Inside San Francisco - October 28th, 2019

Inside San Francisco (Oct 28th, 2019)

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1. After a night of strong winds, the Kincade Fire has grown to 66,231 acres, with containment at 5 percent. Although no deaths or missing persons have been reported, nearly 100 structures have been destroyed, and an additional 80,000 are threatened. Over the weekend, nearly 200,000 were evacuated from Sonoma County, as the fire moved toward Healdsburg, Windsor and parts of Santa Rosa affected by the 2017 Tubbs Fire. Firefighters are hoping to make inroads against the Kincade Fire before high winds return to the region by mid-day tomorrow. In the past couple of days, gusts of over 100 miles per hour were recorded in Sonoma County, helping to spread the flames. Here's a good interactive map to keep tabs on the fire and evacuations. - SFGATE

2. A number of other blazes ignited around the Bay Area over the weekend, including a major fire near the Carquinez Bridge and another one along Highway 24 near Lafayette. Dramatic footage of the Glencove Fire near the Carquinez Bridge, which connects Contra Costa and Solano counties, was posted on Twitter, and 3,000 people were evacuated when the fire jumped the strait, burning in both counties. Another fire near Lafayette completely destroyed the Lafayette Tennis Club. Howling winds also brought down dozens of trees around San Francisco — city officials have fielded more than 200 calls related to downed street trees or branches.

3. As large swaths of California continue to burn, many are wondering what will happen to PG&E, the already bankrupt utility company at the center of fires in 2017, 2018, and likely, 2019. Last Thursday, PG&E reported a malfunction on a high-voltage power line near the suspected start point of the Kincade Fire, which stoked fears that PG&E could (once again) be at fault for igniting another historic Northern California wildfire. ”I think we're rapidly approaching a moment where the state is going to have to act in some way to intervene in this, just because voters are going to demand it,” said one Stanford professor. - KQED

4. A Spare the Air alert is in effect today as a layer of unhealthy air from regional wildfires settles over the Bay Area. Currently, the highest concentration of unhealthy air is over the East Bay, especially over Berkeley, Richmond, and the Oakland Hills. Bay Area air quality officials declared today another a Spare the Air day, asking local residents to take public transit and to stay inside with the windows and doors closed. On the topic of air quality: here’s a story about N95 masks you should wear. - KPIX 5

5. Events This Week: Saeed Jones, Frankenstein, More

If you’re looking for things to do this week, check out these upcoming events.

  • Frankenstein Double Feature: Head over to the Castro Theatre for Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein.
  • Live/Dead: It’s the 50th-anniversary celebration of The Grateful Dead’s 1969 album.
  • Archaeology Lab Tour: Learn about the Presidio’s excavations during this one-hour tour.
  • Saeed Jones Reading: The poet and author will read from his memoir at the Jewish Community Center.
  • Beastly Ball: Unleash your animal spirit at the Dorian’s first annual event.

6. The San Francisco 49ers beat the Carolina Panthers 51-13 to remain undefeated. The 49ers had no problem scoring against the NFL’s third-ranked defense, and at the end of first half, the 49ers had 254 yards compared to the Panthers’ 76. With yesterday's win, the 49ers improve to 7-0 on the season. - NINERS NATION

7. With November local elections right around the corner, here’s a highly recommended 2019 nonpartisan election guide, complete with easy-to-digest sound bites from the “Civic” podcast. Unless you already voted early or sent into your ballot by mail, plan to pay a visit to your local polling place next Tuesday, November 5 to vote. If you don’t know where your polling place, check out this (always entertaining) site. - SF PUBLIC PRESS

8. Blue Bottle Coffee is moving its entire California roasting operation to Sacramento. The Oakland-born company is in the process of consolidating its West Coast roasting operations under one roof, meaning that it’ll no longer roast beans in Oakland’s Jack London district or Los Angeles. The move should wrap up by the end of the year, and the new production facility will be up and running in 2020. According to a Blue Bottle spokesperson, there won’t be any changes to existing cafes. - EATER SF

9. Here’s a photo-infused story celebrating the female motorcyclists participating in the annual “Babes Ride Out” festival. “We were 2,000 strong, a group of badass babes descending upon a camp outside Santa Margarita,” wrote the story’s author. “Kindred spirits who share a love for motorbikes.” - THE BOLD ITALIC

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

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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