant in Oakland.

Bodega dried rockfish, fermented radish, chili peppers, lemon verbena and lime at Pomet’s Restaurant in Oakland.

Alanna Hale / Special at The Chronicle

Farmer Aomboon Deasy of K&J Orchards turns the script on the world of fine dining. Deasy plans to open Pomet, a modern American restaurant, in Oakland. It’s a chance to show the literal fruits of his labor.

Have you ever heard of Carricante? Sonoma County’s newest Aeris Wines bottles the Italian white grape, believed to be the first of its kind grown in California. The Sicilian-inspired winery has also created a tasting room in Healdsburg to entice customers to try its Italian wines.

If your weekend plans lean toward other cuisines, you might want to try a spot on The Chronicle’s best restaurant lists. Treat yourself to something from the best sushi or steak restaurants. You deserve it.

See you soon on Zoom

Remember when Zoom was novel instead of normal?

Even though the San Jose-based software company created the go-to platform for a disconnected world, it too was caught off guard by the pandemic and went into overdrive trying to keep up. Today, it hosts approximately 3.3 trillion minutes of video conferencing calls each year.

As work and school return to hybrid approaches, they figure out how to deal with the endemic future.

Read more from Ryan Kost.

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