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Inside San Francisco (Jan 3rd, 2017)

 Tomorrow's forecast will be light rain with a high/low of 54/47 Fahrenheit. On Thursday, expect morning clouds and afternoon sun with a high/low of 52/41 Fahrenheit.

A flight headed to San Francisco from Sydney, Australia was grounded in New Zealand after a passenger engaged in a racist and abusive rant.  The unnamed man erupted into his tirade after being seated between two passengers of Pakistani or Indian descent who began to speak to each other over his seat. The 42-year old man refused to calm down when approached by flight staff. "Do you know how cool it would be to have the airplane turned around because of me? You are going to do that? You do that? I'm being so impolite aren't I? Fat a--," said the man to a flight attendant. The United Airlines plane was diverted to Auckland where the man was removed and the remaining 252 passengers spent the night. The flight eventually landed at SFO yesterday morning. - SFGATE

Sunday night's chill left a dusting of snow in several parts of the Bay Area. Rain fell overnight Sunday and the cold temperatures caused snow to fall in elevations as low as 1,500 feet. Mount Diablo, St. Helena, and Robert Louis Stevenson State Park all saw a gentle - and short-lived - snowfall. "The sun is gone, but we have beautiful snow flurries instead. I'll take it," said a hiker near the Highway 29 summit pass. The rain storm is expected to last throughout the week. - KTVU

San Francisco's first homicide of 2017 occurred on New Year's morning in the Mission District. According to San Francisco police, a man was shot in the chest on 26th and Shotwell streets around 2:13am PT on January 1. He was transported to General Hospital where he later died of his injuries. A second fatal shooting took place later in that morning in the Bayview but police believe the crimes are unrelated. The suspect or suspects remain at large. - MISSIONLOCAL

A podcast created by inmates at San Quentin prison has won awards and listeners. "Our goal is to show what life really is like within prison — and it's not to highlight or to diminish the crimes we have committed, but it is just to show what life is really like within here," said inmate Antwan Williams who produces the podcast called "Ear Hustle." The podcast is part of the prison's growing media empire that includes a longtime newspaper, The San Quentin News, and radio news program. - NBCBAYAREA 

San Francisco Fire Department will be hosting NERT (Neighborhood Emergency Response Training) classes this month and next. The 20-hour NERT training program trains everyday residents to respond to earthquakes, fires and other major disasters. Training includes instruction on the use of fire extinguishers and utility shut-offs, search and rescue, emergency medical aid, and community organizing. Free classes will be held in Hayes Valley, Sunnyside, the Tenderloin, and South Beach. - SFEXAMINER

COMMUNITY NEWS: RICHMOND
  • Neighbors became ill after a North Richmond landfill stored 10 times more compost than permitted. As a result, the waste decomposed improperly and emitted a noxious smell that caused some in the area to get sick. Republic Services was supposed to resell the compost to agricultural users such as farmers and vintners. Instead the waste-disposal company allowed to compost to go sour, at which point it had to be landfilled. Republic Services has already been fined $45,000 for the foul-smelling error, which is said to have caused headaches and sore throats to nearby residents. 
     
  • Rent control will go into effect in Richmond on Friday. Thanks to the November passage of Measure L, some residents will actually see their rents go down. Their rent will now be whatever the amount they were paying on or before July 21, 2015. Measure L affects approximately one-third of all Richmond rental units, namely those with more than two rental units in the building and units built before 1995. 
     
  • Bay Area voters might be asked to add up to $3 in bridge toll increases to fund a variety of upcoming transportation projects. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission has begun discussing plans to to ask voters for a toll increase in 2018. The toll increase would affect seven Bay Area bridges, including the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. A $2 increase would generate $254 million a year, and a $3 increase would result in an additional $381 million annually.
WHAT TO DO THIS WEEK

Sing Happy Birthday to the Kings: Did you know that Elvis Presley and David Bowie share a birthday? They do! Celebrate with live performances, a costume contest, birthday cake and drink specials in honor of two iconic rock legends. Head to Edinburgh Castle Pub on Saturday from 9am to 2am PT. Entry costs $5. 



Win big Bingo bucks: Tomorrow night is the first Wednesday of the month, which means that it's time for Dirty Bingo at Virgil's Sea Room. Hosted by Brown Meshugana, Bingo is free from 7pm to 10pm PT with the purchase of any beverage (alcoholic or otherwise).

Get to know the Tenderloin in the dark: Presented by the Tenderloin Museum, Night Moves is a bi-monthly adults-only tour of this historic neighborhood. The $15 tour explores old gambling dens, brothels, speakeasies, LGBT clubs, and other hot spots that once made the 'Loin the vice capital of San Francisco. Meet Wednesday night at the museum for a reception by 6pm PT before the 6:30pm PT tour. 

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