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Inside San Francisco (Jan 10th, 2017)

 Tomorrow's forecast will be showers with a high/low of 53/46 Fahrenheit. On Thursday, expect morning clouds and afternoon sun with a high/low of 51/42 Fahrenheit.

The on-going Bay Area storm continues to dominate local news. Flash flood watches have been issued. 2 to 4 inches of rain is expected today. About 500 homes have flooded in the Russian River area. A news van was caught in a Santa Cruz rockslide. A mudslide closed Highway 1. The storm has toppled several trees in San Francisco. Free sandbag pick-up locations have been set up throughout the Bay Area. Sonoma's Santa Rosa Avenue is covered in mud. Yosemite re-opened today. - SFGATE

A dead whale washed up along the Oakland waterfront. The Marine Mammal Center stated that the female whale measured between 40 and 60 feet long and is either a blue whale or a fin whale. It was discovered floating upside down near Oakland’s Howard Terminal on Saturday and remained there until yesterday, when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers towed the carcass away from the heavily trafficked area. The deceased whale is now floating near an abandoned pier at Angel Island while marine biologists wait for weather conditions to improve so they can investigate the death. Strong-stomached members of the public are welcome to observe the necropsy when it occurs. - SFE

12,000 University of California staff members, including UC employees in Berkeley and San Francisco, will stage a walk out today. The UC system clerical and support staff will walk out in solidarity with skilled workers at the University of California, Los Angeles. UCLA's electricians, elevator mechanics, plumbers and facilities workers have been on strike since Friday. “The strike is over the university’s numerous violations of state law and unfair labor practices, including the failure to bargain in good faith, unlawful delays in bargaining and threatening retaliation against workers for engaging in union activities,” explained a statement from Teamsters. - KPIX

Vice President Joe Biden stopped for a grilled cheese sandwich while he was in town yesterday. Biden was in San Francisco for the JP Morgan Health Care Conference at the St. Francis Hotel. When his keynote speech was postponed for a few hours, Biden ventured to the South of Market grilled cheese spot, The Melt. This is the second time Biden has dined at The Melt while visiting San Francisco. The Vice President ordered a grilled cheese with tomato and a chocolate milkshake. - EATERSF

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee posted a series of tweets aimed at convincing George Lucas to build his "Star Wars" Museum on Treasure Island. Lucas' original design for a museum in San Francisco's Presidio was rejected by the Presidio Trust. The filmmaker then looked to Chicago as a host city for his Museum of Narrative Art, but the project was met with several roadblocks there as well. Lucas has indicated that he is open to returning the $1 billion dollar, self-funded museum project to the Bay Area, among other locations, and his team plans to announce their decision later today. Lee's tweets are designed as a last-ditch effort to convince Lucas that Treasure Island is the ideal spot for the highly anticipated destination museum. - SFIST

COMMUNITY NEWS: RICHMOND
  • A former Richmond industrial warehouse will be transformed into affordable live-work units and town homes as part of Richmond’s ongoing effort to develop its shoreline. Work crews began cleanup on the 10-acre property in the Marina Bay neighborhood last month. The location of the development, which will be called Bay Walk, is less than a half a mile from the new ferry terminal set to open in 2018. “We need a lot more housing in that area and the project was a perfect fit with our general plan, which calls for more dense housing along the waterfront,” said a Richmond senior planner. 
     
  • A group of landlords have filed a lawsuit to block Richmond's voter-approved rent control. The California Apartment Association lobbied against Measure L, which passed with the support of 65% of Richmond voters. On Friday, the group filed a lawsuit in Contra Costa County Superior Court which alleged that the measure is, among other things, “unconstitutionally vague, (and) violates the Constitution’s due process clauses.”
     
  • The Hilltop Mall is now home to a new Mechanics Bank. The branch, which opened yesterday, is one of the few banks in California still offering an actual person-to-person drive thru banking window. In addition, Richmond's new Mechanics Bank features two full-service ATMs, a new self-service coin-counting machine, a self-service online banking portal, and WiFi. The branch also offers a Community Room which is available to Richmond-based organizations and nonprofits.
WHAT TO DO THIS WEEK

Share your Grateful Dead tunes with fellow Deadheads: Ashkenaz in Berkeley is hosting an all-ages "Grateful Dead Open Deck Night." Bring your most beloved recording of the Bay Area's favorite jam band and play DJ on Ashkenaz's world class Meyer Sound system. This Deadhead disco will take place on Wednesday night from 8pm to 10pm PT and is free for all. 



Do a rain dance - literally: Head over to Mission City Swing tomorrow night for dancing and dance lessons. An Intermediate West Coast Swing class begins at 7pm PT, a fundamentals class starts at 8pm PT, and social dancing for everyone takes place from 9pm to 11:30pm PT. One class costs $15, both classes will run $25, and those just wishing to dance socially can pay $8. 

Vogue with the world's #1 Madonna impersonator: Watch Adam Daniel Guerra as he takes on Drag Queen Extraordinaire Venus D'Lite and the Queen of Pop, Madonna in his critically acclaimed show, "Madonna Dearest." The show begins at 8pm PT on Thursday night at Oasis SF. Tickets start at $20 and attendees are required to purchased two drinks. 

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