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Inside San Francisco (Sep 15th, 2016)

Muni riders may soon have cell phone service while traveling underground on the subway. This news broke in a press release on Tuesday from Board of Supervisors President London Breed, BART, and Muni. BART will soon enter negotiations and with telecommunications providers on behalf of SFMTA to extend the existing underground cell infrastructure. – SFIST

San Francisco came behind Brooklyn and London on a list of the world’s priciest cities for startups looking to open offices. A 600 square-foot office space in Mid-Market will cost $61,680 on average each year. In Brooklyn, New York, the average is $62,736 annually. London’s Shoreditch area topped the list, composed by Knight Frank, with an average of $66,706 per year. – CNBC

The Hayward school board has fired district Superintendent Stan Dobbs after an extensive investigation. The board’s 3-0 vote and dismissal of Dobbs is effective immediately. He had been accused of engaging in public conflicts and using profanity in heated arguments. At least two trustees also claim that Dobbs has been involved in physical confrontations. – EBT

Iris Canada, the 100-year-old woman facing eviction from her Western Addition apartment, has been hospitalized. Canada made headlines after reports of her eviction captured the attention of the media. She had been living in her apartment for more than 50 years, and just as she was going to be locked out of her home, Canada was hospitalized for an undisclosed illness. She has been in a legal battle to stay in her home as new building owners argue that she does not have lifetime estate rights. – CBSSF

A community improvement volunteer group is now sprucing up the Union Square area. The Downtown Streets Team, a nonprofit consisting of volunteers, began a decade ago in Palo Alto. Today, the group not only works to clean up the community’s streets, but help homeless and underemployed individuals find employment and housing opportunities in areas such as San Jose and Downtown San Francisco, in addition to improving local communities. Since launching its pilot program in Union Square in August, it has collected 9,300 pounds of trash. – HL

One anonymous employee of the Beach Chalet restaurant claims that Pokemon GO hurt the business over the summer. The location was a “spawning” point in the game, which lured players to the area. However, large crowds and a lack of parking reportedly stifled business for the Beach Chalet. “I can’t even begin to tell you [how much money we lost],” the employee said. The Pokemon GO crowds now appear to be dying down. – HL

Register for JavaOne: The JavaOne 2016 conference will be held from Sunday, Sept. 18 to Thursday, Sept. 22 at the Hilton San Francisco in Union Square (333 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco) and Parc 55 (55 Cyril Magnin Street, San Francisco). The event will connect Java programmers and enthusiasts from across the country and offer a series of educational sessions. Full conference registration starts at $1,850.

For Laugh “Therapy”: The “Cheaper than Therapy: Stand-up Comedy” event will be hosted on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 10 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the Shelton Theater (533 Sutter Street, San Francisco). The show will feature Bay Area comedians, and drinks will be served throughout the night. Tickets are $15.00. “Really fun neat small theater that had so much charm. All the comedians are super funny. Multiple short sets and each one had their own awesome wit about them.” – Sarah L., Facebook

For a New Spin on Medicine: “Knock or the Triumph of Medicine” by Jules Romains is a play about a man named Dr. Knock, who is shocked by the residents of a small French village, who have little interest in medicine. The play will be performed through Sept. 18 at the Southside Theater (2 Marina Blvd., San Francisco). Admission is free. “It’s a play that once again proves that one of the best ways to be topical is to look to the past.” – Jason Zinoman, New York Times
Celeste Guap, the female escort involved in the Oakland Police Department Scandal, was released from jail in Florida on Wednesday. She had been arrested on misdemeanor battery charges. Seven police officers are accused of having sex with Guap while she was underage.

A man was shot and killed outside of the Fruitvale BART station on Tuesday morning. He was found inside of a vehicle on 35th Avenue near International Boulevard. Officers and homicide investigators are still investigating the crime.

A motorcyclist hit by a San Francisco Fire Department truck on Howard Street three years ago intends to reject a settlement with the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. "I think that someone would have gotten into more trouble if they ran over somebody's dog,” said Jack Frazier, the motorcyclist who could receive $5 million in a settlement. His injuries included a crushed shoulder, broken ribs, and a shattered knee. The SFFD had been responding to a call at the time of the accident.
If you tend to lean toward mezcal-based cocktails, Stefanie Tuder of Eater claims that Mezcalito may be the new bar for you.

Located in Russian Hill (2323 Polk Street, San Francisco), the concept for the bar was created by the Andale Management Group, which operates a series of fast casual Mexican spots. However, Tuder notes that Mezcalito is a “definitive step up” from what the organization has developed in the past.

Chef Julio Aguilera is responsible for crafting Oaxacan-inspired small plates, and bar manager Guadalupe Jaques is behind the mezcal-focused cocktail menu. Tuder notes that there are 48 mezcals to choose from at the bar, and there is a nightly happy hour from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The small plate menu consists of dishes including cilantro chili ribs, ceviche with hamachi, and oysters served with smoky champagne mignonette.

“The menu is clearly trying to appeal to everyone,” writes Tuder.
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