Inside San Francisco - November 4th, 2019

Inside San Francisco (Nov 4th, 2019)

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Happy Monday,

Once again, I ran out of newsletter space to include this story, but I still wanted to pass it along to you. It’s about Street Sheet, the Coalition on Homelessness’s newspaper that’s been around for three decades. Unhoused individuals sell the newspapers for a dollar apiece, and they keep every penny of what they sell. If you want to read more about it, here’s the story, courtesy of 48 Hills.

Have a good day,


1. Both Oakland and San Jose will receive $500,000 grants from California to help compensate for city funds used during recent planned PG&E outages. The grant dollars will also permit each city to pursue “microgrids” that will better prepare them for future PG&E equipment failures and shut-offs. “For the most part, this is about investments we need to make to be more resilient in the future and there are a lot of investments we need to make so the money will be very welcome,” said San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo. In addition to San Jose and Oakland, the state of California will give Los Angeles and San Diego each a half-million dollars for money spent coping with these shut-offs, while smaller counties affected by the recent power shutdowns are expected to get $15,000 each. - SFIST

2. The Kincade Fire is now 80 percent contained, and crews hope to fully contain the blaze on Thursday. The Kincade Fire has burned 77,758 acres, but hasn’t killed anyone. Today, a new resource center opened at the Healdsburg Community Center to assist anyone affected by the fires, including those who lost their homes. The resource center will distribute kits to help people clean their homes and provide information on how to access CalFresh benefits. Meanwhile, a third earthquake hit the region affected by the Kincade Fire yesterday, as a magnitude 4.2 quake was recorded in the sparsely populated Mayacamas Mountains, roughly 13 miles northeast of Healdsburg. Smaller 3.7-magnitude and 3.1-magnitude earthquakes were recorded in the region on October 23 and 28, respectively. - ABC 7

3. Following a shooting that killed five people and injured three more during a Halloween party at a short-term rental in Orinda last week, Airbnb announced that it’s banning “party houses.” According to a series of tweets, CEO and co-founder Brian Chesky said the company will create a “party house rapid response team” and that it will expand manual screenings for high-risk reservations. “We are redoubling our efforts to combat unauthorized parties and get rid of abusive host and guest conduct, including conduct that leads to the terrible events we saw in Orinda,” Chesky said. Chesky’s comments received mixed reactions on Twitter. As of Saturday, no arrests had been made in connection with the Orinda shooting. - SF EXAMINER

4. Chow, which not too long ago was a regional restaurant empire, has filed for bankruptcy. According to its bankruptcy filings from October 21, Chow LLC had debts amounting to $3.7 million and assets of only $75,000. The first Chow to close was the Inner Sunset location back in early 2018, and after 22 years, the longstanding Bay Area neighborhood eatery known for its family-style comfort food closed its original location (215 Church St.) in March. The last remaining Chow was the one in Lafayette, which closed back in May. - SFGATE

5. Events This Week: Cheap Sandwiches, Comedy, More

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

6. Former San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick celebrated his 32nd birthday by helping the homeless in Oakland. Yesterday afternoon, Kaepernick was spotted at an Oakland homeless encampment handing out backpacks filled with supplies like clothes, snacks, air masks and other critical resources in partnership with his foundation “Know Your Rights Camp.” He also paid for a taco truck to stop by and give out free food. - KPIX 5

7. A new plant-based Filipino restaurant called Nick’s on Mission opened in SoMa last Friday. The eatery is an offshoot of Nick’s on Grand, down in South San Francisco, and is owners Reina Montenegro and Kenny Annis’ second vegan restaurant in as many years. Nick’s on Mission is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays. - EATER SF

8. Here’s an enjoyable Q&A with best-selling, Berkeley-based author Adam Mansbach, who wrote the popular children's book Go the F*ck to Sleep. Charles Russo caught up with Mansbach to discuss the latter’s latest book, F*ck, Now There Are Two of You, and to talk about the nuances of parenting. - THE SIX FIFTY

9. If you love pie, check out this article about some of the Bay Area’s best pie bakers. I can’t say it much better than the story’s author, Becky Duffet. “When you ... wonder how to support your local bakery during the holidays, here’s a hot tip: Order a pie from one of these hardworking bakers. Go pick it up yourself at the pie window or the farmers market. Say hey … Give them the biggest tip they’ve seen all year. As of right now, that’s still the best way to make sure they get the biggest piece of the pie, and we get to keep cute bakeries in our neighborhoods.” - EDIBLE SAN FRANCISCO

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

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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