Inside San Francisco - August 17th, 2016

Inside San Francisco (Aug 17th, 2016)

A new report has found that just 13 percent of households in San Francisco could afford a median-priced home in the city. The Paragon Real Estate Group, which conducted the study, used the county median house sales price, household income and fixed 30-year interest rate (accounting for 20 percent down payment) to draw its conclusions. “On the other hand, you live in one of the most beautiful, highly educated, culturally rich, economically dynamic, and open-minded metropolitan areas in the world,” said the authors of the report. – SFBT

Haight Ashbury Psychological Services, which has been located in Upper Haight for 37 years, is now facing eviction. Property owners are looking to demolish the HAPS building to create three four-story residential buildings with ground-floor garages. HAPS provides low-fee psychotherapy, as well as education and training. – HL

More warning signs are being put up around Ocean Beach following the death of a surfer over the weekend. Although some believe swimmers may be safer with additional lifeguards, the Golden Gate National Recreation Association claims that it is not a solution. “The rip currents make it just too treacherous for especially inexperienced swimmers,” said Nathan Sargent, a spokesman for the group. – CBSLOCAL

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Green Bean to Bar, a Japanese chocolatier, is moving into 621 Divisadero St., the space previously occupied by Health Haven and Pet Haven. The company already has locations in Fukuoka and Tokyo in Japan. At the Tokyo location, customers can watch cocoa beans roast and get crushed before melting into chocolate bars. – HL

An inventory and historical index of murals in the Mission District will be presented to the city’s Historic Preservation Commission. An intern at the Planning department created the index, in collaboration with the San Francisco Architectural Heritage and Precita Eyes. The goal of the indexing is to identify murals which could benefit from further preservation. – SS

The SFMTA Board of Directors will now allow the creation of a Sunday double-parking program for Dolores Street. The details of the pilot program have not been disclosed, and it has not been finalized or officially approved, pending its creation. In addition to legalizing double parking, the pilot program could potentially reduce the amount of double parking on medians. – SFIST


Don’t be ashamed of photographing your food. In an era when Instagram and smartphones reign supreme, what else are we supposed to do at the dinner table? That’s exactly what Ju-ni chef owner Geoffrey Lee had in mind when he designed his restaurant (1335 Fulton Street, San Francisco).

The light-filled venue with limited seating has become a tough place to snag a reservation, but a perfect one for Instagrammers. Of course, the meals are noteworthy, too, according to food critic Michael Bauer.

Inside’s @awwstn called it “the best meal I’ve ever had,” in fact.

One of the highlights is a 12-item sushi course, which is optimally plated for mobile photographers. Other menu items include firefly squid, house-cured Copper River King salmon, and Spanish mackerel.

“Ju-ni is a fascinating lesson in the precision needed to raise a piece of fish, a pad of rice and a few seasonings to ethereal heights,” Bauer concludes.



A Culture Trip: The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has reopened following a large-scale renovation, and it now offers smartphone-based audio tours. SFMOMA’s chief content officer, Chad Coerver, claims it’s “a cross between ‘This American Life’ and the movie ‘Her.’” General admission tickets start at $25 for non-members. It is free for members, as well as teens (18 and under) and children (12 and under).

A Taste of Italy: The 2016 FESTA Coloniale Italiana will be hosted at the San Francisco Italian Athletic Club (1630 Stockton St., San Francisco) on Aug. 20 between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. The event will include exhibitor presentations, arts and crafts, and food for the whole family. It is free to attend.

For Networking: The “Women and Diversity in Tech” conference will take place 1355 Market Street on Thursday, Aug. 18 between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Silicon Valley’s brightest female professionals will discuss everything from augmented reality to emerging technology. Tickets are $5.00. "Strength lies in differences, not in similarities, so here we welcome talents from all walks of life.” – Stephen R. Covey, Eventbrite

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The death of Frank Galicia, 28, has now been ruled a suspicious death. Originally, the discovery of Galicia’s body in the Westfield San Francisco Centre mall was deemed a homicide.

Two men in a black four-door vehicle fired at a 26-year-old man in Visitacion Valley on Monday night. He had previously attempted to kick a woman’s dog, according to police. He hopped on a Muni bus to avoid the gunfire, but a bystander was hit in the elbow. No arrests have been made.

A woman was injured in a shooting in Potrero Hill on Monday morning. She was found lying on the ground between two cars. No arrests have been made, and the woman is being treated for her injuries.


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