Inside San Francisco - October 13th, 2016

Inside San Francisco (Oct 13th, 2016)


 Today's forecast is mostly cloudy with a high/low of 65/61 F. 
The U.S. Department of Justice claims that the San Francisco Police Department is biased against African-American residents in its use of force during traffic stops. Ronald Davis, the director of the Justice Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, identified “significant deficiencies.” He also noted a 24 percent higher chance of African-Americans being pulled over by police in the city, according to the Department. However, Davis specifically said, “We are not saying this is a result of any racial animus.” – NYT

Investors including Ron Conway, Michael Moritz and William Oberndorf have put thousands of dollars toward Proposition Q on homelessness. The ballot measure would give authorities the right to forcibly remove homeless tents from sidewalks after giving residents a 24-hour notice and access to a shelter. However, some argue that Proposition Q would do little to solve the actual homelessness issue in the city. "We’re just taking away someone’s tent and making them sleep on the cold concrete,” Jennifer Friedenbach, executive director of the Coalition on Homelessness. – TC

The National Park Service has stated that recreational beach fires will no longer be permitted at San Francisco’s Ocean Beach after Nov. 1. The ban will last through the end of February. Particulate matter that makes its way into the ocean can cause pollution to reach unhealthy levels, according to officials. Regulations are a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area’s first “no-burn” season. – CBSSF

The meatless “bleeding” burger from Impossible Foods is set to debut in San Francisco this week. It will be featured on menus at Jardinière and Cockscomb. The burger already debuted in New York City earlier this summer. It contains a plant-derived heme, a compound found in hemoglobin that gives real blood its red hue. “Probably 85 percent of the people who taste it wouldn’t know the difference,” said Jardinière owner Traci Des Jardins. – EATER

Local art collective Illuminate SF wants to illuminate the routes of the city’s subway system. The LightRail project, as it’s been called, would consist of two-mile-long tubes on each side of Market Street. They would have LED lights that detect Muni and BART trains in the subway and light up as they move. "The idea that this thing pulls people a little bit further up the street helps create that transformation,” said Illuminate co-founder Ben Davis. “I do want to break down those barriers." – END

Singer Tom Jones performed for a lively crowd at the San Francisco Masonic auditorium on Tuesday night. Women threw a pair of panties onto the stage as the 76-year-old performed ballads for about two hours. “San Francisco!” Jones said to the crowd. “We haven’t been here for a while. Don’t know why. We’ll have to straighten that out.” – SFG

COMMUNITY NEWS: HAYWARD
  • Shawn and Megan Livernoche, who own High Scores in Hayward, hope that their bar arcade will create a social community for local gamers. They opened their location in the city this past August. “A lot of gamers don’t leave their house,” said Megan Livernoche. “I think that a totally different social experience than like having to go head-to-head with somebody.” Admission starts at $5.00 and the machines require no coins.
     
  • The World Cube Association is set to hold the 2016 “Rubik’s Rumble” featuring Rubik’s cube competitors on Saturday, Oct. 22 at Hayward City Hall. Starting at 10:30 a.m. PDT, there will be “speed cubing” competitions, as well as demonstrations that are free for the public to watch. “The city has been supportive of not only the competition, but also by promoting cube solving to kids as a welcome respite from a world dominated by cell phones and other electronic devices,” said April Chan, founding board member of Friends of Speed Cubers.
     
  • The Hayward Police Department and Drug Enforcement Administration is encouraging locals to drop off their unused, unwanted prescription drugs next week. On Oct. 22, officials will allow residents to drop off the medications at the police department for proper elimination. This is the 12th medication disposal opportunity given to locals over the past six years.
WHAT TO DO THIS WEEK
For Literary Enthusiasts: The 2016 Litquake Festival is being held through Saturday, Oct. 15. There will be several speaking sessions and insight provided by published authors. Specific event times and admission prices vary, but many sessions are free. “Litquake is one of the greatest things about San Francisco - having an amazing literary festival is what makes a city civilized if you ask me.” – Adam J., Yelp



Refine Your Career Skills: The “Time for a Change!” workshop will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. PDT at the Bay Area Career Center (57 Post Street, San Francisco). Attendees will learn how to create an action plan to take their career in a new direction. Tickets are $145.00.

Get Spooked: The “Hops and Haunts” beer tour will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. PDT. Join others at the Mountain View Cemetery (5000 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland) to learn about the history of California brewers, and then visit Cato’s Ale House afterward for a drink. Tickets are $20.00.
CRIME ROUND-UP
San Francisco police shut down O’Farrell Street yesterday after a suspicious package was reported around noon. The item was later found to be a gym bag, and the streets reopened about one hour later.
 
A fire that broke out yesterday at the intersection of Castro, Market and 17th streets is being blamed on homeless people living in an outdoor encampment. A nearby resident says he has witnessed several homeless individuals hanging clothes inside of the camp. However, police say the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
 
Oakland police are still searching for burglary suspects who were seen breaking into a house near the 2600 block of Wallace Street off of 14th Avenue on Tuesday. A perimeter was set up around the neighborhood, but the suspects were not caught.
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