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Wine Country Mayor Will “Step Back,” but Not Resign, Amid Sexual Assault Allegations

Plus, Stephen and Ayesha Curry’s foundation has served sixteen million meals to Oakland residents this year and more intel

Windsor Mayor Dominic Foppoli co-owns Christopher Creek Winery
Christopher Creek Winery/Official

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  • Windsor Mayor and co-owner of Christopher Creek Winery Dominic Foppoli says he will “step back,” but not resign, from his post in the wine country town following a SF Chronicle report outlining rape and sexual assault allegations against him from four women. After Foppoli’s colleagues demanded his resignation during a town council meeting last week, he released a statement saying “Though I maintain full innocence under the law, I have decided to step back from an active role as Mayor until the formal investigation is complete,” while emphasizing he has no plans to resign. The allegations in the Chronicle investigation include groping, forced oral copulation, and rape. Since its publication, two more women have come forward with sexual assault allegations against the mayor. [SF GATE]
  • Stephen and Ayesha Curry’s foundation, Eat. Learn. Play., has served sixteen million meals to children and families at risk of food insecurity in Oakland over the past year, according to a report by the SF Chronicle. The foundation, which the Currys started in 2019, has focused on meal delivery throughout the pandemic, working with Oakland public schools and local growers to deliver produce boxes and meals to families. ELP also partnered with World Central Kitchen to employ local restaurants in their efforts, with 130 businesses reporting that the program allowed them to rehire staff and avoid closures during the pandemic. [SF Chronicle]
  • Los Gatos police arrested the owner of Mama’s Bakery last week on suspicion of groping customers during bread-baking lessons at the bakery. Ali Asghar Shemirani, 75, was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail in San Jose on charges of sexual battery of an unrestrained person, sexual battery of a restrained person, and false imprisonment in connection with a March 15 report of sexual assault at the Santa Cruz Avenue bakery. Police say Shemirani befriended female customers “under the pretense of offering bread-baking lessons” and would inappropriately touch and grope the female victims during the lessons at the bakery. [Mercury News]
  • San Francisco grocery delivery startup Imperfect Foods is contesting its drivers’ recent vote to unionize, reports the SF Chronicle. Of the employees eligible to vote in the election overseen by the National Labor Relations Board, the final tally was 28 to 23 in favor of unionizing. Representatives for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union say the company is delaying the inevitable, while Imperfect Foods says it believes not all eligible employees were able to obtain a ballot in time, potentially impacting the election results. The election still has to be certified by the NLRB; the company is contesting two ballots. [SF Chronicle]
  • Duboce Triangle cocktail bar Blackbird reopened last week for outdoor drink service, debuting a new parklet and expanded outdoor seating for 40 people as well as a new cocktail menu. There’s no indoor service for now, but the bar’s Market Street bottle shop will stay open as it has been throughout the pandemic. Co-owner Shawn Vergara told Hoodline that the Detour, Blackbird’s sister arcade bar and restaurant, will remain closed entirely until capacity restrictions are further loosened. Blackbird is open Wednesday through Sunday. [Hoodline]

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