Inside San Francisco - November 12th, 2019

Inside San Francisco (Nov 12th, 2019)

SF Passes Uber, Lyft Tax / 49ers Suffer Season's First Loss / Thank Your Bus Driver

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1. It took almost six days, but we finally know the fate of Proposition D, the tax on Uber and Lyft rides: it appears to have narrowly passed at 67 percent. Given that the measure needed a 66 percent vote plus-one to pass, it’s safe to call that a narrow victory. Over the weekend, Prop. D was locked in at around 66.6656 percent approval, which wasn’t enough to declare victory. The city expects the 1.5 percent tax on Uber and Lyft rides to bring in roughly $30 to $35 million a year, and that money will be used to help alleviate Muni’s driver shortage. According to District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin, that boost in new operators is “very quickly going to lead to an increase in service.” The Prop. D dollars will also be directed toward other public transportation and pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure efforts in the city. - SF EXAMINER

2. BART’s general manager Bob Powers apologized to Steven Foster, the man who was targeted by a BART police officer for eating a breakfast sandwich on the Pleasant Hill station platform, but Foster didn't accept the apology. The officer was reportedly called to the platform to look for a woman who was allegedly drunk. He didn’t find her, but he did find Foster (here's the video that garnered widespread criticism). "I'm disappointed how the situation unfolded. I apologize to Mr. Foster, our riders, employees, and the public who have had an emotional reaction to the video," wrote Powers in a statement. Foster didn’t accept Powers' apology, and he’s instead considering taking legal action against BART. - KPIX 5

3. The San Francisco 49ers suffered their first loss of the season last night against the Seattle Seahawks in what’s being called an “overtime thriller.” Not only did the 49ers lose, but they lost at home, 27-24, to a division rival. It was a back-and-forth affair, with the Seahawks trailing 10-0 early in the game. By the fourth quarter, however, they led 21-10. With the loss, the 49ers are now 8-1 on the year, which is just ahead of the 8-2 Seahawks. With no teams left undefeated, the 1972 Miami Dolphins remain the last Super Bowl winner to be undefeated. - THE SEATTLE TIMES

4. Just days after its shoppers went on strike, San Francisco-based Instacart eliminated workers’ bonuses. A group of shoppers went on strike in early November demanding, as one shopper put it, "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." However, last Thursday, the company announced it was eliminating a $3 bonus promised to shoppers who earn a five-star rating. In the past, shoppers received $3 for every five-star rating received from a customer. That news didn’t sit well with the company’s shoppers, who took to Medium to write about their frustrations. “I think the timing is undeniably retaliatory, and believe the motivation for moving forward with it ahead of schedule was to discourage workers from continuing to organize,” one frustrated shopper said. - EATER SF

5. Events This Week: Button Making, Tindervention, More

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

6. Black Sands Brewery announced that it’ll close January 1 in order to reopen as Fort Point Lower Haight six months later. Given that Fort Point Beer Co. owns the brewery, the news isn’t earth-shattering; however, six months is a long time for regulars. According to the company, the city requested building updates to “bring the property up to historic compliance." While renovations are happening, Black Sands employees will have the option to be placed at other Fort Point locations. - HOODLINE

7. If you’re on the fence about whether to thank your driver when you disembark the bus, check out this story with input from actual AC Transit bus drivers. And the short answer is “yes.” Or in the words of one driver, "It's the best form of common courtesy, and it's very kind to me, because it means they appreciated what I did.” Manners, people. Manners. - SFGATE

8. Roughly 100 people gathered in Half Moon Bay for a spirited Civil War reenactment over Veterans Day weekend. There was plenty of 19th-century regalia, and all proceeds from the two-day event benefitted restoration efforts of the 165-year-old Johnston House (the White House of Half Moon Bay). In case you missed the staged conflict, here’s a story from local photographer Dan Fenstermacher. - THE SIX FIFTY

9. If you love Tia Lupita as a condiment, chances are you’ll love the story behind the hot sauce even more. This is a very nice profile of Hector Saldivar, the company’s owner who turned a third-generation recipe from his great-grandmother into a hot-sauce brand that’s sold in over 800 stores nationwide. “I like to say my mom built me a bridge to stay connected with her and where I came from," he said. “This is me doing the same thing in the U.S.” - THE BOLD ITALIC

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

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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