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Inside San Francisco (Jan 4th, 2017)

 Tomorrow's forecast will be partly cloudy with a high/low of 50/40 Fahrenheit. On Friday, expect partly cloudy skies with a high/low of 50/44 Fahrenheit.

Over 10,000 PG&E customers in the Bay Area went without power last night. The loss of service was due to the storms that have plagued the area in the past few days. Outages were reported in Sonoma and Marin Counties, San Francisco, the East Bay, and the Peninsula. “PG&E’s main goal is to provide safe and reliable service, so our crews are always prepared to provide service and restore customers’ power as safely and quickly as possible,” said a representative from the power company. - MERCURYNEWS 

The City of Oakland hired a new police chief after seven months without one. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf appointed Ann Kirkpatrick to head the city's force. Kirkpatrick was formerly the Chief of Police in Spokane, Washington and most recently, a member of the Chicago Police Department, where she led reform efforts. In addition to her 30 years in law enforcement, Kirkpatrick is a licensed attorney. In 2016, Oakland's Police Department was rocked by a sex scandal that resulted in the departure of many high ranking officers. - SFCHRON

A teacher in Moraga was accused of duct-taping a student's mouth. The parents of a 5th grader are now suing Los Perales Elementary School after two separate incidents in which they claim their son's teacher covered his mouth with duct tape. "On the first occasion, duct tape was placed over his mouth and face in front of his entire class. On the second occasion the student was forced to put the duct tape over his own mouth," said the family's lawyer. The teacher was placed on leave for a period and has since returned to teaching at Los Perales Elementary. The boy now attends school elsewhere. - ABC7

Muni's first train from its "fleet of the future" will arrive in San Francisco on Friday, January 13. “We just couldn’t be more pleased it’s arriving,” said a San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency representative. The new train is the first of 24 new light rail trains scheduled to begin service in San Francisco through 2018. An additional 40 trains will join the fleet by 2020. The new trains will go through rigorous testing before taking on public passengers. They feature bright red benches instead of seats and LED lighting throughout the interior. - SFEXAMINER

A new study ranks the Bay Area 10th in the nation for bed bug infestations. Pest control company Orkin held their annual study to determine which area within the United States sees the highest number of calls for bed bugs. The San Francisco Bay Area rose four spots from last year to #10 in 2016. Baltimore, Maryland takes the #1 spot with the highest number of bed bug calls. According to Orkin, bed bug infestations are on the rise nationally. "We have more people affected by bed bugs in the United States now than ever before. They were virtually unheard of in the US 10 years ago," said an Orkin Entomologist. - SFGATE

COMMUNITY NEWS: SAN MATEO
  • A suspect in a series of San Mateo burglaries and sexual assaults has been arrested. Ismael Espinoza-Velasquez of San Mateo was taken into custody Monday morning after police found him crawling out of a home's window. He is suspected of breaking into several homes, and on two occasions, sexually assaulting the male residents. Velasquez “violently resisted” police during his arrest, injuring one officer. 
     
  • The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors welcomed a new member and elected a new president of the board yesterday. Having won his election this past November, Supervisor David Canepa was sworn in to represent District 5. Supervisor Don Horsley will preside as the President of the Board, taking the reigns from Supervisor Warren Slocum. 
     
  • According to San Mateo State Senator Jerry Hill, there is a loophole in Prop. 64, which has legalized the recreational use of marijuana in California. While the new law states that it is illegal to have an open container of marijuana in a vehicle, it doesn't specify the legality of smoking pot behind the wheel. Hill's proposed Senate Bill 65, which he introduced along with Silicon Valley Assemblymember Evan Low, would explicitly outlaw marijuana consumption while behind the wheel. 
WHAT TO DO THIS WEEK

Silver screen stars perform in San Francisco - sort of: San Francisco native Matthew Martin will bring Bette Davis, Judy Garland, Katharine Hepburn, Susan Hayward and Miss Peggy Lee to life at SF Oasis. Enjoy an evening of show tunes and tap dancing as Martin takes guests on a fabulous vintage musical journey. "An Evening with Matthew Martin" runs Thursday at 8pm PT and Friday at 7pm PT. Tickets start at $25. 



Get your gaming on: Every Tuesday and Thursday at Folsom Street Foundry, ShowDown hosts "Game Night." This $10 event features a variety of console, PC, and board games, not to mention a Smash of the Titans tournament. The gaming begins at 6pm PT and the event is for gamers 21 and over. 

Cheer for your San Francisco Dons: The University of San Francisco's Dons men's basketball team take on the nationally ranked challenger Gonzaga University's Bulldogs tomorrow night. Tickets starting at $20 are still available for the 6pm PT game at USF's War Memorial Gymnasium. 

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