Inside San Francisco - January 11th, 2017

Inside San Francisco (Jan 12th, 2017)

 Tomorrow's forecast will be sunny with a high/low of 54/43 Fahrenheit. On Saturday, expect partly cloudy skies with a high/low of 54/44 Fahrenheit.

A French start-up believes their hydrofoil water taxi concept will cut an hour off the SF to Silicon Valley commute. Founders of the company SeaBubbles have been pitching their waterway commute idea to funders in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. “Every city is getting more and more crowded, with traffic jams on land, whereas waterways are abandoned. In San Francisco we can save people an hour a day going from downtown to the Silicon Valley and back," explained co-founder Anders Bringdal. SeaBubble aims to create a fleet of battery-powered boats that hover above the water and can transport as many as six people at a time. They have already received $3.6 million in funding but estimate that they will need ten times as much. - SFIST

A dead body was found in a Muni tunnel yesterday. The male body was found on the trackway, just off the tracks, between the Castro and Church Street stations at around 3pm PT. A Muni operator spotted the body and contacted authorities who immediately stopped service. The San Francisco Police are investigating the incident as a collision with a train. The service closure caused delays to the K, L, and M lines throughout much of last night's commute. - SFGATE

The drought is over in Northern California. Technically, the state of California will remain in a drought emergency until Governor Jerry Brown lifts the declaration he issued in January of 2014. But this week's drought report presented by government and academic water experts showed that 42% of the state is free from drought, including the Bay Area and just about everywhere north. This is vast improvement since January of 2016 when 97% of the state was in drought. Governor Brown will wait until after the rainy season to amend his declaration. - KPIX

The Halal Guys will open its first San Francisco location later this month. The wildly popular New York City halal cart will be bringing its sauce-drenched dishes to Union Square on January 27. While The Halal Guys have a shop open in San Jose and plans for another in Berkeley, their location at 340 O’Farrell in the old Naan 'N Curry space will be the food purveyor's first in San Francisco proper. "We know that late night is a big opportunity for us, so the location is ideal since it is nestled between some major nightclubs," explained The Hala Guys' director of operations. - EATERSF

A woman had to be rescued on Monday night after she became stuck in a Santa Cruz creek. Firefighters received a report of a person who either fell or jumped into the Branciforte Creek. There, rescue crews found an unnamed woman stuck in the creek, which was about 3 feet deep with slow moving water. Firefighters threw a rope to the woman and rescue swimmers entered the water to assist her. The victim was taken to the hospital and her condition remains unknown. - KRON

  • Hayward rapper Minionte Jones, also known by his stage name of Tay Cholly, was killed in a car accident over the weekend. According to the California Highway Patrol, Jones crashed into a tree on the Appian Way exit on Highway 80 in Pinole on Saturday at 11:30am PT. No other vehicles were involved in the accident and it remains unclear if Jones was the only person in the car. Jones collaborated with numerous Bay Area artists and released his first solo album in 2015. He leaves behind a 5-year old son. 
  • The Hayward Household Hazardous Waste drop-off site has been temporarily closed because of a water line break. During the closure, Alameda County residents can take their hazardous items to facilities in Fremont, Oakland and Livermore. It is unknown when the site will re-open. 
  • A lottery ticket sold at Bayhill Food & Liquor on East Avenue in Hayward is worth $11,705 to whomever bought it. The winning ticket has five out of five numbers, but is missing the Mega number. The winning numbers were 6, 32, 33, 34, 44 and the Mega number was 18. 

Celebrate Paul Verhoeven. Really: "A Genuine Tribute to Paul Verhoeven Weekend" is a three-day toast to the work of the sometimes controversial Dutch filmmaker. Presented by the Spoke Art Museum and MiDNiTES FOR MANiACS, the tribute kicks off Friday with a double feature of "Total Recall" and "Basic Instinct." Saturday's double-feature will be "Robocop" and "Showgirls." And on Sunday, the unrated Dutch version "Spetters" will be screened along with "Starship Troopers." Each double-feature starts at 7pm PT and tickets cost $15. 

Get comfortable at the Lookout: Once again, the Lookout is hosting a "Winter Onsie Party." This Friday, zip into your finest one-piece fleece pajama and enjoy a fabulous set by DJ Phil B, a paparazzi posing station, and a midnight onsie runway show. The 9pm to 2am PT party is free but the hosts suggest a $5 donation at the door to the National AIDS Memorial Grove. 

Update your ink: In honor of Friday the 13th, Fura Bodyworks Tattoo in Castro Valley will be offering $31 tattoos. Willing customers can pick from an array of artistic tattoos included in the deal. The inky discount runs Friday from 12 noon to 11pm PT.

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