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Inside San Francisco (Aug 11th, 2016)

Planning and Transportation Commissioner Kate Downing has resigned from her position as a result of high housing costs in Palo Alto, where her family resides. “After many years of trying to make it work in Palo Alto, my husband and I cannot see a way to stay in Palo Alto and raise a family here,” she wrote in a public letter. She noted that she rents her home with another couple for $6,200 per month, and it would cost $2.7 million to buy the property. – MERCURY

The San Francisco 49ers will attempt to bring another Super Bowl to the city by 2024. “I think if we can do two in 10 years, that would be really great for the city,” said team president Al Guido on a radio show. Guido has already been speaking to local officials about how to improve on Super Bowl 50. Cities that host Super Bowls are known to drive millions of dollars for their states. – CSN

The Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has been found guilty of misleading investigators over its high-risk pipelines prior to an explosion that killed eight people. The company’s maximum liability is $6 million. Out of the 11 pipeline violation counts against PG&E, a jury found the company not guilty of six of them. Dozens of homes were destroyed in the blast, which occurred in 2010. Prosecutors have not explained why they reduced their original demand of $562 in penalties. – NBCBAYAREA

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The city is planning to expand its renewable energy supply as a result of growing interest from residents. CleanPowerSF, the local government’s clean power program, launched 14 weeks ago. It now has 7,400 customers and an opt-out rate of just 1.8 percent. “There’s been a lot of interest in the program launching,” said Barbara Hale, assistant general manager of the SFPUC’s power enterprise. “Now that we are actually underway, we are seeing customers stay committed to it.” – SFE

Seventy San Francisco police officers have started wearing body cameras. More will be rolled out for other officers in the coming weeks. “It’s business as usual,” said San Francisco police Sgt. John Conway. “We just have one more tool.” The move will become one of the first examples of how body cameras help or harm law enforcement. – SFE

San Jose is now the most expensive housing market in the country, followed by San Francisco, according to the National Association of Realtors. The average price of a home in San Jose is more than $1 million, while the median price for one in San Francisco is about $885,600. NAR says that a lack of supply and an increase in demand has made certain markets difficult for homebuyers. – WSJ

FOODIE TALK

Michael Bauer recently reviewed Tawla, a chic Mediterranean restaurant that defines what makes a “modern San Francisco restaurant.” During his visit to the venue (206 Valencia St.), he immediately noticed the high prices of meals, such as dry-farmed tomatoes accented with feta ($15) and cocktails (starting around $13). However, Bauer quickly realized that there was good reason behind the prices – the chefs have worked hard to earn a positive reputation around town.

 

The menu is divided into hot and cold dishes to make it easier for new Mediterranean diners to order, and waiters are prepared to explain everything in great detail. Some of the plates include a rockfish for two, stuffed with a Syrian blend of spicy walnuts; a mix of romano and yellow wax beans, cooked and tossed in yogurt with poppy and nigella; and muhallabia, a rice pudding with orange blossom water and pistachio.

Even if Mediterranean isn’t your thing, Bauer believes restaurants like Tawla can “bridge cultures and build understanding, and we can certainly use more of that.”

CRIME ROUND-UP

Frank Galicia, 28, was found dead at the Westfield San Francisco Centre Mall this morning, and the death has been ruled a homicide. Police officer Grace Gatpandan has not disclosed exactly where in the mall his body was discovered.

Two people were brutally attacked in separate incidents on the 200 block of Jones Street yesterday. The victims, who survived, were a 47-year-old woman and a 57-year-old man. The suspect physically assaulted both individuals before fleeing.

Police have arrested 23-year-old Damarea Williams-Evans, who is suspected of attacking a Pokemon Go player and stealing his phone on Aug. 4. He was also wanted in three other cities.
WHAT TO DO THIS WEEK

For a quick bite to eat, check out Arsicault (397 Arguello Blvd). The French bakery has just earned “Bakery of the Year” from national food authority Bon Appetit. It’s renowned for its delectable croissants. “We are impressed. We have lived in France. This is the REAL deal.” – Lucy P., Facebook

“The Goonies” will be screened outdoors for film lovers at Dolores Park (19th Street & Dolores St.) on Aug. 13 at dusk. The event is free. “I absolutely love Dolores park! It's a great place to chill, sunbathe, people watch, have some drinks, picnic, and for kids to run around and play at the awesome playground they have here,” Jackie I., Yelp

The San Francisco Playhouse (450 Post St.) is presenting “City of Angels” through September 17. It features the story of a screenwriter who struggles under the pressures of his producer during the 1940s. Tickets start at $30.00. “This is an extremely clever, and very funny musical – with just enough intrigue to keep your mind on the hop throughout. It’s a good old-fashioned, marvelously entertaining piece of theater.” – Gilly Lloyd, Preview
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