Inside San Francisco - May 2nd, 2019

Inside San Francisco (May 2nd, 2019)

Surge Pricing For SF Attractions / Mission Homicide / Alex Trebek's SF Adventure

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On Friday expect cloudy skies, with a high/low of 62/50. On Saturday, expect more clouds to roll in, with a high/low of 60/51.

1. San Francisco has just released 94,000 historic property photos to the public. The archive of Assessor-Recorder’s Office property files aren't available online yet, but using this search form you can request images from any SF spot and view the photos at the Main Library. - SF WEEKLY

2. Officials want to create a surge pricing model for San Francisco's top tourist attractions. The proposal, by SF's Recreation and Parks Department, would change the city's parks code to allow a flexible fee schedule for the Japanese Tea Garden, the Botanical Gardens, the Conservatory of Flowers, and the Coit Tower elevators. At present, each of these attractions charges a $9 admission fee for adults, but under the new plan non-resident adults could pay 25 percent less during slow periods, and up to 50 percent more during busy periods. Ticket prices would remain the same for residents of SF and all seniors or juvenile guests. - SF EXAMINER

3. Throwback Thursday: The day Alex Trebek thwarted a San Francisco burglary. 

With recent headlines on the "Jeopardy" host's cancer fight, it seems only fitting to look back on Trebek's wild San Francisco adventure. The year was 2011, and Trebek was in town to host the National Geographic World Championship, which was being held at Google headquarters. On the evening of July 25, Trebek and his wife bunked down at the Marriott Marquis, the hotel located at the corner of Fourth and Mission Streets. While they were sleeping, 56-year-old Lucinda Moyers allegedly crept into their room, swiping a variety of personal items from the couple.

Awakened by the early-morning incursion, Trebek (who was 71 at the time) sprang from bed and chased Moyers down the hall, snapping his Achilles tendon in the process. At the next day's NatGeo event, Trebek (who arrived on crutches) said that he then "fell in an ignominious heap, bruising my other leg in the process," but police managed to nab Moyers, eventually charging her with burglary and receiving stolen property.

4. Newly released documents have shed more light on the slaying of Oscar Grant. According to a recently released internal investigation (you can read it in full here), BART cop Anthony Pirone played a larger role than initially believed in the fatal shooting, reportedly punching and kicking Grant before detaining him. Investigators also debunked claims by Officer Johannes Mehserle that he mistakenly used his gun on Grant when he intended to use a Taser, saying that video evidence showed Mehserle "attempt to draw his gun twice, and on the final attempt can be seen looking down at the gun holster to watch the gun come out." - KQED

5. The playground planned for McLaren Park's picnic area is about to break ground. Swings have been added to the project, which will also replace a sketchy porta-potty with a fully plumbed restroom. - PORTOLA PLANET

6. A two-story pastry shop is preparing to open in Union Square. ONE65 (named for its address,165 O’Farrell Street), it will also have a third-floor restaurant (ONE65 Bistro), a fourth flour bar and lounge (deviating from the theme, it'll be called Elements), and a fifth and sixth-floor fine-dining restaurant called O’. - EATER SF

7. The Bay Area's least affordable zip codes are in Atherton, Palo Alto, and Los Altos. Atherton, 94027 isn't just the costliest place to live in the region, with a median monthly mortgage of $26,930, but it tops the entire US. - EAST BAY TIMES

8. The city of Berkeley is mulling a lawsuit against UC Berkeley's Board of Regents over a plan to increase the school's student population. In a letter to the school, Berkeley's city council said that its "swelling student population is putting a profound burden on city infrastructure and services." - DAILY CALIFORNIAN

9. A man is dead after a brazen afternoon shooting in the Mission. Police were summoned to the area of 22nd and Bartlett streets at 4:12 p.m. Thursday, on reports of shots fired in the area. Witnesses say that the male victim was seated in a parked silver sedan when they heard at least four gunshots. The victim was transported to SF General Hospital, where he later died, officials say. The suspect in the slaying remains at large, and police have yet to release any information on a possible motive in the crime. - KPIX

10. Today's SF in Pictures: Instagram user alex.haigh1

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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