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1. A BART director has been urged to step down following a Facebook post on an Oscar Grant memorial. After news broke Sunday that the transit agency had in August signed a $30,000 contract with muralist Refa One to create a memorial for the slain man at Fruitvale Station, BART Director Debora Allen took to Facebook. In a post since deleted, the rep for Concord, Lafayette, Pleasant Hill/Contra Costa Centre, and Walnut Creek Stations asked followers “should BART ever memorialize or name stations after individuals?” What followed was a "stream of racially charged comments," causing her to delete the post. At the transit agency's board meeting Thursday, during which Grant's family turned in a former request to name the station after him, Grant’s mother, Wanda Johnson called for Allen to step down. The post was intended "to divide communities further — for racial motives,” Johnson said, vowing to return to every Board meeting until Allen resigns. - ABC 7

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2. A pair of Menlo Park finance gurus have been busted for allegedly defrauding SF's affordable housing system. Caroline Novak and Igor Lotsvin, who together run investment firm Sage Rhino Capital, LLC, were the subject of a blistering press release from SF City Attorney Dennis Herrera Thursday. According to Herrera, the pair lied to qualify to purchase an affordable downtown SF condo offered as part of the city's below market rate housing system, which is intended to assist people in purchasing homes they might not otherwise be able to afford. Following the purchase of the 300 Beale Street condo for $178,500, the two illegally rented it to others while living in a $2.8 million home in the tony Redwood City neighborhood of Emerald Hills, Herrera alleges. In a lawsuit filed against the couple, Herrera says he seeks to force them to give up the condo, as well as to face significant civil penalties. - SOCKETSITE 

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3. SF's expensive new public safety building doesn't have room for the SFPD's tactical unit. The $243 million Third Street building intended to act as SFPD headquarters, the Southern District Police Station, and Fire Station No. 4 opened in 2015. Meanwhile, the police tactical unit occupied digs some distance away, at 1700 17th Street. Now the SFPD is seeking an extension to the 17th Street location's lease, saying there isn't room in the new building for them to move in. At a Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee meeting Thursday, members voted to approve a ten year, $37 million extension to the lease, but criticized the decision to rent instead of own. “It seems as though we are always kind of stuck and we are at the mercy of these high rents,” Supe Sandra Fewer said. “It’s just not really good use and proper use and efficient use and effective use of public funds.” - SF EXAMINER

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4. A Chron reporter is following an auto break-in case she witnessed. While covering SF's wave of car break-ins early this year, reporter Heather Knight and photographer Scott Strazzante witnessed a Lombard Street smash-and-grab, with a photo of the incident landing on the paper's front page. Pressure regarding the high-profile case prompted an arrest in February, with the suspect identified as a repeat offender named Delon Terrance Barker. This week, Barker appeared in SF court, and Knight was there, even as Barker's attorney asked that she be removed as she might be a trial witness. After considering the motion, the judge ruled that Knight should remain. - SF CHRONICLE

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Prosecutors say a San Francisco teen was killed as he filmed a street fight. The initial information from the San Francisco Police Department was slim: a 16-year-old Excelsior District teen was stabbed to death Saturday, with three men aged 18-20 sought as suspects. Like many folks, you probably saw the headline and moved on, as the age range and location (Mission Street and Geneva Avenue) seemed to suggest the kind of "on the corner" slaying that doesn't have real overlap with your life. But police and prosecutors are now saying that this is a different kind of case, of a kid killed as he did something so many folks of all ages do - filming an interesting incident he saw on the street.

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Eve Batey, who pens Inside San Francisco and Inside Media for you five days a week, is a writer, editor, and consultant based in San Francisco. You can find her on Instagram at @evelb, or email her at eve@inside.com.

Editing team: Lon Harris (editor-in-chief at Inside.com, game-master at Screen Junkies), Krystle Vermes (Breaking news editor at Inside, B2B marketing news reporter, host of the "All Day Paranormal" podcast), and Susmita Baral (editor at Inside, recent bylines in NatGeo, Teen Vogue, and Quartz. Runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram).

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