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Inside San Francisco (Mar 6th, 2018)

 Tomorrow's forecast will be partly cloudy skies with a high/low of 63/51 Fahrenheit. On Thursday, expect morning clouds and afternoon sun with a high/low of 58/49 Fahrenheit.

San Francisco's Lower Polk neighborhood will get a Pit Stop public toilet. The Pit Stop public toilet program has eighteen portable toilet locations in nine neighborhoods throughout the city (now including Lower Polk Street). The Pit Stop toilets aim to help keep the neighborhood clean of human waste while also offering the city's homeless residents a dignified space to use the bathroom. The newest toilet will be fully staffed and open daily from 8am PT to 9pm PT at Larkin and Myrtle streets next to Sergeant John Macaulay Park. “These resources have a proven record of transforming neighborhoods and I am glad to see that Lower Polk is the latest community to benefit from this program," said Mayor Mark Farrell. A recent NBC Bay Area investigation revealed that the amount of human waste and used hypodermic needles on San Francisco's streets rivals the conditions of some third world slums. - SFEXAMINER

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Oakland's Homewood Suites was evacuated after a hotel guest was discovered with explosive materials. The incident occurred last night when authorities executed a search warrant on Ronald Guy of Riverbank who was staying at the hotel with his adult son. The search warrant was issued after Guy's son, Jeremy Guy, was arrested after he after refused to yield during a traffic enforcement stop. During that arrest, officers found “explosive making indicia” inside Guy's Honda CRV. Information obtained during the arrest indicated that the elder Guy might also have explosive making materials in the pair's hotel room. The father and son were charged with felonies for "control of destructive devices and possessing a destructive device greater other than fixed ammunition of a caliber greater than .60." - SFGATE

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A 7-year-old San Francisco student and his mother died in a Sierra snow storm. 50-year-old Olga Perkovic and her son Aaron were reported missing at around 6:45am PT last night, having last been seen on a ski chair lift at Kirkwood Resort at around 4pm PT. A condo neighbor noticed a pair of gloves in the snow at around 9pm PT and contacted authorities. The Perkovics were found buried and unconscious in three feet of snow. It appears that snow slid off the roof of their condo and buried them. Both were airlifted to a hospital but neither survived. Perkovic was on a ski trip with all three of her children when she and Aaron died. "We have grief counselors on campus to provide support for our students, families, faculty, and staff as we cope the loss of two of our community members," said the French American International School, where Aaron was a student. - NYTIMES

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Explore the history and design of Palo Alto's 90-year-old Stanford Theatre. The Six Fifty takes a deep dive into downtown Palo Alto's historic movie theater in this stunning and fun read. Manager Cyndi Mortensen detailed the theater's vast history and its goals for the future, which include a commitment to vintage 35mm film. "For me, the Stanford Theatre is what tells me I am in Palo Alto, that I am home," wrote author Caitlin Wolff. - SIXFIFTY

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BAY AREA FOOD NEWS

A large and luxurious sports bar opened in Napa, a town that's been lacking an upscale sports bar option. NapaSport is a chic and sleek sports and dining destination, with eight 55-inch television screens above the island bar and a luxe dining room set atop an authentic gymnasium basketball court. The menus are made out of basketball leather. “Napa has always needed a sports bar, but no one has pulled it off,” said owner Michael Gaylen. Eater has peeks at both the (awesome) interior and NapaSport's menu. 

Michelin star-awardee chef Dominique Crenn plans to open a combination restaurant, fashion shop and art space in Salesforce Tower. Boutique Crenn will host art shows, fashion pop-ups and temporary art installations, in addition to serving as part boulangerie, part patisserie and part restaurant. “People see chefs as only chefs, but there is so much more for us to be,” said Crenn. The celebrity chef signed leases for both a 4,000-square-foot space on the first floor and a 1,000-square-feet space in the building’s lobby. It's unclear exactly when Boutique Crenn will officially open. 

South of Market bakery L’acajou has launched a second location in the Oakland Hills, taking over the former Woodminster Cafe location on Woodminster Lane. Thanks to a hooded ventilation system in the new place, the Oakland L'acajou has an expanded menu from the bakery's San Francisco offerings. While both L'acajou's serve breakfast and lunch, owner and Oakland resident Matthew Roder hopes to eventually open up for happy hour and dinner service. "I'd also like to have live music during weekend brunches,” Roder said, although he plans on ensuring his new Oakland location succeeds before launching anything new. 

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WHAT TO DO THIS WEEK

Keep it simple: Make your way to the Rickshaw Stop tomorrow night for SYML. Brian Fennell (aka: SYML, which is pronounced "simmel" and means "simple" in Welsh) will perform his ambient pop songs from his debut EPs “Hurt for Me” and “In My Body." Tickets to this 8pm PT show cost $12 in advance and $15 at the door. 

The monkeys are calling: Play hookey tomorrow and mingle with the monkeys because it's Free Day at the San Francisco Zoo. San Francisco residents (with identification as proof) are welcome to wander Northern California’s largest zoological park and conservation center from 10am to 4pm PT. The last free entry will be at 3pm PT but arrive early and make the most of your visit. Parking is free. 

Signs of resistance are everywhere: Tonight at 7:30pm PT, Bonnie Siegler will discuss her new book, "Signs of Resistance: A Visual History of Protest in America with Roman Mars" at Green Apple Books on the Park. The book, filled with 240 images, chronicles what truly makes America great: citizens unafraid of speaking truth to power. Join Siegler for this free and topical event. 

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