Inside San Francisco - September 28th, 2016

Inside San Francisco (Sep 28th, 2016)

The city of Oakland is replacing surveillance cameras that have been out of operation for years. This comes just weeks after cameras in Cesar Chavez Park in East Oakland failed to function properly during two homicides. "The equipment has all been purchased,” said Oakland city councilman Noel Gallo. “You will see the installers at the park replacing the cameras and making sure that the recording devices are in place.” – CBSSF

Despite controversy, Diane Wilsey remains on the board of the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco. She has been pressured to step down since the beginning of an investigation looking into money she spent without the board’s approval. Wilsey allegedly paid $457,000 of the museum's money to a retired city engineer. Max Hollein was recently named CEO, but Wilsey is still a board chair. “You will see me prevail,” Wilsey recently told the New York Times in an interview on the allegations. – NYT

Brent Assink, the executive director of the San Francisco Symphony, will step down next year from his position. Assink has been in the role since 1999, and he was named one of the country’s key influencers in the performing arts by “Musical America” three years ago. He is only the fourth executive director of the symphony since the position was created in 1939. “I cannot imagine a life more fulfilling and enriching than the one I have been privileged to lead here since 1999,” he says. – SFCV

Funding has been blocked to carry out the second phase of construction on the Transbay Transit Center. The San Francisco County Transportation Authority Commission voted not to release the $6.8 million necessary to conduct Phase 2, which involves the construction of a Caltrain extension downtown. The commission voiced concerns around the nearby Millennium Tower, which is sinking, and the potential for cost overruns. – SFE

A bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown will allow more housing to be built for educators. Senate Bill 1413, which was authored by San Francisco Sen. Mark Leno, will allow the state’s school districts to use federal tax credits, state funds, and local money when leasing property for the development of housing specifically for teachers. Fair housing laws had previously prevented the use of affordable housing funds for people with certain occupations. – SFE

More San Franciscans appear to be moving to Los Angeles. This includes many people from the art community, according to writer Rory Carroll, who spoke to some “transplants” for The Guardian. “I never thought LA would feel like home but it does,” said Jason Quever, who relocated in the spring. “It was really easy to move here knowing I had more artist friends here than there.” Some San Francisco artists also believe the city is becoming unaffordable. – GUARDIAN

Get Insight from Tony Hale: Actor Tony Hale (“Arrested Development,” “Veep”) will be speaking at The Century Club of California (1355 Franklin Street, San Francisco) on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The discussion will address Hale’s work and creative process. Tickets are $20.00.

Check Out a Variety Show: The “Ain’t Mama’s Drag” variety show will be held on Friday, Sept. 30 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Balançoire (2565 Mission Street, San Francisco). The all-ages show, featuring drag queens and kings, as well as other performance artists, is hosted every Friday. Admission is free.
For Your Teens: The “Drawing from Observation” artist program will begin on Saturday, Oct. 1 and continue through Saturday, Nov. 5 at the San Francisco Art Institute (800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco). Teens between the ages of 13 and 17 can sign up to learn the basics of drawing from observation, led by artist Tom Colcord. Registration is $275.00.
A witness claims that the driver of a San Francisco Police Department car struck a pedestrian over the weekend. Although the individual was crossing the street against a red light, the witness believes the driver was speeding. The SFPD’s traffic division has launched an investigation.
A 39-year-old man was attacked with a hatchet by a stranger on Monday in San Francisco’s Jefferson Square Park. Two witnesses thwarted the attacker, according to police, and the victim was taken to the hospital for his injuries. The police believe the incident was random, and would only identify the suspect as a 23-year-old.
Matthew Muller, a disbarred San Francisco attorney, is expected to plead guilty to kidnapping charges dating back to 2015. He allegedly abducted 30-year-old Denise Huskins from her boyfriend’s home. Muller’s defense team will now argue for a lesser sentence.
A five-plus-bedroom home with views of the San Francisco Bay is now for sale for $1.1 million. On 710 Hillside Ave. in Albany, the house is perched on a sloping landscape, which gives it beautiful vistas from above. “Craftsman design values define the interior, and the construction is made up of long, clean horizontal lines and huge windows,” says Devin Ratoosh of Marvin Gardens Real Estate, who is co-listing the house. It includes a courtyard and a viewing deck.

A penthouse at 175 Francisco St. on Telegraph Hill has received a price adjustment. It is now on the market for $6.4 million after originally being priced at $7.4 million. It has 5,600 square feet of indoor space on three levels. The top floor is a master suite with a master bath and fireplace. There are four other bedrooms in the unit, as well as three bathrooms. Though it feels like a traditional single family home, it is defined as a condo with a $3,300-per-month HOA fee.

At 425 El Camino Del Mar in the Sea Cliff neighborhood, a four-bedroom, three-bath home is for sale for $3.2 million. It is a short walk from the shoreline and the Pacific Ocean. Highlights include two oversized picture windows, a built-in media center, and cherry cabinetry. A lower level also opens out to the backyard through a spacious family room.  

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