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Inside San Francisco (Feb 8th, 2018)

 Tomorrow's forecast will be mostly sunny skies with a high/low of 66/50 Fahrenheit. On Saturday, expect sunny skies with a high/low of 62/49 Fahrenheit.

San Francisco Congresswoman and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi now has the longest speech in recorded history on the House floor. Pelosi, who reportedly stood in four-inch heels and spoke for eight hours without a break, read the stories of numerous dreamers, the name given to recipients of President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA program that protects immigrants brought to the United States as children from deportation. Pelosi's speech was in response to a budget deal presented by the Republicans which does not include protections for dreamers, and called for a full immigration debate on the floor of the House. “I think it’s her finest hour,” said Rep. Mark DeSaulnier of Concord. Some Democratic votes are needed for the budget deal to pass, votes which Majority House Leader Paul Ryan of Wisconsin thinks he has. - SFCHRONICLE

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A pair of Santa Rosa home invasions resulted in a death this morning. The first incident took place on the 1900 block of Fulton Road at around 4:40am PT. One man was shot and rushed to the hospital where doctors expect him to survive. The second home invasion occurred approximately seven miles away on the 3500 block of Melcon Lane at around 6:45am PT. There, one man was shot and killed. Five suspects led police on a chase to Vallejo where they crashed their blue minivan into another car and a fire hydrant near the intersection of Couch and Redwood Streets. Authorities were able to take three of the suspects into the custody. The other two, a man and a woman, remain on the lose. Police offered no other details on the home invasions other than that guns were stolen from at least one of the homes. - SFGATE

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Bayview middle school students won an award for their fight for healthier food options. Members of the Black Student Union at Willie Brown Middle School won first place in California's Black Minds Matter competition for their report titled, "Good Eats Unwrapped." The students found that their classmates didn't like the healthy food served in the school cafeteria so they instead eat snacks from the liquor store across the street from campus. “We are in a food desert. That means we have a bunch of liquor stores around and not a lot of grocery stores," said eighth grader Elijah Brown. The students implemented a protest at the liquor store, worked with the school to develop a system in which kids could suggest healthy meal additions to the cafeteria menu, and added juice to the school's beverage offerings of soda. - SFEXAMINER

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There are plastic coyotes on the tarmac of the San Francisco International Airport. The coyotes' role is to scare away wildlife that might interfere with air traffic. SFO’s wildlife problem is mainly birds, specifically gulls, barn owls, sandpipers, red-tailed hawks, and white-tailed kit hawks. The airport experienced over 50 bird strikes last year, but it's unlikely that a wildlife strike would cause an aircraft accident.  “Damage to aircraft is pretty common. Actual accidents are pretty rare," said Natalie Reader, SFO’s full-time staff biologist. - ALTA

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Former Bay Area Olympians offered advice on what to watch at this year's Winter Games. Ex-Olympians like Kristi Yamaguchi and Jonny Mosley gave San Francisco Magazine the details on their favorite events to watch. Both Yamaguchi and figure skater Yvonne Gómez suggest keeping an eye on 18-year-old men's figure skater Nathan Chen (who competes tonight at 5pm PT). And Mosley, who now works as “chief mountain host” at Squaw Valley, likes to watch the "Nordic combined, where you have to cross-country ski and then also do the traditional ski jumping. It has balls and endurance." The XXIII Winter Olympic Games are currently underway in Pyeongchang, South Korea. - SFMAG

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BAY AREA REAL ESTATE NEWS

The City of San Francisco wants to know how members of the public would like to see Civic Center Plaza redesigned. A 10-minute online survey is available until March 11 in which anyone can offer insight and opinion on the square that sits alongside City Hall. Called the "Public Realm Plan," the project is part of the City’s "larger Civic Center initiative to improve the area as both a neighborhood gathering space and a public commons for all San Franciscans." 

A $13 million home next door to Ghirardelli Square comes with, among other amenities, seven parking places. Technically a two-unit residence, 935-937 North Point is designed to be used as one home. The usual home amenities are located in the upper floor while the lower level houses massage tables, a home gym, a movie theater, a game room, and a seven-car garage with Tesla charging stations and a "car washing zone." Check out the marketing video for this unique property and let us know, would you live here?

Cupertino's Mayor Darcy Paul is under fire for saying that the city's housing “circumstances are not dire." Paul made the remarks during a State of the City address in which he (did, actually) call for more housing to be built. “Cupertino has been historically quite responsible meeting our obligations to the larger community,” said Paul. Those who took issue with the statement want to see Cupertino's mayor express more urgency at the community's housing issues. Assemblyman David Chiu took to Twitter with his response, which said, "$2.2 million median home prices? New Apple campus for 12,000 workers w/no new housing? Cupertino needs to step up, instead of exporting its housing problems to SF.” According to the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors, the median price of a single family home in Cupertino is $2.1 million. 

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WHAT TO DO THIS WEEK

Not so nice: You might not recognize the name Michelle Wolf, but we're pretty sure you'd recognize her voice. The comedian bringers her "Not So Nice" tour to Cobb's Comedy Club on Friday at 8pm and 10:15pm, Saturday at 7:30pm and 9:45pm PT and Sunday at 7:30pm PT. Tickets start at $25.

Tap takeover: In celebration of San Francisco Beer Week, Stern Grove Brew Co. will take over the taps at the Silver Cloud Restaurant & Karaoke Bar on Friday night from 6pm to 11pm PT. All six Stern Grove Brews will be on tap - the perfect fuel for a night of Marina District-style karaoke. (Here's a line-up of all of the SF Beer Week festivities.)

Age of Aquarius: Oakland's Starline Social Club celebrations the signs of the Zodiac with a celebration of artists born under the current constellation. For tonight's Aquarius theme, resident DJs will spin Aquarians like Bob Marley, Alicia Keys, Jam Master Jay, Rakim, Sergio Mendes, D'Angelo, Dr. Dre, Jody Watley, Kamasi Washington, Sam Cooke, Tricky, Etta James and so many more - starting at 10pm PT. There is no cover for this 21-and-over Aquarian event.

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