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Inside San Francisco (Nov 21st, 2016)

 Tomorrow's forecast is mostly cloudy with a high/low of 59/52 Fahrenheit. Wednesday will be sunny with a high/low of 58/47 Fahrenheit.

Despite strong winds and rain, hundreds of demonstrators walked down Market Street on Saturday in protest of President-elect Donald Trump. They chanted along the way, and minor traffic backups were reported in the area until they congregated at Civic Center Plaza around 3 p.m. PT. “When you look at the first appointment(s) Trump has made, that represents the core of power in the new Trump administration,” said Richard Becker, a participant and activist. “What they have in store we do not yet exactly know, but we can know this: It’s nothing good.” – SFG

Split, a new American restaurant, has opened its doors at 2300 Polk Street. Good Food Guys, the restaurant group that launched Mixt greens, is behind the debut of Split. It serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with dishes including Crispy Half Chicken and Grilled Hanger Steak. Patrons order at the counter, and then sit as they wait for their meals to be delivered to their table. There are 49 seats (no reservations) and patio seating. Split is open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. PT. – EATER

An eight-story building slated to go up on 333 12th Street in SoMa has received a key exemption for development. The project has been exempt from completing its own Environmental Impact Report. An EIR examines the likely environmental effects of a proposed project. The building, which is being proposed by Panoramic Interests, will have 200 micro-apartments. Twenty-one of these units will be offered at below-market rates. – SS

Luke’s Local, the first brick-and-mortar location of the online grocery company, is set to open in December. The location on 960 Cole Street is being constructed by business owner Luke Chappell, who is working hard to get the 2,900 square-foot space up to code ahead of the holiday cooking season. Luke’s Local will have a butcher/deli counter, beer, wine, and a coffee kiosk. Chappell’s father, Tom, is known for starting the brand Tom’s of Maine. – HL

Bay Area college students are attempting to raise awareness of harassment and discrimination facing Muslims on campus. “The number of hate incidents we’ve seen in the last week is ridiculously high,” said Saba Maher, civil rights coordinator for the San Francisco Bay Area Office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Students including 23-year-old Yasra Syed and 21-year-old Hana Ghanim are helping educate others on the hate incidents that Muslims are facing at schools, including San Francisco State University and Berkeley. – SFC

On “Saturday Night Live,” San Francisco-like cities were spoofed in a segment called “The Bubble.” If you’re an open-minded person, come here and close yourself in,” said “SNL’s” pitchman, as a city enclosed in a glass bubble was shown on-screen. “In here, it’s like the election never happened.” The segment poked fun at cities like San Francisco and New York, which are stereotypically home to Americans in disbelief over the 2016 U.S. presidential election results. – RECODE

COMMUNITY NEWS: OAKLAND
  • Next month, AC Transit will begin construction on a $204 million project that will connect the San Leandro BART station to 20th Street and Broadway in Oakland. However, not all residents are content with installment. “There is something really, really wrong when you have people who are afraid of improved bus service — that it is going to gentrify their neighborhood and displace them,” said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.
     
  • The California Center for Natural History is holding a free birdwatching event titled “Green Friday” on Nov. 25 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. PT at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park. The goal is to help locals relax, rather than stress over holiday shopping, and learn about the basics of birdwatching.
     
  • Five girls between the ages of 14 and 16 have been arrested as suspects in at least 20 strong-arm robberies and attempted robberies that occurred earlier this month. Piedmont police arrested the girls, all of whom are from Oakland. They later admitted to involvement in the crimes. Their victims ranged from ages 29 to 68.
HOW TO GIVE THANKS THIS WEEK

Cheer on the Racers: The Thanksgiving Day 5K in San Francisco will be held on Thursday, Nov. 24 at 8 a.m. PT under the Bay Bridge at the Embarcadero. Proceeds will go toward the local feed bank. Registration is still open; it is $45.00 per person.



Give Back: The Thanksgiving Day Outreach will be hosted on Thursday, Nov. 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. PT (230 Jones St., San Francisco). The goal is to deliver 7,000 hot meals to homes and serve 300 sit-down Thanksgiving dinners to those in need. The registration fee is $25.00.

Be an Angel: The Bridgewatch Angels Thanksgiving Day event for 2016 will be held on Thursday, Nov. 24 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. PT. Volunteers will be working to engage those who may be feeling loss, inadequacy, self-esteem or disconnection on the Golden Gate Bridge. Afternoon shift workers are still needed; it is free to volunteer.

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