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Inside San Francisco (Jul 11th, 2019)

You can expect mostly sunny skies on both Friday and Saturday, with a high/low of 69/57 each day.

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1. Raids to arrest at least 2,000 undocumented immigrants in cities around the U.S., including San Francisco, are scheduled to begin Sunday, according to unnamed homeland security officials. The Trump-backed raids will be conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) over multiple days and will include what are called “collateral deportations,” which is when authorities detain immigrants who happened to be on the scene, even though they were not targets of the raids. - NEW YORK TIMES

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2. Nine months after the sparkly new Salesforce Transit Center was shut down by two fissures in its steel beams, Muni and Golden Gate Transit buses will return to the transit hub on Saturday. The $2.26 billion center reopened last week, but transit lines remained out of operation. Although reports say it’ll take another month for regular bus service to resume, there’s a 30-second gondola ride taking passengers from Fremont and Mission streets up to the rooftop park, which sounds way more fun than a smooth, reliable commute to and from work. - HOODLINE

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3. Halfway through 2019, San Francisco is poised to see a homicide rate lower than it's been in the city since the early 1960s. Last year, there were a total of 46 homicides in San Francisco, which was the lowest level in 10 years. As of June 30, 2019, there were 17 homicides in the city. We’ll see if the downward trend continues, but one thing is certain: the city has come a long way since the 1970s, when the homicide rate was in the triple digits. - SFIST

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4. A neighborhood group called Safe Embarcadero For All filed a lawsuit to stop the city’s Embarcadero’s Navigation Center, a homeless shelter and resource center, from being built. The lawsuit isn’t surprising, considering the group promised to stop the proposed 200-bed shelter from being built on public land, just south of the Bay Bridge. The suit filed in Sacramento Superior Court resembles the same appeal unanimously denied by the city’s Board of Supervisors last month; however, the well-financed neighborhood group seems poised to continue its fight against the project. - SFWEEKLY

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5. Just weeks after Pride, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors gave its final approval for declaring the Castro neighborhood a LGBTQ cultural district. The Castro becomes the city’s third such LGBTQ cultural district in San Francisco, after the Tenderloin and SoMa. Once Mayor Breed signs the ordinance into law, the neighborhood will be eligible for a sliver of the $3 million that’s set aside for cultural districts in the city. - BAY AREA REPORTER

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6. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has agreed to withdraw a controversial proposal to exterminate tens of thousands of invasive mice on the Farallon Islands with 1.5 tons of rat poison. A massive house mice population is threatening the entire ecosystem on the rugged islands, 27 miles off the coast of San Francisco, but critics argued the poison will kill both the mice and the wildlife that would feed on the carcasses of the poisoned animals. "The situation on the Farallon Islands has existed for decades. It does not need to be solved overnight with a massive poison drop," a spokeswoman for the conservation group WildCare said. - KQED

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7. MythBusters host and Comic-Con legend Adam Savage opens up his Mission District costume closet and gives some advice about joining the cosplay world. Savage talks extensively about his collection of costumes in his warehouse, and there’s a short video about his “baby:” his replica Apollo 11 A7L cosplay suit. - SFGATE

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8. Here’s a lovely little history lesson by Peter Hartlaub about the Skate Patrol, a group that formed 40 years ago in response to the threat of a roller-skating ban in San Francisco. Members were deployed to enforce no-skating zones, administer first aid, and help keep the peace between skaters and neighbors. “It’s the nature of San Francisco to take things like this that are kind of quirky, not the norm, and to make it normal,” Skate Patrol leader David Miles Jr. said. - SF CHRONICLE

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9. World’s Fare Donuts, a 50-year-old shop in Hayward, won the Bay Area News Group’s Best Bay Area Doughnut Competition. The bracket-style competition started out with 32 local favorites, including San Francisco’s Bob’s Donuts and Dynamo Donuts. Santa Clara’s Stan’s Donut Shop finished the competition a close second. - EAST BAY TIMES

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

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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.

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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