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Inside San Francisco (Sep 19th, 2016)

Community activist and Chinatown power broker Rose Pak passed away of natural causes on Sunday at the age of 68. Her death came as a shock to many, though she notably had some health conditions that required a recent kidney transplant. “This is a loss never previously felt by this community,” said former Mayor Willie Brown. “Nobody was more devoted than Rose Pak.” – SFC

The parents of a man killed by San Francisco police in Bernal Heights Park are looking for support to create a memorial. Refugio and Elvira Nieto’s son, Alex Nieto, was killed in March 2014 when police mistook his Taser for a gun. While speaking to a crowd last Tuesday, they urged onlookers and city officials to create a bench in honor of their son, which would be less prone to vandalism. Supervisors John Avalos and David Campos said they would sponsor a resolution. – ML

A six-floor retail building being constructed on the 900 block of Market Street in San Francisco is having trouble recruiting tenants. The structure, which will offer as much space as five football fields, is going to cost $150 million to build. Now, the development firm behind the structure is in the process of rebranding to draw in tenants, who might still be hesitant to move into the up-and-coming Market Street neighborhood. “You need a powerful magnet to draw customers from the Westfield and the 800 block of Market Street,” says Julie Taylor, retail specialist. “The consumer needs a reason to walk a half of a block to the west.” – SFC

Healthcare facilities are now becoming easier to find throughout neighborhoods in San Francisco. Over the past five years, 30 healthcare centers operated by North East Medical Services, One Medical Group, GoHealth Urgent Care and Golden Gate Urgent Care have opened in residential districts. Many of these facilities are opening in vacant spaces that were originally owned by retailers. – SFC

Old buildings in Oakland will soon be renovated to provide new housing, but not everyone is happy with the initiative. Negev, a San Francisco real estate company that creates dormitory-style apartments for young professionals, will focus on three buildings to give people additional housing options. However, some view Negev as an organization that is infringing on affordable housing efforts. “They’re taking away housing from poor people and creating dorms for wealthy newcomers, which is emblematic of what we’re seeing all over the city,” said Erin McElroy, co-founder of the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project. – SFC


Thousands of volunteers participated in annual Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, sifting through sand and picking up trash on 2,000 miles of the state’s coastline. This year, 1,325 people in the Bay Area collected 4,100 pounds of trash from the west side of San Francisco, according to Denise McKinney, an organizer of the Ocean Beach cleanup. “It’s coming from our neighborhoods, not people going out on the beach,’ McKinney noted. – SFC

WHAT TO DO THIS WEEK
Get Your Tickets for Dolly Parton: The legendary country singer will be performing at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View (Amphitheatre Pkwy, Mountain View) on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. as a part of her “Pure and Simple” tour. Remaining tickets (lawn seats) start at around $37.00. “Minutes into it, you couldn’t wipe the smile from anyone’s face in the room. Tears, yes. But not those smiles.” – Mike Bell, Calgary Herald


 

Get Cultured: The CMSF Latino Film Festival will be held from Monday, Sept. 19 through Saturday, Oct. 1 at various venues in San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley and San Jose. The event will feature everything from dramas to comedies at facilities including the EastSide Cultural Center and Roxie Theater. Ticket prices vary according to the show.

Prepare to Chow Down: The Eat Real Festival in Oakland in Jack London Square (off of Broadway and 1st Streets, Oakland) will bring together the best of state fair and street food between Friday, Sept. 23 and Sunday, Sept. 25. Admission to the event is free, and all food will cost $8.00 or less. “A foodie heaven showcasing not only food trucks but also local gastropubs galore.” – Johnson H., Yelp
 
CRIME ROUND-UP
A 27-year-old man was hit in the gut with an axe by a 30-year-old man over the weekend in the North Beach neighborhood. Police claim that the violence ensued after the escalation of an argument, involving four suspects and the victim. The wounded man is expected to survive his injuries, but no one has been arrested, and the name of the primary suspect has not been released.  
 
A 33-year-old man was shot in the head with a paintball gun early this morning, according to the San Francisco Police Department. The incident occurred at the intersection of Mission Street and Lawrence Avenue. He was taken to the hospital and is now in critical condition. There were no witnesses to the crime, and no arrests have been made.
 
Two men were injured in separate shootings on Thursday night and Friday morning in San Francisco. The first shooting occurred in Visitacion Valley and ended with a 46-year-old man being shot in the knee. He was taken to the hospital and treated for his wound. No arrests were made in the case. The second shooting, which happened in the Mission District, ended with a 20-year-old man being treated for a leg wound in the hospital. Few details have been released on the incident, other than it occurred near Hampshire and 21st Streets.
IN-DEPTH READS
What does San Francisco look like to an outsider who now calls the city home? This is what Thomas Fuller, the San Francisco bureau chief for the New York Times, tried to depict in a piece for the publication last week.

Fuller, who has spent about 27 years abroad as a foreign correspondent, now resides in the Bay Area. He left the U.S. back when Ronald Reagan was president, and he primarily covered Southeast Asia. Now that he’s back, Fuller is seemingly in awe over how much America has changed since the 1980s.



“Organic ice cream sandwiches!” he writes, recalling a recent walk through a supermarket. “Vegan shoes! A ‘Bluetooth compatible’ electric toothbrush!”

While these may seem like ordinary findings to Americans in 2016, Fuller writes that the country is “so much more specialized” that it now seems that “we have created needs so that we can cater to them.”

The Bay Area just so happened to help Fuller draw these conclusions.

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