Inside San Francisco - September 23rd, 2016

Inside San Francisco (Sep 23rd, 2016)

About 200 housing rights advocates protested yesterday in hope of overturning a 100-year-old woman’s eviction ruling. Iris Canada claims that she has a “life estate” agreement over her apartment in Western Addition, but the new owners of her building say that she has violated it. Protestors hung a banner from Canada’s building that reads, “Eviction = Death. Resistance = Life.” A court has granted her an extension for her residency through next Tuesday. – SFC

Changes to San Francisco’s planning code now allows temporary homeless shelters to be developed in zones designated for non-residential use. The Planning Commission approved changes that will allow shelters to operate for up to four years in areas zoned for production, distribution, repair, and other non-residential purposes. – CBSSF

A lottery system will be used in a pilot program to house some Mission District residents in a new senior housing complex. The goal of the program, created by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, is to give gentrification-impacted residents access to new, affordable housing in other areas throughout the city. The Willie B. Kennedy complex has 98 units. If the pilot program is successful, it has the potential to expand. – ML

A San Francisco non-profit is giving locals a way to donate to the homeless without having to worry about how the money is spent. HandUp CEO Rose Broome and city officials allow donors to purchase cards worth $25, to be given to the homeless. These items, which are similar to gift cards, can then be exchanged at drop-in centers for items, like food and medicine. – CBSSF

A district attorney is being criticized by an alleged car thief victim for not prosecuting a possible suspect. Amir Massoumi eventually tracked down his vehicle, which had been taken from San Francisco’s North Beach area on Aug. 12. However, District Attorney George Gascon has decided not to prosecute the unnamed suspect. His office says they could not prove “beyond a reasonable doubt” that the man found in the car was the one who took the vehicle. – CBSSF

The Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis is preparing for its opening on Nov. 13, which will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the public. The 44,000-square-foot museum will have courtyards, rooms for lectures, and residences for artists. One of the first exhibits at the facility, “Out Our Way,” will feature 12 members of UC Davis’ original art faculty. The building has taken $30 million and two years to construct. – SFC

Try a New Whisky: The 10th Annual WhiskyFest will be held at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis (780 Mission St., San Francisco) on Friday, Sept. 23 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. There will be more than 300 whiskies available for tasting from around the world. Tickets start at $275.00. “Pretty much everything I tried at WhiskyFest was really good—and I didn't even begin to make a dent in the offerings, which included more than 300 whiskeys, plus a few other spirits and a bit of beer.” – Julia Thiel, Chicago Reader

Indulge in Irish Culture: The 13th Annual San Francisco Irish Film Festival is being held through Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Delancey Street Theater (600 Embarcadero Street, San Francisco). Some of the films being shown include a documentary and a movie created for children. Ticket prices vary according to the movie, but some are free to view.

Rediscover “Old Time Music”: The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention will be hosted through Sunday, Sept. 25, and events are being held at venues around the UC Berkeley area. Festivities include live music for families and children, as well as instructional music workshops. Many concerts are free to attend, but some workshops may require a tuition fee of $25.00.
A 52-year-old man who was assaulted in San Francisco last month has died. Evaristo Rocha was at Market and Jones streets when he was attacked. He is now the city’s 33rd homicide victim of the year. No arrests have been made in the case.
The Oakland City Council has approved a $1.2 million settlement with the family of a 30-year-old man who was fatally shot by Oakland police last year. Demouria Hogg was found unresponsive in his vehicle with a handgun reportedly in the passenger seat in June 2015. A confrontation occurred once officers were able to wake him, though some of the details remain unclear.
A 2-year-old boy was hit and killed by an AC Transit bus in Oakland on Tuesday. Jeremiah Esera ran into the street to retrieve a ball near 35th and Penniman avenues. The driver of the bus is being asked to participate in a toxicology test as a standard procedure with such incidents.
Metromile, the San Francisco-based pay-per-mile insurance provider, concluded a $191.5 million round of funding this week. Intact Financial, CPIC, Index Ventures, and New Enterprise Associates were some of the investors who led the financing. The company intends to use the new funds to advance its national expansion and acquire another insurance carrier.

San Francisco-headquartered d.light, the company dedicated to manufacturing and distributing solar lighting products to people around the globe, has secured $22.5 million in financing. It will use the funds to bolster its PayGo business, which allows customers to pay for solar products as necessary, instead of through a contract agreement.

Allset, the dining startup from San Francisco, has raised $2.35 million in a funding round featuring Andreessen Horowitz, FJ Labs, and other investors. The company, which helps restaurant patrons reserve tables and pre-order meals, has raised a total of $3.35 million since launching last year. It serves 8,500 diners each month and has more than 180 restaurant partners.

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