Inside San Francisco - February 26th, 2018

Inside San Francisco (Feb 26th, 2018)

4-year-old's helicopter rescue / SF street name change / Oasis closing

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 Tomorrow's forecast will be sunny and windy with a high/low of 58/43 Fahrenheit. On Wednesday, expect cloudy skies with a high/low of 55/48 Fahrenheit.

A 4-year-old boy was rescued from a cliff near Stinson Beach. The incident occurred yesterday when the child fell 30-feet off of a portion of the Steep Ravine Trail. A California Highway Patrol helicopter unit was able to reach the boy, who suffered critical injuries in the fall. The chopper transported the child to UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in Oakland where he is currently receiving treatment. - SFGATE

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San Francisco's Phelan Avenue could be renamed over a former mayor's racist beliefs. Named for the father of former mayor James Duval Phelan, the street is located near San Francisco City College and runs into a residential neighborhood. Phelan, who served as mayor from 1897 to 1902, was also a United States Senator from 1915 to 1921. He opposed Asian immigration and during a campaign, used the slogan “Keep California White." While some neighbors don't want the hassle of having to change the name of their address, many see renaming the street as part of a larger movement to remove monuments and statues honoring historic figures with bigoted beliefs. Supervisor Norman Yee will bring the change name suggestion to the Board of Supervisors once a new name has been agreed upon. Suggestions include Frida Kahlo Way and Freedom Way. - SFEXAMINER

Palo Alto high school students held a rally for gun control this morning. Students from Gunn High School braved the rain this morning to join the national movement led by young people urging stricter laws surrounding gun ownership. The movement follows the most recent school shooting in which 17 were killed at a Florida high school when a gunman opened fire. President Donald Trump has suggested that some teachers at every school carry firearms. “Give teachers more money, not more guns," chanted students this morning. - KRON4

Menlo Park's beloved Oasis Beer Garden will close March 7. Oasis is closing due to a lease dispute between Tougas Enterprises, which operates the business, and Dan Beltramo, owner of the building. Beltramo's father opened the beer garden in 1933 and Tougas bought it in 1958. It became wildly popular with area families and local Stanford University students. According to the Beltramos, other restaurants are already interested in taking over the historic space. “I felt like someone had died,” said longtime Oasis customer, 47-year-old Mike Duvall. - SFCHRONICLE


Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf warned residents of potential imminent ICE raids. Schaaf claims she learned of the raids from credible sources and informed the public to protect them, not to incite panic. As Oakland is a sanctuary city, police are prohibited from assisting Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and undocumented residents are encouraged to utilize the city's immigration resources. “There are ICE operations every day and it is unclear what the mayor is referring to," said ICE officials. There were, indeed, several people around the Bay Area detained by ICE yesterday. 

The first ever Black Joy Parade took place in Oakland yesterday afternoon. According to organizers, the eight block parade was intended to “celebrates our influence on cultures past, present and future.” SFGate has a photo gallery of the parade and subsequent festival. 

A historic former Oakland library caught fire for the second time in a year. The city-owned Carnegie library building in East Oakland is a 100-year-old, two-story Spanish Colonial Revival style building on Miller Avenue, a structure listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Abandoned since the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, the Carnegie building has recently become a home to squatters and drug users but a West Oakland Baptist church was reportedly hoping to buy the building. A fire this past April damaged the once beautiful structure, and Friday's blaze completely destroyed it. The East Bay Times has an interesting look back at the building's complicated history. 


TV on the radio: Mat Kearney headlines Oakland's Fox Theater tomorrow night at 8pm PT. You might not know Kearney's name but you probably know his music - it's been featured on television shows like Soul Surfer, Parenthood, The Closer, NCIS, 30 Rock, and Vampire Diaries. Special guest Andrew Belle opens the show and tickets cost $36. 

Beautiful ballet: Take a Tuesday night ballet class that explores traditional ballet techniques in a non- traditional environment for Black and Brown Bodies lead by Alyah Baker. The class series, which runs though the end of March, features stretching and strengthening, bending, balance, and release at Studio Grand Oakland. Single class tickets cost $25. 

Hey girl: Shelix (and Absolut Elyx Vodka) will host Bingo tonight at Foreign Cinema's chic bar, Lazlo. Cocktails and delicious food will be available throughout all eight rounds of Bingo while DJ Cansafis spins hot bears and Shelix brings some drag drama. There's no cover to this 21-and-over event. 


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