By Sri Ravipati
Happy Friday, San Franciscans! Welcome back to another daily roundup of local stories for Feb. 18.
The Lunar New Year Parade returns to San Francisco on Saturday and there will be more police officers on patrol, KRON4 reports.
Crews are building the floats and bracing for huge crowds of between 300,000 and 500,000 people. Those celebrating say that’s especially important to think about security after a year of increased violence against Asian Americans.
Parade organizer William Gee said the San Francisco Police Department will “beef up presence and also have more patrols and things like that so that people can actually get home safely from the event as well."
Muni transit, cable car rides and garage parking in San Francisco’s Chinatown will be free this weekend for Lunar New Year celebrations, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Free transit and cable car services will run from 5 a.m. Saturday through 5 a.m. Monday.
Portsmouth Square Garage at 733 Kearny Street will offer free two-hour parking for the rest of February.
The SFMTA is adding additional transit ambassadors on Muni buses and at bus stops to keep riders and bus operators safe throughout the weekend festivities.
Whole Foods on Thursday announced it will be opening its new Mid-Market Whole Foods on March 10 at Trinity Place in San Francisco, Hoodline reports.
Here are some specifics about the store:
- Location: 1185 Market St
- Size: 64,737 square feet
- Carries more than 3,500 local products
- Offers more than 300 craft beers
- Has a selection of 714 wines, including a wide selection from nearby wine-growing locales.
- Stocked with a seafood counter, butcher's department, bakery and a "ready-to-eat Poke bar"
Like the new IKEA opening a few blocks away, the new Whole Foods will have a retail plaza as well as a separate brewery and food hall.
More San Francisco news:
- Newsom details plan to move CA from pandemic to 'endemic,' calls for vigilance over mandates
- San Francisco community program offers aid to small businesses
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