Inside San Francisco - November 11th, 2019

Inside San Francisco (Nov 11th, 2019)

Sandwich-eating protest on BART / DA, D5 Election Results / Rasputin Music Closes Last SF Location

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1. Following four days of ballot counting, Chesa Boudin has come out on top in San Francisco’s district attorney race. Interim District Attorney Suzy Loftus conceded over the weekend saying she’ll work to ensure a smooth and immediate transition. Boudin, 39, is a progressive and campaigned on tackling racial bias in the criminal justice system, overhauling the bail system, protecting immigrants from deportation and pursuing accountability in police misconduct cases. As of late Sunday afternoon, Boudin had 2,825 more votes than Loftus. "The people of San Francisco have sent a powerful and clear message," Boudin said in a statement. "I'm humbled to be a part of this movement that is unwavering in its demand for transformation." - SFGATE

2. In what SFIST described as a "modern-day 'eat-in,' several people gathered at the Embarcadero Station on Friday to protest that a black man was detained for eating a breakfast sandwich on a platform. While BART officials say it is illegal to eat or drink in areas of stations where customers have paid to have access, protesters called the actions of BART police racist. "I've got my lunch here, it's very threatening as you can see," said San Franciscan JJ Naughton to ABC 7. Police cited Bill Gluckman, who later posted video to Facebook asking, "anybody ever got arrested and written a ticket for eating a breakfast sandwich on a Bart platform at 8:00 in the morning. Nobody? Just me? Okay." Another protest is scheduled to take place at the Pleasant Hill BART station where the incident took place. That one is set for Nov. 16 and is called “Eat a McMuffin on BART: They Can't Stop Us All." - SFIST

3. In a closely contested race for the District 5 supervisorial seat, democratic socialist Dean Preston declared victory over incumbent Vallie Brown. Brown was appointed last fall by Mayor London Breed after Breed was elected mayor and gave up her District 5 seat. Preston’s win was a narrow one: he claimed victory on Saturday with a 170-vote lead. Preston is the first democratic socialist to be elected to City Hall since former District 5 supervisor Harry Britt in 1980. Preston’s “new vision” for City Hall includes reducing Muni fares, making Muni free for all by 2025, creating a homelessness commission to oversee city department spending, and implementing a vacancy tax on unoccupied units. - BAY AREA REPORTER

7. A giant endangered California condor from Pinnacles National Park is being treated at the Oakland Zoo for lead poisoning. The bird arrived at the zoo on Thursday after eating an animal that had been shot with a lead bullet. The condor will continue to receive treatment at the zoo over the next couple of weeks, and the hope is to be able to release it back into the wild soon thereafter. - KPIX

4. Three senior Chinatown residents were recently beaten during a robbery attempt by four men on Clay Street and Walter Lum Place. Each of the victims is in his mid to late 60s, and the attack was caught on video. Fortunately, the victims only suffered minor injuries and are reportedly recovering from the attack. However, according to the police, the suspects remain at large. This past summer, two senior citizens were also attacked in Chinatown in broad daylight. "We are trying to make it a visitor-friendly destination at the same time, you get these thugs who come in and beat up people for no reason,” said one Chinatown merchant. “It’s a hate crime.” - ABC 7

5. Bernard Tyson, the chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, died early yesterday morning. According to a statement from Kaiser, Tyson died unexpectedly in his sleep. He was 60 years old. Tyson had been at the helm of Kaiser since 2013, and he often spoke about diversity issues in corporate America. For example, on Saturday night, just hours before he passed away, he spoke at an AfroTech event. - SF BUSINESS TIMES

6. Oakland-based bakery-cafe Reem’s is opening an outpost in the former Mission Pie space on 25th and Mission streets. According to the eatery’s owner, Reem Assil, she was approached by the building’s new owners, who said, as part of the sale, they’d agreed to open a business that reflected “the spirit of the neighborhood.” Reem’s fit the bill. - HOODLINE

8. Rasputin Music closed its last San Francisco record store on Haight Street. On Friday, staff were told that they’d be losing their jobs and that the business would be shuttering on November 10. Rasputin opened its Haight Street location in 2013. According to Christin Evans, president of the Haight Ashbury Merchants Association, sales have been down by 30 percent for retailers in the neighborhood. - SF WEEKLY

9. After Curbed SF put out its holiday gift guide last week, other news publications are jumping on the bandwagon — next up is Eater SF’s gift guide, with everything you need for the home cooks, foodies, and “let’s eat out” lovers in your life. This is a solid gift guide because most of the included items are in the $20 to $40 price range. You know I’m typically not one for spoilers, but let’s just say I added the ONE65 hazelnut, orange, and chocolate cake to my wishlist. - EATER SF

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

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.

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