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Inside San Francisco (Oct 17th, 2016)

 Today's forecast is partly cloudy with a high/low of 64/54 F. 
Hundreds of BART riders were able to test a new three-car train over the weekend with fresh display monitors, extra doors, and real-time maps. The train was at Pleasant Hill Station this past Saturday, and it is set to undergo overnight testing within the next two weeks. The ceilings are about five inches higher, and seats are slightly narrower. There are also four less seats per car. Daytime tests will begin running in early 2017. – SFG

The first condo has sold in the Millennium Tower since news broke of its flawed foundation. Unit No. 18F was sold on Sept. 8, about five weeks after it was confirmed that the building is sinking and tilting. The new buyers paid $2.3 million for the condo, which has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The price is $500,000 more than the last building’s most recent sale back in May 2012. – CURBED

Sen. Bernie Sanders hosted a rally in San Francisco to support Proposition 61 on Saturday. The former U.S. presidential contender was at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, where he spoke in support of Prop. 61. Under the proposition, prescription drug prices could be dropped state-wide for patients on Medicare. Under the new law, prescription drug prices would drop, as the state would be required to negotiate with drug companies to cap medication prices at the amount paid by the US Department of Veterans Affairs. – CBSSF

No refunds will be made to those who bought tickets to this past weekend’s Treasure Island Music Festival, despite heavy rain. Because 11 out of the 13 scheduled acts took the stage, Another Planet Entertainment executive VP Allen Scott reiterated that money will not be refunded. “Several factors were outside of our control, including the weather and the resulting delays in performances and artist transportation,” said festival organizers. – SFG

A total of 87 of the late Robin Williams’ bicycles are being auctioned off on Paddle8.com. During his time in San Francisco, Williams was known for cycling around the city. His children donated the 87 bicycles, and proceeds will go toward the Challenged Athletes Foundation and Reeve Foundation. “The sport of biking and the people Dad helped through his love of it, will always hold a special place in the hearts of our family,” Williams’ children said in a statement. – SFG

One homeless man supports the passing of Proposition Q, which would eliminate his sidewalk tent. Prop. Q could give San Francisco officials the option to close down homeless encampments within 24 hours, as long as they provide an alternative shelter option. “I want nothing more than to move off this damn street, get rid of this damn tent and get my life together with a real home,” said Steven Green, 54, who is homeless. Prop. Q will be on the ballot on Nov. 8. – SFC

COMMUNITY NEWS: OAKLAND
  • Wright & Brown Distilling Co. has officially opened, and it’s the first whiskey distillery to do so in Oakland in several years. Regulations dating back to the Prohibition era had previously limited on-site operations and tasting rooms. Now, Wright & Brown Distilling Co. is one of about 100 craft distilleries that has been able to open over the past decade since laws were tweaked.
     
  • Three affordable housing projects in Oakland have been awarded $50 million under a new state program. The Coliseum Connections (110 units), LakeHouse Commons (91 units) and Empyrean and Harrison hotel rehabilitation projects will all receive funding. Many of the units will be sold at below-market rates.
     
  • Oakland officials are now encouraging locals to report illegal dumping. Specifically, they are asking residents and business owners to snap photos of polluters’ license plates and submit them to the city. “The only way Oakland's going to change is the neighbors, the merchants, the residents get involved and active and don't leave that up to the city to take care of," said city councilman Noel Gallo.
WHAT TO DO THIS WEEK
Become More Culturally Aware: The “Understanding Cross-Cultural Business Encounters” discussion will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 19 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. PDT at the San Francisco Public Library (100 Larkin St., San Francisco). Cross-cultural trainer Sharmila Ghosh will be on hand to discuss how to communicate effectively, regardless of cultural barriers. The event is free.


 
Brush Up on Mobile Growth: The “Mobile Growth” networking event hosted by Wanelo, Reddit and Omni will be hosted on Tuesday, Oct. 18 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. PDT (101 15th St., San Francisco). Discussions will center around mobile marketing and engagement with reps from Wanelo, Omni and Reddit. Registration is free.

Sign Up for the Costume Crawl: The San Francisco Costume Crawl will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. PDT (2036 Lombard Street, San Francisco). Beer will start at $1.00, and there will be food specials at every ar. Registration is $20.00.
CRIME ROUND-UP
San Francisco police say that a suspect who was accused of shooting a police officer died on Sunday. Officer Kevin Downs and his partner confronted the suspect, who was supposedly threatening customers at the Lakeshore Shopping Center on Friday. Witnesses said they heard gunshots before the incident ended. Further details have not been released.
 
Acting police chief Toney Chaplin has stated that two recent murders in the Oceanview neighborhood are likely connected. Keron Lamotte and Phillip Gaston were both shot to death about a week ago, through in different areas. Chaplin did not reveal further details on the suspicion.  
 
The city of San Francisco has agreed to settle for an undisclosed amount with Teresa Sheehan, a schizophrenic woman who was shot by police officers eight years ago in her own home. Sheehan, who threatened a social worker with a knife, was charged with assault.
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