Inside San Francisco - August 14th, 2019

Inside San Francisco (Aug 14th, 2019)

Broken BART Windows / Oakland Shake Shack / Ferry Building To SFO Helicopter


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1. San Francisco and Santa Clara counties filed a lawsuit to block the Trump administration from implementing a new "public charge" rule that would deny permanent residency to legal immigrants if they participate in government benefit programs. Starting in October, the federal government plans to deny green cards to migrants who use Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers or other forms of public assistance; however, the lawsuit says state and local governments would be forced to provide similar services and pick up the costs. “This illegal rule is yet another attempt to vilify immigrants,” said Dennis Herrera, San Francisco’s city attorney, in a statement. “It makes it easier to unfairly target hard-working, lawful immigrants while sowing fear and confusion in our communities.” - NEW YORK TIMES


2. In the wake of multiple allegations of sexual harassment, the San Francisco Opera canceled its sold-out Plácido Domingo concert scheduled for Oct. 6. According to an Associated Press report, numerous women have accused the 78-year-old opera star and director of the Los Angeles Opera of forcing them into sexual relationships, including threatening them professionally if they refused his advances. “Though the alleged incidents reported did not take place at San Francisco Opera, the company is unable to present the artist on the War Memorial Opera House stage,” according to a press release. - KQED


3. By The Numbers: California's Kaiser Permanente Workers Approve Strike

Kaiser Permanente workers overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike that, come October, could turn into a nationwide protest. In the coming weeks, other unions that represent Kaiser workers nationwide are scheduled to vote. Kaiser employees are seeking wage increases and more staff, and should the unions’ demands be met, a strike likely won’t happen. Kaiser called the most recent vote “a bullying tactic.”

  • 37,000: The number of workers who voted to authorize a strike
  • 98: The percent of workers that supported a strike
  • 80,000: The number of employees amid contract negotiations who could strike
  • 23: The percent above market rate Kaiser says it pays its employees
  • 1: Oakland-based Kaiser Permanente is the Bay Area’s biggest employer

4. The new name for Julius Kahn Playground, in the Presidio, will be unveiled later today. In 1902, Kahn was the politician who led the effort to make permanent the Chinese Exclusion Act, which barred Chinese laborers from entering the United States. The act wasn’t repealed until 1943. Later this evening, members of San Francisco’s Chinese community will host the renaming announcement at the park’s clubhouse on West Pacific Avenue and Spruce Street. That name will then be submitted to the Rec and Park Commission for an official vote. - SF EXAMINER


5. Embarcadero Station was briefly shut down yesterday afternoon after a suspect reportedly kicked through a window of a BART train, delaying train service in both directions. Details remain sketchy at best, but the incident was reported on the Citizen app both as a passenger kicking through a window and as someone kicking someone else through a window. The incident, obviously, prompted Sparta-kick jokes (read: BARTA) on the Citizen app. - SFIST


6. Shake Shack will open a location inside Oakland's Uptown Station development (1955 Broadway). It’ll be Shake Shack's fourth Bay Area burger franchise after stores opened in Palo Alto in 2018 and Larkspur earlier this year. Another outpost is slated to open in San Francisco’s Cow Hollow; however, that location is still undergoing city review. - SFGATE


7. The National Park Service (NPS) is reportedly looking for a new food and beverage tenant to sign a 20-year lease at the Cliff House and Land’s End Lookout Cafe. NPS acquired the properties in 1977, and yesterday, it put out a Request for Qualifications for prospective partners to lease and operate the historic restaurant complex. That means that the Cliff House and the Land’s End Lookout Cafe, as we know it today, could undergo some serious changes by fall 2020. - SF STATION


8. Someone posted a vintage photo on Reddit of an SFO Helicopter Airlines helicopter landing at the Ferry Building. According to the photo's poster, darkeraqua, it took 8 minutes to fly between the airport and the Embarcadero on a chopper in the late 1960s. "Man, I’m glad that freeway isn’t there anymore," wrote Redditor ler_lar. "If you think about it, we have to thank the '89 Loma Prieta quake for the Embarcadero that we know today," added Theaow. "Why is the helicopter SFO service gone? And why hasn’t something else replaced it, like an express train ... or high speed ferry?" AutonomousHoag asked.


9. There’s a new massive piece of public art under construction on Treasure Island that’s using 36 tons of Bay Bridge steel. Titled "Signal," the steel ring is 25 feet across, and according to artist Tom Loughlin, he salvaged an old signal light from the top of the bridge (hence the name). "Signal" will go on display starting Sept. 22, and it will remain near the great lawn on Avenue A until at least 2022. - CURBED SF


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


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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