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Inside San Francisco (Dec 29th, 2016)

 Tomorrow's forecast will be morning clouds with afternoon sun and a high/low of 55/45 Fahrenheit. On Saturday, expect partly cloudy skies with a high/low of 52/41 Fahrenheit.

Pasta Pomodoro closed its remaining 15 Bay Area locations on the day after Christmas. The closures came as a surprise, even to restaurant staff who were notified that their jobs had ended via text message. "I understand they have to go down. But my main thing is just we obviously want to get paid, and it's just not right the way it was gone about," said a local employee. Staff has since been told they'll be able to pick up their final paycheck tomorrow. The pasta chain once had 30 restaurants throughout the state. The 15 restaurants closed on Monday were the last of the Pasta Pomodoro eateries. - SFGATE

A Massachusetts man shipped a new Menorah to San Francisco to replace the one stolen from Washington Square Park. “It came out of the Jewish blue," said Rabbi Peretz Mochkin who runs the Chabad of North Beach. Chabad's massive brass menorah was snatched over the holiday weekend and the story made national news. Mitch Bogart of Sharon, MA heard of the theft and decided to ship the last version of his personally designed line of pop-up menorahs to Mochkin. The new menorah will be placed in Washington Square Park on Saturday for the final night of Hanukkah. - KPIX


Memorials to Carrie Fisher have popped up around San Francisco. A small shrine and light saber tribute appeared in the Castro District while across town, fans of the late actress left flowers and remembrances at the Lucasfilm Headquarters "Yoda" statute. Fisher, who is perhaps best known for her role as "Princess Leia" in "Star Wars" passed away on Tuesday. Her mother, the actress Debbie Reynolds, died yesterday. - SFIST

The "Mrs. Doubtfire" house is for sale. The Pacific Heights home made into a tourist landmark by the 1993 Robin Williams movie is on the market for $4.5 million. The four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath home is located at the corner of Steiner Street and Broadway. The home still features a memorial to the late Williams on the sidewalk near the garage. "I'm not about to change anything, and it's all deserved, isn't' it," said the homeowner. - ABC7 

The Ferry Building is Lyft's most popular drop-off spot in San Francisco. Yesterday, the ride-sharing company released Lyft users' top destinations in what the company is calling its "Lyftie Awards." Tacolicious (on Stockton Street), Southern Pacific Brewing Company and Alamo Drafthouse were the most frequented nightlife destinations for Lyft riders, while Fort Mason was the most popular event-space drop off. San Francisco International was the most popular airport drop-off destination for Lyft customers in any city. - SFEXAMINER

COMMUNITY NEWS: HAYWARD
  • The Hayward City Council unanimously approved a resolution establishing a Zero Net Energy Goal for municipal facilities within the city. This resolution will require more Hayward facilities to produce or use renewable energy produced on-site, and to produce as much energy on-site as they consume over the course of a year. The city's goal is to reduce its municipal GHG emissions to 20% below 2005 levels by 2020. 
     
  • Hayward police have identified and arrested two suspects in the Target store stabbing of a 36-year old father on Christmas Eve. Tyrone Griffin was shopping with his young children and asked the suspects to turn their music down. He was then stabbed to death. Frankie Archuleta, 22, and Jesse Archuleta, 25, were arrested following the assault inside the Target on Whipple Road. 
     
  • Authorities are still searching for two suspects who rammed a police car with a U-Haul track yesterday morning. Hayward police responded to a call at East Bay Motorsports where they discovered three suspects in a stolen U-Haul. "The suspects tried to get away and they purposefully rammed one of the police officers in their vehicle," explained Hayward police. The driver was captured and arrested, but the two passengers who were in the truck managed to get away and remain at large. 
WHAT TO DO THIS WEEK

Share your 'stache: Tomorrow marks another monthly meeting of the San Francisco Beard and Mustache Club. Facial hair enthusiasts meet the last Friday of every month at Zeitgeist from 7pm to 10pm PT. This casual gathering is free and all are welcome, with or without beards. 



Let jazz take you into 2017: Ring in the New Year with jazz great Maceo Parker as he performs tonight through January 1st at SF JAZZ. The saxophone mastermind is regarded as one of the primary architects of modern R&B and promises to deliver a smooth year's end performance. Parker performs at 7:30pm PT tonight and Friday, 8pm and 10:30pm PT on New Year's Eve, and 7pm PT on New Year's Day. Tickets start at $40. 

LOL in the Haight: Comic Stroy Moyd brings a different comedy line-up to Milk Bar every Thursday. "#HellaFunny on Haight Street" begins at 8pm PT and costs $15. Those who provide proof of following @StroyMoyd on Instagram get in for free. 

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