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Inside San Francisco (May 8th, 2019)

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

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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

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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

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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

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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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