Inside San Francisco - April 19th, 2019

Inside San Francisco (Apr 19th, 2019)

1000 Van Ness Rises / Molting Seal / Biggest 4/20 Yet

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On Saturday expect clouds and wind, with a high/low of 59/53. On Sunday, expect sunny skies, with a high/low of 65/51.

1. The SFPD has apologized for leaking details of Public Defender Jeff Adachi's death to the media. In a Board of Supervisors hearing Thursday, Police Commander Greg McEachern told Adachi's family that he was sorry a confidential police report had been shared with the press - reportedly by an intermediary, which was offering it to outlets for $2,500. “It’s despicable what the SFPD did to myself and my daughter by releasing this report,” widow Mutsuko Adachi said at the hearing. According to McEachern, the leak is a significant enough violation of department policy that if found, the person responsible could face suspension or termination. - KPIX

2. Saturday's 4/20 celebration is expected to bring big crowds to Golden Gate Park. Over 15,000 people attended last year's weekday celebration, but given that this year April 20th falls on the Saturday before Easter weekend (and amid some schools' spring breaks), as many as 25,000 are expected tomorrow, D5 Supervisor Valle Brown says. The event, which is centered around the park's Hippie Hill, will begin at 10 a.m. and will be monitored by staff on 90 security guards, all changed with keeping glass containers, pets, drones, and folks under age 18 out of the fray. Several area roads will be closed during the celebration, which will hit its highest point at 4:20 p.m. - HOODLINE

3. A molting elephant seal drew a crowd at Aquatic Park Thursday. The male seal, estimated to be between six months and two years old, is "in great shape," experts say, and sought dry land to shed a layer of its coat. The process, which is a common one this time of year, can take anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks, so the little guy might be chilling on the shore for a while. Officials have erected a barrier around him so he can safely shed, and Rec and Parks staffers ask that if you head out to see him, that you retain a respectful distance, keep your voice down, and don't try to take selfies with him. Let the dude molt in peace! - NBC BAY AREA

4. The shuttered 1000 Van Ness movie theater will be transformed into a 4D cinema. A South Korean company called CJ-CGV, which is the fifth largest cinema chain in the world, will open its third US location in the space by 2020. The 2,217 seat hippodrome will be the company's largest US spot to date, and "will show primarily Hollywood blockbuster movies." Plans call for a 14-theater multiplex that includes a "CJ 4DX 4D auditorium with synchronized motion seats and environmental effects such as wind, rain, snow, fog and lightning." Here's hoping the environmental effect known as "bedbugs," about which past patrons complained, will be skipped by the venue's new owners. - SF GATE

To Do This Weekend: Bouquet Market

By Eve Batey

Over 100 makers and vintage dealers will pack 1717 Fourth Street in Berkeley Saturday for Bouquet Market, one of the East Bay's biggest showplaces for local artisans and makers. Described by organizers as "the embodiment of a flea market with the curation of a local makers' market," the seasonal event has grown and changed over the years and is now owned by Head West, another longstanding East Bay makers' event. 

This year, Bouquet Market runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is free to attend. You can see a list of past vendors here, and get a taste of what you're in for via Bouquet's Instagram.

5. MIRA, the twisty skyscraper that's currently under construction at 280 Spear Street, has officially "topped out." Tenants are expected to start moving in by the end of the year. - SOCKETSITE

6. Oakland's fleet of vehicles is going biodiesel. Mayor Libby Schaaf announced Thursday that "grease from French fries at local restaurants may wind up in the city’s fire trucks." - BAY CITY NEWS

7. A political mailer that reads "San Francisco is engaging in something called urban renewal, which means moving the negroes out. It means negro removal," is angering residents. The flier is in opposition to SB50, Senator Scott Wiener's move to increase residential density near transit hubs. - ABC 7

8. Scoot's scooters have been pulled from SF's streets. The company says it is “returning all of our kick scooters to home base” for an “important firmware update” intended to thwart thefts of the conveyances. - SF EXAMINER

9. Follow Friday: Did you know that you can follow 311 on Twitter? No, I don't mean the late-90s band (though, sure), I mean the call center dedicated to most of San Francisco's non-emergency inconveniences. Its main feed is mostly shiny happy events, but its replies are where you find the real juice - as 311 responds to almost every tweeted report, you'll see packed trash cans, sidewalk-bound Ubers, and (brace yourself) dogs on a baseball field. If you like Nextdoor, you'll love 311's replies!

10. Today's SF in Pictures: Instagram user dippednhoneeyy_

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

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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