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Inside San Francisco (Aug 20th, 2019)

Good morning,

Today's newsletter is particularly eclectic: it has everything from Uber news to public toilet news to crime news ... no, no wait. It's just another day in San Francisco. If you're a Bill Nye the Science Guy fan, jump straight to the seventh story, and if you love Irish coffee (and/or the Rolling Stones), story number eight will make you smile.

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Have a good day,

Shane

1. On the tenth day of deliberations in the Ghost Ship trial, three female jurors — a quarter of the jury — were dismissed and replaced by the judge for apparent misconduct. Defendants Derick Almena and Max Harris each face 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter in the December 2016 warehouse blaze that took place in Oakland. Their trial began in April, and last Wednesday, the jurors asked for read-backs of some testimony. Deliberations must now start over since the three alternate jurors were not present for what was discussed over the last 10 days. There was no immediate explanation of the misconduct that forced the three jurors' removal. - KPIX

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2. Austin James Vincent, the man who allegedly attacked a woman in front of her apartment building and was released by a judge last week, surrendered to police custody yesterday after being charged with a second assault. Investigators said Vincent, armed with a knife, allegedly made a threat to kill a group of people as they waited outside a local restaurant for their Uber driver on February 4. According to SFPD’s deputy chief, there are at least two other incidents within the last couple months where people have come forward based on Vincent’s widely shared mugshot to indicate they were victims of crimes in which he was the alleged perpetrator. - SF EXAMINER

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3. Sleek, futuristic new toilets will pop up all over San Francisco in 2021. The toilets and kiosks were designed by Detroit-based SmithGroup, and they’ll replace the loos and newsstands that have been in place since 1996. The company’s agreement with the city is for 25 public toilets and up to 114 kiosks. Of those kiosks, 70 will come with digital displays, 20 will offer a multi-service space dedicated to small businesses and neighborhood services, and 15 will feature interactive screens for civic information. Nearly half of the public toilets will be supervised by paid Pit Stop attendants. - CURBED SF

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4. A SUV driver made it into — and drove all the way through — the Sunset Tunnel, SFMTA’s underground tunnel that links Duboce and Noe streets to Carl and Cole streets via the N-Judah. The incident happened early Saturday afternoon and brought both inbound and outbound service to a standstill for about an hour. Although it’s doubtful that my recent Throwback Thursday about that time four drivers got stuck in the tunnel in the span of a month back in 2017 had anything to do with this past weekend’s incident, some have taken to Twitter to say I jinxed it. My bad. - HOODLINE

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5. If you’re looking to check out the new Chase Center’s eating and drinking scene before the $1.4 billion mixed-use complex opens next month, this is the article (read: slideshow) for you. Whereas many arenas have one full-sized kitchen, the Chase Center will have eight. “As this neighborhood continues to develop and expand and attract more options, (Chase Center) will be a destination that can help drive that forward. Whether there is a game going on or not, this was built to stand on its own,” said Mark Jeffers, the Chase Center’s culinary director. - SF BUSINESS TIMES

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6. San Francisco-based Uber reportedly cut its annual $200,000 work anniversary, or “Uberversary,” budget. Employees will now be given celebratory stickers to honor work anniversaries. Last month, more than 400 employees were laid off from Uber’s marketing department after the company posted a quarterly loss of $5.2 billion. “It's not only a great way to find dollars we can invest back into the business, [but] it's also more environmentally friendly," Uber's CFO told employees in a company-wide email. - SFIST

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7. Bill Nye the Science Guy and Snoop Dogg will headline a three-day summit-meets-music festival next month focused on the environment. “Planet Home” will take place at the Palace of Fine Arts from Sept. 13 to 15, and talks will center around energy, food production and solutions. A star-studded lineup of speakers, including pop-culture figures, scientists and business leaders will be complemented by a small roster of performers including Snoop Dogg, Wyclef Jean, and Chet Faker. Day tickets are $30, and three-day passes cost $75. - KQED

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8. Mick Jagger gave a surprise shout out to San Francisco’s Buena Vista Cafe during the Rolling Stones Sunday-night concert at Levi’s Stadium. In between songs, Jagger told fans to visit the bar for an Irish coffee whenever they're in San Francisco. On Monday, the café sold about 2,000 Irish coffees at lunch, which a manager said was good for a Monday afternoon. - ABC7

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9. If you’re expecting out-of-town visitors in the coming months, then you should give this article about San Francisco’s best tourist traps a look. Here’s a list of 16 San Francisco eateries that are perfect for both tourists and locals, especially when you need a quality food break in between stops at Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghirardelli Square, and Lombard Street for the umpteenth hundred time. - EATER SF

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

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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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