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Inside San Francisco (Dec 6th, 2017)

 Tomorrow's forecast will be mostly sunny skies with a high/low of 65/47 Fahrenheit. On Friday, expect partly sunny skies with a high/low of 62/47 Fahrenheit.

"For sale" signs are popping up on burned out lots in Santa Rosa. As wildfires ravage Ventura County and move closer to Los Angeles, North Bay residents continue to deal with the aftermath of the fire that destroyed much of Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino counties this past October. Some Santa Rosa residents who lost their homes in the fires are selling their burned out plots of land, with plans to relocate out of state. The lengthy process of dealing with insurance payouts and ultimately rebuilding isn't feasible for numerous families in the area. “I had a house that was paid off and a small retirement payment. But now I’m forced out after I spent 40 years of my life in the Bay Area," said 67-year-old Andrei Bostan. A collection of Santa Rosa's Coffey Park residents have formed a group to help the area's neighbors who wish to stay navigate the process of starting over. - SFCHRONICLE

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An anonymous donor helped an evicted Oakland woman buy back her home. The donor, who doesn't want her name published, provided a $120,000 down payment to Dorothy DeBose to buy back her foreclosed home. The East Oakland residence has been in DeBose's family for decades and when the 76-year-old fell behind on mortgage payments, Wells Fargo took ownership of the home and sold it to a property management firm at auction. The donor, who read about DeBose's plight in Otis Taylor's San Francisco Chronicle column, stepped in to help DeBose regain ownership of her family home. - SFGATE

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The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors approved a plan to implement "surge" pricing at San Francisco parking meters. City meters will be set to “surge” to up to $8 an hour when demand for parking grows, and decrease to as low as $1.25 an hour when the demand lessens. In some areas, busy streets will have a higher meter rate than nearby, less crowded side streets in an effort to draw drivers there. A pilot program that began in 2011 was tested in the Marina, Fisherman’s Wharf, Fillmore, downtown and Civic Center neighborhoods. The goal of the new pricing plan is to shift drivers to areas where spaces are more readily available. "This is revenue neutral, it’s not about using parking prices to make more money,” said SFMTA planner Hank Wilson. - SFEXAMINER

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Hummingbird Farm opened in the Excelsior District. The new, six-acre open space is owned by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and will be managed by People Organizing to Demand Environmental and Economic Rights (PODER). The community farm is expected to provide up to 1,000 pounds of fresh vegetables and fruit to neighborhood residents. Hummingbird Farm will also serve as a sanctuary where local families can reconnect with their cultures and protect a pocket of San Francisco from gentrification. “We are very excited to see this space as a shining example in this larger campaign to have better neighborhoods for our same neighbors,” said PODER's Charlie Sciammas. - HOODLINE

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Beyonce presented former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick with Sports Illustrated’s Muhammad Ali Legacy Award last night. Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem last season to protest racial inequality and police brutality. A number of professional athletes followed suit, prompting both support and outrage. This past March, Kaepernick left the 49ers and has yet to sign a contract with another team. “Colin took action with no fear of consequence or repercussion,” Beyonce said. - KRON4

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COMMUNITY NEWS: SAN MATEO

Heads up, Peninsula residents. San Mateo County authorities are warning the public about a jury-duty phone scam involving suspects who pose as sheriff's office employees in an attempt to defraud people. Victims have handed over personal information, money, and gift cards to the scam suspects. "The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office will never contact a member of the public demanding they pay any fees and/or fines over the phone and will never ask for money or gift cards to be electronically wired," the department said in a statement. 

The San Mateo-Foster City School District school teachers union has reached a settlement with the district that will award them over 8% in raises over the next two years. 625 members of the San Mateo Elementary Teachers Association will be eligible for the raise, which follows a 6% raise in 2015. The deal, which hasn't been officially inked, also increases stipends for master’s degrees from $1,000 to $1,500 and raises hourly pay for supplemental work from $30 to $45. 

Burlingame police have created an "internet exchange zone" at 1111 Trousdale Drive where members of the public can meet safely to exchange money and items sold over the internet. The area, marked by signage, will be monitored by both video cameras and police officers. 

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WHAT TO DO THIS WEEK

Get glam on ice: Make your way to the Union Square Ice Rink tomorrow night for the 8th annual Drag Queens on Ice. Mutha Chucka, Paju Munro, Kylie-Pop, Sugah Betes, BeBe Sweetbriar, Kylie Minono, and Mahlae Balenciaga will all don their most gay apparel for an evening of special performances. San Francisco drag personality Donna Sachet will return to serve as Mistress of Ceremonies. The event runs from 8pm to 9:30pm PT, and tickets - which include skate rental - cost $20 - $25. 

Crab-tastic: Tomorrow night is the annual Guardsmen Tree Lot Crab Feed. There are a few tickets left to this super-popular holiday event that features cocktails, a crab and pasta dinner, and dancing in the middle of an indoor Christmas tree lot. Tickets to this 6pm to 11pm PT event cost $110 and proceeds benefit local at-risk youth. 

Skate in the park: A new outdoor ice rink is open in Golden Gate Park! The rink, located in the California Academy of Sciences East Garden, is open daily through January 7. Ice rink tickets are available online or can be purchased on-site at the museum. 55-minute skate sessions are $12 per person ($10 for Academy members) and skate rental is included. Add a Behind-the-Scenes Academy Tour for $24.95 with the purchase of a General Admission ticket. 

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