Inside San Francisco - December 29th, 2016

Inside San Francisco (Dec 30th, 2016)

 Tomorrow's forecast will be partly cloudy with a high/low of 53/43 Fahrenheit. On Sunday, expect partly cloudy skies with a high/low of 52/41 Fahrenheit.

Dungeness crab fishermen have gone on strike after wholesale crab buyers tried to lower crab's per-pound rate. The fishermen, spanning from Bodega Bay to Washington State, have decided to either stop crabbing in areas where the Dungeness crab season has already begun, or delay the start of their season. They hope to retain the $3 per pound price they have earned fishing thus far this year. Wholesale buyers want to pay $2.75 per pound. “This is one of our busiest weeks of the year, from Christmas to New Year’s. It’s gonna hurt our sales when I run out of crab this afternoon,” said a Bodega Bay restauranteur. - PRESSDEMOCRAT

A person delayed BART trains for over an hour because he was walking on the Transbay Tube tracks. The unnamed man caused a systemwide delay and halted trains in every direction as he evaded police for over an hour in the train tunnels near the San Francisco Embarcadero BART station last night. The tube walker was eventually apprehended at 8pm PT. - SFGATE

The foul odor smelled by many San Franciscans this week is being blamed on a flaring incident at the Chevron refinery in Richmond. Residents throughout the city complained of a "mysterious, sulfurous odor" on Wednesday and yesterday. “We're investigating the Chevron flaring incident … to determine if it could be the potential source,” said a Bay Area Air Quality Management District spokesperson. - KQED

A list of the 100 most expensive zip codes in the United States contains seven in San Francisco. The neighborhoods in the city that made the list are, in descending order, 94123 (The Marina), 94118 (The Presidio and Laurel Heights), 94114 (the Castro and Noe Valley), 94108 (Union Square and Nob Hill), 94127 (West Portal), 94117 (The Haight), and 94131 (Glen Park and Twin Peaks). The Marina is the most expensive zip code in San Francisco, but it ranks only 24th nationally. Sagaponack, New York came in first with an average home price of $5.5 million. Atherton, in the heart of Silicon Valley, came in second. Palo Alto and Los Altos ranked eighth and ninth respectively. - SFEXAMINER

SFist rounded up their list of the best restaurants and bars that opened in San Francisco this year. In Situ, Mister Jiu's, and The Morris all made the cut of the top 15 rookie restaurants. SFist also included an honorable mention list of seven new dining spots. The blog singled out the 13 best bars to open in the City this year, and included the popular Leo's Oyster Bar, Louie's Gen-Gen Room, and Waystone. Only four bars garnered an honorable mention nod. - SFIST

  • Berkeley police arrested two teenage girls after reports of an armed robbery at the North Berkeley BART station followed minutes later by a second robbery on Virginia Street. A victim told police that five suspects fled in a silver sedan which was soon spotted by authorities as it ran a red light. The vehicle was then involved in a minor collision prompting the suspects within the car to flee on foot. The two teenage girls who were arrested are now being held at Juvenile Hall while the remaining three suspects are still at large. 
  • Berkeleyside has compiled a list of the 10 biggest Berkeley stories of the year. News items that made the list include the UC Berkeley student who was killed by an ISIS gunman in Bangladesh, a Craigslist fine art discovery, and the abundance of complaints related to the city's postal service. 
  • Berkeley is seeing a decline in its population of burrowing owls. “We’re going to wake up one day and see that we don’t have burrowing owls anymore,” said the director of the Urban Bird Foundation. Burrowing owls live in burrows created by other animals, but are in decline due to displacement from Berkeley area growth. According to the Urban Bird Foundation, the San Francisco Bay-Delta region has seen a 28 percent decrease in the burrowing owl population since 1993. 

Roll in 2017 on 8 wheels: Roller disco in a converted church just might be the most San Francisco way to celebrate New Year's Eve. Swing by The Church of 8 Wheels on Saturday from 7pm to 1am PT. Tickets to the roller party run $20 with an additional $5 for skate rental. Guests are encouraged to dress in black and white. 

Get your car home without driving it: AAA’s Holiday Safe Ride Home Program is providing a free safe tow ride home for people who drink in Northern California on New Year's Eve. Free one-way tows up to 10 miles are available from 6pm to 6am PT by calling (800) 222-4357 (AAA-HELP) and asking for a safe ride home. One does not need to be a member of AAA to take advantage of the service.

Explore the magic of China without leaving Gilroy: Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park has been completely transformed into a magical light display that celebrates 2000 years of Chinese culture. "Lumination" features massive illuminated displays - some as tall as six stories high, an artisan marketplace, and live performances. Tickets to the 21+ New Year's Eve party run $86, but a single ticket to "Lumination" any other Friday, Saturday, or Sunday night through January 8 costs $25. The well-lit event runs from 6pm - 10pm PT. 

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