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Inside San Francisco (Aug 13th, 2019)

Good morning,

Today's big story is that someone smashed in A-Rod's car window in SoMa and took off with roughly half-a-million dollars in personal items. In the spirit of car break-ins in San Francisco, let's do a straw poll: who's been a victim of a car break-in? If you're feeling up to it, shoot me an email or send me a tweet to tell me about it.

- Shane

On Wednesday, you can expect sunny skies and a high/low of 81/57. On Thursday, sunny skies are also in the forecast, with a high/low of 77/59.

1. Baseball star Alex Rodriguez’s was the victim of a car break-in in SoMa, and someone stole $500,000 worth of his belongings. The incident took place Sunday evening while Rodriguez was broadcasting the Giants-Phillies game from Oracle Park. While Rodriguez and the rest of the ESPN production crew had dinner at Marlowe after the game, someone broke into their rental car parked across the street. Stolen items included jewelry, camera gear, a laptop and bags. "I am saddened that several items that were of a personal nature and irreplaceable with sentimental value were taken. I am encouraged that local law enforcement has security footage of the crime and are doing all they can to get the items back,” wrote Rodriguez in a statement. However, some neighbors complained of SFPD’s special treatment of Rodriguez. One man had his car window broken three times and said the police never came to investigate. - ABC7

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2. Oakland is on pace to churn out more housing units than San Francisco by the end of 2019, despite its much smaller population size. The Town currently has 9,304 total units under construction (6,800 of which are expected to come online this year), compared to 4,700 new housing units in the City. Because San Francisco's construction costs, fees and affordable housing requirements have increased over the years, Oakland has been receiving more attention from developers. - SF BUSINESS TIMES

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3. If you often wonder why everything is late, over-budget, and/or broken in San Francisco, you should read this article about the challenges associated with keeping megaprojects both on schedule and on budget. From the Transbay Transit Center to the Central Subway, from BART’s new trains to Muni’s seismically sound tunnels, we’re used to hearing about pushed-back deadlines and added costs in the city. This article, however, explores why that’s the case. (Spoiler alert: late, over-budget and broken projects aren’t unique to San Francisco.) - CURBED SF

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4. Verizon sold microblogging site Tumblr to San Francisco-based Automattic Inc., which owns Wordpress, for less than $10 million. Verizon bought Tumblr in 2013 for $1.1 billion; however, that was a high price given that Tumblr was only bringing in about $13 million a year in revenue at that point. Automattic said it will take on all of Tumblr's 200 employees, and CEO Matt Mullenweg says he sees the site as complementary to Wordpress. According to him, he’s “not going to change" any about Tumblr's functionality or character. - SFIST

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5. Laundré, the controversial cafe and laundromat that opened two years ago in the Mission, is now just a laundromat. According to a note on the door, owner Arianna Roviello closed the cafe to allow "greater focus and energy" on the laundromat portion of Laundré; however, it’s most likely because Roviello struggled to obtain a beer and wine license, which would have helped offset the business’ high water bills and pricey machines. - MISSION LOCAL

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6. A San Francisco Redditor got hit by a car in the Tenderloin and took to the platform to recount the story and to ask for suggestions of homeless outreach program to support. Redditor sffintaway was on a Scoot and ran into the side of a SUV performing a quick U-turn. According to the post, a handful of homeless individuals helped sffintaway out of the street, got the Scoot out of the way, acted as witnesses to the police officers, and took sffintaway’s phone from the Scoot’s console and returned it. “It's far too easy to just write these people off as crazy/zombies/druggies, especially behind a computer,” sffintaway wrote. “If anyone knows of a good homeless outreach program that accepts donations and the majority actually goes to homeless in the Bay Area, leave a link.” A lively comment thread ensued.

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7. A new bar called Friends and Family is coming to Uptown Oakland, with an “all-star” bar team and a Tartine Manufactory chef. According to the bar’s partners, customers can expect “the kind of magical chaos you’d get for a friends and family soft opening,” and the all-female teams hopes to “create a very safe space for women, for femmes, for queer folks, to work in and to visit.” - EATER SF

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8. Here’s a nice — and educational — podcast episode about what it takes to search for a missing and homeless friend or family member. According to this year’s point-in-time count, there are more than 34,000 people who are homeless in the Bay Area, and some of those people have friends or family who’re searching for them. However, tracking down someone who is homeless can be very challenging. - KQED

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9. A performance called “Drunk Drag Dizney on Broadway” is set to open at SF Oasis on Thursday. Leading up to opening night, Drunk Drag Broadway’s founder and creative director Jimmy Moore sat down with Joshua Rotter to talk about his inspiration behind the show, why musicals are ripe for drag parody, and why Disney stories need to be retold. - 48 HILLS

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10. Today's SF in Pictures: Reddit user stepheloise_

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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.

Editor: Bobby Cherry (senior editor at Inside, who’s always on social media).

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