Inside San Francisco - October 10th, 2016

Inside San Francisco (Oct 10th, 2016)

 Today's forecast is partly cloudy with a high/low of 62/53 F. 
Commuter service will soon begin running between San Francisco and Berkeley. This comes after the California Public Utilities Commission approved a proposal from businessman Dick Blum. Water taxis will run across the bay with service from Tideline and Prop. “Unlike the bigger lines, we can offer cities an inexpensive look at public ferries without a 10-year, multimillion-dollar commitment on their part,” said Prop CEO James Jaber. – SFC

A boat carrying 30 people capsized near Pier 45 on Saturday, but all passengers have been accounted for, according to public officials. A total of eight people needed to be transported to local hospitals for injuries. However, everyone is expected to survive. "This could have been really, really catastrophic," said Bob Postel from the SFFD. "For this to have the outcome that it did, is really a lot of good fortune and good luck." – NBCBA

The Bay Area broke the record for the number of smog advisory days in a single season over the weekend. Temperatures rose into the 80s and light offshore winds combined with motor vehicle exhaust to create unhealthy air conditions. “This is a wake-up call that we must reduce the number of cars on Bay Area roads,” said Jack Broadbent, the air district’s executive officer. “Increased employment rates and traffic congestion underscore the need to find alternatives to driving alone.” – SFG

The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission will create a plan to address rising sea levels. “We need to take stock of what’s vulnerable, and prepare a response that makes ourselves more resilient and prosperous,” said Larry Goldzband, executive director of the commission. The plan is to be created within the next three years, and it will focus on how to adapt to sea level changes. Daily tides could climb 66 inches by 2100, according to a study conducted by the National Research Council. – SFG

Golden Gate Park’s unofficial bike lanes, installed by activist group SF Transformation (SFMTrA), will be left in place by the city. "At this specific location, we plan to leave the SFMTrA posts in place until we can install our own," said SFMTA spokesman Paul Rose. SF Transformation is responsible for the markers, which are meant to create more safety for cyclists. – HL

The Italian Heritage Parade drew large crowds to San Francisco on Sunday. Hosted by the Columbus Day Parade nonprofit, the parade has been around since 1866. It was originally known as the Columbus Day Parade, but it was renamed in 1993. “It’s special because it’s a chance to represent my heritage,” said Alexandra Cotroneo, who rode a float as Queen Isabella this year. “Not just the past tradition, but also the present.” – SFG

  • Oakland’s privacy commissioners are questioning the Oakland Police Department’s desire to use a device known as Hailstorm. The product can gather information from cell phones, such as phone conversations and text messages. The OPD claims it only wants to use Hailstorm for location information.
  • Annapurna in Oakland is becoming the new go-to spot for Nepalese-Indian cuisine, according to food writer Luke Tsai. The menu includes everything from butter chicken to goat curry. “Annapurna represents something that ‘The Town’ has been sorely lacking: a tolerably good everyday Indian restaurant,” writes Tsai.
  • City council candidate Peggy Moore now reportedly has $62,000 in unpaid debt. This debt can be attributed to TV ads and campaign literature, according to her campaign finance records. Moore says she intends to pay off her polling bill of $15,000 in accordance with campaign laws before the 45-day deadline.
See a Live Archaeological Dig: Archaelogists working on uncovering El Presidio de San Francisco, the Spanish-colonial archaeological site, are allowing the public to watch them work every Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Saturday, Oct. 15. Registration is free.

Check Out a Business Happy Hour: The Local Business Happy Hour will be hosted by Townsquared San Francisco on Wednesday, Oct. 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (242 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco). Network with other locals who work in the Bay Area. Registration is free.

Learn About Cryptocurrency Online: The “Crypto-Currencies – What is Coming?” online educational session will be held by Bay Pay Forum on Thursday, Oct. 13 between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. There will be a panel discussion including Kristen Stone (Coinbase), Kyle Matson (Ribbit Capital), and Scott Robinson (Plug and Play FinTech). Registration for non-members is $60.00.
Richmond Mayor Tom Butt has expressed his sympathies to a 41-year-old man who was attacked by three men on Sept. 25 in what some are calling a hate crime. They allegedly cut off victim Maan Singh Khalsa’s hair and physically harmed him. Khalsa is a member of the local Sikh community. The case is being reviewed by a district attorney, and one suspect is still at large. Two men have been arrested in connection with the crime.
San Francisco police say that at least three women were robbed of their cell phones last Thursday. The incidents occurred near Powell and Market streets, Church and Market streets, and 14th Avenue. Suspects were arrested in the case that occurred near Powell and Market streets, but the others are still at large.
Two men have been arrested in the suspected shooting and killing of Joshua Mejia back on July 17. Tony Gonzalez, 25, was taken into custody this weekend. Francisco Heredia, 23, the other suspect, was already in custody when police linked him to the crime. Mejia was shot after leaving a bar on Geary Street earlier this summer.
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