Inside San Francisco - January 12th, 2017

Inside San Francisco (Jan 13th, 2017)

 Tomorrow's forecast will be mostly sunny with a high/low of 54/45 Fahrenheit. On Sunday, expect morning clouds and afternoon sun with a high/low of 55/42 Fahrenheit.

Former San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr stepped down from a job as a security consultant to the Golden State Warriors just hours after after his hiring was announced. The former chief, who resigned from the police force following a number of scandals and officer-involved shootings, was hired to advise the basketball team on an as-needed basis. Following the announcement, the Warriors organization was inundated with a social media backlash calling for calling for his termination. Hours later, the Warriors issued a statement which read, "The Warriors and former San Francisco Police Department Chief Greg Suhr have mutually agreed to discontinue his consultant arrangement with the organization, effective immediately.” - SFGATE

An unknown substance caused three crew members to become sick on a flight from Seattle to San Jose. The illnesses were reported on Thursday night when the Alaska Airlines flight was 15 minutes away from Mineta San Jose International Airport. Hazmat crews met the plane and took at least one flight attendant to the hospital. 181 passengers and the remaining crew members were kept on board for 45 minutes as authorities investigated a potential cause of the mystery illness. One passenger tweeted from the plane, "We're all trapped at the gate in SJC on an @alaskaair flight by a flight attendant arguing with a paramedic who says she's fine." - KRON

Two members of the band Tower of Power were hit by an Amtrak train in Oakland last night. The incident happened just before 8pm PT right next to Oakland music venue, Yoshi's in Jack London Square. According to an Amtrak spokesperson, musicians David Garibaldi and Marc Van Wageningen were not in the designated crosswalk when they were hit. Both were rushed to Highland Hospital and are expected to survive. Yoshi's immediately cancelled both of the band's scheduled shows. "Fantastic drummer. I can't believe he'd cross in front of the train. Not like him," said a friend. - ABC7

UCSF received one of the largest educational gifts in U.S. history. The Helen Diller Foundation had already given $150 million to UCSF before Wednesday’s announcement of a $500 million gift to the university. Diller, a San Francisco native, had planned the donation before her death in 2015. The donation is a rare unrestricted gift, meaning UCSF can use the money for just about whatever it deems appropriate. “So it’s extraordinarily remarkable, rare and frankly, exciting,” explained UCSF chancellor Sam Hawgood. - KQED

Hoodline published a collection of photos of the Central Subway's subterranean construction. The photos, which are pulled from the Central Subway Flickr page, offer a haunting glimpse into the work being done 80 feet below the streets of San Francisco. The $1.578 billion project to extend Muni's T-Third metro line began in 2010 and isn't expected to be completed until 2019. Meanwhile, these photos reveal the progress being made underground. - HOODLINE 

  • A Berkeley preservationist is fighting a plan to add a neon sign to the top of one of downtown's tallest buildings. Neon signs that have formerly glowed from the top of the tower at 2150 Shattuck Avenue have included Powerbar and Chase Bank. City staff has approved the initial plan to add "SkyDeck", the name of a UC Berkeley incubator space that occupies part of the building, on the rooftop enclosure. Preservationist Steve Finacom is concerned that the sign is prohibited by Berkeley law and is appealing the sign's approval. “Under the current signage interpretations of staff, Berkeley would have no recourse but to allow a big, illuminated sign across the top of the building reading “TRUMP TOWER – BERKELEY,” Finacom wrote in his appeal.
  • 27-year-old Emilie Inman has been identified as the victim of a homicide that took place in Berkeley last week. Inman was allegedly stabbed to death by 22-year old UC Berkeley student Pablo Gomez Jr. Gomez, a senior majoring in Chicano Studies, is also accused of stabbing another UC Berkeley student who survived the attack. Gomez was arrested in Southern California over the weekend and is expected to be returned to Berkeley to face charges next week. 
  • A woman fell off a bridge and into a steep ravine during an armed robbery attempt near Le Roy and Le Conte avenues. The woman was walking on a bridge on January 3rd when a man approached and pointed a gun at her. In an attempt to step away from the gun, the woman fell into a ravine. The woman was treated for injuries related to the fall and the suspect remains at large. 

Bet you've never been to an art show like this: Made famous in Los Angeles, the Pancakes & Booze” Underground Art Show comes to San Francisco with a night of over 100 emerging and underground artists, DJ performances, body-painting, and all-you-can-eat pancakes. The (delicious) show runs tonight and tomorrow night from 8pm to 2am at Mezzanine. Guests should expect a $10 cover charge and a no-host bar. 

Bring home a new pet: Paxton Gate is offering a 2-day DIY Taxidermy Jackalope class. Nearing extinction, the specimens used in the class are the result of an aggressive reintroduction plan. $325 buys attendees a (long) lesson in taxidermy on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm PT. 

Don't forget a good cause: Beat Bust: A Ghost Ship Fire Benefit takes place this Sunday from 3pm to 6pm PT at The SF Eagle. Five DJs will spin beats throughout the afternoon while the purchase of one $15 cup of beer comes with unlimited refills. Proceeds support relief efforts for the community affected by the fire at the Ghost Ship warehouse. 

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