Inside San Francisco - January 1st, 2017

Inside San Francisco (Jan 2nd, 2017)

 Tomorrow's forecast will be rain with a high/low of 53/50 Fahrenheit. On Sunday, expect rain with a high/low of 54/48 Fahrenheit.

The San Francisco 49ers fired their head coach, Chip Kelly. Following their 25 - 23 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the last game of the season last night, the 49ers fired Kelly. The team let go of General Manager Trent Baalke just hours earlier. “Despite my feelings for Trent and Chip, I felt the decision to change our football leadership was absolutely necessary,” said team CEO Jed York. The firings come as little surprise following a disappointing 2-14 season from San Francisco's football team. - SFGATE

The Bay Area's first baby of 2017 was born in San Jose. Grace Emily Moreno was born at O’Connor Hospital to Leslie and Edwin Moreno 12 seconds after midnight on New Year's Day. The Moreno's reside at the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in San Diego County, where Edwin Moreno is stationed. The family was visiting San Jose and did not expect to go into labor on their trip. The healthy baby girl weighed in at 6 pounds and 11 ounces and is 20 inches long. - KPIX

The South of Market restaurant AQ announced that it is closing. According to owner Matt Semmelhack, the critical hit AQ had an 8.5% profit margin in 2012, with a total profit of $250,000. That margin shrank to 1.5% in 2015, with a total profit of just $40,000. 2016's numbers were not released but are presumed to follow the restaurant's downward trend. The Mission Street spot, which has been open for five years, received a 2011 James Beard nomination for Best New Restaurant. Semmelhack plans to close AQ's doors this month. - THRILLIST

An anti-Trump mural went up overnight in the Mission District. The colorful artwork appeared on New Year's Eve in Clarion Alley between 17th and 18th Streets. The alley is already famous for its many murals. The art piece, titled "Cultivating Resistance," depicts Trump "spewing out Twitter birds with words like 'xenophobia, misogyny, and racism', pipelines spilling oil, a building representing democracy crumbling, and a image of Steve Bannon in a KKK hood holding the scales of justice," explained the Clarion Alley Mural Project. - HOODLINE 

Governor Jerry Brown's dog died. "Sutter passed away peacefully [Friday] afternoon with the Governor and First Lady at his side and was laid to rest at the family ranch in Colusa County, where he loved to roam, sniff and play," said a spokesperson for the Governor. Sutter was adopted by the Browns from the Governor's sister in 2010. Sutter Brown went on to make numerous public appearances and helm his own Twitter account. He was 13 years old. - SFIST

  • Two people were injured when a car being chased by the California Highway Patrol crashed into a homeless encampment last night. Officers attempted to pull over a Buick for reckless driving on I-80 early yesterday morning. 32-year old suspect Nicholas Turpentine did not pull over but instead led officers on a chase that ended in a crash on 27th Street. The suspect, who was injured in the crash, tried to flee on foot but was apprehended by police. Two homeless individuals were transported to the hospital. 
  • The San Francisco Chronicle featured a profile on a tiny local bookstore, equating the small shop to a cultural center of Oakland. "Justin Carder, the man who opened E.M. Wolfman General Interest Small Bookstore three years ago in February, is really dealing in not so much books as it is connections."
  • Oakland-based professor Ian Whitmarsh helped save a boy from drowning near Lake Tahoe last weekend. Whitmarsh was visiting family in the area when he saw the child walking a bicycle across a frozen portion of Lake Baron. Suddenly, the ice gave through and the boy fell in. Whitmarsh, an associate professor at UCSF School of Medicine, pulled the boy to safety and kept him warm until paramedics could arrive. The boy has made a full recovery. 

Take advantage of Free Tuesdays: An extraordinary number of local museums offer free admission on the first Tuesday of the month, aka: tomorrow. Check out artwork at the de Young Museum, the Legion of Honor, the Conservatory of Flowers, YBCA, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, and the Museum of Craft and Design. Free admission is subject to museum hours and may not include special exhibits. 

Go global on a school night: Explore Underground Nomads every Tuesday at F8 at 1129 Folsom Street. Tomorrow night will showcase beats by Suresh with improvisational performances by the event's resident dancers. The music starts at 8pm PT and performances begin at 9:30pm and 10pm PT. Admission is free before 9pm PT and $5 after. 

Enjoy a chuckle under the Oakland stars: Check out the Moonlight Comedy showcase, a Wednesday night stand-up show on the outdoor patio of The Uptown in Oakland. Each week features a different line-up of hilarious local and travelling comedians. The event's doors open at 7pm and the free show will begin at 7:30pm PT. 


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