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Inside San Francisco (Aug 16th, 2016)

The San Francisco Police Commission is holding a series of public meetings as it searches for its next police chief. Former police chief Greg Suhr resigned in May, leading to the appointment of current acting police chief Toney Chaplin. Now, the department is seeking input from the community. Meetings will be held through Aug. 29. – KRON4

The brother of 28-year-old Frank Galicia, who was found dead in the Westfield San Francisco Centre mall last week, is now speaking out about the alleged homicide. "He was a kind spirit with a big heart. His way of connecting with the family was always making us a dish, making us dinner," said Louis Galicia. He added that his deceased brother just “went with the flow” and never wanted to engage in altercations. "We need to find whoever did this and bring them to justice,” he continued. – ABC7


 

Stanford University will break ground on a $568 million project near Redwood City this fall. New office buildings for university employees will be situated near an area known as “The Farm,” land that was once used as a county estate and horse breeding hub. No official groundbreaking date has been set, but the project is expected to be completed by 2019. – SFC

Former RadiumOne CEO Gurbaksh Chahal, who is facing jail time for domestic violence charges, allegedly created an alter ego based on Christian Grey from “50 Shades of Grey.” He supposedly emailed his marketing professionals as Grey and scolded them when they bought into his pitches. Two people, who wanted to remain anonymous, said that Chahal also used his alter ego’s interactions with employees as grounds to fire them. – BLOOMBERG

Three Bay Area restaurants are having their summer openings this week. Batter Bakery (1517 Pine St., Nob Hill) will have an expanded cafe with breakfast and lunch options. Sparky’s (4151 Piedmont Ave., Oakland) has transitioned into RnR Sushi, featuring fresh sushi and tempura, and Coast Kitchen (21780 Highway 1, Jenner) is now serving up seasonal seafood, courtesy of Chef Phillip Kaufman. – EATER

Will you be checking out any of these new restaurants? What other good eats have you found this summer around the Bay Area? Hit REPLY and let us know your thoughts.

Artist Shepard Fairey has started work on a new mural series titled, “American Civics,” completing his first of Cesar Chavez on a building in Hayes Valley. There will be five murals in total, based on the photography of Jim Marshall. The themes of the murals are “Voting Rights,” “Gun Culture,” “Mass Incarceration,” “Workers’ Rights” and “Two Americas.” The San Francisco Art Exchange is also selling paintings of each image ($45,000 apiece), completed by Fairey himself. – SFG

HOT PROPERTY

The price of an on-land cottage, six floating homes, and a two-unit residential barge in Sausalito has just dropped to $2.95 million after debuting at $3.8 million two years ago. If purchased, the property could generate up to $98,000 in annual gross income. That being said, the operating expenses of the property are approximately $44,000 per year.


 
The price of a compound at 2746 Broadway has also been reduced by 11 percent to $19.5 million. The structure, which had been purchased as a three-unit building in the past, is now a renovated 9,340 square-foot modern residential home.


 
And for those seeking a fixer-upper, a 4,500-square-foot Georgian home in Pacific Heights is going for $5.2 million, about $600,000 less than the original asking price. The building, which was spared by a three-alarm fire in 2013, initially hit the market at $5.95 million. Its price has since been shed, as the damaged interior of the building continues to deter buyers. A proposed floor plan has been created to jog the minds of house hunters.

WHAT TO DO THIS WEEK

Perfect for Relaxation: San Francisco Sailing Tours has begun selling tickets for its 90-minute sailing tours, sunset sails, and Golden Gate tours. Enjoy wine or beer aboard a beautiful sailboat out on the ocean. Sailing season will continue through Oct. 16. “Our captain and first mate were friendly and well prepared with wine, beer and music for our two-hour sail around the bay.” – Elaine P., Yelp


 
Conference Talk: The Culture Summit, designed to inspire and educate both full-time and remote workers of the Digital Age, will take place on Aug. 18 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Village (969 Market St., San Francisco). Tickets are sold out, but free virtual passes are available. “I love being part of @CultureSummitSF. I just love what we are doing so much!” – Vanessa S., Twitter

For Music Lovers: The San Francisco Choral Society will perform Verdi’s “Requiem” at Davies Symphony Hall on Aug. 19 and Aug. 20. Tickets are on sale starting at $15.50. “This is an amateur organization that encourages people who love to sing, but also inspires its members to work to improve their musical and artistic skills and to become better ensemble performers.” – Nina G., Yelp

CRIME ROUND-UP
The “Dreaded Bandit” bank robbery suspect has been arrested. Police said they took the man, who remains unnamed, into custody on the 5400 block of Geary Boulevard on Friday. He is thought to be responsible for robbing banks in San Francisco and San Mateo.

A 20-year-old man was beaten by three men on Friday afternoon and robbed of his school supplies inside of a bathroom at the Westfield San Francisco Centre. This news comes just two days after the discovery of a body at the mall. The man suffered minor injuries and is expected to survive.

Police are still investigating shootings that occurred over the weekend and injured at least three people. A 42-year-old man from the Mission District, who was shot near 19th and Capp streets, is now in critical condition. Two additional shootings that happened in Bayview and Hunters Point also resulted in injuries.
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