| Inside San Francisco - May, 8th 2019

Inside San Francisco (May 8th, 2019)

Bike To Work / Punch Line Closing / Ride Hail Strike


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On Thursday expect sunny skies, with a high/low of 63/55. On Friday, expect more sun, with a high/low of 64/54.


1. Stores that refuse to accept cash are officially out in SF. Sadly, we're not talking about places that refuse to take 100s, 50s, or even 20s (which, to be fair, is totally legal), we're talking about card-only spots like Amazon Go, which until recently had no plans to accept actual money. At a vote at the full Board of Supervisors Tuesday, legislation banning cashless brick and mortar stores was approved, with a plan to enact the rule 90 days after it's signed into law. Violators could face misdemeanor charges and fines of up to $1000. - ASSOCIATED PRESS


2. After 40 years, San Francisco's iconic Punch Line comedy club is closing. According to an announcement posted to its web site, the club said that the current owners of its 444 Battery Street spot have refused to renew the club's lease. Employees were informed of the closure this week, with a reported end date of August 20. The venue is now seeking a new location, talent buyer Molly Schminke said via a statement, claiming that “our best days are yet to come.” - BROKE-ASS STUART


3. Problems with Muni's new light rail vehicles are worse than first thought, officials said Tuesday. Following a safety inspection regarding issues with the vehicles' coupling pins (that's the link that allows the agency to run multi-car trains), it was learned that between 25 to 30 of the couplers on the spanking new Siemens cars are already showing damage. As we only have 104 new cars so far, that's a pretty high number, acting transit director Julie Kirschbaum acknowledged at a meeting of the SFMTA board. According to Kirschbaum, engineers at the trains' Sacramento-based manufacturing plant are working on redesigning the problematic parts and will foot the bill for the fix. Until then, when a new train goes out, it will be a solo act - which is a bummer as the vehicles were intended to help ease Muni's overburdened subway system. - SF CHRONICLE


4. Thursday is Bike To Work Day in San Francisco. The SF Bike Coalition calls it the "biggest biking day of the year," and will sponsor "energizer stations" across the city (here's a map) with freebies only distributed to those who arrive by cycle. Morning commuters afraid to ride alone can join a neighborhood ride, with launch times between 7:30 and 7:45 a.m. If you're headed to the South Bay, SF2G (a bike club intended "to make it fun and practical to ride your bike to work from San Francisco to points down the peninsula") will be leaving from 24th and Mission Streets at 6:30 a.m. for a ride as far south as is reasonable. - CURBED SF


5. The Warriors are back home tonight, for game five of the best-of-seven series. Andre Iguodala, Kevin Durant, and Shaun Livingston are all nursing injuries, making for a tense match in the (tied 2-2) playoff competition. - NBC BAY AREA

6. As previously reported, ride hail drivers in SF are scheduled to strike at noon today, an action to shine a light on the contractors' plight ahead of Uber's IPO. Officials with BART and local cab companies say they're ready to capitalize on their absence, with multitudes of taxis and group BART discounts scheduled for the day. - SF EXAMINER

7. A sports bar in the Marina is closing because the Niners and Giants are so bad. The owners of the Brick Yard say that they rely on game day patronage to make their nut, but a decline in interest for the teams, as well as the high cost of living in SF, made the venture untenable. - EATER SF

8. Did I ever tell you that when I first moved to SF, I supplanted my student job wages by finding, mending, and reselling discarded clothes? This remarkably comprehensible list of everywhere in town to resell wardrobe items you no longer need sure would have come in handy back then. - ROCKYT

9. We're excited to introduce the latest Inside newsletter: Inside Cycling. Sign up here for news on competitions, gear, equipment and all the latest from the world of cycling. 

10. Today's SF in Pictures: Instagram user seb_____t


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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