Bay Briefing: Data dive shows S.F.’s housing production lags far behind

It’s no mystery that San Francisco’s housing demand far outstrips supply, and sky high prices have forced many to live elsewhere.

But even among other fast-growing tech hubs including Seattle and Austin, Texas, San Francisco’s housing production is way behind. U.S. census data shows that Austin and Seattle have approved construction for three times as many housing units per person as San Francisco since 2015.

“San Francisco has a wild imbalance between supply and demand,” said Joseph Gyourko, a professor of real estate and finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Adriana Rezal looked at six years worth of building permit data in 15 cities, and this is what she found.

 Bay Briefing: Data dive shows S.F.s housing production lags far behind

Richard Henegan is facing eviction from the apartment he has lived in for 54 years.

Lea Suzuki/The Chronicle

Also: “I’m 61, and I’m going to be homeless for the first time in my life”: S.F. co-op residents face eviction on odd technicality.

Expanding abortion services

In the month since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and stripped Americans of the constitutional right to abortion, California clinics are seeing an increase of out-of-state patients.

For Planned Parenthood Pacific Southwest, which serves San Diego, Riverside and Imperial counties, out-of-state patients have made up 21% of abortion visits, a 513% increase. Planned Parenthood Northern California is also seeing an increase, with clinics going from a couple out-of-state patients each month to three or four a week.

“We knew that it was likely that this was coming down the pipeline,” said Gloria Martinez, Planned Parenthood Northern California senior director of operations. “We’ve been planning for this as soon as we got word of the SCOTUS leak” ahead of the Supreme Court decision.

Read more from Camryn Pak.

What to eat

 Bay Briefing: Data dive shows S.F.s housing production lags far behind

Roasted squab with smashed corn, Bloomsdale spinach and heirloom polenta at Cassava in San Francisco.

Santiago Mejia/The Chronicle 2017

Before the pandemic, San Francisco’s North Beach was struggling. In fact, the neighborhood posted some of the city’s highest rates of commercial storefront vacancy in 2019. But now, North Beach is experiencing a revival with its lively outdoor dining scene and a steady stream of new restaurant openings in the past couple years including North Beach Cantina, Red Window and Hilda Jesse.

Further west in San Francisco, the owners of popular Pacific Heights bar Snug will open another spot just three blocks away called Little Shucker. The raw bar and wine bar, expected to open next year, will feature oysters, crudo, wine and low-alcohol cocktails.

In less positive food news, the Bay Area saw a slew of restaurant closings in July including San Francisco spot Two Jacks Nik’s Place, which had been open 45 years; Wing Fat Chinese Restaurant in San Mateo, which was in business 84 years; and Oakland favorite Taiwan Bento.

Around the Bay

 Bay Briefing: Data dive shows S.F.s housing production lags far behind

Smoke from the Oak Fire turns Mariposa County’s sky orange.

Brontë Wittpenn/The Chronicle

California wildfires: The McKinney wildfire near the California-Oregon border scorched more than 52,000 acres as of Sunday, as fire crews contended with extreme heat and wind, and the prospect of lightning-strike ignition. Also : August used to be the perfect month for California’s High Sierra. It’s all different with climate change. Opinion: California needs to fight wildfires smarter.

From Justin Phillips: Matt Dorsey’s first political test could be an inherited controversy. Also: The race for S.F.’s Sunset District supervisor is heating up.

“The greatest champion”: Bill Russell, Bay Area legend and NBA icon, has died at age 88. Reactions to his death poured in Sunday. Also: Nichelle Nichols, Lt. Uhura on “Star Trek,” has died at age 89.

“Coming back to normal”: San Francisco’s tourism industry, which was decimated by the pandemic, is finally bouncing back. Opinion: Why downtown S.F.’s COVID-19 pandemic recovery is dead last in the nation.

Monkeypox: Federal regulators last week loosened stringent rules around prescribing the only antiviral available to treat monkeypox, but the drug remains scarce, even in S.F. Also: Concerns over contagion put a damper on Up Your Alley, the South of Market fetish fair.

Paying homage: At the turn of the 20th century, a Yosemite mountain peak was named after a celebrity chef. His story is one piece of the national park’s abundant Chinese history.

Oakland tech shooting: Three people, including a 5-year-old girl, were wounded by gunfire during a youth football game.

Chronicle editorial board: Don’t count on Newsom’s CARE Courts to save San Francisco. More opinion: I spent more than a decade in solitary confinement. Trust me, it’s torture.

Ready to rock (and eat and drink)

 Bay Briefing: Data dive shows S.F.s housing production lags far behind

Four-year-old Spencer Byrne attends his first concert during the Outside Lands festival last year.

Stephen Lam/The Chronicle 2021

Outside Lands returns to Golden Gate Park on Aug. 5-7 for its full, in-person summer experience that will bring 75,000 attendees each day. Before you head out to the festival, be sure to check out The Chronicle’s guide to everything you need to know, from how to get there to what to bring, and not bring.

This year, East Bay punk greats Green Day will headline Saturday. Post Malone is Sunday’s headliner, and SZA is Friday’s main act, among one of many notable female performers at this year’s festival.

The food and drink options are just as buzzworthy as the musicians gracing the festival’s six stages. Foodies can check out an array of delicious eats from Bay Area purveyors including Daytrip, Fowl + Fare and Om Sabor. There are also wine, beer and cocktail experiences.

Other festival news: Dave Chappelle presides over a historic weekend of music, laughs at Napa Valley’s first Blue Note Jazz Festival.

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