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Inside San Francisco (May 1st, 2019)

On Thursday expect sunny skies, with a high/low of 64/49. On Friday, expect some clouds to roll in, with a high/low of 63/49.

1. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff has donated $30 million to UCSF to study homelessness. The money is the largest private gift ever made regarding the issue and will pay for a research institute to be called the Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative. Dr. Margot Kushel, one of the nation's top researchers on the issue of homelessness, will run the organization, which will begin work in July. Benioff's funding is expected to keep the initiative running for the next five years, and he says it will "fuel our best minds, which is what UCSF is known for.” - SF BUSINESS TIMES

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2. A motorcyclist was killed Tuesday after CHP attempted a traffic stop. According to the CHP, the motorcyclist (who has yet to be publicly identified, but has been characterized as male) was spotted traveling at a "high rate of speed" on westbound 80 near Treasure Island at 7:35 a.m. After noting that the bike was not displaying a rear license plate, an officer pulled up next to the rider, signaling that the motorcyclist should exit at Fremont Street. The rider instead allegedly took off through five lanes of traffic, but apparently lost control and "went down on his own" just east of the Harrison/Fremont exit. The resulting investigation into the fatal wreck snarled traffic across the bridge until around noon. - ABC 7

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3. Starting next month, you'll have to meet your Uber or Lyft from SFO in the parking lot. Ongoing issues with congestion at the arrivals and departures platforms at the airport prompted the change, which kicks off on June 3. Under the plan, all domestic pickups for ride hail services will be made in the central hourly parking garage, not at the curb. According to SFO, in advance of the June start date, it will construct dedicated pick-up zones in the lot, including roadway signage and protected waiting areas with canopies, automated sliding doors, and seating. - KPIX

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4. A dead body was pulled from the waters near Pier 39 Tuesday. According to a tweet from the SFFD, the remains were spotted at around 10:30 a.m. Crews dispatched to the scene swiftly removed the body from the water near docks B and C of the popular tourist attraction. The remains, which appear to be male, have since been turned over to the San Francisco Medical Examiner's Office, which will work to identify the deceased and determine the cause of death. - BAY CITY NEWS

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5. The weighted average asking rent for an apartment in San Francisco has reached $4,175, a two percent increase over this time last year. In Oakland, the average rent has dropped, however, with the weighted average currently at $2,550. - SOCKETSITE

6. The Tenderloin's Community Arts Program is turning 50 and will be celebrating on May 9 with its 34th annual art auction. The program offers daily free art classes to low-income members of the community and sees about 400 students pass through its program each year. - HOODLINE

7. San Francisco native Danny Glover - who you might know for his appearances in films like "Predator 2," the "Lethal Weapon" series, or "The Color Purple" - was one of many who visited Lucca Ravioli Tuesday. The actor even wore his Lucca t-shirt as he visited the store for its final day in business. - EATER SF

8. Mayor London Breed appeared on today's episode of the "Recode Decode" podcast. She told host Kara Swisher (who said in 2016 that she'd run for Breed's job in 2023) that she's been tough on tech companies that want to expand in SF, asking them questions like "where’s your workforce? Where are your additional 400 employees going to come from? Where are they going to live?" - RECODE

9. Today's SF in Pictures: Instagram user anjaliasha_

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10. Jargon Watch: Outer Avenues. I first became aware of this phrase through a series of targeted Instagram posts from Zephyr Real Estate agent Oliver Burgelman, who in his insta ad says "I love living and working in the west side of San Francisco by the beach. I put together this logo for the Outer Avenues." As a longtime resident of the west side of SF, myself, I was unfamiliar with this phrase - as were the scores of area residents (many of them born and raised in the Sunset or Richmond) I asked about the term. Attempts to contact Burgelman (who also uses the phrase on his site) were unsuccessful, so I turned to Curbed San Francisco editor Brock Keeling to see if he'd heard the term in property circles. "I am entirely unfamiliar with that realtor-speak moniker," Keeling responded, "but am open to it. It's much better than 'Dolores Park West,' which some home hawkers are using instead of 'Castro.'"

What about you, are you "open to it"? Hit reply on this email and let us know if "Other Avenues" is part of your San Francisco vocabulary, or tweet me @eveb.

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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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