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Inside San Francisco (Jun 27th, 2019)

On Friday, expect partial clouds, with a high/low of 67/53. On Saturday, expect more clouds, with a high/low of 65/53.

1. The SF Chronicle has released this year's Top 100 Restaurants list. My understanding is that the content of the list - a ranking considered by many in the food industry as make-or-break for their business - is available only to subscribers, but as the paper is offering a digital sub of 95 cents for the first three months, it might be worth ponying up. This year's Top 100 is an especially big deal for foodies, as it's the first one from new critic Soleil Ho, and the first one without the input of longstanding former critic Michael Bauer. Writes Ho, "some parts of the list might look familiar, but I’m not going to mince words: This is a major departure from what came before. My methodology is different; the way I engage with and massage the meaning of 'top' is different." You can hear her elaborate on the list on the paper's most recent episode of its "Fifth and Mission" podcast, which you can listen to for free.

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2. Google staffers are asking SF Pride to kick the company out of Sunday's parade. The effort follows the company's reported ban on protests against its YouTube moderation policies by participants in its march contingent, and took the form of an open letter signed by 120 Google employees. “If [YouTube] allows abuse and hate and discrimination against LGBTQ+ persons, then Pride must not provide the company a platform that paints it in a rainbow veneer of support for those very persons,” the letter reads. In response, the SF Pride Board circulated a letter of its own, which said that the company had been “a considerate partner" (by which they mean sponsor) for the past 12 years, and this year will be no different. Speaking with the Ex, multiple local luminaries came down on the side of the Googlers, with Tom Ammiano saying "you don’t get a pass just for being in the gay parade, for supporting, ignoring or neglecting something so homophobic...I stand with the Gayglers." - SFIST

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3. We're doing some cross-pollination with our city newsletters and sharing the best places to visit on a long weekend as part of a regular feature we're calling "Inside Gets Out."

Our Inside Los Angeles writer Kayleigh Roberts discusses summer activities in Los Angeles, California: 

Thanks to LA’s near perfect weather, it can feel like summer here all year round. But, since summer means vacations which, in turn, means an influx of tourists (and friends and relatives of locals) looking for fun things to do, here’s a list of five must-do LA activities you can try this summer: 

LACMA: Not only is the Los Angeles County Museum of Art a cultural must-see, home to exhibits of work from world-famous and up-and-coming artists, it’s also a great source of special programming. The museum hosts discussions and events that locals should keep and eye on and offers visitors a chance at a classic LA Instagram pic—posing with the lamps at the museum’s “Urban Lights” exhibit. 

Upright Citizens Brigade: LA is home to a collection of some of the funniest and most creative up and coming actors, writers, and comedians in the world and many of them work their way through the ranks at improv studios like UCB to perfect their respective crafts. With two venues, each with full calendars of cheap (and sometimes free) shows, UCB is a great place to get a lot of entertainment bang for your buck—and maybe see some future famous people in the process. 

Griffith Observatory: In LA, many of the landmarks are famous themselves, having appeared prominently in films. The iconic Griffith Observatory is one of the best examples of this phenomenon. On the one hand, it’s a world-class planetarium that will please any science lovers in your group and on the other, it’s an iconic filming location (its most famous appearance is as the setting for the climactic scene in Rebel Without a Cause) that will please the more starstruck members of your group. 

Disneyland: While it’s technically in Anaheim and not in LA proper, Disneyland has rocketed above Universal Studios (which is actually in LA) as the must-visit theme park in the area this year thanks to the opening of the immensely immersive Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land in the park, which is a pilgrimage destination for geeks and still a genuinely fun time for non-geeks.

Pink’s Hotdogs: If you want to eat somewhere that’s iconically LA, you can’t get much more classic (or touristy) than Pink’s. Yes, you’ll have to wait in a long line for your meal, but you might just run into a celebrity while you’re there, so there’s that. 

When it comes to getting around in LA, if you’re not local, you should seriously consider renting a car, since navigating on public transit, while doable, can be complicated and time consuming and suck up a lot of your valuable experiencing LA time (not that riding the bus for three hours isn’t a kind of LA experience all in its own). If you don’t want to rent a car, download Uber or Lyft or make sure you have the Metro transit time and maps bookmarked on your phone.

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4. Expect a "restrained" reopening for Salesforce park Monday. July 1 marks the first day the public will be allowed into the Transbay Transit Center, but there won't be much fanfare, given the embarrassment over its closure last September. There will be one improvement, however (in addition to the presumably crack-free beams): This time around, the structure's aerial tram will be in action, shuttling groups of folks two stories from the corner of Mission and Fremont Streets. - CURBED SF

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5. Twelve people were displaced by a one-alarm fire at 1666 Golden Gate Avenue Wednesday. The blaze was reported at 4 p.m., and was swiftly controlled by the SFFD. - SF CHRONICLE

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6. After 36 years in business, Valencia Street standby Ali Baba’s Cave is closing. Citing an extensive renovation Husein Dawah says would be necessary to attract the area's increasingly well-heeled residents, he said it is time to move on. “The newcomers to the neighborhood, they’re young, high-tech, making a lot of money,” Dawah said. “They need something to fit what they like.” - MISSION LOCAL

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7. SF's mayor and Board of Supes have reached a deal on SF's $12 billion budget. Typically a source of conflict between the mayor and the board, Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer says that “because of our partnership with the Mayor’s Budget Office, I think that this process has been less painful than it has been in the past and less adversarial.” - SF EXAMINER

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8. A "surf-inspired apparel brand" is moving into Hayes Valley. Faherty is expected to open its 11th store this summer, in the 542 Hayes Street spot previously occupied by Lava 9. - HOODLINE

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9. The East Bay Times has pulled together a map of YIMBY vs. NIMBY battles across SF. Included on the list are items like the Central SoMa plan, the Forest Hill affordable-housing project, and the fight over a Whole Foods at Polk and Jackson Streets. - EAST BAY TIMES

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

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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), David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology), and Bobby Cherry (senior editor at Inside, who’s always on social media).

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