Inside San Francisco - October 31st, 2019

Inside San Francisco (Oct 31st, 2019)

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If you have feelings about the number of political mailers you get delivered to your home, here's a story for you. There wasn't room in today's newsletter for it, but with next week's elections right around the corner, I still wanted to share it with you.

- Shane

1. The Kincade Fire is now 60-percent contained, and evacuation orders have been reduced from mandatory evacuations to evacuation warnings in many areas. However, some 6,000 people remain under mandatory evacuation orders in Sonoma County. Those able to return home have started repopulating the neighborhoods and towns affected by the blaze. "I didn't think I was going to have a home when I came back, but they did a remarkable job," one Windsor resident said. According to Sonoma County Sheriff Mark Essick, he believes most of the threat from the Kincade Fire is “now in our rear-view mirror.” That’s thanks in large part to the more than 5,000 firefighters who took advantage of calm winds last night to slow the fire’s progress. - ABC 7

2. Golden State Warriors’ star Steph Curry broke his left hand during last night’s game at the Chase Center against the Phoenix Suns. It’s unclear just how severe Curry’s injury is, and he was reportedly undergoing scans and tests last night and today. The Warriors have had a less than ideal start to the 2019-2020 season. They’ve suffered two blowout losses at home, and the team is already without Klay Thompson, Kevon Looney, and Jacob Evans. “Obviously it’s been a tough start for us on many levels,” said coach Steve Kerr. “We’re just trying to find our footing and obviously this puts us in a tough spot. So we’ll assess it and go from there.” - SFBAY

3. Throwback Thursday: When Sea Lions Came To Fisherman's Wharf

Today, we associate Fisherman's Wharf with droves of barking (and smelly) sea lions, but that wasn't always the case. The sea lions didn't take up residence along the city's waterfront until January 1990, just months after the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake. At the time, their numbers oscillated between 10 and 50, and due to plenty of herring supply and dock space, not to mention the marina's protected environment, the number grew to more than 300 within a few months.

It was the mess created by those some 300 sea lions that led the marina manager to refer to them as "guests from hell" in a 1990 Los Angeles Times' story. Each winter, Fisherman's Wharf's sea lion population can swell up to 900 individuals, and even though most of the sea lions migrate south during the summer months, there's a small group that stays year-round at Pier 39.

4. A tourist was cited after riding an e-scooter across the Bay Bridge, from San Francisco to Oakland. Luckily, an alert motorist spotted the scooter rider and pulled behind them with their hazard lights. The scooter driver exited the bridge at Treasure Island and was instructed not to ride back into San Francisco. Instead, the individual used the bike path on the bridge’s newer portion to get to the East Bay. California Highway Patrol said that although drug and alcohol weren’t factors in yesterday’s incident, bad decision making was. And yes, there's a video of it. - KPIX 5

5. Events This Weekend: Birding Walk, Dia de los Muertos, More

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

6. Tacolicious’ latest outpost officially opened today in the Financial District. That’s right: Tacolicious Chico, the tiny counter-service spot serving tacos de guisado, is open for business at 685 Market St. It’s the mini-chain’s first counter-service location, and its menu consists primarily of already cooked stews that are labeled onto tortillas. - EATER SF

7. North Beach’s Kennedy’s Irish Pub & Indian Curry House is closing today. The eclectic business at 1040 Columbus St., which opened its doors in the late 1990s, made the announcement on Facebook. “One last blowout! Come see us this Halloween, $4 beers of everything we have as we celebrate & mourn our last day in business ... Come drink us dry!” - HOODLINE

8. The Salesforce Tower’s LED top is dressing up for Halloween tonight, although its specific illuminated outfit has yet to be revealed. Last year, the tower’s crown went as the Eye of Sauron, and just a couple of months ago, there was a petition to have a giant game of Pac-Man displayed on top of San Francisco’s tallest building. Given that you can pretty much see the tip of the Salesforce Tower from anywhere in the city, be sure to step outside later tonight to see its costume for yourself. - CURBED SF

9. If you’ve ever wondered about the tunnels and sewers beneath San Francisco, this is the podcast episode for you. This 14-minute listen, courtesy of Bay Curious, explores the city’s underground, and it reveals the truth about the secret passageways running under San Francisco. - KQED

10. Today's SF in Pictures: Reddit user stumpypenguin86

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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