Inside San Francisco - August 12th, 2016

Inside San Francisco (Aug 12th, 2016)

The city has revised a SoMa development plan that will add 7,800 housing units and office spaces to the SoMa area and create 45,000 more jobs. Originally, the plan would have brought 3,500 more housing and office spaces and 28,000 jobs to the community. Adjustments have also been made to allow developers at the Flower Mart site to create a building up to 270 feet in height (versus the original 85 feet restriction). Height increases along Harrison between Second and Third were included as well. – SS

A San Francisco federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that accused Twitter of supporting ISIS. The family of two men who were shot and killed in Jordan claimed that Twitter was at fault for allowing ISIS members to use the social network. “Twitter cannot be treated as a publisher or speaker of Isis’s hateful rhetoric and is not liable under the facts alleged,” said Judge William H. Orrick. – GUARDIAN


AC Transit has announced plans to create four new bus rapid transit lines to speed up commutes. Through a study, the agency identified four major corridors in Richmond, Oakland, San Leandro and Hayward that would benefit from rapid transit. An estimated 40 percent increase in employment and 30 percent increase in population over the next 24 years were also taken into account. A final draft of the plan is expected in October. – EBT

A dozen protesters have rallied for Iris Canada, 100, who is being evicted from her Page Street home next week. A judge has ordered her to leave after the property owner said she does not have ownership of the unit, despite her claims of having a life estate. Canada believes she was given the unit when the building was sold in 2002. She will not sign condo conversion papers, which would forfeit her right of first refusal, according to her attorney. – KTVU

BART is making moves to reopen some bathrooms that have been closed since the Sept. 11 attacks. Only two restrooms will initially open – those at Powell Street in San Francisco and 19th Street in Oakland. Others will not reopen until the spring of 2018, according to current plans. However, this may change, depending on what the BART staff sees over time. – CBSLOCAL

Macy’s will reportedly sell and close its Men’s Store in Union Square. This is a part of the department store chain’s move to close 100 stores and focus on its online sales. The store has struggled as of late due to the shift toward online shopping and nearby construction at the Central Subway, happening outside of its doors. – CURBED

The demand for development projects in San Francisco is dramatically increasing, according to realtors and brokers. They claim that the national uptick in venture-backed startups and stock market performance have contributed to the demand. Specifically, tech tenants are seeking 5.9 million square feet for buildings, which could serve as headquarters, according to Alexandria Real Estate Equities COO Steve Richardson. – CHRONICLE

Novelist Hanya Yanagihara has an art exhibit on display at the Fraenkel Gallery, and it is running through Aug. 20. The “A Little Life” author’s exhibit is organized in six sections with the themes of loneliness, love, aging, solitude, beauty and discovery. “The challenge for any artist, in any medium, is to find work that inspire her to re-see the things and people and places she thought she knew or understood,” said Yanagihara. – APERTURE


Jeff Kositsky has been addressing the city’s homelessness problems since he became the deputy director of the Human Services Agency in June, but he hasn’t had the proper title. On Monday, he will officially be named San Francisco’s first Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, which may fit his efforts, according to Chronicle writer Heather Knight.

Along with the San Francisco Chronicle, Kositsky has outlined ways to create supportive housing, improve traditional shelters, and address mental health issues. He has also made moves to add more Navigation Centers, which typically shelter the homeless. For instance, a third Navigation Center will open within a few months on 23rd Street.

However, Kositsky’s newfound responsibilities won’t be easy. Much of the city’s $155 million budget for homelessness goes to nonprofits and private organizations.

“All I can ask for now is continued pressure by the public and by the media to focus on commonsense, compassionate solutions — to not let the department be buffeted by the political winds,” said Kositsky.


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A man who calls himself “Ali” has been trying to get refunds at retailers and restaurants in the Richmond District this past week. Police have classified his crime as “theft by trick or device,” and any tips should be reported to the Richmond District station.

A 25-year-old man in a wheelchair was robbed on Thursday morning near Pier 40. He was put into a headlock, and the suspect took his digital camera. No arrests have been made.

A 5-year-old girl was struck by a stray bullet on Wednesday in Hunter’s Point. A handgun had been fired by three men in their 20s near Whitney Young Circle. No arrests have been made and the girl is expected to survive.



The Pistahan Parade and Festival will be taking place Aug. 13 – 14. It will be hosted near the San Francisco Civic Center on Aug. 13, and continue at the Yerba Buena Gardens on Aug. 14. The Filipino heritage festival, which is in its 23rd year, is free to attend. “This parade is amazing ... excellent music, beautiful choreography, [the] dancers impeccable. Congratulations to the organizers for giving us a wonderful show.” – Douglas A., Facebook

The Broadway Under the Stars series will be continuing this weekend with plenty of music for attendees to dance the night away at Jack London State Park. General admission tickets start at $42.00. “Jack London State Park is the perfect venue for a play, musical, or concert. The actors, singers, and musicians were top notch talent!” – Ilona F., Facebook

Buffalo Theory has opened in Nob Hill (1735 Polk St, San Francisco), serving craft beer and small plates with flair. Chronicle Rising Star Chef Tim Luym heads the kitchen. “Great place for casual dinner with friends. If you are really hungry at night, be sure to check this place out. The portion is unbelievably big.” – Evan K., Yelp



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