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Inside San Francisco (Oct 14th, 2016)

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A city supervisor has proposed legislation that would cap how long a housing unit could be rented to tenants via short-term rental companies, such as Airbnb. Board of Supervisors President London Breed made the proposal, which would put a hard cap of 60 days on every rental. Currently, hosts can rent out units without limit, but only for a maximum of 90 days if they are not on-site with tenants. – SFE

The San Francisco Police Commission says a report from the U.S. Department of Justice will impact its search for a new police chief. “We received the over 400-page DOJ report and are factoring that into the process in identifying the best candidates to advance to the mayor,” said Commission President Suzy Loftus. The report, released earlier this week, claimed the SFPD does a poor job of tracking its officers’ use of force. It also alleged that its antibias training is ineffective. – SFE

San Francisco author Dave Eggers has started a new musical initiative to rally against Donald Trump. Called “30 Days, 30 Songs,” Eggers has recruited musicians to release new protest music. “None of these musicians support Trump, of course, so it occurred to me that this election would benefit from the timely resurrection of the political protest song,” said Eggers. Back in 2012, Eggers hosted a project called “90 Days, 90 Reasons” to endorse President Obama’s re-election. – SFC

Plans have officially been drawn to create the first major development in the Excelsior District in 25 years. A 134-unit building would be erected in the spot where the Valente Marini Perata & Co. funeral home is situated on 4840 Mission Street. It would include 113 affordable apartments and 20 market-rate townhouses. There is also 8,300 square feet of space on the lot for commercial development. – SS

Former Democratic primary candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders will be in San Francisco tomorrow. He will be speaking at a rally at 10 a.m. PDT for State Senate candidate Jane Kim, to be held at Kim’s Civic Center campaign headquarters on Grove Street. Afterward, both Kim and Sanders will take to the streets to continue the rally. “I’m honored and grateful to have Senator Sanders’ support and I’m so excited he will be joining me again in San Francisco," said Kim. – HL

The Lion Pub in Pacific Heights has closed after 48 years of business. The bar, which is located on 2062 Divisadero St., was forced to shut its doors after the death of owner Kelly Ellis. It was originally opened in 1968 and was a go-to for the city’s gay residents back in the 1970s. There is no word yet on how the pub will be repurposed, or what might replace it in the building as of yet. – HL

COMMUNITY NEWS: BERKELEY
  • The fourth annual Uncharted Festival of Ideas is running through tomorrow at The Berkeley Repertory Theatre and the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse. Speakers include author Zahra Noorbakhsh, food writer Mark Bittman, and playwriter Eve Ensler. “We can never predict what happens when an inclusive group of people gather to debate and discuss the key issues of our time, and that’s why curating this festival is something we look forward to each year,” said Lance Knobel, program curator.
     
  • There are now plans to open a new restaurant next door to PIQ, the Italian cafe on Shattuck Ave. Radici, as it has been named, will be created by the owners of PIQ, which is undergoing a renovation of its own. The restaurant will feature an entirely organic menu with several pasta dishes.
     
  • Berkeley resident and author Lucy Jane Bledsoe will be speaking about her latest novel, “A Thin Bright Line,” at the Laureal Bookstore in Oakland this Sunday. She has written five novels, two collections, and seven children’s books. Her latest novel addresses her aunt, who passed away in a fire when she was a child.
WHAT TO DO THIS WEEKEND
Learn about Mixology: There are a few tickets still remaining for the “Introduction to Mixology” session hosted by SF Mixology on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. PDT (124 Ellis Street, San Francisco). The hands-on event will give attendees a closer look at the skills associated with bartending. Tickets are $199.00.



For Free Beer: There will be a free craft beer tasting at The Epicurean Trader (401 Cortland Avenue, San Francisco) on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. PDT. Sufferfest beer, which is locally produced in San Francisco, will be available for tasting. The event is free.

For Career Leads: The San Francisco Bay Area Cannabis Career & Job Fair will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. PDT at the Hyatt Regency (5 Embarcadero Center). There will be dozens of employers on hand to discuss a variety of careers in the cannabis industry. Job seekers can attend for free.
CRIME ROUND-UP
Police have concluded that a fire that displaced six people on Sept. 6 was deliberately set. The fire raged in a three-story residential building at Haight and Octavia streets. Despite the conclusion, police have not released further details on the case.

Police are still searching for the suspect in an armed robbery that occurred last Sunday in Washington Square Park. A 23-year-old male was seated on a bench when an armed suspect flashed his gun and asked him for his belongings. The suspect has not been seen since he fled.

A man was knocked unconscious and robbed in the Tenderloin on Wednesday, according to police. The 36-year-old suffered injuries to his mouth and face, but they are not life threatening. When he awoke, his cell phone and wallet were missing. No arrests have been made.
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