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Inside San Francisco (Dec 21st, 2016)

 Tomorrow's forecast will be sunny with a high/low of 56/47 Fahrenheit. On Friday, expect rain throughout the day with a high/low of 54/45 Fahrenheit.

10% of Muni drivers were unavailable to work on Monday, creating some interruptions to service. “Manpower levels very thin, all available resources exhausted,” read an email between SFMTA executives early this week. The large number of operators out was due to a variety of factors, including drivers being genuinely ill and a shortened number of available staff thanks to a retraining program for veteran drivers. As a result, Muni was forced to cancel its Castro Shuttle, some Cole Shuttle runs and the agency consolidated other service throughout Monday. - SFEXAMINER

A Porsche stolen in a carjacking on Monday was recovered in a multi-vehicle crash in Oakland on Tuesday. The sports car was taken from a woman at gunpoint in an Alamo Shopping Center parking lot at approximately 2:30pm PT. The owner of the car was unharmed but her Porsche Boxster ended up abandoned at the scene of a car crash on I-880 on Tuesday morning. The stolen car's driver and passenger fled the scene of the accident on foot and remain at large. - KPIX

A Modesto man has pleaded guilty to his role in the $550,000 wine heist at French Laundry. 44-year-old Davis Kiryakoz confessed to his part in the 2014 Christmas Day theft of 110 bottles of high-end wine from the Michelin-starred Yountville restaurant. He shipped 63 bottles of the purloined wine, worth more than $200,000, to a buyer in North Carolina who soon realized the wine was stolen. Charges against a second defendant are still pending, and Kiryakoz will face sentencing in March. - SFIST

The Redwood City Warriors fan whose game-time dance moves went viral this past November took to the court last night. Robin Schreiber became known as "Dancing Mom" after video of her dancing in a Warriors "Ugly Christmas Sweater" took the internet by storm. Schreiber was invited to bring her moves to the basketball court for the halftime performance at last night's game against the Utah Jazz. - SFGATE

Local Reddit users have come up with a game in which hundreds of 3D printed toys are scattered around San Francisco. The concept is to leave little plastic toys in various places around the City which will then send finders to a website. Those who discover the toys can take a selfie and re-hide the object for someone else to find. Still in the planning stages, the game has no objective beyond seeing how far the toys spread and how diverse of a group will end up playing. - CURBED

COMMUNITY NEWS: SAN MATEO
  • San Mateo police have released a composite sketch and surveillance images of a green Mercedes sedan in hope it will help them find a suspect who shot a 24-year old Redwood City man multiple times in the Bel Mateo Bowl parking lot last weekend. The victim remains in stable condition. 
     
  • A 28-year-old San Mateo man convicted of molesting a little girl received a sentence of 30 years to life in prison on Friday. Melfido Otto Valdez-Orozco was living with a family friend for nine months in 2013 and 2014 when the sexual assaults occurred. The young girl eventually revealed the crimes to her mother. 
     
  • The San Mateo Zoo barbershop gave free haircuts to special needs children and adults on Monday. The holiday event was in partnership with Gatepath Family Resource Center, a San Mateo County non-profit that connects special needs families with support and resources. San Mateo Zoo owner Travis Sweeney is the father of a special needs child and said of Gatepath, "They've helped me and my family and my daughter so much that I'd like to do something for them."
WHAT TO DO THIS WEEK

Toast Christmas in a dive bar: Unwind on Thursday night at "Ho, Hoe, Heaux, Holiday Bish" at Pop's Bar on 24th Street in the Mission. MellyG of BFF.fm will be playing classic hip hop and 90s R&B, not to mention a few holiday hits at this lively and loud dive bar. Admission is free and the festivities begin at 9pm PT. 



Give back and get a deal: Today is the last day to make a canned good and/or perishable item donation at Amoeba Records in San Francisco and get $5 off a purchase of $25 or more. Amoeba has partnered with the SF Marin Food Bank to help people in need this holiday season. They are especially in need of items like canned meat, peanut butter, soup, chili, beans, cereal, canned fruit and canned vegetables. Donors will be given a coupon good for $5 off at Amoeba stores or 10% off online.

Get colorful at the Exploratorium: At this Thursday's "Exploratorium After Dark," Exploratorium scientist Ron Hipschman dares to ask if primary colors are really red, yellow, and blue. Don't miss the Cardboard Automata Tinkering Workshop where guests can make their own mechanical sculptures. This 18-and-over event runs from 6pm - 10pm PT and costs $15 for non-members and $10 for members. Admission to the museum's Tactile Dome is an additional $10. 

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