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Inside San Francisco (Apr 3rd, 2019)

On Thursday, expect rain and a high/low of 60/54. On Friday, expect more rain, with a high/low of 58/53.

1. BART's police chief is retiring after less than two years on the job. Carlos Rojas was lured to the Bay Area from the Santa Ana Police Department in the summer of 2017, but a base pay of $263,000/year was apparently insufficient to keep him going, as he abruptly announced his retirement Tuesday. Possibly helping to spur the decision: in December, Rojas settled a lawsuit he'd filed against Santa Ana claiming that the city manager and mayor had forced him out, collecting $350K in the process. His last day at BART will be on May 6, and as of this writing, plans on his replacement have yet to be announced. - ABC 7

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2. A teen struck by a driver near San Francisco's Lake Merced has died. 14-year-old Madlen Koteva had moved to the US from Bulgaria five years ago, and (according to comments posted to a GoFundMe to support her family) was a well-liked student and a proficient soccer player. She was walking with her mom and their dog on March 15 when a 91-year-old Mercedes driver struck the group. She died ten days later, a passing that made headlines Tuesday when Supervisor Norman Yee acknowledged her death at a meeting in City Hall. Thus far, the SFPD has not commented on the case, nor have any charges been announced against the driver. Koteva is the sixth pedestrian to die on San Francisco's streets so far this year. - SF WEEKLY

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3. Jargon Watch: Sucker Free 

Of course you know that the phrase "Sucker Free" indicates a place or situation that is devoid of suckers, but did you know that it's also a nickname for San Francisco? Commonly used by Bay Area rappers in the 1990s, its most prominent use was likely in Fillmore District musician Rappin 4-Tay's 1994 hit "Playaz Club" (which, y'all, still slaps). Back in 2004, Spike Lee even proposed a Showtime series set in Hunter's Point called "Sucker Free City," a play on the slang term. The cable net didn't pick up the show, which is too bad, but you can check out the trailer here and the pilot episode here - why yes, that is a very young Anthony Mackie! While there are a lot of nicknames for San Francisco, all of which are accompanied by a cloud of debate, it takes a very confident person to announce that they live in Sucker Free City. My advice: Before you roll this one out, do a couple of practice sessions in the mirror to make sure you can pull this one off.

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4. Evictions are dropping in San Francisco. According to a memo sent last month by Rent Board Director Robert Collins to SF's Board of Supervisors, from March of 2018 through February of 2019, 1,592 eviction notices were filed with the city. That's a four percent drop from last year's number of 1,657. Of those notices, 468 were for alleged “breach of rental agreement," 304 were for “committing a nuisance,” and owner move-ins came in third at 154. - CURBED SF

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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: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside); Susmita Baral (senior editor at Inside, who runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram); and David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology).

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