Inside San Francisco - November 15th, 2019

Inside San Francisco (Nov 15th, 2019)

Sandwich-Eating Man Sues BART / Goop Opens In Pac Heights / The Bay Used To Be Bluer

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1. District 5 Supervisor and Mayor London Breed appointee Vallie Brown officially conceded to Dean Preston yesterday, ending her campaign to keep her job in City Hall. Brown lost by less than 200 votes, but she told supporters that a recount would be too costly and time-consuming. “We’ve determined that the chances of any change in the result are too slim to justify the time and cost,” she wrote. Preston began celebrating his victory this past weekend; however, he didn’t receive a phone call from Brown until yesterday morning. With Brown’s loss, Mayor Breed lost an ally on the board, and progressive supervisors now have a veto-proof majority. Preston will assume office in January. - SFWEEKLY

2. Steven Foster, the man who was approached, handcuffed, and ticketed by a BART police officer for eating a breakfast sandwich on a station platform, hired Oakland civil rights attorney John Burris and is suing the transit agency. Burris represented the family of Mario Woods, who was fatally shot by a BART police officer in 2009, receiving a $2.8 million settlement for Woods’ mother and daughter. As for the recent breakfast sandwich incident, Burris said officers "engaged in racial profiling and selective law enforcement.” He also said "detaining officers referred to Foster with names like 'stupid' and 'idiot.’” There’s a McMuffin-eating protest tomorrow at Pleasant Hill Station. - SFIST

3. Follow Friday: @Braccs

I first met Steve Bracco (@Braccs) while writing for Hoodline. At the time, we were co-neighborhood editors in the Castro, and I always appreciated how connected and in-tune Steve was in the community. Although Steve continues to write the occasional story for Hoodline, he’s gone on to become a San Francisco fireman.

He's also raised tens of thousands of dollars for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation as a participant in the annual Santa Skivvies Run. Steve’s Twitter feed is a blend of topical San Francisco news, astute observations, neighborhood happenings, and good old-fashioned community journalism.

4. The South San Francisco City Council approved an 800-home development next to the South San Francisco BART station. The development will be spread across three buildings that will range up to eight stories. In addition to the housing units, the project will include a one-acre park, 879 parking spaces, a roughly 8,000-square-foot childcare facility, and about 13,000 square feet of commercial space. Although there was considerable pushback from neighbors who said the project was intrusive, oversized, and out of character, the City Council gave it a thumbs up with a 4-1 vote. - CURBED SF

5. The Outer Sunset’s Noriega Produce will become an official Gus’s Community Market outpost. The store is already owned by the Vardakastanis family (the same family that owns Gus’s). The family will move the store away from its 34-year location at 3821 Noriega St. to a larger location a block away, at 44th Avenue. The larger store, which should be open next summer, will offer fresh meat, fish, and sushi, and it will have a deli like Gus’s three other San Francisco stores. Until the new space is ready, Noriega Produce will continue to operate as usual. - HOODLINE

6. Goop is officially opening its new store in Pacific Heights today (2121 Fillmore St.), complete with vampire repellent, jade eggs, and “Chill Child - Kid Calming Mist.” Here are just a few teasers from the story’s author: “There was not one piece of women’s clothing on the floor that I could find larger than a size six;” “… they have a specific section of the store (just a shelf, actually) titled ‘under $100;’” and “the [jade] eggs are (likely) purposefully, quite literally, in the back corner of the store.” - SFGATE

7. Well, if you’re looking for a Friday tearjerker, look no further than this story about Drew Price, who moved to the Bay Area, left the Bay Area, and moved back. If only it were that simple. Even though this is a tale of highs and lows, it’s a genuinely uplifting read, and it’s easily one of my favorite local reads of the week. - THE BOLD ITALIC

8. The private owner of a 6-year-old fennec fox surrendered the North African animal to the Oakland Zoo after he could no longer care for the exotic pet. The fennec fox’s name is Summer, and she has big ears, a tiny nose and jet-black eyes, and her favorite snack is baked chicken. Although zoo officials said Summer is adjusting to the zoo, she arrived underweight and is being cared for in the on-site veterinary hospital, meaning zoo visitors won’t be able to see her. Once she’s all healed up, the zoo said it will try to find Summer a permanent home at another zoo or rescue sanctuary. - SFBAY

9. Here’s a must-listen podcast episode from the folks at Bay Curious about the color of the San Francisco Bay. If you thought the water used to be bluer, you’re not going crazy — it was. But it's slowly gotten greener and greener. If you’re looking for something to blame, point your finger at phytoplankton. And if you’re looking for answers, push play on this 13-minute listen. - KQED

10. Today's SF in Pictures: Reddit user Moztar55

Shane Downing is an award-winning journalist based in Oakland. This is Shane's final edition of Inside San Francisco. You can continue to follow Shane on Twitter @SCdowning or via his website.

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