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Inside San Francisco (Jul 3rd, 2019)

Hi there, folks! 

Since April of 2018, I've been writing Inside San Francisco for you, and every day has been a joy. I've loved pulling together the most important and interesting news about this city, which I've been writing about for 15 years. But now I'm handing this newsletter over to Shane Downing, an experienced Bay Area writer and reporter who I'm certain will do a great job for you. He starts on Monday - Inside SF is off tomorrow for the holiday, and Friday's issue will be a special edition on the city's hottest new restaurants.

I'm not leaving Inside, however. I'm still writing Inside Media, which is a daily newsletter about journalism, media, and the business of news. I hope that if you don't already, you'll check it out and subscribe. I've also made Shane and my editors promise that any time Shane needs a fill-in writer, I'll be their first call. So you're not rid of me yet!

Thank you all for reading this newsletter, tweeting about it, writing in, and more. It's been great writing for all of you, and I hope I see you around. Remember that you can always find me on Twitter @eveb, Instagram @evelb, and via good old email at eve@inside.com.

-- Eve

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On Thursday, expect sunny skies, with a high/low of 66/55. On Friday, expect more of the same, with a high/low of 66/54.

1. You can catch fireworks displays across the Bay Area on Wednesday and Thursday. The Oakland A's will shoot them off tonight following their game against the Minnesota Twins, and the city of Richmond will also celebrate on July 3, accompanied by the Oakland Symphony. Things really kick in on Thursday, however, with fireworks and festivals across the region (here are guides from NBC Bay Area and the East Bay Times). In San Francisco, the big event happens in the Fisherman's Wharf/Pier 39 area, with live music along the waterfront, special July 4 cruises, and fireworks shot from the Bay at around 9:30 p.m. 

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2. Hundreds of protesters blocked Market Street on Tuesday afternoon. About 400 people gathered in front of the 1 Post Street office of Senator Dianne Feinstein, many chanting ”close the camps," a reference to the detention centers used to hold undocumented immigrants. The march and demonstration, which lasted around an hour, was part of a national effort called #Closethecamps, which saw protests around the country. Said protester Ruth Sasaki, whose parents were placed in internment camps during World War II, “Because of what happened to our parents - and carrying on that legacy today - we have an obligation." - ABC 7

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4. Members of San Francisco's police commission say that the SFPD should apologize for its long-ago treatment of the LGBTQ+ community. It was just last month that the NYPD offered an apology for the raids and harassment that led to the Stonewall riots 50 years ago, and local police commissioners like Petra DeJesus and John Hamasaki say that SF officials should follow NY's lead. District Attorney candidate Suzy Loftus also called on the SFPD to issue a belated acknowledgement of its conduct, saying “the ghosts of the past are still here in our city today. Apologizing demonstrates a willingness to own the harm caused and creates space to rebuild trust with those impacted.” - SF EXAMINER

Check out our Throwback Thursday on Compton's Cafeteria for more on how SF's police treated the gay community back in the day.

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5. A driver at SFO allegedly slammed into three people as they put their luggage into a car. The 46-year-old driver of a black Ford Expedition "accelerated from the curb" at the arrivals deck of the airport, rear-ending a nearby car and striking the people behind it. One of the victims died as a result of the collision, while another man and woman sustained critical injuries in the crash. Police announced Tuesday that the driver had been arrested, and faces "one count of vehicular manslaughter and one count of driving at unsafe speed." - BAY CITY NEWS

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6. There are only 20 homes floating on Mission Creek, and one of them could be yours. For a cool $1.8 million, you could buy 300 Channel #55, which its listing agent says is the first residence of its kind to "ever come on the open market." - SF GATE

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7. The Bay Area News Group's "Best Doughnut" competition is down to the final four. The contenders for the crown are Stan’s Donut Shop (Santa Clara), Maple Leaf Doughnuts (which has locations across the region), World’s Fare Donuts (Hayward), and Happy Donuts (multiple locations of, IMO, varying quality). You can vote on your top picks here.

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8. Though Mayor London Breed refused to sign off on a law to close SF's Juvenile Hall, it will close anyway. “She was pretty clear all along that she did not support that legislation,” said a mayoral spokesperson, but it doesn't matter - since she also refused to veto the bill, it will go into effect after a month-long delay. - MISSION LOCAL

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9. A shooting at Tanforan mall disrupted BART service Tuesday afternoon. According to San Bruno police Chief Ed Barberini, two people who were shooting “at each other, or someone else,” opened fire at the mall at around 4 p.m., sending two teenage males to the hospital and injuring two other people who declined treatment. Believing that the suspect fled the scene via BART, the transit agency closed its San Bruno station and evacuated stations at 12th and 14th Street while they searched for the shooter. As of Wednesday morning, however, the suspect remained at large. - SF CHRONICLE

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10: Today's SF in Pictures: Instagram user woo_clairewoo

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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.

Edited by Kim Lyons, Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside.

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