Inside San Francisco - August 23rd, 2016

Inside San Francisco (Aug 23rd, 2016)

A draft report from city controller Ben Rosenfield indicates that construction may slow down if developers are required to rent 20 percent of units in new apartment buildings at below-market prices. The Board of Supervisors has already stated that it will revise its current requirement of 25 percent based on a feasibility analysis. Proposition C, a June ballot measure, raised the affordability requirements from 12 to 25 percent. – SFG

In June, Oakland had the highest annual appreciation of home values and largest rent growth out of the 50 largest cities in the U.S., according to Zillow. “It’s still expensive, but it’s more affordable [than San Francisco],” said Kenneth Rosen, chairman of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. Booming companies, like Uber, are also moving to Oakland. – BLOOMBERG

Trader Joe’s announced that it will open its new downtown San Francisco location on Oct. 14, and it is currently accepting applications. The store will be in the basement of Old Navy at the corner of Market and Fourth streets. However, Trader Joe’s locations in other urban areas, such as New York City, have spurred more foot traffic and congestion. – SFG

The first hearing in a case involving the Academy of Art University will take place today in a San Francisco Superior Court. The for-profit school is being accused of disregarding building and planning codes for years. “Again and again, the Academy of Art University’s use of the properties it acquired was unauthorized, unpermitted or wholly prohibited by local law,” said city attorney Dennis Herrera. The lawsuit claims 23 of the school’s 40 buildings are violating city codes. – SFE

Scientists are continuing their work on the USS Independence, an aircraft carrier sitting at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Northern California. The 623-foot-long shipwreck is approximately 2,600 feet under the water. Initial images of the ship show its large guns, its flight deck, and supposed remains of a Hellcat fighter plane. – MERCURY

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that will eliminate criminal penalties for youths under 18 who evade transit fares. They may still have to pay fines, but they will not be brought into the court system. Fare evasion is punishable by a fine up to $250, and a third conviction can be charged as a misdemeanor with up to 90 days in jail. – SFG

Last year, the NCAA announced that Cal and Hawai’i will kick off the first game of the 2016 season on in Sydney, Australia. Now, preparation is well under way, and the San Francisco Chronicle’s Connor Letourneau has covered all of the work that has gone into the competition titled “The Sydney Cup.”

The Bears had initially planned to fly commercial overseas, but decided to charter a plane instead. This eliminated the need to pay a hefty price to transport their equipment on a commercial plane. The team opted to use the largest twin-jet offered by Virgin Australia.

In between working out and studying, players have a sightseeing event booked on the Sydney Harbor Bridge for relaxation. Caterers will serve American food – turkey, chicken, and steak – rather than food like lamb (a supposed favorite of Aussies).

And as for that long 16-hour flight, the athletes were given specialized pants, typically worn by NAVY seals recovering from missions, to stimulate blood flow on the plane.

The game will kick off this Friday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. Until then, we’ll have to wait and see if all of the prep work was worth it.


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For Video Games and Beer: A video game tournament called “Drunkathalon” will be held at PianoFight (144 Taylor St., San Francisco) on Wednesday, Aug. 24 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. There will be a $100 cash prize for gamers and plenty of drinks to go around. Teams can register for $10.00, and general admission is free. “Such a cool place with fun people just enjoying themselves.” – Daisy R., Yelp

For Nature Lovers: The “Ocean After Nature” exhibition will be at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (701 Mission St., San Francisco) through Aug. 28. A variety of artists from around the world have collaborated to create this exhibition, which highlights new concerns over our planet’s oceans. The exhibit is on view for free. “By offering more poetic speculations than activist solutions, ‘The Ocean After Nature’ is like a diver, breaking the surface to plumb the depths of our perceptions.” – Wendy Vogel, Frieze

A Conference to kick off the Weekend: The TechMunch San Francisco conference will be held on Friday, Aug. 26, from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (3543 18th St., San Francisco). Speakers include Google’s Nancy Hwang and other thought leaders in the food and tech space. Passes for public relations and marketing professionals start at $270.00.  

Former Oakland Raiders quarterback Todd Marinovich was arrested on Friday night in Irvine. He was found naked with marijuana in another individual’s yard. He was cited for trespassing, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana, according to police.

A 36-year-old man gouged his 65-year-old taxi driver’s left eye while in his cab early Monday morning. The incident occurred between Silver and Mission streets. The passenger was arrested, and the driver is expected to survive.
A 35-year-old man from Newark was arrested after allegedly burglarizing a Mountain View home he had staked out on Airbnb. David Lefevre booked the apartment on Calderon Avenue and abruptly canceled his stay for August. Police claim he broke in and plundered the home.


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