Inside San Francisco - September 30th, 2016

Inside San Francisco (Sep 30th, 2016)

A new batch of documents shows that engineers knew that “some limited elements” of the Millennium Tower were under “significant stresses” back in 2014. The assessment, which was detailed in a memo, noted that the tower could still survive an earthquake and the residents’ safety had not been “significantly affected.” However, parts of the structure were “more susceptible to damage” than others. The tower has sunk at least 16 inches and begun tilting since construction was completed. – SFC

City officials have announced a new enforcement initiative geared toward reducing speeding on the streets of San Francisco. The Municipal Transportation Agency, the Police Department, the Department of Public Health and the Vision Zero campaign are advocating for more traffic safety in neighborhoods, including the Tenderloin and Chinatown. Capt. Tim Oberzier, who oversees traffic for the Police Department, categorizes speeding as any speed over the posted limit. Strict enforcement will be in place for at least one year. – SFC

Uber is now training its drivers to learn how to share the road alongside San Francisco cyclists. “A lot of people who drive in San Francisco don’t necessarily live here, and they’re not used to the unique type of infrastructure we have here on our streets,” said Brian Wiedenmeier, executive director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. In conjunction with the coalition, Uber has created four training videos for drivers to watch and learn more about cyclist safety. – CBSSF

Two more food venues are planning to shut their doors in the South of Market neighborhood. Citizen’s Band and Pinkie’s Bakery will close after about six years of business. “Another one bites the dust in San Francisco,” said Cheryl Storms, who owns the venues. They are just two of many food businesses to close in the neighborhood as of late. Pampalasa, Bon Marche Brasserie and Volta have also shut down. Various factors have contributed to these restaurant closures, including increases in minimum wages and health care costs. – EATER

San Francisco’s only commercial farm will be displaced, and a private school will soon be built on its site in Mission Terrace. The San Francisco Planning Commission has voted to move the Golden Bridges School to the area where Little City Gardens currently exists. The K-8 school is looking for a more spacious parcel of land to grow. In a public meeting with commission, many parents claimed they would leave San Francisco if the school project was blocked. – SFC

Kayo Books, the 21-year-old bookstore on Post Street in San Francisco, will be shifting to by-appointment and online sales. However, co-owner Maria Mendoza says this does not mean the shop is going to shut its doors. Mendoza and her husband, Ron Blum, signed a new seven-year lease for the store, but it came with a rent increase that forced the adjustments. "This store is part of old San Francisco," she said. "You cannot open a store like this at current, market rate rents." – HL

Listen to Some Live Music: The “Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival” will take place starting Friday, Sept. 30 and conclude on Sunday, Oct. 2 at Golden Gate Park. Performers include Cyndi Lauper, Wynonna Judd and Cake. The event is free to attend. “This has got to be one of the most magical gatherings of fun-lovers in SF. The good vibes are tangible, the scene is mellow, the music is lovely, the sun is always shining.” – Nique F., Yelp

Check Out ‘Convent Comedy’ in a New Venue: Convent Comedy is moving to Center SF (546 Fillmore Street, San Francisco) for more space beginning on Saturday, Oct. 1, and it will be hosting a show from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on that date. Kate Willett (Comedy Central) will be hosting. Tickets are $12.00. “Kate’s a star, figuratively, in the midst of a career with exponentially impressive achievements.” –

Go Ghost Hunting: Check out Cynthia Yee’s “San Francisco Chinatown Ghost Tour” (139 Waverly Place, San Francisco) to get in the Halloween spirit. Yee’s tours are based on years of research, personal experiences, and information collected from locals. Tours are hosted every Friday and Saturday night, and they last 90 minutes. Tickets cost $48.00.
Two tourists from China were robbed in San Francisco’s Russian Hill in broad-daylight on Thursday. The robbers threatened to shoot them if they did not hand over their cameras. The incident occurred at Greenwich and Leavenworth streets. The thieves, who were both males, fled on foot. Neither tourist was injured in the incident.

An autopsy report has revealed that a homeless man who was fatally shot by San Francisco police back in April had drugs in his system at the time of death. Luis Pat Gongora, 45, died from six bullet wounds. He was allegedly holding a large knife on Shotwell Street between 18th and 19th streets when he was approached by police.

One man has died and three others have been wounded in a shooting that occurred in the Tenderloin this morning. The male victim’s name has not been released. The other individuals – two men and one woman – are expected to survive their gunshot wounds. No arrests have been made thus far.
San Francisco’s Airbnb is now valued near $30 billion, according to financial experts. This comes after the home-rental company brought in Google Capital to help lead a round of funding last week, reportedly raising $850 million. In addition, sources claim that Airbnb employees who had been with the company for at least four years were given the option to sell common shares to investors. About $200 million of employee stock was supposedly sold.

San Francisco-based ProsperWorks, the CRM provider, concluded a $24 million Series B funding round on Sept. 27. Next World Capital led the financing, along with Storm Ventures, True Ventures, Industry Ventures, Devoteam, and other investors. The company, which has attracted more than 63,000 businesses, will use the funds on product innovation and customer adoption.

Starbird, the premium fast-food eatery, has raised approximately $5 million in a second round of investment funding. Greg Dollarhyde was a part of the financing round, acting as a strategic investment partner and adviser. The Culinary Edge, a San Francisco-based food and restaurant consulting firm, opened the first Starbird in Sunnyvale, California, in June 2016.

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