Inside San Francisco - November 4th, 2016

Inside San Francisco (Nov 4th, 2016)

 Tomorrow's forecast is partly cloudy with a high/low of 62/57 F. Sunday will be AM clouds/PM sun with a high/low of 64/53 F.

City Attorney Dennis Herrera has sued Millennium Partners, the developers of the sinking Millennium Tower. He claims that the builder failed to disclose the building’s foundation issues more than a year before units in the tower were placed on the market. Herrera also said that the developer had an obligation to inform prospective buyers, and keeping it under wraps gave it an unfair advantage over other developers competing for sales. – SFG

A fourth Oakland police officer has been charged in the sex scandal involving an underage teen. Terryl Smith, 30, of Citrus Heights faces five misdemeanor counts for accessing law enforcement databases five times between January and April. Smith allegedly gave information to the now 19-year-old woman at the center of the scandal, Celeste Guap, pertaining to her criminal record. Smith’s first court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 18. – CBSSF

The Wall Street Journal reports that San Francisco is looking to turnover its remaining public housing to private owners to attract private-sector investors. Thus far, the buyers have mostly been nonprofit affordable housing developers. A total of 2,058 housing units have been transferred from the San Francisco Housing Authority to private developers and nonprofits over the past few weeks. City officials reportedly feared that the units would otherwise become uninhabitable over time due to disrepair. – WSJ

A new five-story building with market-rate housing may soon be going up on 24th Street. Plans submitted to the City show a new building to be constructed over a mural-decorated parking lot. However, not everyone is pleased with the news. “Putting luxury condos on 24th Street is not what the plan is, especially in a time when we’re in a crisis, when we need affordable housing and we’re trying to preserve the community,” said Roberto Hernandez, founder of the anti-displacement group Our Mission No Eviction. – ML

San Francisco-headquartered Fitbit had its worst ever day on the stock market yesterday, with shares falling 30 percent. The company said it only expects to see sales growth between 2 and 5 percent in the fourth quarter, which includes the holiday season. "We continue to grow and are profitable. However, not at the pace previously expected," said CEO James Park. – MF

  • The 510 area code, which includes Berkeley, Alameda, Hayward, and Richmond, will soon be exhausted. The California Public Utilities Commission expects it to reach its limit by June 2019. As a result, a new area code will be phased in by the end of 2018. "Adding a new area code to the area now served by the 510 area code will provide additional prefixes and new telephone numbers for the 510 customers," said the commission.
  • A 44-year-old woman has been arrested on charges of child abuse, officials announced yesterday. Ingrid Perez of Richmond had been employed as a Berkeley nanny. According to investigators, she was seen physically abusing a six-month-old child while on the job. She was taken into custody on Monday.
  • Ashby Village, a Berkeley-based community organization, has launched a decluttering team. Led by Jean Goldman and Jean Hoehn, the Ashby Village Decluttering Team is helping older individuals clean their homes, which can be an emotional process. “Older people are warehousing their children’s memories when the children have no place to put them,” said Hoehn. With a group of volunteers, Hoehn and Goldman are now helping people throughout the Bay Area.

Indulge in Chinese Culture: The Chinese Historical Society of America Museum is reopening on Saturday, Nov. 5 (965 Clay St., San Francisco) with a brand new exhibition titled, “Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion.” Tours will be available throughout the day. General admission for adults is $15.00. “It's a smaller museum that perfectly relates the Chinese American experience in San Francisco.” – Steven W., Yelp

Be Involved in Your Community: FUSION (1922 Webster St., Oakland) is hosting its “Reboot Safety: Oakland” event on Saturday, Nov. 5 and Sunday, Nov. 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT each day. It will be the first hackathon hosted to combat police and community violence. Registration to participate is free.

Get Your Lil Wayne Tickets: The rapper will be performing with 2 Chainz at the Oracle Arena (7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland) on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. PT. Tickets start around $42.00.

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