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Inside San Francisco (Nov 6th, 2019)

1. The votes from yesterday’s election are in, and, well, it looks like we’ll have to wait for a day or two to know the full results. After winning a nail-biter special election last fall, Mayor London Breed easily won her bid for a full four-year term. However, the race for District Attorney is going to go down to the wire. Interim DA Suzy Loftus has a 240-vote lead over Chesa Boudin. Things are even closer over in District 5, where 218 votes stand between Dean Preston and Vallie Brown. Here’s a look at the results of some notable Propositions:

  • Prop. A (housing bond): 69.5 percent
  • Prop C. (move to overturn SF’s ban on selling e-cigarettes): 19.6 percent
  • Prop. D (per-ride tax on ride-share trips): 66.66 percent
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2. Vice President Mike Pence will reportedly be in the Bay Area next week for a couple of Republican fundraising events. Pence will stop by Monterey on Wednesday, Nov. 13, for a fundraiser, and he’ll pay a visit to NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View the next day. Tickets to next week's Monterey fundraiser start at $1,000 and max out at $35,000, and proceeds will benefit a political action committee (PAC) called Trump Victory. - SFIST

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3. By The Numbers: Mayors' Request To Buy Out PG&E

A coalition of California city and county leaders penned a letter to the California Public Utilities Commission saying they want to buy out PG&E and make it customer-owned. Here’s the story, by the numbers:

  • 27: the number of mayors and county supervisors who signed the letter
  • 50: how many billions of dollars the proposed buy out would cost
  • 2.5: the multi-billion-dollar buy out offer PG&E rejected from San Francisco
  • 10: "A cooperative financial structure will save ratepayers many billions of dollars in financing costs over this next decade," the letter states.
  • 5: the millions of Californians this coalition of public officials represents
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4. On their fourth attempt, the Golden State Warriors won their first home game at the Chase Center in San Francisco. The Warriors' Monday-night 127-118 win over the Portland Trail Blazers was only the team's second of the season, but it was a momentous occasion, considering that the game featured zero players from last season’s playoff roster, including Steph Curry, who's out with a broken left hand. However, other playes stepped up. Eric Paschall scored a career-high 34 points: 17 of which came in the first quarter. "I owe it all to my teammates," he said. "They give me the confidence to go out there and play my game.” We'll see if the Warriors can carry that winning mentality on the road against the Houston Rockets today. - SFBAY

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5. Next week, Mercury will cross directly between Earth and the sun, appearing in silhouette against the sun, in an event that you won’t be able to see in the Bay Area for another 30 years. The rare astronomical event, called a Transit of Mercury, will take place on the morning of Monday, November 11, and Bay Area residents will be able to enjoy the celestial show for about three hours. Just a friendly reminder: don’t look directly at the sun, even if you're wearing sunglasses. Instead, read this story to learn how to safely view next week’s Transit of Mercury. - KQED

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6. If you were looking for an excuse to go to Cupertino, here it is: Afuri Ramen + Dumpling opened its first Bay Area location last night. The popular Tokyo chain already has 12 locations around the world, and now Bay Area eaters can indulge in Afuri’s vegan ramen, yuzu guacamole, and more at its new 54-seat restaurant. - THE SIX FIFTY

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7. The Outer Richmond’s Marla Bakery is closing this month, and the owners are taking the business to Santa Rosa. The Balboa Street bakery’s final day of business in San Francisco will be Nov. 27. Husband-and-wife owners Amy Brown and Joe Wolf hope that a move to Santa Rosa will better allow them to operate their bakery and spend time with their two young children. - EATER SF

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8. MMclay, which specializes in handmade ceramic tableware, opened a production studio and showroom at 69 Gough St. (and Haight), in the former Go Getters Pizza. According to MMclay’s founder, the space was supposed to be open this past summer, but “construction was a disaster.” However, thanks to a $75,000 Kickstarter campaign, the location is fully renovated and preparing for its grand opening celebration on Sunday, Nov. 17. - HOODLINE

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9. Here’s a fun read about what dog breeds best match up with San Francisco’s neighborhoods. It’s kind of like assigning spirit animals to just over a dozen of the city’s neighborhoods…except all of the animals are canines. No spoilers here — you’ll have to take a look for yourself. - THE BOLD ITALIC

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

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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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