Inside San Francisco - January 6th, 2017

Inside San Francisco (Jan 6th, 2017)

 Tomorrow's forecast will be rain and wind with a high/low of 58/55 Fahrenheit. On Sunday, expect rain with a high/low of 59/51 Fahrenheit.

HIV/AIDS activist Jeff Sheehy has been appointed to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Sheehy will replace outgoing District Eight Board Member Scott Wiener who has been elected to the California State Senate. District Eight includes the Castro, Noe Valley and Sheehy's neighborhood of Glen Park. Sheehy, the director of communications for the UCSF AIDS Research Institute, will be the first HIV-positive member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. - SFCHRONICLE 

Two skiers escaped uninjured after they were caught in an avalanche near Mount Rose yesterday. The avalanche resulted in the closure of the state highway that runs between Lake Tahoe and Reno, Nevada. The area has been inundated with as much as 6 feet of snow over the past few days. By the time rescue workers arrived at the scene, the two backcountry skiers had managed to free themselves and escape to safety. Both were checked by paramedics and released. "Luckily, no one was hurt," said a spokeswoman for the Nevada Department of Transportation. It is unclear if the skiers were the ones who triggered the avalanche. - SFGATE


A woman broke into a NoPa home and took a shower. According to the San Francisco Police, a Fulton Street resident came home on Wednesday night to find that a 20-year old woman was taking a shower in her apartment. The resident then called police, who arrested the intruder. Police have not released the names of the suspect or the victim, and have yet to say if anything was stolen from the home. - SFGATE

Curbed has created a list of 5 things that San Franciscans need to know about the storm due to hit tomorrow. Precipitation totals in the Sierra Nevada are forecast to be approximately twice the monthly average for January, which has resulted in avalanches, flooding, and challenges for winter skiers. Curbed SF explains why this 10-day storm system is "such a big deal", how it affects San Francisco, and how much rain the city should expect this weekend. - CURBED

A collection of vintage photos from San Francisco's punk rock scene has been posted on Vice. Bay Area photographer Michael Jang has shared a remarkable collection of photos from the local punk rock scene in the 1970s that he took while in graduate school. The photos have been published on Vice's website and were displayed last night at a pop-up exhibit in Tokyo. Jang's collection includes photos of such punk rocks icons as The Sex Pistols and David Bowie. - VICE

  • Berkeley police have released security footage of a bank robbery in the hope of getting the public's help to identify the suspect. The robbery happened on December 15 at 1:50pm PT at the Wells Fargo Bank on University Avenue when the suspect passed a note to a teller and then pulled out a gun. The video depicts the suspect's face, as well as terrified witnesses sprawled on the floor as the man takes an undisclosed amount of money and makes his getaway. 
  • A UC Berkeley researcher has debunked a theory that the planet Earth has experienced a hiatus from global warming. Along with his research team, UC Berkeley graduate student and analyst with the nonprofit climate science group Berkeley Earth, Zeke Hausfather has concluded that temperatures during the past 15 years rose just as they did in the latter half of the 20th century. Hausfather's findings disprove the contention that there was little or no global warming between 1998 and 2012. 
  • A pedestrian crossing on Claremont Avenue in the crosswalk at Eton Avenue was clipped by a car and taken to the hospital with injuries. The crash happened on Wednesday evening during a rain storm in the area. The driver cooperated with authorities and the pedestrian is expected to survive. 

Ring in the Lunar New Year: Free lion dancing performances will take over several branches of the San Francisco Library tomorrow. Catch these half-hour dance demonstrations at the Main Library at 10:30am PT, the Chinatown Library at 11:30am PT, the North Beach Library at 12:30pm PT, the Marina Library at 1:30pm PT, the Golden Gate View Library at 2:30pm PT, the Sunset Library at 4pm PT, and the Anza Library at 5pm PT. 

Put pen to vintage paper: Explore the Vintage Paper Fair and examine thousands of postcards, photography, transit memorabilia and more. Held at the Golden Gate Park County Fair Building on Saturday from 10am to 6pm PT and Sunday from 11am to 5pm PT, the fair is free. 

Backstreet's back in San Francisco: ABADA-Capoeira San Francisco is hosting a 6-week boy band dance class starting this Sunday at 6:15pm PT. Attendees will learn moves from the Jackson 5, the Backstreet Boys, and *NSYNC and perform a boy band medley dance at Balancoire in The Mission. The class series costs $110 and runs six consecutive Sundays starting this weekend. 


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Yesterday, we ran a story about a chartered commuter bus striking and killing a pedestrian at a Saratoga community college on its way to Google’s main campus in Mountain View. 

We heard from a concerned reader, Harold, about the decision to run the story in the first spot in our rundown. 

"Fatalities are not news, in and of themselves. Nor is the fact that Google makes an effort to transport workers to their workplace in modes of transport besides personal automobiles. How many fatalities have resulted from private cars driving to and from Apple, Google, Yahoo, Facebook? C'mon. You are better than this."

(I also heard feedback from our CEO, Jason, who also questioned the newsworthiness of the story.)

My response to both Harold and Jason was that this item ticks off a number of things we look for in stories to feature.

Most significantly, it was widely covered yesterday throughout the Bay Area, on both TV and in print. Additionally, it links up to a larger, ongoing news story, the growing tension between the city’s newly-arrived tech workers and long-time residents and locals.

I think the answer is probably that we should have MENTIONED the ongoing context of the story - the protests against the Google bus that kicked off in late 2013, and how the program has come to symbolize the larger debate about San Francisco’s population and future direction. Just leaving the item there without any kind of larger scope leaves our reasoning behind including it open to interpretation. We’ll do our best to include important additional info like, whenever relevant, moving forward.

If YOU see something in Inside SF that gives you pause, or seems unreasonable, please do hit REPLY and let us know! We love hearing from our readers.

- Lon 

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