Bay Briefing: SF police won’t march in this year’s Pride parade

A clash over uniforms is keeping San Francisco police officers out of this year’s Pride parade.

The decision comes after a year and a half of negotiations between police and Pride organizers, in the wake of a tense confrontation between officers and demonstrators during the 2019 parade.

Parade organizers said they asked law enforcement, including sheriff deputies, not to wear their uniforms during the parade for people who feel traumatized or intimidated by police.

Officers fired back, comparing the prohibition on uniforms as a form of oppression and discrimination.

Read more from Rachel Swan.

From VCs to apartments

 Bay Briefing: SF police wont march in this years Pride parade

The site of Lightspeed headquarters on Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park is one of the improbable spots the city is proposing for affordable housing.

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Could Silicon Valley’s infamous Sand Hill Road turn into affordable housing?

Locals say it’s unlikely the Menlo Park office buildings, some of the most valuable office real estate in the world, will turn into homes.

But city planners, tasked with the tough assignment to identify land for more than 2,900 housing units in the community, are considering building dwellings on the street currently home to venture capitalists and tech pioneers.

Part of that plan involves a strategy for fair housing, spreading homes throughout the city and in “high-resource” places, not just the neighborhoods where development has been concentrated so far.

Read more from J.K. Dineen.

• The Chronicle has a new tool to track home prices in every Bay Area city and ZIP code. What does yours look like?

The Bid: Can you put a price on this 38-acre estate in Vacaville, the site of a former winery?

• If you want to own a piece of San Francisco history, the “Pink Painted Lady” is on the market for a cool $3.55 million.

What to eat

 Bay Briefing: SF police wont march in this years Pride parade

Mírame Menlo Park will serve seasonal tacos and other modern Mexican cuisine.


Menlo Park is about to get a modern Mexican restaurant helmed by a critically acclaimed Los Angeles chef. Mírame, which is known for dishes such as salmon-skin chicharron and cauliflower ceviche, will be the final restaurant to move into the city’s Springline development.

If the recent surge in COVID cases skeeves you out, fret not. Chronicle restaurant critic Soleil Ho has an updated list of the best restaurants that offer outdoor dining in the Bay Area. Among them are barbecue spreads at picnic tables, San Francisco Bay views with French fare and trendy izakayas with decked-out patios.

Around the Bay

 Bay Briefing: SF police wont march in this years Pride parade

Some COVID patients taking Paxlovid are seeing their symptoms return after treatment.

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Virus infections: Some Bay Area COVID patients taking Paxlovid to treat their infections are reporting a relapse of symptoms and infection after treatment. Though concerning to patients, it’s not uncommon in infectious diseases, doctors said.

Warriors win: Golden State cruised to a 109-100 victory against the Dallas Mavericks, putting them just a win away from the NBA Finals.

Calm on the streets: Nonprofit Urban Alchemy hires formerly incarcerated people to address addiction, mental illness and homelessness on San Francisco’s streets. It’s faced both support and criticism in the neighborhood.

Weather forecast:
Expect a warm-up as May comes to an end, with a possible red flag warning in store for parts of the Bay Area.

From Justin Phillips: An Oakland vigil remembered the victims of a hateful dogma threatening to go mainstream. Also, listen: Phillips and Oakland community leader Cat Brooks explain the “replacement” conspiracy theory cited by the alleged shooter.

Wildlife habitat: California is about to begin its biggest and most ambitious dam removal project yet.

Housing and homelessness: Three years into Gov. Gavin Newsom’s tenure, housing production has remained slow. The holdup, Newsom argues, is “not in my backyard” politics.

Backyard barn: A group of San Francisco parents shelled out thousands of dollars to rehabilitate a local elementary school’s chicken coop.

Observe from afar: Wildlife experts want humans to keep a safe distance from seal pups and their mothers, which have recently come ashore on California beaches.

Devil mountain:
See what Mount Diablo looked like through the decades in this dive into the archives.

Local story

 Bay Briefing: SF police wont march in this years Pride parade

Dave Phillips, owner Pelican Bat Wax, shows boxes filled with rosin bags ready to be shipped to Major League Baseball teams.

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A San Francisco artisan is the sole provider of Major League Baseball’s rosin bags.

For Dave Phillips and his shop, Pelican Bat Wax, it’s a “pretty big deal.” A day after the collective bargaining agreement was reached, the league tried to regulate the substances allowed on the field.

The 3,300 rosin bags sent to all 30 MLB teams aren’t the only products on the field. His other wares, including pine tar stick, have also been spotted in dugouts or on-deck circles.

Reporter John Shea writes about how a one-man-operation ended up with a big order.

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