It’s worth noting how California passed the Crown Act last year, which is legislation meant to make workplace environments more respectful to the hairstyles of Black people, by prohibiting bans on Afros, braids, dreadlocks, cornrows and twists. The bill is a step in the right direction, but it’s tackling an issue that has been deeply ingrained in California for generations. Pointing out our state’s implicit bias against many of these looks, and addressing it on a more personal, social level, is going to take time. As of right now, we’re only at the beginning of the journey. … [Read more...] about Equality in the Bay Area means letting Black hair grow
“I find myself trying to convince people not to come to my restaurants. Some of our favorite customers from Mourad, I’m talking about the really high rollers, have asked me to do a dinner with 20 to 30 people, and I’m like, ‘No f—ing way.’ ... It doesn’t make sense right now,” Lahlou said. “If it’s about health or financial survival, then I’m choosing health. For all of us.” … [Read more...] about Some of SF’s most popular restaurants are turning away diners as coronavirus cases surge
Horn Barbecue Since launching his Texas-style barbecue pop-up roughly four years ago, Matt Horn has quickly become the talk of barbecue world. Horn’s pop-ups became the stuff of legend in West Oakland, where out of a rundown service station, he would sell brisket and ribs to lines stretching city blocks. Horn’s new project, which will be called Horn Barbecue, will fill the former home of Brown Sugar Kitchen, a pioneering soul food restaurant in West Oakland that closed in 2018. On the new menu, Horn plans to serve the hits from his pop-up, including house-made sausages, lamb shoulder and pulled pork, among other things. But the star is sure to be Horn’s brisket — which he cooks for hours over oak or hickory wood, creating a reddish-pink halo around the edges of each slice, and a notable peppery bite. In line with the menu’s Southern influences, Horn is going to offer beef ribs, oxtails, and on the weekends, he plans to smoke whole hogs. — J.P. … [Read more...] about 7 highly anticipated Bay Area restaurants still opening this fall
11:01 a.m. Biden scores Trump for ‘chaotic mismanagement’ of coronavirus crisis: In a blistering rebuke of President Donald Trump’s pandemic management, Democratic rival Joe Biden on Friday said “it’s almost like he doesn’t care,” that Americans other than the rich are suffering, small businesses are shut down “en masse,” and economic inequities “have only worsened under this presidency.” Biden told a news briefing, “He just doesn’t see it.” He added that “Chaotic mismangement of the pandemic is still holidng us back,” from economic recovery. “All pain and suffering stems from President Trump’s failure to lead.” … [Read more...] about Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: Sept. 4-5
“I feel a calm resolve, like, I’m not going to let this fire win,” Town Manager Lauren Gill — about to retire on Thursday — told reporter Lizzie Johnson. “I’m not going to let this fire into my town. I feel like I’m standing sentry — not that I can do much, I’m really quite powerless.” … [Read more...] about Bay Briefing: Is it safe to go outside?