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Inside San Francisco (Nov 1st, 2016)

 Tomorrow's forecast is sunny sun with a high/low of 65/52 F. Thursday will be mostly sunny with a high/low of 68/51 F.

McDonalds has agreed to pay $3.7 million to settle a federal lawsuit after a San Francisco franchise owner allegedly cheated workers out of wages. Joe Sellers, the attorney for the workers, notes that this is the first time McDonald’s has committed to paying workers for violations committed by the franchise. The 2014 lawsuit is one of many in favor of a court order designating McDonald’s as a joint employer of workers at its franchises. Joint employer status would make the fast food company responsible for employee working conditions. – AP

There are 38 percent more homes on the market in San Francisco compared to this time last year, according to SocketSite. Additionally, there are twice as many homes that have had their asking prices reduced at least once. The number of single-family houses for sale (345) is 38 percent higher than it was during this period last year. SocketSite projects listed inventory levels to drop through December. – SS

New pop-up vendors are set to join the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market this winter. During this period, there is typically a drop in farm stands around the city. As a result, pop-ups have a large opportunity to gain exposure, according to Marcy Coburn, executive director of the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA). “CUESA, since moving back to the Ferry Building in 2004, has sort of unofficially incubated 55 percent of the businesses inside the Ferry Building,” said Coburn. Seven vendors are set to join this winter. – SFG

Waves as tall as three-story buildings could hit Bay Area beaches later this week, according to the National Weather Service. Large waves called “sneaker waves” could roll in after periods of calm. In turn, unaware beachgoers could be pulled into the water. "Beach visitors are encouraged to remain away from and out of the water during this swell event,” the NWS wrote in a statement. The largest waves will take place between Thursday and Friday. – SFG

An annual report suggests that there has been an increase in hypodermic needles and human feces on the sidewalks of San Francisco. The Street and Sidewalk Maintenance Standards report indicates that there was a 41 percent jump in needles between the 2015 and 2016 fiscal year. Human waste is up 39 percent during the same period. However, street and sidewalk litter appears to be decreasing across the city. – HL

COMMUNITY NEWS: RICHMOND
  • Four Richmond police officers will be fired in connection with the Oakland police sex scandal, according to city officials. The city claims that the officers violated the RPD rules and ethics. Eleven Richmond officers were investigated as a result of the scandal, but none committed a criminal offense.
     
  • The town held its first 23rd Street Trick-or-Treat event on Monday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. PT. Hundreds attended the inaugural event, which was geared to providing locals with treats and family activities to celebrate Halloween.
     
  • One 19-year-old Richmond native is encouraging local students to think positive. Malachi Alexander Sanders, who now lives in Las Vegas, is completing training to earn his license to fly commercial airplanes. “I just want to let my fellow friends, family and kids out there know in case they ever feel down or need motivation that good things come out of Richmond,” he says.
WHAT TO DO THIS WEEK

See Joan Baez: American folk singer and activist Joan Baez will be performing on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. PT at the Fox Theater (1807 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland). Tickets start at around $105.00. “Across the near-capacity show's 90 minutes, Baez didn't come off as a folk legend, but a personable singer-songwriter playing an unassuming house concert among friends.” – Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel



For UX Professionals: The 2016 Service Experience Conference is being held between Thursday, Nov. 3 and Friday, Nov. 4 at the Parc 55 Hotel (55 Cyril Magnin St., San Francisco). Speakers include Kristin Hughes (Carnegie Mellon), Scott Chesrown (VROOM), and Rhiannon Zivin (Grubhub). Full conference passes start at $1,895.00.

For Math and Family Fun: Family Math Night will be held by the Marin Family STEAM Team on Wednesday, Nov. 2 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. PT (1001 Santa Fe Avenue, Albany). The event includes math games and puzzles for families, and pizza will be provided for attendees. Registration is free.

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