Inside San Francisco - November 2nd, 2016

Inside San Francisco (Nov 2nd, 2016)

 Tomorrow's forecast is mostly sunny with a high/low of 69/53 F. Friday will be AM clouds/PM sun with a high/low of 69/51 F.

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera has called the state’s money-based bail system “unconstitutional” and will not defend it in a federal lawsuit. Under California law, each county must post a schedule that automatically sets the amount of bail defendants have to pay for pre-arraignment release. "That creates a two-tiered system, one for those with money and one for those without," Herrera said. "It doesn't make anyone safer, it's not right and it needs to stop." – KTVU

An explosion at San Francisco’s Montgomery Street station impacted some BART riders late last night, but no injuries were reported. "It was like smoke, so then it was like, OK we should get out,” said Oakland rider Juan Lizarazo. “Then everybody get out and I immediately knew that it was going to take a long time.” Trains are now back to running on schedule, and morning delays were prevented by repairing the track. – ABC7

The man in a viral video depicting a Muni driver allegedly forcing him and his service dog off of a bus says it was not the first time such an incident had occurred. Tad Tadesse claims that he and his service dog Rosie, a pit bull, have been removed from Muni vehicles more than 20 times. In the recent video, SFMTA spokesman Paul Rose said service was not denied to Tadesse, but Tadesse says he was asked to leave the cable car. “I‘m kind of relieved that finally I might get help, especially on the lawyer front,” he said. – SFE

A video posted by a Millennium Tower resident demonstrating the building’s tilt has gone viral. Frank Jernigan placed a marble on his hardwood floor and allowed it to roll. In the footage, it changes direction. The 58-story tower, which has a definitive tilt as a result of a flawed foundation, was deemed safe last month by an engineer. However, residents are suiting the building’s developer, claiming their condos have lost value since the news of the foundation broke. – SFG

The third annual SF Urban Film Fest, developed to encourage civil engagement, will begin on Nov. 14 in downtown San Francisco. Storytelling through films and musical scores are a large part of the festival. This year, the theme is “Creating Just Cities,” with content focusing on topics including housing, gentrification and race. The festival was created “so people have an opportunity to share in collective experiences,” according to founder Fay Darmawi. – HL

  • The oldest Chinese-owed laundry business in the U.S. is shutting its doors. The 140-year-old Ching Lee Laundry in San Mateo is closing in an effort to end on a positive note, fearing closure due to high costs in the future. “Working 70 hours a week, [Dad] thinks it will just get harder or you won’t be able to pay the bills in the future,” said Jacque Yee, the business’ current owner. She is considering writing a book on the business’ history, and its proceeds would go to the San Mateo County Historical Society.
  • The owner of the Rite Aid Pharmacy in San Mateo is suing the developer of an office complex, claiming that the construction project is causing the store’s flooring to sink. In some areas, it has sank as much as nine inches, causing significant damage. The office complex developers are conducting dewatering, which temporarily removes water from the ground. The Rite Aid owner believes this could be the cause of the sinking floor.
  • San Mateo County election crews and local high schools have collaborated to train about 500 students to help at polling stations on Election Day. "They're really critical members of our election day team," said Mark Church, the county clerk and chief elections officer. "I think it's critical that we teach our youth the importance of voting and the importance of our election process." Thus far, student feedback has been positive.

Cheer on Runners: The Golden Gate Half Marathon will be held on Sunday, Nov. 6. The 13.1-mile route goes through San Francisco and cuts through the Golden Gate Bridge. Registration is still open for interested participants ($124.00). The marathon itself begins at 7 a.m. PT. “What I really liked about this race is that you were able to run across the GG Bridge on one side, run underneath & come out on the opposite side. The course is hilly but it is so worth the pain.” – Tarliena A., Facebook

Redefine the Traditional Narrative: The Books in Browsers VII event will be held between Thursday, Nov. 3 and Friday, Nov. 4 at Gray Area’s Grand Theater (2665 Mission St, San Francisco). The goal of the event is to examine how images and video work with text to form new narratives and instructional materials. Tickets cost $495.00.

Celebrate American Indian Culture: The American Indian Film Festival’s opening night is Friday, Nov. 4. It will begin with an awards show at 7 p.m. PT at the Fillmore Heritage Center (1310 Fillmore St., San Francisco). The festival is geared toward presenting the stories of American Indian culture, history and survival over the years. Tickets to the show are $25.00 at the door.

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