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Inside San Francisco (Nov 22nd, 2016)

 Tomorrow's forecast is partly cloudy with a high/low of 59/47 Fahrenheit. Thursday will be sunny with a high/low of 58/49 Fahrenheit.

San Francisco will hire a consultant to lay out the options for deploying citywide fiber internet service. The city may be able to build a network and act as its own internet service provider to connect every building in San Francisco, or it could share the construction and operation of a fiber internet system with commercial partners. It might also offer incentives to private firms to build a physical network. “Every option is on the table,” said San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrell. – LAT

Mayor Ed Lee promoted local retailers yesterday in an effort to encourage residents to “shop small” on Small Business Saturday. The day after Black Friday is often referred to as Small Business Saturday to promote the support of local retailers. "We can help the workforce with a higher wage, help their families, but we also need to do our share, which is let's make sure we support all of our small businesses," said Lee, who also used his necktie as an example of items consumers can buy in their own city. – ABC7

Theresa Pak Wang, the sister of the late Rose Pak, claims that the activist’s funeral was “phony” and she was not immediately cremated. Wang accuses her younger sister, Joanna Pak Kish, of removing the body from a crematorium to undergo a private autopsy. Wang says her sibling is “cheating all the people who believed a funeral took place and the body was cremated afterward.” The two sisters now have more than half a dozen attorneys between them to handle the matter. – ML

After a nine-hour meeting, the San Francisco Planning Commission voted 4-3 to deny an appeal against a 12-story development. Q Foundation activists Brian Basinger and Rick Galbreath are looking to designate the development’s proposed area as an official LGBTQ historic district. They were attempting to file an appeal that would have required the developers to conduct a full environmental impact review. The location along 950-974 Market Street is where some of the first gay bars in the city originally opened. The 12-story structure will result in the demolishment of buildings in the area. – HL

Two blocks of Stockton Street will temporarily become a pedestrian plaza this coming Friday, and it will be in place through New Year’s Day. Food vendors, retailers, and entertainers are expected to occupy the space while it’s closed off to vehicles. The area, which will also have a beer garden and choirs singing Christmas carols, is situated above the Central Subway construction project. “I think they should make it for pedestrians all year,” said Monterey resident Harold Lehon. – SFG

A five-alarm fire that caused $14 million in damage to buildings on Mission Street was likely caused by a cigarette or barbecue charcoals, according to a fire department investigation. The blaze, which occurred on June 18, did not appear to be set intentionally, according to investigators. It likely began on the back of the roof of the building on 3316 Mission Street before spreading. “It was a total loss,” said Adrianna Karp, who worked in the Cole Hardware store that perished in the fire. “It was very eerie and surreal. The ceiling dropped off, the floor fell through.” – KQED

COMMUNITY NEWS: RICHMOND
  • School board member Sandra Lee Fewer has officially won the race to represent the Richmond District and nearby communities on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. This comes after updated returns from the Nov. 8 election were reviewed and results were released yesterday. Fewer was initially elected to the school board back in 2008.
     
  • Riggers Loft will be hosting an event on Dec. 3 to help the community get in the holiday spirit. There will be more than 35 wines and ciders on hand for a tasting event at 1325 Canal Boulevard from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. PT. Non-members can attend the event for $45.00, and there will be live music and food on hand as well.
     
  • The Kennedy High School football team lost to Piedmont, 16-8, in the North Coast Section Division IV quarterfinals on Saturday. The Eagles had finished 10-2 in the regular season, making it their best since 1988.  
     
WHAT TO DO THIS WEEK

Learn More About Local Heritage: A docent-led heritage exhibition tour will be held at the Presidio Officers’ Club (50 Moraga Ave., San Francisco) this Saturday, Nov. 26 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. PT. Docents will be on hand to provide new insight into American history from a West Coast point of view. The event is free.



Go International for Thanksgiving: A Thanksgiving concert and international vegetarian dinner will be hosted by Badarikashrama (15602 Maubert Ave., San Leandro) on Thursday, Nov. 24 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. PT. There will be live music from Sri Srikanth Chary, who has been professionally trained in South Indian classical music. The event is free.

Get the Kids Ready for the Holidays: The annual holiday “Teddy Bear Tea” tradition will be held by The Ritz-Carlton (600 Stockton St., San Francisco) this coming Saturday, Nov. 26 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. PT. Each child will receive a teddy bear gift and photo with a Giant Teddy bear to take home. Tickets are $120.00 for adults, $115.00 for children.

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