Inside San Francisco - September 22nd, 2016

Inside San Francisco (Sep 22nd, 2016)

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, detailed spending plans at the William J. Rutter Center on UCSF’s Mission Bay campus yesterday. The couple intends to spend $3 billion over the next 10 years to cure or better treat existing diseases. It is the single largest charitable pledge in health and science, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy. – SFG

San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White is moving all officers from Station 2 at 1340 Powell St. to new assignments in October. A letter written by Hayes-White, obtained by the San Francisco Chronicle, claims that the firefighters were creating a “hostile work environment based on gender.” A female coworker at the station in Chinatown was allegedly harassed by her peers for six months and taunted with verbal abuse. – SFC

Some locals in Brisbane are planning to attend a city council meeting next week to discuss the lack of housing for low- and very-low income residents. This comes as Universal Paragon Corp., a property developer, looks to build on a portion of land in the city. The developer originally wanted to include more than 4,000 homes as a part of its plan. However, city officials are now proposing alternative plans, none of which include housing. – SFC

BART repair work has finished ahead of schedule between Balboa Park and Daly City. The project was slated to close the tracks in the area for seven weekends, but was concluded in just five weeks. Miles of worn tracks were replaced, as well as a critical crossover section that allows the trains to switch tracks. – CBSSF

Local real estate experts believe the Bay Area housing market may be cooling off. Santa Clara County Realtors Association President Trisha Motter claims that there are no longer “bidding frenzies” or buyers paying excessive amounts over listing prices. “Houses are staying on the market longer — 29 days now for single-family, resale homes,” said Motter. She also stated that housing prices were only up 1.8 percent in August, compared to the same month last year. – CBSSF

Some residents of Menlo Park are questioning the city’s decision to remove a series of trees as a part of a redevelopment. The developers of the Sharon Green Apartments have received permission from the Planning Commission to remove 59 heritage trees and 22 others. Heritage trees are recognized by cities for their unique size, age, or historical significance. “One of the things I look forward to coming home to is the trees and the shade,” said Sharon Green resident Andrew Kennard. – TMN

Grab Your Tickets for Fall Baseball: The San Francisco Giants will be facing off against the Colorado Rockies at home at AT&T Park (24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco) on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 7:15 p.m. The Giants will look to hold off the Rockies as they hang on to a spot in the postseason race. Tickets start around $20.00.

Strut Your Stuff: San Francisco Fashion Week 2016 will begin on Friday, Sept. 23 with a fashion walk on Valencia Street. The walk, designed to support local business, will begin at 6 p.m. in the Valencia Street shopping corridor. The event is free.
Support Female Comedy: The Purple Onion at Kells (530 Jackson Street, San Francisco) is premiering its “Women Gettin’ Witty” event on Friday, Sept. 23 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. The venue is known for hosting comedy legends, including Bob Newhart, Woody Allen and Phyllis Diller. Tickets are $10.00. “The comedians were pretty funny and very interactive.” – Michele P., Yelp
A suspicious device discovered in the area of S. Van Ness and Mission Streets has been deemed harmless. It resembled a pressure cooker, and was discovered around 7:30 a.m. this morning. Muni service was temporarily halted and the streets were closed in the area as an investigation rolled out. A robot, controlled by the San Francisco bomb squad, eventually debunked the device.
A Bay Area rapper known as Keak Da Sneak (Charles Kente Williams) has been arrested on suspicion of driving with a suspended license and evading a police officer. He also has an outstanding warrant for a probation violation. His first court appearance is scheduled for this afternoon.
Fairfield police have identified a man who was found stabbed to death on Wednesday in the 1700 block of West Texas Street. Mark Merle Pyne, 57, is the victim, and the case has now been classified as a homicide. It was originally ruled a suspicious death by the police.
Believe it or not, the best bakery in America is right in San Francisco, at least according to Bon Appetit. The national food magazine named Armando Lacayo’s Arsicault Bakery on 397 Arguello Blvd the top bakery in the U.S. Now, the San Francisco Chronicle’s Anna Roth has taken a look at how it’s changed since receiving the honor earlier this summer.

“Lacayo is working to hire more bakers,” writes Roth. “Meanwhile, he’s sorry when he has to turn anyone away — and when he sees people peering in the windows after he’s closed for the day. ‘Sometimes people come from pretty far away.’”

The day after the award was announced, there was a crowd waiting for the little bakery to open, according to Lacayo. The 49-year-old baker says he just wanted to make “good-tasting croissants” when he first opened. Now, he’s making headlines.

Roth says that although there are long waits for the “good-tasting croissants” these days, the future looks bright for the Arsicault Bakery.

“It would be worth returning [after the craze] not only to try the croissants anew, but also all the pastries they no longer have time to make: lemon and chocolate tarts, quiche, pailles (delicate puff pastry and jam sandwiches),” writes Roth.
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