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Inside San Francisco (May 3rd, 2019)

On Saturday expect cloudy skies, with a high/low of 60/51. On Sunday, expect more clouds to roll in, with a high/low of 60/53.

1. California assembly members have approved SF's Lombard Street toll plan. Assembly Bill 1605 51-18 would require people who want to drive down the street's twistiest stretch to make a reservation and pay a fee of up to $10 for the privilege, to manage the two million visitors who pack the spot per year. As state laws prohibit local agencies from imposing charges to use city roads, the plan must now be approved by the state Senate and be signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom. If it clears both those hurdles, it could be enacted in SF as soon as early 2020. - KRON 4

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2. A new slew of Hamilton tickets will go on sale Friday morning. Producers announced Thursday that the sold-out show would extend its San Francisco run for 17 more weeks, and will now continue through January 5, 2020. Tickets for the new stint, which begins on September 9, will be released at 10 a.m. PT Friday, and can be purchased online via this link, by phone at 888-746-1799, or the Orpheum Theatre's box office (1192 Market Street). Prices for seats begin at $95 and go up to $403, but organizers say that the $10 lottery system will remain in effect for the new round of performances. - SFIST

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3. Follow Friday: OneWordSFWeather is just that: "today's San Francisco weather in a single word," just like its Twitter bio says it is. The account only follows three folks: CA AcademyOfSciences, KTVU, and Weather Underground (the meteorologists, not the activist group), but that's plenty to offer descriptions of the day's conditions that run the gamut from "Pleasanter." (that was Wednesday) to "Peach." (that was April 18). Oh, and don't bother trying to curry favor with replies — OneWordSFWeather doesn't mess with @s

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4. Santa Clara wants to block the SF 49ers from managing Levi's Stadium. Sometimes I wonder if the Niners regret leaving the city for a Great America parking lot that's over 40 miles from the city and is named after a pair of pants. What I don't wonder about is any regret on the part of Santa Clara, which has hit the team with rent increases, a curfew, and gripes over opaque accounting. Now Mayor Lisa Gillmor is saying that the team has underpaid workers at the facility, and does "not have the experience to manage the stadium.” Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the team says that the promised prohibition against contracts "is not her first threat, and I imagine not her last." Sorry, guys, there's no going back to Candlestick. - EAST BAY TIMES

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To Do This Weekend: Take In A Controversial Mural

By Eve Batey

You've likely heard all about the murals at San Francisco's George Washington High School, which has recently spurred community discussion over their appropriateness in a school setting. Painted at the school in 1936, the work is called "Life of Washington," and shows white colonizers stepping over the corpse of a Native American, as well as a depiction of enslaved African Americans. Since the early days of the civil rights movement, groups have protested the images and a discussion about their continued existence has recently heated up, with Supervisor Matt Haney saying: "You shouldn't have to look up and see depictions of your ancestors either being killed or enslaved, that's not the kind of supportive school environment that all of our children and their families deserve."

If you wanted to see the murals to judge for yourself, however, you've been kind of stuck, as your only option is to rely on photos posted online - just showing up at the school is a questionable (at best) act for an adult. But on Saturday, May 4, the SFUSD is throwing Wash's doors open at 10 a.m. to let you check the artwork out. Visitors are asked to enter at the doors at 600 32nd Avenue, and to arrive before noon.

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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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