Inside San Francisco - November 5th, 2019

Inside San Francisco (Nov 5th, 2019)

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1. It’s Election Day in San Francisco, which means that besides heading to your polling place to cast your ballot, you should check out one (or all) of these local election guides. I’ve already touted San Francisco Public Press’ nonpartisan election guide as my favorite, but there are many (many) more out there. Here’s a relatively straightforward guide from The Frisc, and another one from Curbed SF. Then there’s this “quick and dirty guide” from the folks at SFist.

If you’re looking for election-related stories beyond your surface-level guides and endorsements, consider reading journalist-of-the-year Joe Eskenazi’s story, “Is this an election? Or an experiment … or both?,” published by Mission Local. The Bold Italic also put out a really good read yesterday about how today’s District Attorney race could potentially “determine the course of the city.”

2. A surveillance video of a man falling into the BART tracks at Coliseum station and being saved at the last second by an attentive station agent has gone viral on Twitter. The incident happened at roughly 5:20 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, following the Raiders game. BART Transportation Supervisor John O’Connor was working at the station, helping with crowd control, when he saw a man take a misstep and fall into the tracks. A train was already pulling into the station, and O’Connor immediately sprung into action and yanked the man up by his shoulders and back onto the platform, just avoiding the train. You can watch the video here — and even better, you can watch the two men exchanging some emotions here. - KPIX 5

3. Apple announced a $2.5 billion commitment to help alleviate the affordable housing crisis in California. The package includes three funds for affordable housing and first-time homebuyer mortgage assistance, $50 million in direct support to vulnerable populations, and a donation of Apple-owned land worth $300 million for use in affordable housing. Eagle-eyed Apple watcher Neil Cybart points out that Apple’s purchase of that piece of land was a big story in 2015 because people thought it was going to be used as an R&D center for Apple’s self-driving car projects. Sounds like there’s been a change of plans for the property, although we can’t read into what that means about Apple’s transportation ambitions. — @NEILCYBART

This story was first shared in yesterday's Inside Apple newsletter. For more Apple news in your inbox, subscribe to the newsletter here.

4. Thousands of Instacart “shoppers” are reportedly on strike to protest the San Francisco-based company’s tipping policies and service fees. According to one shopper, contractors are “demanding that Instacart restore the default tip amount to at least 10 percent and to remove the confusing ‘service fee’ which the company pockets for themselves.” The shopper said that due to changes in Instacart’s tipping and pay formulas, her weekly income dropped from $1,500 to “only a couple hundred dollars.” - EATER SF

5. In case you’re wondering where San Francisco’s fall rain showers have been, they’re not due to arrive anytime soon. Only a hundredth of an inch of precipitation was measured in the city during October, making it the fifth driest October in San Francisco on record since the Gold Rush. The average is 1.12 inches. Last week, models reportedly showed a hint of rain on November 10, but that’s no longer the case.  The long-term forecast (10-14 days) looks dry. - SFGATE

6. Fog City News is celebrating its 20th birthday with a two-day celebration this Friday and Saturday. The 920-square-foot shop carries more than 1,200 different magazines and over 1,000 different greeting cards, not to mention 450 chocolate items from six Bay Area-based producers. "No way we would still be here if we would only be a newsstand," said Fog City News’ owner, Adam Smith. - HOODLINE

7. Here’s a look at the upcoming Renegade Craft Fair, which will be hosted at Fort Mason on November 16 and 17. The fair happens twice a year in the city, however, the timing of November’s event makes it a perfect stop to do some strategic seasonal gift shopping. The event attracts more than 200 creatives and roughly 17,500 visitors. You can find more details here. - KQED

8. The Mina Group is allegedly expanding in San Francisco with a members-only club and event space in the Ferry Building. Details around Michael Mina’s private club, called Shack 15, are few and far between (the news broke via a LinkedIn job post …), but the new “high volume" outpost will likely offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner services. - SFIST

9. If you missed this past weekend’s Day of the Dead festivities, don’t fret: here are a few photo roundups that’ll make you feel like you were there the entire time. First up is this robust collection of images from Jon Bauer over at SF Station. Then there’s this roundup from Hoodline’s Cheryl Guerrero. Lastly, take a look at Andrea Campos’ Dia de los Muertos  photos, courtesy of The Bold Italic.

10. Today's SF in Pictures: Reddit user @benaldrich_

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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