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Inside San Francisco (Nov 9th, 2016)

 Tomorrow's forecast is partly cloudy with a high/low of 72/55 Fahrenheit. Friday will be mostly cloudy with a high/low of 65/57 Fahrenheit.

A federal court judge denied a request for a preliminary injunction against a city law that criminalizes short-term rental companies for collecting fees on unregistered properties in the city. U.S. District Judge James Donato added that Airbnb, specifically, will not be prohibited from listing rentals or monitoring what is posted on the site. However, he asked lawyers in the case to meet next week to discuss the matter. At the moment, San Francisco has no method for short-term rental companies to determine if a property is registered with the city. – LAT

About 1,500 students – half of the student body – walked out of Berkeley High School this morning before 9 a.m. local time. The students were demonstrating frustration following the U.S. presidential election. Students tweeted “#NotMyPresident” while chanting “Si se puede,” or “Yes we can.” After Donald Trump gave his victory speech early this morning, approximately 2,000 people rallied at UCLA as well. – LAT


People protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline shut down Van Ness and Market yesterday morning. Locals posted on social media that some of them appeared to have smoke devices, and Muni buses faced severe delays as a result of the protest. The individuals had signs that read “No DAPL” and “What they do to the water, they do to us.” The construction of the controversial pipeline is set to begin its final stage, which will involve drilling underneath a lake. – HL

Plans for two residential towers in Oakland’s Chinatown have been revised, and they will soon be presented to the city for approval. The developers want to increase the amount of retail and commercial space to 9,600 square feet from about 9,100 square feet. However, its height would decrease, and the number of housing units would go from 380 units to 160. The original plan for the project on 325 Seventh Street was approved in 2011. – SS

Yvonne’s Southern Sweets in Bayview is now celebrating 10 years in business. The shop held a party over the weekend, drawing locals who wanted to celebrate with owner Yvonne Hines and enjoy samples. “Ten years went by really fast, but it was a sweet journey," said Hines. She also said she would like to open another shop, but would keep her location in Bayview, which she considers her home. – HL

A vehicle crashed into the Art Institute’s UN Plaza early this morning. It remains unclear whether the driver of the vehicle was detained after the incident, or if there were injuries immediately after the event. The San Francisco Police Department has not released further details at this time. This story is developing. – HL

  • Voters have rejected San Mateo’s Measure Q, which would have instituted rent control. Approximately 60 percent of local voters opposed the ballot initiative. The San Mateo County Association of Realtors and the California Apartment Association spent about $1 million to oppose Measure Q, as well as Measure R, which proposed rent stabilization in Burlingame.
  • Daly City Vice Mayor David Canepa will join the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors. He beat Daly City Councilman Mike Guingona in a race for the District 5 seat. “I’m extremely grateful for all those who have helped us,” Canepa said. “I look forward to working with my future colleagues on the county Board of Supervisors.”
  • Palo Alto Councilman Marc Berman won the race for California’s 24th Assembly District, which includes the San Mateo County coastside from El Granada to the Santa Cruz County border. He beat out Democrat Vicki Veenker, and obtained the most votes in San Mateo County. “I’m really excited to get to work on all of these issues to better the 24th Assembly District and all of California,” said Berman.

Learn More About Robots: Galvanize San Francisco (44 Tehama St., San Francisco) is hosting a “Robotics as a Platform” event from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. PT. The event will cover how robots can help bridge the gap between humans and technology. Attendance is free.

See Japanese Art: The Sculptural Turn exhibit at the Asian Art Museum is now open (200 Larkin St., San Francisco). The exhibit features the work of artists including Miwa Kazuhiko, Kondo Takahiro, and Mihara Ken. General admission and special exhibition tickets for adults cost $20 on weekdays, $25 on weekends. “I was pleasantly surprised when I went to the Asian Art Museum. It held a lot more than I thought it would, but didn't feel cluttered.” – Vira S., Yelp

For Machine Learning Professionals: The 2016 Machine Learning Conference will be held on Friday, Nov. 11 at Hotel Nikko (222 Mason St., San Francisco). The event, which features presentations, will have guest speakers including Rajat Monga (TensorFlow) and Guy Lebanon (Netflix). Tickets are $350.00.

Here is a quick overview of ballot proposition results for San Francisco, as of 1:59 p.m. ET.
  • A $744.2 million bond measure for schools was approved with 79 percent voting “Yes” on Proposition A. It required 55 percent of the vote.
  • A parcel tax for the City College of San Francisco was approved with 79 percent voting “Yes” on Proposition B. It required two-thirds of the vote.
  • A $250 million bond loan program for seismic upgrades was approved with 75 percent voting “Yes” on Proposition C. It required two-thirds of the vote.
  • A total of 52.9 percent of voters rejected Proposition D, which would have required the mayor to appoint a temporary replacement to fill a vacancy in city government. However, the individual could not run in the replacement election.
  • The $19 million-per-year cost for tree maintenance has been transferred from the city to property owners, with 78 percent approving Proposition E.
  • Proposition F, which would have allowed 16 and 17-year-olds to vote in local elections, needed a majority to pass. A total of 47.3 percent voted in favor of the proposition.
  • Voters approved Proposition G, which renames the Office of Citizen Complaints as the Department of Police Accountability. It will also conduct reviews of how the Police Department and Police Commission handle allegations of officer misconduct. About 79 percent voted “Yes.”
  • A total of 53 percent voted against Proposition H, which creates a position of Public Advocate.
  • A fund will be created to support seniors and adults with disabilities, with 66.4 percent voting to approve Proposition I.
  • About 66 percent of voters approved Proposition J, which will create of a fund for housing and homeless services.
  • The majority voted against Proposition K, which would raise the city sales tax to fund homelessness services and transportation. About 65 percent said “No” to the initiative.
  • A total of 55 percent of voters were against Proposition L, which would have given the Board of Supervisors power to appoint three of the seven members of the Municipal Transportation Agency's Board of Directors.
  • Voters were against Proposition M, which would have created a Housing and Development Commission to oversee the Mayor's Office of Housing. A total of 56.5 percent voted “No.”
  • A total of 52.6 percent voted in favor of Proposition N, which allows non-citizens with children in city schools to vote in elections for the Board of Education.
  • The majority of voters supported Proposition O, which exempts the commercial development planned for the Hunters Point Shipyard project from the city's cap on office space. Approximately 52 percent voted “Yes.”
  • About 67 percent voted against Proposition P, which would have required at least three competitive bids for nonprofit affordable housing projects.
  • The majority of voters – 52.8 percent – supported Proposition Q, which allows the city to close tent encampments if it gives 24 hours' notice and has shelter beds for those evicted.
  • A total of 54.5 percent voted against Proposition R, which requires the creation of a neighborhood crime unit in the police department.
  • Proposition S, which would require the city to designate 16 percent of hotel tax revenue to go to arts and family homelessness organizations, failed to pass. It needed two-thirds of the vote to pass, and only 62.9 percent approved the initiative.
  • A total of 87 percent of voters approved Proposition T, which prohibits lobbyists from giving unlimited travel gifts to elected officials. It also restricts their campaign contributions and bundled contributions.
  • Proposition U was rejected, with 64.9 percent voting against the measure, which would have raised the maximum income level for qualifying for subsidized affordable housing.
  • Proposition V, also known as the “soda tax,” was approved with 61.9 percent of “Yes” votes. It will create a one cent-per-ounce tax on sugary beverages.
  • Proposition W, which will transfer taxes on high-value properties to pay for resources such as community colleges, was approved with 61.9 percent voting “Yes.”
  • The majority of voters approved Proposition X, which requires conditional use authorization permits for conversion of space for industrial use in the Mission and South of Market. A total of 59.4 percent voted “Yes.”
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