Inside | Real news, curated by real humans
Inside San Francisco

Inside San Francisco (May 7th, 2019)

On Wednesday expect cloudy skies, with a high/low of 64/54. On Thursday, expect rain showers, with a high/low of 63/54.

1. A dead gray whale -- the ninth to wash up in the Bay Area this year -- is drawing visitors to Ocean Beach. As fewer than 10 whales are expected on local shores over any calendar year, this fatality is "cause for serious concern," the Marine Mammal Center's Chief Research Pathologist says. Crowds flocked to see the corpse, with one group of men jumping on and kicking the beast. MMC scientists will perform a necropsy Tuesday to determine what caused the whale's death, and ask that visitors refrain from touching or altering the whale in any way until after the investigation is completed. - BAY CITY NEWS

  • Email gray
  • Permalink gray

2. San Francisco is moving forward on a ban on facial recognition technology. The Board of Supervisors rules committee unanimously approved the “Stop Secret Surveillance Ordinance" Monday, a law proposed by Supe Aaron Peskin in January that would block city and county law enforcement agencies from using the controversial tech. The law would also require city agencies that use other types of surveillance tech to make annual disclosures on the functions are being applied. The next stop for the legislation, which is reportedly the first of its kind in the US, is at the full board, which is expected to vote on the proposal on May 14. - KRON 4

  • Email gray
  • Permalink gray

3. The 2019 James Beard Awards have honored three San Francisco restaurants. The award winners, which were announced Monday, including Bar Agricole (Outstanding Bar Program), Benu (Outstanding Wine Program), and El Pípila (Outstanding Restaurant Design). Many other Bay Area spots were also recognized as "nominees," which is also considered a mark of distinction in food circles. You can see a full list of the awards' local nods here. - EATER SF

  • Email gray
  • Permalink gray

4. Rogue roadworkers are taking on Oakland's potholes. According to its Instagram account, the group is called the Pothole Vigilantes, and it's dedicated to "making Oakland stronger one pothole at a time." Members apparently sneak out under cover of darkness to fill in and smooth out Oakland's deepest pits, with one member saying that as the city has been slow to manage the poor pavement epidemic, "we will do it ourselves." Using a GoFundMe page, citizens can post a photo of a pothole they'd like to see repaired, and after $50 is raised, the group goes to work. According to a spokesperson with Oakland's Department of Transportation, "we can't condone, and do not recommend, that residents do this work themselves, not least because it raises safety issues while people are working in the streets." - KPIX

  • Email gray
  • Permalink gray

5. SFist's great Apartment Sadness column is back - and this time a microscopic studio with a bedroom shower is on the agenda. The landlord wants to jack up the rent if the spot is shared by a couple, which contributes to the spot's lack of allure. - SFIST

6. A 143-unit apartment building will break ground at 1990 Folsom Street on Friday. The structure is a co-development of the Mission Economic Development Agency and the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Center, and will offer the residences to families that earn between 30 and 60 percent of the area's median Income. - SOCKETSITE

7. A country bar (yes, there's a mechanical bull) will soon open in the Marina. Westwood will have a 16-foot ring for urban cowpokes in its 2036 Lombard Street space, which is slated to open some time this month. - EATER SF

8. The Houston Rockets beat the Warriors 112-108 Monday night, which ties the series at 2-2. The teams will meet again on Friday in Oakland. - EAST BAY TIMES

9. San Francisco's homicide count has risen to 13 after a man who was pushed to the ground died of his injuries. The 57-year-old male victim was shoved from behind during an April 19 conversation near 24th and Mission Streets and died in the hospital. - SF EXAMINER

10. Today's SF in Pictures: Instagram user evelb (yup, it's me!)

  • Email gray
  • Permalink gray

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).

Subscribe to Inside San Francisco

MORE NEWSLETTERS

The best source of in-depth news and analysis about Amazon

Inside Amazon

The best source of in-depth news and analysis about Amazon

DAILY
The best source of in-depth news and analysis about Amazon

Inside Amazon

DAILY

SUBSCRIBED!

Share via

Electric vehicles, self-driving automobiles, smart cars and the world of 21st century transportation

Inside Automotive

Electric vehicles, self-driving automobiles, smart cars and the world of 21st century transportation

DAILY
Electric vehicles, self-driving automobiles, smart cars and the world of 21st century transportation

Inside Automotive

DAILY

SUBSCRIBED!

Share via

The present and future of virtual reality news and technology

Inside VR

The present and future of virtual reality news and technology

TWICE WEEKLY
The present and future of virtual reality news and technology

Inside VR

TWICE WEEKLY

SUBSCRIBED!

Share via

For those in the business of buying, selling, and developing real estate.

Inside Real Estate

For those in the business of buying, selling, and developing real estate.

DAILY
For those in the business of buying, selling, and developing real estate.

Inside Real Estate

DAILY

SUBSCRIBED!

Share via