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Inside San Francisco (Jul 9th, 2019)

1. A closer look at January’s point-in-time homeless count numbers puts the two-year increase in San Francisco’s homeless population at 30 percent, not 17 percent. The final report, which was released last Friday, didn’t use the same standards for counting as it had in previous iterations. Traditionally, in the biennial homeless count, San Francisco has included people in jail, hospitals and rehabilitation facilities; however, the city chose to adhere to broader federal guidelines in 2019, thus excluding 1,773 people from this year’s count. Whereas the city reported the number of unhoused residents to be 8,011, there are actually 9,784 unhoused residents in San Francisco. That’s up from 7,499 in 2017. - SFGATE

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2. San Francisco failed to secure $3 million in state funding to launch a mobile recycling program. The mobile recycling program is the city’s response to the closures of many recycling centers in San Francisco, including those at large grocery stores and the recycling center in Golden Gate Park. San Francisco sought $3 million from the state’s Beverage Container Recycling Fund, and the money would have paid for things like trucks, kiosks, processing spaces, labor, and marketing. The city allegedly plans to apply for another $700,000 in possible funds to launch the pilot. - SF EXAMINER

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3. On Wednesday, Lyft will launch a pilot in San Francisco to offer more wheelchair-accessible vehicles. Five vehicles will operate for 14 hours straight, and although individual drivers won’t work that entire shift, the company says the hours of operation will span the most popular ride-request periods. Both Lyft and Uber have faced accessibility-related lawsuits in the Bay Area, and on July 1, both companies began collecting 10 cents on every ride in California for a California Public Utilities Commission-established accessibility fund. - SF CHRONICLE

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4. In an already crowded field of Democrats vying for their party’s nomination, San Francisco billionaire Tom Steyer announced his 2020 campaign today. “The other Democratic candidates for president have many great ideas that will absolutely move our country forward, but we won’t be able to get any of those done until we end the hostile corporate takeover of our democracy,” Steyer said in a statement. As one Californian kicks off his bid to become the next president, another, East Bay Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell, threw in the towel yesterday. Instead, Swalwell will seek re-election for his House seat. - THE WASHINGTON POST

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5. Dayvon Hann, 15, of San Francisco, was shot and killed early Monday morning on 24th and Capp, near the 24th and Mission BART station. Police responded to GiroMex Financial Services just after midnight, according to reports. Officers saw a vehicle drive away from the crime scene; however, although they pursued the drivers, they weren’t able to apprehend them. So far, no suspects have been identified or apprehended. - MISSION LOCAL

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6. Just days after the SoCal earthquakes, Amy Graff asks this timely question: What would happen if a 7.1 earthquake shook the San Francisco Bay Area today? Yesterday, Curbed SF ran a story about how there’s a 72 percent chance of a major Bay Area quake by 2043. That sentiment was echoed in Graff’s piece. “We think a probability of a 6.9 or larger in the next 25 to 30 years is most likely on the Hayward Fault," says Ole Kaven, a seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. "The San Andreas ruptured in 1906, but we haven't had anything significant on the Hayward Fault in a long time." - SFGATE

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7. Bob the Drag Queen and Monét X Change will star in Peaches Christ’s premiere of “Bring It On, Queen,” this Saturday at the Castro Theatre. Showtimes are at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., and tickets are still available. Joshua Rotter caught up with both Bob the Drag Queen and Peaches Christ for a fun Q&A about the classic campy cheerleader musical. - 48HILLS

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8. Here's a roundup of five San Francisco restaurants where opting for a plant-based protein patty will be "a lot less painful." With the rise of Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, more and more people are choosing to go meatless; but, if you’re having an omnivore’s dilemma, this shortlist will get you on the right track. - KQED

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9. There’s a new family friendly yoga studio in the Mission. Instructor and owner Ngan Pham opened Yoga Phamily (3134 24th St.) with parents and their children in mind. The new studio has vinyasa and restorative yoga classes for all ages, as well as prenatal yoga, "mindful mama" classes, and childcare services. “It's very hard to find child-friendly things in this city," Pham explained. "Most moms end up hanging out at the playground." - HOODLINE

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

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Shane Downing is an award-winning journalist based in Oakland. As a freelance writer, he’s passionate about covering the LGBTQ+ community, at-risk youth and local news. He's a former Hoodline editor, and his work regularly appears in Oakland Magazine and The San Francisco Business Times. When he's not writing, Shane is an avid baker, gardener and tennis player.

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