Inside San Francisco - October 29th, 2019

Inside San Francisco (Oct 29th, 2019)

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Good morning,

I just wanted to send a note of positivity today — I hope you have a good one.

- Shane

1. The Kincade Fire grew another 1,000 acres overnight, and it’s now 118 square miles, which is roughly twice the size of the city of San Francisco. Firefighters have increased containment from 5 percent to 15 percent, and they hope to make more inroads against the blaze before high winds resume later today. "Really, where we are at is cautious optimism," Cal Fire Division Chief Jonathan Cox said. "We are not out of the woods yet. As the winds change to the northeast flow on Tuesday, it is going to increase levels to that intensity we saw when this fire began." - SFGATE

2. Here are some ways you can help out those affected by the Kincade Fire.

  • The Red Cross said that instead of sending food, clothing, or household items, money donations are the most effective way to help. Texting “REDCROSS” to 90999 will send the agency a $10 donation. People can visit to contribute larger sums.
  • United Way of the Wine Country has created a Kincade Fire Emergency Relief & Recovery Fund. All gifts and donations made on the fund's website will be directed to that fund.
  • To provide support for animals, you can donate to four animal welfare and rescue funds on Sonoma County's website.
  • Redwood Empire Food Bank is accepting donations at several locations throughout Sonoma Country and is providing food at shelters in the area.

For more information on how you can help, there's this article from KQED, this one from Hoodline, and this one from Curbed SF.

3. San Francisco-based Juul, the e-cigarette company, announced it will cut roughly 500 jobs between now and the end of the year. In 2019, the company hired an average of 300 people per month, and Juul has approximately 3,900 employees worldwide, including 1,200 in the Bay Area. It’s not clear how many of those Juul employees on the chopping block are located locally. The announcement comes as federal, state and local regulators continue to challenge Juul's flavored e-cigarettes business and products. - SF BUSINESS TIMES

4. George Gascon, San Francisco’s former District Attorney, announced that he’s entering the race to become Los Angeles County’s top prosecutor. Gascon, who was raised in Southern California and is a former LAPD assistant chief, will challenge Jackie Lacey in what some observers are calling the most important test yet between alternative approaches to crime and punishment and more traditional law enforcement tactics. If elected in Los Angeles, Gascon said he would implement a number of programs he believes were successful in San Francisco, including the use of open-source software aimed at removing implicit racial bias from charging decisions. - SF EXAMINER

5. The owner of the bar Small Wonder in Oakland, who reportedly fled to Mexico in late 2017 in order to avoid being tried in Minnesota on sexual assault charges, returned to Oakland and fired the bar’s staff. According to reports, owner Jason McLean plans to reopen the bar under his management. If you’re looking for a Tuesday morning read that’s full of twists, turns, and sharply worded emails, this is the story for you. - SFIST

6. Check out these plans for a 50-percent affordable, 13-story mixed-use development atop the Potrero bus yard. The proposed development, which SFMTA unveiled this past weekend, features 560 residential units, 280 of which will be deemed affordable. The building will also house Muni bus maintenance and operations on the building’s bottom four floors. - MISSION LOCAL

7. The Park Branch Library (1833 Page St.) will celebrate 110 years of operation with a big celebration from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Festivities will include birthday cake, an open house, crafts, live music, Upper Haight walking tours, and Dio de los Muertos-themed activities. - HOODLINE

8. The fourth annual San Francisco Coffee Festival will be hosted this weekend at Fort Mason. This year’s event will feature over 90 roasters and exhibitors, and a number of local eateries will be on hand to serve snacks, treats, and lunch. You can see full details for the weekend, including talks and lectures, here. - KQED

9. Here’s a nice story about Mount Sutro: a wonderful, forested oasis in the heart of San Francisco. This piece has everything you need — map, directions, historical tidbits, inspiration — to encourage you to take your next urban hike along the winding trails of Mount Sutro. - THE FRISC

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

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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