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Inside San Francisco (Jan 11th, 2017)

 Tomorrow's forecast will be morning clouds and afternoon sun with a high/low of 50/43 Fahrenheit. On Friday, expect sunny skies with a high/low of 55/43 Fahrenheit.

The 7-day storm resulted in over 20 inches of rain in some parts of the Bay Area. The National Weather Service has released rainfall totals for the last seven days around the Bay Area. Three Peaks in Monterey County received the highest rainfall with 28.69 inches. The City of San Francisco was hit with 5.03 inches of rain. According to the California Department of Water Resources, the California drought is not over yet but our situation is improving. "We're getting better in places, but not in others," said a climatologist. - KRON

A cyclist set fire to a San Francisco porta-potty yesterday. Sometime between 3:56am. and 4:48am PT on Tuesday, a man in his 20s rode a bicycle up to a portable restroom in the Western Addition and set it on fire. The incident happened on the 1800 block of Turk Street and has ignited concerns that the infamous "Toilet Torcher" could be back. The "Toilet Torcher" was an arsonist who set fire to numerous porta-potties around San Francisco in 2009. Both the "Toilet Torcher" and Tuesday's early morning arsonist remain at large. - SFIST

A mudslide trapped a family in their Fairfax home last night. “These trees came down and a mudslide, and smashed the carport and pushed all the mud out and the carport is buried. You can’t even see that it was there,” said rattled Fairfax resident Ben Harwood. The mudslide, which happened around 7:15pm PT, destroyed the stairs to Harwood’s in-law’s house, trapping them and his two young daughters inside. The slide also caused a gas leak at the residence. Marin County Fire rescue crews arrived and removed the trapped family while PG&E workers capped the leak. “This is like a disaster scene,” said Harwood. - KPIX

Riders at the 24th Street BART stations grew so frustrated with delays that some felt forced to climb out of the station. Storm conditions caused major delays to BART last night. Unfortunately the 24th Street station's escalator stairs had been removed for maintenance resulting in a bottleneck at the station's two working exits. The Mission District's underground 24th Street station became so crowded that some riders decided to leave by any means possible. As a result, dozens of delayed BART commuters crawled up the "slide" that runs alongside the escalator. Area BART service had returned to normal by this morning. - CURBED

SFGate has put together a photo gallery of the most depressing #SadDeskLunch submissions. One recent trend on social media involved uploading a photo of a sub-par office desk lunch and tagging the photo with the hashtag #saddesklunch. Particularly sad lunches that made SFGate's gallery include a photo of one piece of Rolo candy and two Tylenol, a small handful of plain lettuce, and a single can of tuna. - SFGate

  • The San Mateo County Transportation Authority has agreed to allocate another $135 million toward the $2 billion Caltrain electrification project. Electrifying the Peninsula’s rail system is a joint partnership among transit agencies in neighboring counties, including San Francisco and Santa Clara. The project is counting on a $647 million grant from the Federal Transportation Administration that officials hope will be confirmed soon. This allocation of funds comes thanks to San Mateo County's locally-controlled sales tax that sets aside money for transit projects. 
  • The City of Burlingame is considering a plan to build an ice rink on the site of the Burlingame Golf Center. Recent closures of Peninsula area ice rink facilities have left thousands of local skaters with only one icy option in Redwood City. Meanwhile, a campaign to re-open or rebuild the recently shuttered Belmont Iceland is underway. 
  • A BART train ran over a fallen tree last night between the Daly City and Balboa stations, prompting a major system-wide delay. According to BART officials, a tree fell in front of a train at about 5:30pm PT and the train hit it. Stranded passengers on the damaged train had to wait for another BART train to arrive and shuttle them to safety. Some passengers live-tweeted their experience, with one praising's BART's "orderliness."

Get in the mood for Queen Bey: Oakland's Social Life Productions has been presenting the nightlife event "MOOD" for a year. They plan to celebrate their anniversary with a dance party dedicated to the music of the one and only Beyonce. Hive fans should head to Au Lounge in Oakland on Thursday from 9pm to 2am PT. There is no mention of a cover charge in the event's promotional materials. 

Say goodbye to getting in touch: SOMArts is hosting a closing reception for their exhibit, "Touch On: Aesthetics in the Art, Politics and Ontology of Touch." To celebrate the end of this touching and touchable show, SOMArts will present an exhibit of mixed media, experimental films, and digital art in the venue's Main Gallery. Afterwards, exhibit artists will participate in a discussion on their work and the nature of touch. The free reception will be held Thursday from 6pm to 9pm PT. 

Get a whiff of magnolias by the moonlight: Allow a San Francisco Botanical Garden naturalist to guide you and fellow guests through "Magnolias by Moonlight." Tea and cookies will be served at the Moon Viewing Pond, and tour attendees are advised to bring a flashlight from home. This scent-filled event takes place on Thursday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Tickets cost $23 for members of the garden, and $28 for everyone else. 

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