Inside San Francisco - November 3rd, 2016

Inside San Francisco (Nov 3rd, 2016)

 Tomorrow's forecast is AM clouds/PM sun with a high/low of 69/52 F. Saturday will be partly cloudy with a high/low of 62/55 F.

Mayor Ed Lee has announced that 244 new permanent housing units will be created for San Francisco’s chronically homeless within three months. The units will be located in single-room occupancy hotels in the Mission, Tenderloin, and Mid-Market neighborhoods. “We are thrilled to provide new housing opportunities and hand over the keys to the new units to those who deserve the chance at a fresh start,” said Lee. The mayor is working with the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing on the initiative. – HL

A new study suggests that San Francisco and Oakland have some of the worst roads of any large urban area in the U.S. According to the report from Trip, 71 percent of both cities’ roads are in poor condition, about 11 percent more damaged roads than are found in Los Angeles. The Bay Area and its surrounding communities topped Trip’s report on poor roadways. “It’s a simple explanation,” said Will Kempton, executive director of the nonprofit advocacy group Transportation California. “We just haven’t invested enough in our infrastructure over the last couple of years.” – SFG

One man recently surveyed San Franciscans’ mood using colorful balls during the Market Street Prototyping Festival. The “Metro Moods” survey consisted of an encased wooden frame that allowed passerbys to insert colored balls to reflect their mood. Although the “data” was skewed due to random additions, creator Paul Jamtgaard considered it a success. “The Metro Moods installation gives us cues about how society is doing, allowing us to take action if citizens seem down,” he said. “The installation turned out to be a very meaningful conversation starter.” – HL

After losing its lease on Mission Street in 2015, the Cartoon Art Museum will soon return to a new spot on Beach Street. The museum’s executives were able to secure an 8,000 square-foot spot in a brick building on 781 Beach St. for the facility. “The real estate market in the Bay Area and especially San Francisco is so unpredictable, you can’t take anything for granted,” said museum curator Andrew Farago. “[But] we had confidence everything was going to work out.” – SFG

With the beginning of the Virtual Reality Developers Conference in San Francisco, attendees, exhibitors and investors are getting a closer look at the power of VR. Some of the products at this year’s events are designed for video games, while others are for practical situations. For example, these devices could one day be used to help consumers virtually shop online. “There are still a lot of obstacles for VR, but it’s pretty darn cool,” said Maggan Scavio with the Virtual Reality Developers Conference. – CBSSF

  • The Bike East Bay cycling advocacy group is voicing its support for more safety at an interchange Interstate Highway 880 in Hayward. Two people have died, and two others have suffered injuries at the interchange over the past 20 months. Plans to make alterations to the area have yet to be created or announced by city officials.
  • On Nov. 15, the Hayward City Council will hold a meeting to consider joining East Bay Community Energy. EBCE is being created to give locals more sustainable energy options. The community choice program would allow public agencies to purchase electricity on behalf of the city as early as fall 2017. Public input is welcome at the meeting, which will be at 7 p.m. PT.
  • Maria Hurtado has officially been appointed Assistant City Manager of Hayward, effective Nov. 28. She was appointed by City Manager Kelly McAdoo, and she will fill the vacancy created by McAdoo when she left the position in August 2016. “I am looking forward to working with the senior leadership team in Hayward and partnering with City Manager McAdoo,” said Hurtado. “Hayward is a dynamic city at the heart of the East Bay and has some exciting projects in the pipeline.”

Go Digital for Fashion: The Digital Fashion Hackathon is being held on Saturday, Nov. 5 and Sunday, Nov. 6 at StartupHouse (934 Howard St., San Francisco). Attend to learn how to build apps for your own fashion startup or projects. Tickets are $20.00 ($30.00 at the door).

Get into VR: The two-day VR Bootcamp seminar will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5 and Sunday, Nov. 6 at RevolutionSF (479 Jessie St., San Francisco). The event will consist of seminars, live demos, and classes on mastering virtual reality. Tickets are $550.00.

Learn More About Blockchain: The Social Impact of Blockchain conference will be held on Friday, Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. PT (717 Market St., San Francisco). Throughout the event, discussions will be held on all things Blockchain – who owns Blockchain? Is Blockchain dependable? How will it evolve? Tickets are $80.00.

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