Inside San Francisco - December 3rd, 2019

Inside San Francisco (Dec 3rd, 2019)

Apple Music Awards / Congestion Pricing / Reading Proust on subway platforms / SF is 145th safest city

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1. Calls to 911 in San Francisco reporting domestic violence have dropped for three consecutive years, according to data from the Department of Emergency Management. Though calls reporting the crime have dropped 14 percent since 2016, it's unclear if the data reflects a significant drop in the incidence of domestic violence. While some victims may be accessing supportive resources sooner, advocates say those in immigrant communities may be reporting domestic violence less frequently over fears of being deported. Beverly Upton, executive director of the San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium, said women's shelters and classes around the city are still full, and she does not believe domestic violence has dipped overall. – SF EXAMINER

2. Billie Eilish has announced a "one-of-a-kind performance" at the inaugural Apple Music Awards at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino's Apple Park. Fans were encouraged to sign up yesterday via a link on for a chance to attend the event. (Eilish is receiving the award for Global Artist of the Year.) Her latest single, "everything i wanted," contains an allusion to the Golden Gate Bridge, and the single's artwork also appears to be a distorted representation of the iconic landmark. Attendees of the show will be prohibited from recording the event, but it will be live-streamed on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. – SF GATE

3. A San Francisco County Transit Authority survey is gauging drivers on their willingness to pay tolls for driving down busy streets. A "congestion pricing" system has long been considered in SoMa and downtown, with raised funds used to support other transit options. Though congestion pricing has been successful in several European cities, it is a tougher sell with voters, and experts believe a measure would be defeated if it showed up on a city ballot. Anyone who takes the 10-minute survey will be entered for a chance to win a Cal Academy membership or $110 Safeway gift card. – CURBED SF

4. Coastal fog is to blame for toxic mercury levels found in mountain lions in the Santa Cruz Mountains, according to a UC Santa Cruz study. Mercury enters the ecosystem through mining and coal-fired power plants from elsewhere in the world, acting as a "global pollutant," the study said. Mercury in the marine fog that blankets the Santa Cruz Mountains is absorbed by lichen, which makes it way up the food chain through deer and eventually to mountain lions. The increased mercury levels could interfere with mountain lion reproduction and survival in the coming decades. – SACRAMENTO BEE

5. San Francisco ranks 145th on WalletHub's ranking of America's safest 182 cities. The report considered 41 separate indicators of safety, including sex offenders per capita, drug poisoning deaths, earthquake risk level, and unemployment rate. San Francisco ranked below several other Northern California cities, including Fremont, Sacramento, and Modesto. It beat out Stockton at 146 and Oakland at 149. There was one positive distinction for San Francisco in the WalletHub report – the city ranks second only to New York City for fewest traffic fatalities per capita. – CBS13 SACRAMENTO

6. Mission Local has a curious profile of Nathalie Vanderlinden, a woman reading all of Marcel Proust's "Swann's Way" in BART stations. Vanderlinden says she picked up a copy of the first volume of Proust's "À la recherche du temps perdu" decades ago, but always had a hard time getting through it. Now, the line cook at Izakaya Rintaro schedules two-hour blocks of time to read the novel in French on subway platforms. She's preparing for a marathon reading of the book – which should take about 19 hours – in Brussels on Dec. 19. – MISSION LOCAL

7. The San Francisco Giants declined to offer outfielder Kevin Pillar a 2020 contract Monday, making the team's leader in home runs and RBIs a free agent. Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said the move was "a baseball decision, not a financial decision," though Pillar was expected to make about $10 million in the 2020 season. The Giants will be going with a younger group of outfielders next season, including Mike Yastrzemski and Alex Dickerson. – ESPN

8. Today's SF in Pictures: Reddit user jpsfg

Jonathan Harris is a Los Angeles-based writer. Previously, he wrote for The Huffington Post,, and the YouTube channel What’s Trending. He’s a frequent performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Hollywood. Follow him on Twitter @countrycaravan.

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