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Inside San Francisco (Jan 30th, 2019)

On Thursday, expect cloudy skies, with a high/low of 59/51 Fahrenheit. On Friday, expect wind and rain, with a high/low of 57/51 Fahrenheit.

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1.  Saturdays will soon be free free for SF residents at the de Young and Legion of Honor museums. Together the two institutions are known as the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, which with general admission tickets priced at $15 for adults can be out of reach for many of the city's residents. Special exhibits, which sport a separate ticketing process, won't be covered in the free program, which new FAMSF director Thomas P. Campbell says will begin in April and will be funded through a corporate sponsorship. To get the free pass, visitors must show a valid photo ID or postmarked envelope in their name with an SF address. - SF CHRONICLE

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2. A San Francisco doctor is dead after an apparent murder-suicide in Utah. 27-year-old Bay Area native Sarah Hawley was found dead in a Salt Lake City home Sunday night, next to the body of her boyfriend, Yuba City native Travis Geddes. Hawley, who grew up in Belmont, got her undergrad degree at UC Berkeley, graduated from UCSF Medical School, and was in her first year of medical residency at the University of Utah. The pair had been together since 2014, friends say, and did not have any outward history of violence. According to Detective Greg Wilking, neighbors contacted police to report screaming inside the residence, and when officers arrived "it was clear that Geddes had killed Hawley before killing himself." - ASSOCIATED PRESS

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3. San Francisco's biggest weed lounge just opened on Market Street. Moe Greens made its debut last week at 1276 Market Street, between Eighth and Ninth Streets. A tough part of town, but once inside the recreational cannabis lounge, patrons can expect an upscale mid-century vibe, circular booths fit for "Casino," and "restaurant-quality" service in its gold-wallpapered consumption areas. The 4,200-square-foot space also serves pot cocktails like the California Dreamin’, a sparkling tangerine drink with 10 mg of THC. Prices begin at $8 for a pre-rolled joint, and top out at $88 for an eighth of flower. - EATER SF

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4. A proposed San Francisco law seeks to ban government use of facial recognition tech. Supervisor Aaron Peskin introduced the legislation (you can read it here) at Tuesday's full board meeting, calling facial recognition “a coercive and dangerous weapon.” In addition to the ban, the law would require any new city-run surveillance systems to receive official approval from the Board of Supes before implementation. The proposal, called the Stop Secret Surveillance Ordinance, will “pull back the shroud of secrecy that is draped over the use of surveillance industries," Peskin says. It will now head to the Board's Rules committee for initial approval. - THE VERGE

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This Week In SF Food: Lucca Ravioli Co. To Close
By Eve Batey

In operation for 94 years, Lucca Ravioli Co. is a Mission District institution, an Italian deli that's drawn crowds to its location at 1120 Valencia Street since 1925. Socketsite broke the news Tuesday that Lucca's owners have decided to put the building it occupies (and several adjacent parcels they also own) on the market, and will be closing in April of 2019.

KPIX reports that staffers learned at a morning meeting that Michael Feno, the owner of the business and buildings, had decided to retire and close the longstanding shop, which is known as one of the best places in town to find Italian imports and homemade pastas.

News of the closure was met with sadness on social media, with one upset patron tweeting "Lucca Ravioli closing? Why can’t it be incorporated into new building? What will these new residents eat? no point living in San Francisco anymore" as she tagged Mayor London Breed. But the problem isn't business - the deli's manager tells the Chron “we’re still busy as hell" - as it appears Feno is eager to sell the properties to a builder to construct a condo development.

In fact, while it's true that Lucca's closure is a bummer, perhaps some of that grief should be reserved for residents of the adjacent properties Feno owns. Mission Local reports that they recently received a letter from Feno telling them that they must keep their places “clean without personal belongings strewn about" for visits from realtors as “it’s very important that the marketing photos make the units look good.” The tenants, concerned that they might be evicted to fetch a better sales price, are reportedly discussing their options.

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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) 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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