For the first time in more than 70 years, the city of San Francisco will be permitted to distribute additional liquor licenses. However, only five licenses will be given to the city. California regulates the number of “general on-sale licenses,” defined as venues that serve hard alcohol, in addition to wine and beer. Only one of these licenses is permitted per 2,000 residents in any given county. Restaurants and bars that already served alcohol were grandfathered in when this regulation went into effect in 1939. – SFBJ
The state Office of Emergency Services has increased the statistical risk level of large earthquakes in California. This comes after a series of small earthquakes occurred in Southern California last week. The odds of a large quake is now “0.03 to 1 percent” higher than average, according to the office. However, it is not considered to be statistically significant. “That’s really what this is for, to educate and remind yourself that we’re living in earthquake country,” said Jonathan Gudel, the office’s spokesman. – SFC
Dreamforce, the annual Salesforce conference, will be taking place from Tuesday, Oct. 4 through Friday, Oct. 7. As a result, commuters should expect delays throughout the city. Howard Street between Third and Fourth streets will be closed through Sunday, and surge pricing may affect Uber and Lyft users. Click here for a full list of transit closures and delays.
The San Francisco Police Department is patroling Lombard Street more heavily following a rise in crime. "We are paying close attention to auto thefts and burglaries in the area, especially in the summer months when the number of visitors to the landmark increase,” said SFPD Central Station Captain David Lazar. Earlier this summer, tourists were injured after a mugging on the street, and two others were robbed of their cameras last week. – HL
Some Millennium Tower condo owners believe their homes may now be worth $0. This comes as investigations into the 58-story tower’s flawed foundation continue. More than 160 condo owners have filed property assessment appeals, claiming their homes are no longer worth what they initially paid. When asked to provide an estimate of their condos’ worth, some residents answered with $0, $1 and $2. Before the tower’s foundation issues were revealed, many of its condos were valued at more than $1 million. – SFE
Vin Scully signed off for the last time during the San Francisco Giants-Los Angeles Dodgers game on Sunday afternoon. Although Scully is known for being the play-by-play announcer of the Dodgers, he relished the opportunity to say good-bye in San Francisco. He was visited in the booth by San Francisco Giants president Larry Baer and Hall of Famer Willie Mays during the game, which ended in a 7-1 win for the Giants. Scully’s career lasted 67 years. – USAT
The four-floor penthouse on top of San Francisco’s Clock Tower is for sale, and it comes with exclusive access to the iconic Clock Tower room. For $6.9 million, buyers will get two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a game room, and a library. The room that houses the building’s clock is relatively maintenance-free – the building’s homeowners association takes care of it as needed. – FPH
WHAT TO DO THIS WEEK
Get Ready for Dreamforce: Salesforce’s annual conference, Dreamforce, is set to kick off on Tuesday, Oct. 4 and continue through Friday, Oct. 7. The event will feature breakout sessions on utilizing Salesforce to its maximum potential, as well as a concert by U2. Full conference passes are sold out, but sponsors and analysts can register with a code. The event will also be streamed online. “There was so much to see and do that I couldn’t get it all done! I could have leveraged an entire second week!” – Brent Downey, AdminHero.com
Enjoy Fleet Week: Fleet Week has officially begun in San Francisco, and activities will continue through Monday, Oct. 10. Air shows will be hosted throughout the week, offering fun for the entire family. Tickets start at $55.00 for premium box seats (Friday), and vary depending on the show. “When the Blue Angels came out, it was very exciting since they were very loud and knew how to put on a show!” – AJ C., Yelp
Prepare to Rock Out: Gwen Stefani (formally of No Doubt) will be performing at the Shoreline Amphitheatre (1 Amphitheatre Pkwy, Mountain View) on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. Tickets start around $30.00. “Her singing — and, more important, what her singing is saying — is always front and center, which gives the music an intimate quality even at its most polished.” – Mikael Wood, Los Angeles Times
A fire broke out in the Inner Mission neighborhood on Saturday afternoon, displacing nine people. They have receiving housing assistance from the American Red Cross, and the cause of the fire is now under investigation. No injuries were reported.
A 30-year-old man and 34-year-old woman waiting for a bus at 16th and Mission streets on Thursday were allegedly attacked by three men in their early 20s. The male victim was struck on the head, and the female was threatened before they stole her shoes and fled on-foot. No arrests were made, and the man is recovering from his injury.
A 35-year-old man was allegedly stabbed in the leg by a 41-year-old man at the intersection of Haight and Stanyan streets near Golden Gate Park on Thursday. A knife was recovered at the scene, and police arrested the suspect. The victim was taken to the hospital for his wounds after the incident.
ON SMART CITY INITIATIVES
At the end of September, the White House announced that it would be adding funds to its smart city projects across the country, and San Francisco is one of many cities that will work closely on smart city initiatives.
The federal government’s “Smart Cities Initiative” is dedicated to making it easier for metropolises, universities, and the private sector to collaborate on tech projects. When it launched last year, the government put $160 million into federal research and technology collaborations. Now, an extra $80 million is going into the project.
The White House has formed new partnerships with several cities, including San Francisco. Specifically, the White House will work the city to improve transportation. The University of California-San Francisco is also getting more involved in the “Better Buildings Initiative,” led by the U.S. Department of Energy. The goal of the initiative is to enhance the energy efficiency of commercial and residential buildings alike.
UCSF intends to expand its “Connected Commissioning” program. This permits the use of diagnostics and data to help commission major building renovations. The objective is to ensure that these projects operate efficiently as soon as they begin.
Since the 2005 fiscal year, UCSF has reduced its total campus-wide energy use by 10 percent, despite adding five new offices, five laboratories, one housing building, and one community center.
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