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Inside San Francisco (Aug 15th, 2019)

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This week has been a scorcher — what's everyone doing to stay cool?

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1. San Francisco is feeling the second-highest temperatures on record for 2019, and some East Bay cities are sizzling in triple digit heat this week. Downtown San Francisco reached 83 degrees yesterday, and temperatures spiked from 77 degrees to 93 degrees in less than an hour at SFO. Across the bay, Oakland’s highs have been hovering around 89 degrees. This week marks San Francisco’s second-highest temperatures of 2019, after June 10’s 97-degree heat wave. That’s a big jump from last year’s warmest day, which was 83 degrees. It’s expected to remain in the 80s today. - SF WEEKLY

2. To prevent wildfires, bankrupt power company Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) has warned that it will be more aggressive with shutdowns, even in cities at little risk like San Francisco. According to a message sent via email to some of its 16 million customers in recent months, PG&E wrote that it may suspend electrical service “for a minimum of 24 hours and up to a week” if there’s reason to suspect that live power lines may pose a particular danger of starting fires. Although San Francisco-based PG&E doesn’t consider the city particularly at risk for a shutoff, it cautions that “power may also be shut off if [a] community relies upon a line that passes through an area experiencing extreme fire danger conditions.” - CURBED SF

3. Throwback Thursday: When Murphy Made The Murphy Bed

Believe it or not, San Francisco also had a housing shortage at the end of the 19th century. At the time, William Lawrence Murphy was living in a space-limited one-room apartment in the city. Because the times didn’t permit a woman to enter a single gentleman’s bedroom, Murphy reportedly folded his bed into his closet so that he could entertain his future wife in what could be considered a parlor.

Murphy would go onto design and patent his Murphy In-A-Dor bed in 1911, and through the 1920s, newspaper advertisements used the Murphy bed as a selling point. Even though he didn't create the first folding bed, Murphy’s name and design remain synonymous with the innovation today. - SFIST

Do you regularly use a Murphy bed in your current San Francisco living arrangement?

4. Eighteen high-definition security cameras will be installed in Chinatown next month. The cameras are meant to both serve as a crime deterrent and assist SFPD in the event of a crime. The new security cameras will be placed along Stockton Street, from the Sacramento Street tunnel to Washington Street. In recent weeks, Chinatown residents have been on edge following high-profile attacks on neighbors, including the daytime beating and robbery of the 56-year-old chairman of the Wong Family Benevolent Association. - NBC BAY AREA

5. This past weekend’s Outside Lands' Grass Lands, the festival’s on-site cannabis sale and consumption area, reportedly sold seven figures worth of cannabis. Although Grass Lands’ organizers, Highland Events, weren’t able to share a breakdown of specific sales numbers or exact revenue figures, Dan Gentile, of SFGATE, set out to calculate how many edibles, joints and cartridges you could buy for a million greenbacks at Outside Lands. - SFGATE

6. San Francisco’s oldest working cable car, originally constructed in 1883, took its second test run yesterday. First built as an “open car,” Cable Car 19 ran along Market Street, possibly all the way out to Golden Gate Park via the Haight, until the 1906 earthquake and fire. The car ran on different routes until 1942, and then it sat for decades in Muni’s Cable Car Barn. Although Cable Car 19 may not be able to operate in regular service, it may run in SFMTA’s annual Muni Heritage Weekend, when the agency offers rides on its older buses, streetcars and cable cars. - SF EXAMINER

7. A new independent magazine called The San Franciscan has been released in the city. According to the publication’s website, the magazine’s maker, Amanda Legge, created it to be a Bay Area-equivalent of The New Yorker. The publication “doesn’t have resources to compensate contributors right now," however, the first edition features work from 22 writers, artists and photographers. Each magazine is $8, and here’s where you can find a copy (only 500 copies were printed). According to Reddit (where a lively conversation is taking place), Legge plans to print the magazine twice a year, and her goal is to make it quarterly. “I enjoyed reading a few articles on the website,” wrote tingt0ng. “Might buy a hard copy if I see one around.” “Why'd you decide to rip the aesthetic and name directly from The New Yorker?” asked BakedBeanFeend. “Isn't that a little cheapening?”

8. Two Nepali-born siblings are opening their second Nepalese restaurant in the Mission in November. Suraksha and Sutish Basnet, 29 and 27, opened Dancing Yak on 14th and Valencia streets back in 2018, and after gaining “lots of neighborhood support,” the duo decided to open a new eatery. Called Base Camp, the Nepali tapas and Tibetan street foods restaurant will be located in the space formerly occupied by Schmidt, on 20th and Folsom. - MISSION LOCAL

9. Here’s a deep-dive read into why San Franciscans don’t love hot dogs as much as other American cities. The farm-to-table movement, health-conscious eaters, high rents: those are just some of the reasons why San Francisco is far behind cities like Los Angeles, Boston, Tampa Bay, and Atlanta when it comes to annual hot dog consumption. However, it might also be because the city simply doesn’t have a strong sausage heritage. “… in the same way, you don’t find a million burrito places in New York or Chicago, because culturally, that’s not who’s been there,” said one California native and hotdog shop owner. - THE BOLD ITALIC

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

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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