The wildfire burning on California’s Big Sur coast has evolved into the most costly fire to fight in U.S. history. Data from the National Interagency Fire Center suggests that the fire has cost $206 million to fight thus far, and it’s only 67 percent contained. This puts it above the previous record set by a fire in Oregon and California in 2002, which totaled $165 million. – AP
Nextdoor, the neighborhood social network, is becoming an outlet for Bay Area residents who are frustrated with what they see as the results of Proposition 47. Some locals, including Jeremy Ambers of San Francisco, believe that Proposition 47 is leading to more crime. The measure now defines petty theft as a misdemeanor. "It's very frustrating to live in a city where crime just seems to happen and nothing is done about it,” said Ambers, who had a family member held up at gunpoint. Neighbors now frequently share content related to alleged crimes on Nextdoor. – ABC7
SFSU is theming one of its dorm halls around African-American culture. This comes less than one year after a cell phone video showed a racially charged argument between a white man and black woman on campus. The Black Student Union, which is leading the initiative, wants to create a safe space where students can talk about issues affecting African-Americans. – KPIX5
The San Francisco Giants are under fire for an offensive tweet. A tweet sent by a Giants staff member during last night’s game was meant to notify the Twitterverse of pitcher Madison Bumgarner’s third strike out of Enrique Hernandez, who is nicknamed Kiké. However, it read, “Mr. Bumgarner gets KKKike for the 3rd time tonight.” In addition to including “KKK,” the tweet also appears to include a derogatory term for Jewish people. The tweet was deleted, but not before it was screen-captured. – CBSSF
Long-time Bay Area photographer Fred Lyon is opening up about his career, which began in the 1940s. In a recent interview for Hoodline, Lyon discussed his favorite photographs, as well as what he loves about San Francisco. “I can remember the magazine picture editors had never been to San Francisco and they’d say, ‘Well, what’ve you got out there?’” Lyon recalled. “And I would say, ‘That’s easy. We’ve got steep hills. A couple of bridges that won’t quit. We’ve got cable cars. We have Chinatown. We have fog. And we have Herb Caen.’” – HL
A new satirical mascot designed to raise awareness of the “soda tax” on the November ballot is popping up all over San Francisco. Known as Sammy the Soda, the mascot (whose creator remains unidentified) calls himself a “fan of obesity, diabetes, cavities, and big gulps of sugar for kids.” In an interview, he recently revealed that he needs help “getting the word out” so people believe that “soda taxes are actually grocery taxes.” A San Francisco budget analyst estimates that the overconsumption of sugary drinks can be linked to $28 million in public health treatment bills. – SFIST
WHAT TO DO THIS WEEK
Indulge in Italian Culture: The MTT and SF Symphony will be performing Italian music in honor of Italy’s culture between Thursday, Sept. 22 and Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Davies Symphony Hall (201 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco). Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas will lead the performances. Ticket prices vary according to date and availability. “Michael Tilson Thomas is a genius and the SF Symphony is equally impressive.” – Art A., Yelp
For ‘Little Shop’ Fans: “The Little Shop of Horrors” will be performed at the Victoria Theatre (2961 16th St, San Francisco) through Saturday, Oct. 8. The classic sci-fi play is being directed by Jason Hoover. Tickets start at $25.00. “As is our fashion, we’re taking Little Shop’s classic and quirky characters, contagious music and other-worldly storyline and putting our own spin on it.” – Jason Hoover, play director.
For Human Resources Professionals: The “Workforce Live” event will be taking place at the Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco (600 Stockton Street, San Francisco) on Thursday, Sept. 22 from 7 a.m. to noon. The speaker series will feature thought leaders from the HR industry, including Andrew Chamberlain (Glassdoor) and Becky Cantieri (SurveyMonkey). Tickets start at $49.95.
A 27-year-old man claims that he was shot at by two men who side-swiped his vehicle. At the time, the men were attempting to flee the victim, who was chasing them toward Russia Avenue. One of the men allegedly pulled out a gun and shot at the victim, but he was not injured. No arrests have been made.
A San Francisco police officer suffered respiratory distress on Sunday after being sprayed with a fire extinguisher. A 24-year-old man who was described as “mentally disturbed” sprayed the officer when confronted in the Tenderloin area. The suspect was arrested, and the police officer was taken to the hospital.
One individual, who has yet to be identified, was killed in a car accident on Sunday morning in Santa Rosa following a police chase. An officer was attempting to make a routine traffic stop when the vehicle fled. It ended in a crash that killed one of the individuals in the car, but it has not been confirmed if the person was the driver. Police are still investigating the incident.
ON JOBS AND SALARIES
How can you make big bucks in San Francisco? More importantly, are the city's high rollers some of your own colleagues?
Zippa, the career assistance firm, has compiled data that highlights the highest paying jobs in San Francisco. It looked at information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and determined that CEOs are the highest paid professionals in the city. While this may not come as a surprise, second place went to natural sciences managers, and general dentists took third place. (For clarification, natural sciences managers supervise the work of scientists, like physicists and chemists.)
David E., who reviewed the data, responded to the information from Zippa on Facebook. “So nice to see that the folks we entrust with guiding and developing the things we hold most precious in our lives are devalued to the point they don’t even make it on this list,” he writes. “I’m talking about teachers if anyone was wondering – most under-appreciated job on the planet.”
Teachers do not show up until No. 70 on the list (specifically, philosophy and religion teachers for postsecondary education).
But in contrast to David’s point, there are still job openings in the area, and isn’t that more important than exactly how much every professional is earning?
“In San Francisco, [there are] so many good jobs [that] people complain about [the] invasion of rich hipsters,” tweets Washington correspondent Alexander Panetta.
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