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Inside San Francisco (Feb 1st, 2018)

 Tomorrow's forecast will be partly cloudy with a high/low of 6r/50 Fahrenheit. On Saturday, expect sunny skies with a high/low of 65/52 Fahrenheit.

The San Francisco District Attorney will dismiss thousands of misdemeanor marijuana cases dating back to 1975. DA George Gascon will retroactively apply Proposition 64, which legalized the possession and recreational use of marijuana for adults in California, to non-violent pot-related misdemeanor convictions. Gascon's office will also review almost 5,000 felony cases for possible dismissal or resentencing as well. Drug offenses, which disproportionately target people of color, can prohibit employment and housing opportunities. “This is a giant step toward justice and it is a stride toward getting black people free to live in the community, to have jobs, to have health care, to have decent education,” said NAACP leader Rev. Amos Brown. - KRON4

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Candidates for District Supervisors have reported fundraising totals through the end of 2017. Leading the pack is District 2 candidate and BART board member Nick Josefowitz who reportedly raised $182,442 last year. Josefowitz will face off with newly appointed Supervisor Catherine Stefani, and candidates Kat Anderson and Schuyler Hudak in the November 6 election. Sonja Trauss of the YIMBY organization raised $105,455 last year in her quest to represent D6. She faces serious competition in San Francisco Unified School District’s Board of Education member Matt Haney who's raised $143,349. District 8 is another hot election, with incumbent Supervisor Jeff Sheehey having raised $220,785 to candidate City College Trustee Rafael Mandelman’s $224,311. In District 10, SFUSD Board of Education member Shamann Walton has raised $118,324 in a race against Golden State Warriors public affairs direction Theo Ellington, who's raised $88,838. In District 4, Supervisor Katy Tang faces no serious competition. - SFEXAMINER

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A San Rafael man was arrested on suspicion of extortion and leaving a bomb threat in a local mailbox. 43-year-old Rodger Lee Johnson Jr. is accused of leaving a note in the postal box of a female neighbor. The note said that Johnson watched the woman through her windows and demanded $3,000 and nude photos. It also contained a threat that Johnson would bomb the woman’s car and harm her and her dog if the demands were not met. He's currently been held on $100,000 bail at the Marin County Jail and his arraignment was delayed until tomorrow. - MARINIJ

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A stunning new collection of jazz photographs is on collection at Santa Clara University. "Jazz Greats: Classic Photographs from the Bank of America Collection" runs at the de Saisset Museum of Santa Clara University through June 16. The exhibit features over 30 black and white photographs from the well-known photographers like Gordon Parks, Chuck Stewart and Edward Steichen, and covers six decades of jazz culture. "We can celebrate the artistry of the photography and the musicians, but also the history of jazz, the history of race relations," explained Lauren Baines of the de Saisset Museum. - SIXFIFTY

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BAY AREA REAL ESTATE NEWS

The City of San Francisco has asked the State of California for $1.6 billion to rebuild the city's Hall of Justice, a massive structure at 850 Bryant Street that houses criminal and traffic courts, part of the city jail, and the District Attorney's office, among other city services. The money the city is asking for was initially reserved for state courthouse upgrades but was repurposed to address the state's budget shortfall. The Hall of Justice will turn 60 years old this year and is no longer up to seismic safety standards, routinely leaks urine from flooded jail toilets on the top floor, and is infested with vermin. “Rebuilding the Hall of Justice is the only way to ensure the safety of court staff, attorneys, jurors, Sheriff’s Deputies and countless others,” read a letter from DA George Gascon to Governor Jerry Brown.  According to the governor's office, San Francisco officials have not gone through the proper approval process for state funding a courthouse. 

Take a daydream break and explore a stunning Mill Valley home currently on the market for $4.75 million. This modern, indoor-outdoor compound at 880 Edgewood Ave features an indoor pool, a living room that opens to a tile patio with a gas fire pit, a spa bathroom with a jetted tub and garden vistas, and a bocce ball court. Sigh. 

Earlier this week, the San Jose City Council voted to remove a statue of Christopher Columbus from the lobby of City Hall. The removal comes in response to concerns that the statue, which was donated to the city in 1958 by the Italian American Society of San Jose, is as historically inaccurate and a symbol of the violent conquest of American tribal groups. Supporters have six weeks to find a new home for the statue or else it will be moved to city storage. 

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WHAT TO DO THIS WEEK

Cinemaddness: Now in its 20th year, the San Francisco Independent Film Festival kicks off tonight! Catch indie films from around the world at the Roxie Theater today through February 15. Edgier and more avant guarde than larger film fests, SF Indie Fest is a global offering of cinema you won't see anywhere else in the Bay Area. Explore the SF Indie Fest schedule here

Punxsutawney Phil: Catch a classic at the Alama Drafthouse showing of "Groundhog Day" ON the actual Groundhog Day. This 90's comedy starring Bill Murray as a weatherman reliving the same day over and over runs at 4:20pm PT tomorrow. Tickets (which are miraculously still available) cost $11. 

Marvelous multi-media: Shiro Schwarz is an audiovisual production and performance duo and they're taking the stage tonight at the Elbo Room. Described as, "an extrasensory voyage through space into a mysterious funky universe," the 21-and-over show starts at 10pm PT. Tickets are $10 at the door. 

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