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Inside San Francisco (Jan 9th, 2017)

 Tomorrow's forecast will be rain and wind with a high/low of 57/52 Fahrenheit. On Wednesday, expect showers with a high/low of 53/45 Fahrenheit.

This week's storm has impacted the entire Bay Area. The historic "drive-thru" giant sequoia in Calaveras Big Trees State Park fell down. Highway 101 in Gilroy was closed in both directions last night due to flooding. Three Sonoma County school districts have cancelled classes today. Flights arriving and departing from San Francisco International Airport are hours behind schedule. Three people have died in incidents related to the storm. Sierra Nevada ski resorts shut down yesterday. The south-bound lanes of 280 near Hillsborough were temporarily closed due to a fallen tree. More than 45,000 Bay Areans lost powerMore rain is expected. - SFGATE

A person suffered life-threatening injuries after a shooting in San Francisco's Chinatown yesterday morning. Police officers responded to multiple reports of gunfire near the 600 block of Jackson Street. There, they found the victim on the ground suffering from a gunshot wound. Authorities have released no information on a motive, and the suspect or suspects remain at large. - SFE

A man broke into a Petaluma nursing facility and stole diapers. Police surrounded The Oaks Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Center on Friday night after they received a report of a burglary and discovered a broken window. 50-year old Todd Simone was arrested for burglary, resisting arrest and violating probation. He was found with both adult and children's diapers in his possession. Simone confessed that he stole the diapers due to his fetish for them. - SFBAY

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the city of San Francisco $11 million to develop innovative transportation technology. The grant will go toward funding six pilot programs, all of which will be aimed at reducing the city’s traffic congestion. The programs will include testing electronic shuttles on Treasure Island, creating more high-occupancy vehicle lanes, and implementing smart traffic signal systems to help improve traffic flow and safety. “This is part of the 21st century challenge of transportation in America. You’re in one the fastest growing regions in the county, if not the fastest," explained U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx at a Friday morning news conference. 78 cities applied for the grant. - KRON

A West Portal-based pinball machine artist is developing a hard rock clientele. Donny Gillies, aka: Dirty Donnie is a San Francisco artist whose work graces pinball machines, skateboards, T-shirts, and album covers. The Canadian moved to San Francisco because fans in the Bay Area "got" his art. He has a long-standing relationship with members of the band Metallica, who have commissioned several pieces of his work. Gilles is known to drive through San Francisco in his custom designed van, which he calls "Vandolf." The artist will debut his pinball machine dedicated to the band Aerosmith later this year. - HOODLINE

  • A man died after driving his taxi cab into an estuary near the Oakland Airport yesterday morning. Rescue crews pulled the man and the cab from Doolittle Drive and Langley Street. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where the man was pronounced dead. Investigators don't yet know how the man lost control of the car and ended up in the water. 
  • A helmet camera video shows Oakland firefighters responding to a three-alarm blaze last Thursday morning. The fire was reported just after 4am PT on the 3800 block of Harrison Street. The fire began when a wall heater ignited a blanket. 14 people were displaced in the blaze, and two people were treated for smoke inhalation. OaklandFireLive, an unofficial Twitter account linked to the Oakland Fire Department, released the video, which shows firefighters as they move down a hallway filled with smoke and flames.
  • A 22-month old girl is in stable condition after being shot in a drive-by shooting. The incident happened on Thursday in a residential neighborhood of East Oakland around noon as the little girl and her mother were driving in a car. The two were caught in the crossfire as two other vehicles exchanged bullets. The suspects remain at large. 

Grown-ups only party at Playland: El Cerrito's Playland-Not-At-The-Beach is usually jam-packed with kids but Tuesday night is just for adults. "Playland After Dark" will feature all of the pinball, carnival games and rare exhibitions that make this indoor vintage arcade so fun - but without the tantrums. Tickets cost $10 and the event runs from 6pm to 10pm PT. 

Flex into silent disco yoga: Pop on a set of headphones and hit the yoga mat for an hour-long guided bootcamp and yoga class set to disco music. The "Power Hour" silent disco workout starts at 6:30pm PT on Tuesday at The Lab on 16th Street. Classes cost $16, but Tuesday evening's first class in this new series is free. 

Listen to weather-appropriate songs: The music of Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, and Tom Waits is dark and stormy - just like this week's weather. The Make-Out Room is presenting a free celebration in their honor tonight from 9:30pm to 2am PT. The hosts of "Closing Time" assure fans of this morose music that, "weeping in the corner is perfectly acceptable."


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