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Inside San Francisco (Mar 9th, 2018)

 Tomorrow's forecast will be rain with a high/low of 57/52 Fahrenheit. On Sunday, expect morning showers with a high/low of 60/52 Fahrenheit.

There are developing reports of an active shooter in a Yountville veteran's home. According to police, a man armed with an automatic weapon, dressed in black, wearing body armor may have taken three people hostage in Building G of the Veterans Home of California. Other reports indicate that around 30 shots were fired outside the home's dining area. Home to 1,100 men and women, the property is the largest veteran's home in the county. Authorities are asking the public to avoid the area. - PRESSDEMOCRAT

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An Oakland coffee shop refuses to serve law enforcement officers. When a uniformed Oakland police officer came in to Hasta Muerte Coffee last week, he was asked to leave because, according to the shop, "We have a policy of asking police to leave for the physical and emotional safety of our customers and ourselves." The employee-owned collective stated on their Instagram account, "The facts are that poc (people of color), women, and queer police are complicit in upholding the same law and order that routinely criminalizes and terrorizes black and brown and poor folks, especially youth, trans, and houseless folks." The officer who was turned away is currently the president of the Latino Police Officers Association of Alameda County. He's stated he hopes to be able to talk to the owners of the coffee shop to build a better relationship with them and the community they serve. - SFGATE

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Rain is returning to the Bay Area. Spotty showers will drench the area throughout the weekend making way for a stronger storm to hit the region throughout most of next week. 7x7 has a cozy rainy day round-up of mystical local spots perfect for rainy day weather. And SFTravel suggested a worthy 10 things to do in San Francisco on a rainy day.  - NBCBAYAREA

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Hoodline has a photo round-up of scenes from yesterday's International Women's Day Rally. Supporters gathered in San Francisco's Civic Center Plaza to hear speakers from organizations like Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, Senior and Disability Action, Mujer Unidos, NARAL Pro Choice America, and United Educators San Francisco. The United States began celebrating March 8 as International Women's Day in 1975, but the first ever International Women's Day took place in the United States in 1909. - HOODLINE

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COMMUNITY NEWS: BERKELEY

Blake Griggs Properties has modified its plans for a proposed housing project in West Berkeley to make 50% of the development's residential units affordable. Thanks to a new law introduced by State Senator Scott Wiener, residential developers can bypass local environmental review processes in exchange for providing affordable units in at least half of all residential plans. The project, which has been in the works for about five years and struggled against pushback from the city and some locals, will include 260 residential units, 130 of which would be affordable to households earning 80% of Berkeley's median income, which is $80,400 for a family of four. The development will also have 27,000 square feet of retail, a 7,000-square-foot park and a small community center. Some opponents of the project are members of Ohlone family bands who claim part of the property is located on the West Berkeley Shellmound, a sacred burial ground for native families. "We do not get in the way when you put up apartment buildings or shopping malls. But where we draw the line is when you propose to dig up and desecrate the most sacred places where our ancestors are buried," said Vincent Medina, a spokesperson for the families. 

A small group of right-wing activists has threatened to burn down Berkeley's Revolution Books. The bookstore, which sells all sorts of books and promotes the revolutionary communist party, has become a target of conservative protestors since last year's pro-Trump rally in Berkeley. According to store workers, demonstrators have come to the store over ten times. A Revolution Books volunteer managed to capture a recent threat on video, in which two demonstrators said, "You are so ignorant. Commie scum, you commie scum we're going to burn down your book store, you know that."

Allen Ginsberg lived in Berkeley - and folks are still talking about it. Berkeleyside has a look inside Ginsberg's 1955-1956 rental at 1624 Milvia, a tiny house Jack Kerouac once described as a “rose-covered cottage.” This fun feature also looks back on the works Ginsburg created while in town, and a famous reading of “Howl” at the Town Hall Theater at 2787 Shattuck. Can you dig it? 

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WHAT TO DO THIS WEEKEND

Naked on two wheels: Take part in some global activism - and ride around San Francisco naked on a bike. Join the 9th Annual World Naked Bike Ride on Saturday (yes, this is very real) by meeting fellow riders between the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market and the Starbucks west of the Ferry Building at 11am PT. There will be time do take part in body paint and self expressive decoration before the ride around town begins. Varying degrees of nudity are welcome - go as bare as you dare!

Hot diggity dog: Corn dogs are a food like any other and deserve to be celebrated as such. That's why we're heading to the Great San Francisco Corn Dog Festival 2018 at SoMa StrEat Food Park on Saturday between 11am and 5pm PT. Admission is just $5 (or free for kids) for this fun event with live music, food trucks serving up all sorts of clever corn dogs, and all-you-can-drink beer for just $35. 

Sunday fun day: Sunday Streets is back - and this time, in the Mission District. Enjoy over a mile of car-free community space on Valencia Street from Duboce to 26th Street. From 11am to 4pm PT, take part in Activity Hubs on 16th and 24th Streets for family-friendly activities offered by local nonprofits, community groups, and small businesses. Walk, dance, skate, bike, play, and explore the whole route while taking in live music, education and professional development resources, blood pressure screenings, food demos and oh so much more. This event is free for everyone. 

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