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Inside San Francisco (Oct 19th, 2016)

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 Today's forecast is sunny with a high/low of 69/53 F. 
 
Airbnb says it is working to prevent San Francisco hosts from unlawfully advertising multiple listings. However, some hosts may be able to appeal for exceptions, depending on their specific situation. The restrictions are expected to go into effect on Airbnb beginning on Nov. 1. Back in April, the company said it was already working to crack down on illegal commercial operators in the city. – SFG

A think tank report suggests that San Francisco housing affordability could worsen in the future. Researchers examined 15 different housing policies, either currently enforced or under consideration. “Controversial development requirements” was at the top of the list of factors that could have the largest negative impact on affordability. The elimination of rent control and the implementation of development moratoriums were also on the list in the report from the Bay Area Council Economic Institute. – SFC

Representatives from crime prevention organizations met this week to discuss Mission gang violence. Officials from San Francisco’s Gang Task Force Unit, as well as police from Mission and Ingleside stations, came together with locals to discuss how to address the area’s recent rise in crime. Over the past two weeks, five people have been hospitalized as a result of shootings in the Mission and Bernal Heights. “Most of these, they are not random,” said Ingleside Police Captain Joseph MacFadden. – ML

One taxi driver in San Francisco has shed light on the difficulty of paying for a medallion to work in the city. When Harbir Batth purchased a medallion in 2012, he paid $250,000 with a loan. His earnings have substantially decreased with emergence of companies like Uber, and other taxi drivers are uninterested in purchasing his medallion. “All negative things that we were warning was going to happen if they start selling medallions has been happening, including (the) bottom dropping out of the industry, and now everybody owes all this money,” said Barry Korengold, co-founder of the San Francisco Taxi Workers Alliance. – KALW

A mural of San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick has unexpectedly appeared on a building in the Mission District. The unauthorized work was painted over a commissioned mural on 15th and Mission streets. "I appreciate peaceful protest, and I think art is a fantastic way for people to express themselves," said Amy Kozlowski, the building’s new tenant. The only hint left by the artist is a signature that reads “Dino.” – ABC7

A Bay Area rock band is planning to deliver its latest album to fans with ashes of one of its deceased members, for as long as supplies last. Negativland will release its album, “The Chopping Channel,” on Oct. 21 with two grams of Don Joyce’s ashes. Joyce died of heart failure back in 2015. "This is not a hoax,” the band said in a statement. “We've decided to take ‘The Chopping Channel’ concept to its logical conclusion by 'productizing' an actual band member.” – NPR

COMMUNITY NEWS: SAN MATEO
  • A survey suggests that San Mateo teachers are interested in living in workforce housing developments. Conducted by the district’s board of trustees, the survey indicated that 39 percent said they would be “very interested” in affordable workforce housing. Thirteen percent said they were “uncertain,” but might consider it, and 55 percent are already considering relocating due to the high cost of living.
     
  • A secondhand account of a male with a gun near San Mateo High School was reported to San Mateo police on Tuesday morning. It prompted the “secure campus” safety protocol to go into effect until officers could respond. As it turned out, a verbal confrontation involving three males occurred near Eldorado Street and Poplar Avenue, and one simulated holding a gun. The men eventually left the area without incident, according to police, and the school campus was cleared.
     
  • The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a five-year pilot program to increase the living wage for service contractors and subcontractors to $17.00 per hour. This will apply to those who are doing business within the county, and it will be enforced starting on January 1.
WHAT TO DO THIS WEEK
Get Tickets for Disney on Ice: Disney on Ice’s “Passport to Adventure” show will be coming to the Oracle Arena (7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland) starting on Wednesday, Oct. 26. The event features kids' favorite Disney characters, including Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. Tickets and show times vary. “Our family enjoyed every minute of the show. I was as amazed as my 3 year old.” – Anonymous, Ticketmaster



Learn More About Disruption in Transportation: The C3 Connected Mobility Summit will be hosted on Thursday, Oct. 20 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. PDT at Dogpatch Studios (991 Tennessee Street, San Francisco). Speakers include Karl Brauer (Kelley Blue Book), Pasula Reddy (Continental ITS) and Sarah Pilewski (Quid). Tickets are $150.00.

Tour a Real Water Treatment Plant: There will be a free tour of the Southeast Wastewater Treatment Plant held by the SF Public Utilities Commission on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PDT. Attendees will be able to see how the infrastructure provides water to the city. Registration is free.
CRIME ROUND-UP
Four teenagers were shot in the shared parking lot of two San Francisco high schools yesterday, according to officials. The teens were being let out from class at the June Jordan School for Equity and City Arts and Technology High School, which share a campus. Police are now searching for four male suspects who were seen fleeing the area.

A female was pushed to the ground and robbed in the Fillmore District on Monday. The 25-year-old said that her attacker was another female, according to police. The incident occurred the intersection of Webster Street and Geary Boulevard. No arrests have been made.

A 55-year-old woman was robbed at gunpoint on Lombard Street on Monday, according to police. A man in his 30s took her possessions after showing her a handgun. No arrests have been made.
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