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Monday in San Francisco: SFO travel surges, Bay Area retailers hit in crime spree and more

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By Sri Ravipati

Good afternoon and happy Monday. With Thanksgiving is coming up Thursday, there are a lot of holiday happenings to share today.

Here are the top local headlines in San Francisco for Nov. 22.

SFO sees busy weekend, expects delays due to holiday surge

Around 50,000 people traveled through SFO on the Sunday before Thanksgiving — a 60% drop from pre-pandemic travel numbers in 2019 but a jump from 2020, KRON4 reports.

The rush started Friday and remained consistent over the weekend.

SFO officials advised arriving at the airport at least two hours before domestic flights and three hours before international flights.

Where to grab a free turkey on Thanksgiving in SF

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An estimated 25% of San Franciscans don't have enough to eat, so the city hands out free turkeys every Thanksgiving.

This year, the San Francisco Turkey Giveaway has 5,500 birds to give to those in need, SFist reports. The turkeys will be distributed Thursday at more than 85 sites. The giveaway also entails gift baskets containing dry goods for holiday meals.

“With one in four San Franciscans at risk of food insecurity, we know that our communities greatly depend on programs like this to help make ends meet, especially during the holiday season,” Mayor London Breed said a statement. “I am grateful to all of the city departments and community partners that work hard to help all San Franciscans, especially our families, seniors, and vulnerable communities, put food on the table and, more importantly, find hope and joy during the holidays.”

Post-turkey fun: 16 things to do over Thanksgiving weekend in SF (besides shopping)

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Given all of the retail unrest in the Bay Area, shopping might not be a priority for many people this weekend.

If you're looking for something fun to do post-turkey besides shop, San Francisco has plenty of events and activities for Nov. 25-28. There are Turkey Trot races, ice skating rinks, tree lightings and craft fairs galore. See the full list above for some fun ways to spend the holiday weekend.

Bay Area retail robberies: SF, Hayward, Oakland and more hit over the weekend

Multiple smash-and-grab robberies happened around the Bay Area over the weekend, Wild 94.9 reports.

Starting Friday, several businesses in San Francisco's Union Square — including Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Saint Laurent and Bloomingdales — were robbed by dozens of people. The thieves ran through the streets with stolen merchandise. Eight people were arrested so far, along with two cars and two guns, San Francisco police say.

In Walnut Creek on Saturday, a Nordstrom was robbed after 25 cars blocked the street and raided the store before speeding off.

Dozens of thieves wielding hammers were also seen in Hayward at Southland Mall stealing from several small businesses, including Sam's Jewelers.

Another group of people robbed Wellspring Pharmacy in Oakland, KPIX5 reports.

A jewelry store in Oakland shared a video of a group of people attempting to break in.

Lulelemon located the Santana Row in San Jose also suffered from a major smash-and-grab heist.

Thanks for reading today's S.F. news roundup! Did any of these stories hit home for you? Let me know in the comments.

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