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Inside San Francisco (Dec 7th, 2017)

 Tomorrow's forecast will be partly cloudy skies with a high/low of 63/47 Fahrenheit. On Saturday, expect mostly sunny skies with a high/low of 63/47 Fahrenheit.

A Bernal Heights resident died in a carbon monoxide leak this morning. The leak came from a faulty water heater at 301 Moultrie Street, near Eugenia Avenue. A carbon monoxide detector in an upper unit of the building detected the gas and a resident notified authorities. One elderly man in a lower unit was found dead and an elderly female resident required hospitalization. All four residents of the upper unit exhibited signs of carbon monoxide poisoning and were treated at the scene. Authorities urge the public to regularly check their appliances for any issues, especially as heaters are turned on for winter. PG&E offers a hotline at (800) 743-5000 with information on how to go about checking household appliances. - SFGATE

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Oakland city workers continue with day three of their strike. Members of the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 began their strike Tuesday once negotiations with the city of annual salary increases broke town. The union and the city have agreed on a 4% salary increase for the first year of the two-year contract but the parties cannot come to an agreement on a second year increase. Members of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers Local 21 are striking in solidarity. According to Oakland city analysts, another 4% bump in the second year would create a deficit of nearly $20 million and require a staff reduction equivalent to 150 full-time employees. The union claims that the city under-forecasts its revenues and over-forecasts its expenses. Street cleaning, senior centers, the hauling away of illegal dumping, fire and building inspections, parking citations, after-school programs, and the filing of non-emergency crime and traffic reports are all affected by the strike. The Oakland City Council will meet with the union again this afternoon to attempt to resolve the strike. - KRON4

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Some Silicon Valley companies are hiring models to attend their holiday parties as guests. Known as “ambiance and atmosphere models,” the men and women are contractually obligated to pretend they’re party guests. Most modeling agencies insist that their models don't drink or exchange contact information. The mostly female models are even given names of actual company employees to reference as friends in case anyone asks why they're attending a company soiree. “The companies don’t want their staff to be talking to someone and think, 'Oh, this person was hired to socialize with me,'” explained modeling agent Farnaz Kermaani. Kermaani will be sending models to seven different parties on the same upcoming weekend. - BLOOMBERG

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San Francisco police are seeking two dogs involved in an alleged mauling. According to the 52-year-old victim, she was walking her dog Joey, a Chihuahua mix, in the 600 block of Brunswick Street on November 20 when two unleashed dogs - thought to be pit bulls - ran toward her from across the street. The victim picked Joey up and was knocked to the ground by the two dogs who then dragged her across the pavement. Joey died in the attack. A nearby male, thought to be the owner of the dogs, left the area. “The sudden and unprovoked attack on the victim and the fatal mauling of ‘Joey’ indicates that these dogs are a risk to public safety and must be seized pending a vicious and dangerous dog hearing,” said the police in a statement. - CBS5

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Check out these photos of historic Sonoma mansions, both in the past and present day. The photo gallery features mansions built in the North Bay toward the end of the 19th century - and compares them to photos of the properties today. One of the most spectacular inclusions is the Mableton mansion, which was built in 1879 as the summer residence of San Francisco's McDonald family. Today it is owned by Telecom entrepreneur John Welby. - PRESSDEMOCRAT

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BAY AREA REAL ESTATE NEWS

Curbed has created an interactive map of the 20 best current holiday light displays in the Bay Area. Number one on the list, and the round-up's northern-most spot, is the famed Rombeiro’s Christmas House in Novato. This private home is transformed into a winter wonderland every holiday season and the public is actually welcomed inside. The Mountain View Cemetery's Holiday Circle of Lights, Fisherman’s Wharf Lighted Boat Parade, and Jack London Square Christmas Tree made the list as well. 

The San Francisco Planning Department released a set of 24 guidelines that the department hopes will guide the look and feel of the city's future. “The primary goal here is to improve the predictability and consistency in the review of design qualities of the projects,” explained city planner Jeff Joslin. Suggested guidelines include "Design sidewalks to enhance the pedestrian experience," "Harmonize building designs with neighboring scale and materials," and "Integrate common open space and landscape with architecture." Members of the public are welcome to contribute input on the guidelines before they're finalized. 

A startup called Starcity has created communal housing for middle-income people who don't qualify for government subsidies but still can't afford San Francisco's rental market. The company buys former hotels, retail buildings, and parking garages and transforms them into residences that resemble dorm living. There's a 1,800-person waiting list for Starcity's two San Francisco locations, and according to the company's owner, less than 20% of Starcity's residents work in tech. A private bedroom in Starcity's Mission Location rents for $2,000 a month. The startup intends to open at least nine more locations in San Francisco. 

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WHAT TO DO THIS WEEK

Tipsy holiday stroll: Participating Fillmore Street merchants will offer tastes of wine and tons of shopping opportunities at the 1st Annual Fillmore Street Holiday Wine Walk on Friday night. Tickets cost $25 - $30 for this 4pm to 8pm PT event that runs between Jones and Eddy Streets. 

Positively pole-tastic: Tickets are still available for tomorrow night's "Elfstravaganza: Making the North Pole Gay Again!" Featuring 250 elves in their best holiday drag, a team of fabulous reindeer, handsome lumbersexuals, and more, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus show starts at 8pm PT and takes place at the Nourse Theater. Tickets run from $25 - $99. 

Beautiful bargains: Head to Fleet Wood's 3rd Annual "100 under 100" group art show featuring over 100 pieces of art all priced to sell below $100. This holiday shopping pop-up runs from 4pm to 10pm PT and some artists are donating a portion of their proceeds to the North Bay Fire victims. To keep the holiday spirit flowing, DJs will be spinning beats and the Alfaro Catering Taco Truck will be serving up food outside. 

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