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Inside San Francisco (Dec 20th, 2016)

 Tomorrow's forecast will be sunny with a high/low of 59/44 Fahrenheit. On Thursday, expect mostly sunny skies with a high/low of 57/47 Fahrenheit.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee revealed the City's new Chief of Police. Following the resignation of former chief Greg Suhr amidst several scandals within the department and a months-long application process, Lee has selected Los Angeles Police Department deputy chief William "Bill" Scott to lead SFPD. "It's an honor and I am humbled,” Scott said. “I have a lot of people to give thanks to.” 52-year old Scott is LAPD's highest ranking African American officer. He will replace interim SFPD chief Toney Chaplin starting today. - LATIMES

A brake problem in the Transbay Tube resulted in extensive BART delays this morning. BART operators have isolated the issue to one train car heading down into Embarcadero Station, but the problem has led to system-wide delays throughout the morning. - SFGATE

A Pacifica woman used an phone tracking app to locate her husband's dead body. Jayesh Patel's wife was worried when he didn't return home on Friday night, so she used a smartphone app to track his location. Patel's wife found his his car below an elevated ramp at the interchange of Highway 101 and Highway 92. Patel's body was inside the wreckage. Investigators are working to determine the cause of the accident. - KPIX

The San Francisco Public Library offered amnesty to all 55,000 of its patrons with fines for overdue items of more than $10.01. "Unfortunately the populations that most need the library have a barrier to access when a ten dollar fine is on their account. Something like a fine forgiveness program helps us continue to serve the people who need us the most," a library official said. The program asks that anyone with overdue library items return them between January 3rd and February 14th to have library fines forgiven. - SFIST

A new company launched three retail sites in San Francisco where the public can purchase specially designated $25 gift cards to give to the City's homeless. HandUp requires its $25 gift cards to be redeemed at participating nonprofits in an effort to encourage recipients to connect with a case manager that can help them. The gift cards, which can be purchased in person or online, come with an information sheet featuring a map of where the card can be redeemed and examples of what it might be used for. - HOODLINE

Inside CEO @jason is an investor in HandUp

COMMUNITY NEWS: RICHMOND
  • The cause of last week's fire that engulfed approximately 40 salvaged cars at Deal Auto Wrecking on Gertrude Avenue in unincorporated North Richmond remains unknown. “All fires are suspicious until proven otherwise,” said Richmond deputy fire chief Emon Usher. No injuries were reported in the blaze which sent potentially poisonous smoke into surrounding communities.
     
  • The City of Richmond is seeking a new poet laureate. Applicants must be Richmond residents, have an existing body of work, either published or unpublished, a history of advocacy for poetry and experience participating in poetry readings. They must also be able to provide references and be available to conduct various city events in their new role. The deadline to apply is February 1.
     
  • Detroit hopes to decrease its crime by looking to a program that is working in Richmond. DeVone Boggan runs Advanced Peace, a Richmond organization that attempts to identify would-be criminals and gets them mentors, promises daily visits from positive role models and provides guidance and life skills. The participants are then paid a stipend at the end of the fellowship. Between 2007 and 2014, Richmond experienced a 76% reduction in homicides, and Detroit is hoping a similar program led by Boggan might work there.
     
WHAT TO DO THIS WEEK

All aboard the Beer Shuttle: The San Francisco Brewers Guild has created San Francisco's first hop-on-hop-off “Drink SF Beer Shuttle,” showcasing local breweries as part of its "Meet the Brewers" nights every third Wednesday of the month. This Wednesday's neighborhood is Dogpatch and Mission Bay, and participating breweries are Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, Harmonic Brewing, Magnolia Brewing at Smokestack, and Triple Voodoo Brewery. The free shuttles run between all of these breweries from 7pm - 11:35pm PT every 20 minutes. 



Support Oakland Fire victims at Bimbo's: 100% of the proceeds of tonight's "Oakland Fire Relief Benefit" at Bimbo's 365 Club go to support those affected by the blaze. Tickets to the 8pm PT show featuring sing-songwriter Kendra McKinley and Emily Afton cost $5. 

Find your Missed Connection: Every Thursday night at 10pm PT, PianoFight's in-house improv team Original Jokes improvises an entire show based off a Craigslist missed connection ad selected by the night's audience. Entry to the show is free and the venue features a full bar and kitchen. 

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