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Why is overtime such a big part of the SF budget?

Hello, Bay Area. It’s Friday, September 9, and Hurricane Kay will likely bring some very unusual weather to Northern California. Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

Overtime paid to San Francisco government employees reached $367 million in fiscal year 2021-22, up more than $100 million from a year earlier and more than $50 million. dollars more than any year in the past decade.

According to compensation data from the City Comptroller’s Office, overtime has increased steadily since the 2012-2013 fiscal year, with only a slight drop during the pandemic caused by temporary closures of some government positions.

The government says this spike in overtime spending is the result of a shortage of staff and the fact that paying overtime can sometimes be cheaper than hiring more full-time workers.

The growth rate of overtime pay has exceeded the increase in total compensation, resulting in a larger share of the budget now being spent on overtime pay than in the past.

See the data and learn more about Nami Sumida.

1970s theater could cut SF housing plans

The United Artists Theater may hamper the development of Stonestown Galleria because consultants say it is eligible for historic preservation status.

Lea Suzuki/The Chronicle

San Francisco’s Stonestown Galleria transformational development proposal, which calls for 2,930 residential units connected by parks, plazas and pathways, faces a new challenge: an empty movie theater dating back to 1970.

The proposal would turn much of the mall’s parking lots on the west side into residential spaces. It would also demolish the theater and build an eight-story, 170-unit apartment building in its place, representing about 6% of planned housing in a project that would help the city meet the state’s mandate to add 82,000 new housing units. ‘by 2030. .

But consultants found that the United Artists Theatre, built in Stonestown in 1970, could be placed on the state historic register because of its “rare” neo-formalist style. Now a debate is brewing over how far the developer should go to preserve it, which could cost the project more than 100 housing units, frustrating advocates who say it’s just another hurdle slowing the development process. San Francisco’s already strenuous housing approval.

Read more from Danielle Echeverria.

• This new SF tower with condos and offices is a $1 billion bet on the city’s recovery.

Today’s forecast

The record heat has tested the limits of California's power grid.

The record heat has tested the limits of California’s power grid.

Salgu Wissmath/The Chronicle

The heat wave is ending, and Newsroom meteorologist Gerry Díaz explains why the remnants of Hurricane Kay off Baja will bring an unusual mix of storms and air quality issues to Northern California this week-end.

Friday should bring significant relief from the heat, with temperatures in the mid-60s on San Francisco’s west side and high 70s east of Sutro Tower; upper 70s and lower 80s in North Bay; the upper 70s to the low 80s in Oakland and the I-880 corridor; and the mid-90s east of I-680 in Concord and Fairfield, as well as in the Santa Clara Valley.

• End of the California heat wave brings another weather event to SF Bay Area: poor air quality.

• Californians are having another scorching day with no power outages.

What to eat and drink

Huy Nguyen prepares an order at Ono Bakehouse in Berkeley.

Huy Nguyen prepares an order at Ono Bakehouse in Berkeley.

Jessica Christian / The Chronicle

Thinking of downtown Berkeley and surrounding areas as just a “college district” misses the point. During the day, Shattuck Avenue comes alive with locals shopping, eating, and exploring. The street is an important vein in Berkeley, connecting the concentrated downtown strip to the northern area, where you’ll find food institutions such as Chez Panisse and Cheese Board Collective.

The Berkeley edition of The Chronicle’s Best Day Ever guide shows you how to have a fun, food-filled day in the city, with Hawaiian treats from Ono Bakehouse, fried chicken sandwiches from Gregory, Persian food from Daryoush and other restaurant recommendations for morning, afternoon, night and late night.

• This quirky Japanese restaurant is a hidden gem in San Francisco.

• They have opened several Michelin starred restaurants. Now this group is plotting three new SF spots.

• SF’s beloved dive bar and pop-up incubator will close after 15 years.

around the bay

Cal Fire crews head through the embers to battle the Mosquito Fire in unincorporated Placer County.

Cal Fire crews head through the embers to battle the Mosquito Fire in unincorporated Placer County.

Stephen Lam/The Chronicle

Mosquito Fire: A wildfire jumps through El Dorado County, burning homes there. Also: The Tahoe National Forest Fire threatens the historic gold rush town in the Sierra foothills.

Gruesome kill: A woman was reportedly beheaded on a street in San Carlos in front of witnesses.

Tension rises in Oakland: The state lifts the blockade to evict residents of the largest homeless encampment in the Bay Area.

Arrest today: Police are investigating earlier contact at the Dublin home where the sheriff’s deputy is accused of killing a couple.

New approach to the crisis: San Francisco. DA Brooke Jenkins announces policy to crack down on public drug use. Here are the details.

Worker activism intensifies: Google and Amazon employees protest the tech giants’ contract with Israel.

“A tipping point in the protection of our democracy”: California will inject $25 million into a local journalism initiative.

One step forward: Judge dismisses challenges to Plan A for $12 billion waterfront baseball stadium in Oakland.

Remembering Queen Elizabeth II, 1926-2022

Queen Elizabeth II arrives at San Francisco International Airport for a visit to the city in March 1983.

Queen Elizabeth II arrives at San Francisco International Airport for a visit to the city in March 1983.

Jerry Telfer/The Chronicle 1983

The death of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II at 96, including 70 years under the crown, is a blow to monarchists, sentimentalists and traditionalists around the world, no more so than in San Francisco where her royal visit is still remembered with emotion, nearly 40 years later.

“Our Democratic egalitarian citizens of San Francisco were always practicing curtsy before she arrived,” recalled Leah Garchik, the former Chronicle columnist, “and once she arrived, people were hysterically excited. rain did not even dampen the enthusiasm of the demonstrators who were just as excited by his arrival as the monarchists.

The protesters surrendered because the unrest in Northern Ireland was deep and deadly at the time of Elizabeth’s visit to San Francisco in February 1983. But the protests, like the miserably wet weather, fell on the Queen’s back irrepressible, who resisted the populace bowing to her in good humor while her acerbic husband, Prince Philip, kept his shots to a minimum.

Learn more about Bill Van Niekerken and Sam Whiting.

• “I grew up with her”: British émigrés and SF politicians mourn the Queen’s death.

• Tony Bravo: Queen Elizabeth II was the first modern media monarch.

Correction: Thursday’s Bay Briefing incorrectly listed the date for the San Francisco Opera’s new season opening night . It’s tonight, September 9th.

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