Inside San Francisco - January 4th, 2017

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 Tomorrow's forecast will be partly cloudy with a high/low of 50/45 Fahrenheit. On Saturday, expect rain with a high/low of 56/55 Fahrenheit.

A Google bus killed a pedestrian in a Saratoga crosswalk. The accident involved a commuter bus chartered by Google and a 50-year old woman on the campus of West Valley CollegeXiaolan Li of San Jose died from her injuries after being hit by the bus on Tuesday afternoon during a rain storm. A spokesperson for the college explained that the bus is owned by San Francisco-based Storer Coachways and it was contracted out by Google to transport workers between West Valley College and Google's main campus in Mountain View. - SFGATE

San Francisco firefighters rescued a man stuck between two BART trains last night. According to a BART spokesperson, the 28-year-old male fell in between two cars of a Richmond-bound train as it entered the 24th Street Station in San Francisco's Mission District. Some reports indicated that the man appeared "very intoxicated" before falling. Rescuers used giant inflatable airbags capable of moving 20,000 pounds to lift the train off the victim. Last night was the first time the SFFD had ever used the airbags in a rescue. The man is expected to survive. - SFIST

The new owners of a longtime Castro restaurant plan to transform it into a cannabis cafe. Owners Terrance Alan and Aaron Silverman will take possession of Cafe Flore today. They've announced plans to change the cafe's name to simply Flore, revamp the food and drink menu and over time, offer cannabis-infused menu items. While Flore plans to open on Valentine's Day, marijuana-based food and drink sales will have to wait on California's laws to change. Prop 64, which legalized the recreational use of pot, prohibits businesses that sell alcohol from also serving marijuana. In addition to Prop 64 being amended, San Francisco would also need to develop a specific license for this type of business. "We think if we develop the right model, it can be replicated across the country," said Silverman, who met Alan while doing marijuana advocacy work. - BAR

Lyft has tripled its yearly ridership numbers. Following rumors of the sale of the San Francisco-based company, Lyft reported a total of 162.5 million rides in 2016, triple what it had in 2015. "In December, Lyft recorded 18.7 million rides, more than double from the previous year and up about 13 percent from November," reported the Wall Street Journal. Uber still holds a significant lead over Lyft, reporting 78 million rides in December. Some reports claim Lyft is losing up to $50 million monthly. The company's CEO claims he has no plans to sell the company and insists Lyft is on the path to profitability. - SFBUSINESSTIMES

Tablehopper listed the top 10 Instagram food photo trends that should die along with 2016. Marcia Gagliardi complied a list of Instagram food cliches on her Bay Area-based blog and newsletter, Tablehopper. Gagliardi's "10 food images I’m sick of seeing on Instagram" includes drippy egg yolk food porn, holding ice cream in front of a wall, and overhead table shots. - TABLEHOPPER

  • A group of Hayward high school students are raising money to help a classmate as she receives chemotherapy for Hodgkin's lymphoma. Friends of 16-year old Ruqayyah "Cookie" Hassan have begun baking "Cookies for Cookie." The students from Conley-Caraballo High School are selling their treats in an effort to raise money for Hassan and her family as the teen goes through treatment.  
  • The Alameda County Sheriff's Office believes that the Hayward killing of Adan Katani in 2015 was a murder for hire. According to authorities, Katani had ties to the marijuana business and connections to a former business associate who wanted him out of the picture. Takisha Upshaw and Wessley Brown have been arrested in connection with the crime. 
  • Two sibling employees of a Hayward neighborhood market were injured trying to fight off an armed robber. Video of the incident, which occurred on December 23 at the Royal Market, shows a masked robber in a hooded sweatshirt pointing a gun at an employee behind the store's cash register. A second employee, who is the brother of the first employee, attacked the robber from behind. The two brothers managed to disarm the suspect, although one of them was shot in the hand and the other was shot in the foot. The brothers sat on the robber until police arrived. 

Raise a glass in memory of George: Heart & Dagger Saloon will be celebrating the life and music of the late pop star George Michael. Come by this Oakland bar between 5pm and 8pm PT on Friday for George-themed cocktail specials and a George-themed playlist. There will be no cover charge. 

Explore the real color of San Francisco: Local photographer and Mid-Market enthusiast Troy Holden presents his first solo collection and first show of 2017 at the Mule Gallery. His exhibit, "Colorful Streets" will run through February 24, but Friday night at 6pm - 9pm PT, the gallery will host a free kick-off reception. 

Catch a comic testing out new material for a TV special: Chris D'Elia is headed to San Francisco's Cobb's Comedy Club tonight through Sunday as part of his national comedy tour. D'Elia is trying out brand new material in preparation for filming a television special. Tickets start at $35 and show times vary by night. 


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