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Inside San Francisco (May 6th, 2019)

On Tuesday expect cloudy skies, with a high/low of 63/53. On Wednesday, expect more clouds to roll in, with a high/low of 62/53.

1. Teatro ZinZanni is returning to the Embarcadero - and this time, they're adding a hotel. The popular attraction was booted from its waterfront spot in 2013, as part of the city's preparations for America's Cup, but at a Planning Commission meeting last week -- "a love-fest" commission member Dennis Richards said -- the event was welcomed back to the city. Its tent will rise again in a set of parking lots at Seawall Lots 323 and 324 (between Vallejo and Davis Streets), part of a 26,100-square-foot venue that will also be home to a 192-room hotel and a 14,000-square-foot public park. - SF EXAMINER

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2. Vendors at San Francisco's iconic Flower Mart want to leave SoMa. Traffic and transit issues in the area, as well as the development of plans for a large tech campus at its Sixth and Brannan Street space have prompted the Flower Market Tenants Association to plan a move to a "more industrial" part of town. An SFMTA plan to narrow Fifth and Brannan Streets to a two-lane road would make deliveries impossible, tenants say, and the thousands of tech workers expected to pack the area's sidewalks will impede passage into delivery bays and loading docks. Possible new sites for the Mart include 200 Marin Street (already planned as its digs during construction) or in Jerrold Avenue's produce market zone. - SF CHRONICLE

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3. By The Numbers: The high cost of punching a meter maid. As employees of the SFMTA, parking control officers make between $26.40 and $34 per hour, for a total of between $55K-$71K per year (before overtime). While it's tacky to bring up compensation during a dispute with a PCO over a ticket, you won't face any penalties (other than the black mark on your soul). Assaulting a PCO is a different story, however, as that carries a $2,000 fine. San Francisco PCOs now want that fine to go up to $10,000 per incident, as that's what California state penal code levies against people who assault transit operators, be that pilots of "bus, taxicab, streetcar, cable car, trackless trolley, or other motor vehicle, including a vehicle operated on stationary rails or on a track or rail suspended in the air." 

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4. Political heavyweight Angela Alioto is in hot water over use of a racial slur. The self-described civil rights trial lawyer, who has also served as a San Francisco Supe and has run for mayor on multiple occasions, has been in the news lately with her defense of the Flintstone House. Those headlines made way for far more troubling ones this weekend, with an account of her repeated use of the n-word at an April Democratic Party meeting (here's a video of the event) to explain employment discrimination. When asked for comment, Alioto said that only "non-black people...sugar coat it and call it the ‘N-word" (Alioto is not black, just FYI), but local black leaders have also expressed their dismay over her word choice. So have, it appears, anonymous folks who egged Alioto's home Saturday night, in what she says is a response to her use of the incendiary word. - KPIX

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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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