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Inside San Francisco (Oct 30th, 2019)

1. The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved District 6 Supervisor Matt Haney’s Jobs-Housing Linkage Fee bill, which charges developers a higher fee to build office buildings in San Francisco. The fee is expected to generate $400 million for affordable housing projects in the next eight years. Although the bill was opposed by Mayor London Breed and developers, it had the support of the city’s Labor Council, as well as all 11 supervisors. Between now and 2021, the price per square foot on all office projects will gradually increase from $28.57 to $69.60. The board takes a second and final vote on the legislation next week. According to District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen, City Hall is “finally talking about numbers in the billion-dollar range that will start to make a dent in this crisis that we have been struggling within this city.” - SF EXAMINER

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2. Contrary to her repeated claims, new evidence shows that District 5 Supervisor Vallie Brown wrongfully evicted tenants who were paying rent. Brown’s 1994 eviction of low-income African American tenants from a building she co-owned on Fillmore Street has become a contentious issue in her race against Dean Preston for the District 5 supervisor seat over the past month; however, another wrinkle was added to the story yesterday, when news broke that Brown’s earlier claims that those evicted tenants weren’t paying rent proved to be false. A trail of paper receipts show that the tenants were, in fact, paying their full rent on time. Now, Brown faces a potential defamation suit. “You tell Vallie Brown that she’s the one who manipulated me when she said I wasn’t paying my rent,” said one evicted tenant. - MISSION LOCAL

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3. By The Numbers: The Kincade Fire

As the Kincade Fire continues to burn in Sonoma County, here’s the story, by the numbers:

  • 76,825: the size of the fire, in acres
  • 687: the number of acres the fire grew last night
  • 30: the percent to which firefighters have contained the blaze
  • 206: the number of structures destroyed by the fire
  • 90,015: the number of additional structures threatened
  • 4,870: the number of firefighters assigned to the blaze
  • 2: the number of injured firefighters
  • 0: the number of deaths
  • 2.1 million: the number of gallons of water dropped from helicopters onto the fire
  • 7: firefighters hope to fully contain the blaze by November 7
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4. San Francisco activist Brandon Lee was medically airlifted back to the city from the Philippines, where he was shot in August in what many have called an extrajudicial assassination attempt by the Philippine authorities. "Let’s not permit this failed assassination attempt on my son’s life be in vain," Louise Lee said at rally on Monday. "Unlike Brandon, there are tens of thousands of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines who remain unknown because they don’t receive the same international attention as Brandon." - SFIST

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5. A team of celebrity chefs, including Guy Fieri, Tyler Florence, and Traci Des Jardins has come together to feed the thousands of displaced evacuees and first responders of the Kincade Fire. The chefs, alongside nonprofit World Central Kitchen, have set up shop at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. As of Sunday, they’d served nearly 6,000 meals. According to La Prensa Sonoma, many local food trucks are also stopping by the fairgrounds to serve free food, including the Lucha Sabina food truck and Rohnert Park’s Taqueria El Paisa. - NBC BAY AREA

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6. A merry band of 11 goats was released near the Potrero Hill Community Garden to clear invasive weeds. The goats, from Bayview-nonprofit City Grazing, will remain on-site for about a week, and although the public is encouraged to come out to watch the goats snack, Rec & Park asks that people do not feed them. “When we get our native plants to come back, they grow more harmoniously,” the nonprofit’s manager said. Another 35 goats are stationed on Mt. Sutro. - SF WEEKLY

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7. Here’s an interview with Kelsey Custard, a San Francisco Clown Conservatory alumna and one of the stars of Cirque du Soleil’s new women-centered “Amaluna.” After being told that “women aren’t funny” during her training, Custard went on to work at Cirque du Soleil’s KA show in Las Vegas, and she’s toured around the world. Amaluna opens under the Big Top at Oracle Park starting on November 3, and the female-centric show was written and directed by Tony Award-winning director Diane Paulus. - 48 HILLS

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8. Take a look at this story exploring San Francisco’s Little Russia, which spans the stretch of Geary Boulevard between 17th and 27th Avenues. The enclave was established in the early 1920s when the first significant wave of immigrants came to San Francisco after the end of the Russian Civil War. If you want to explore a new part of the city today (without having to go see it for yourself), here’s your chance. - THE BOLD ITALIC

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9. Portland-based Bamboo Sushi will open one of its sustainable sushi outposts in a 4,000-square-foot restaurant on San Francisco’s Pier 3. The sushi spot will open sometime in spring 2020 in the former Plant Cafe Organic/Seaside space, which is just a few doors down from the Ferry Building. - EATER SF

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

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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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