Inside San Francisco - February 11th, 2020

Inside San Francisco (Feb 11th, 2020)

Maybe no rain in February / Nuru resigns / SF is healthiest US city

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1. High winds and a lack of rain may increase February's fire risk in the Bay Area, officials said. Meteorologists said there's no rain in the long-term forecast, and this could be the Bay Area's first February without a drop since 1864. Strong winds over the weekend knocked down power lines and tree branches throughout the region and even delayed flights out of San Francisco International Airport for over an hour. Though the warm air will subside and bring more traditional cooler temperatures to the Bay Area as the week continues, the National Weather Service sees little relief to the dry conditions in the form of a rainstorm. — MERCURY NEWS

2. Weeks after being arrested for corruption and fraud, San Francisco's Director of Public Works, Mohammed Nuru, has resigned. Nuru and restaurant owner Nick Bovis were arrested in late January, accused of attempting to bribe an airport official to secure a restaurant lease at SFO. Mayor London Breed says Nuru has been temporarily replaced by an acting director until a new permanent head of the department can be found. Since the news of Nuru's arrest first broke, the FBI has conducted additional searches of the offices of public officials and development consultants. — SF EXAMINER

3. Santa Clara County has significantly reduced the time it takes to process rape kits, something authorities say is leading to faster arrests. Since 2018, the average time for a rape kit to be processed has been reduced from 94 days to 16 days. This followed a vote by county supervisors in 2018 that required all kits to be tested within 30 days of collection. According to the county's district attorney, a sexual assault response team has cleared all rape kit backlogs and is "up to date on all pending cases." — KRON

4. Management at Tartine Bakery has declined to recognize its employees' attempts to unionize, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Last week, a letter signed by 141 Tartine employees was tweeted publicly, encouraging management to "remain neutral and not interfere with our right to form a union." Employees specifically felt that they were being neglected during Tartine's expansion efforts in the Bay Area and elsewhere (including Los Angeles and Seoul, South Korea). In response to the rejection, workers filed for an election through the National Labor Relations Board which will likely take place in the next two months. — SF CHRON

5. San Francisco is the healthiest city in America, according to a new WalletHub report. The personal finance website analyzed "43 key indicators of good health," in categories including health care, food, fitness, and green space. San Francisco took the top spot by having the most walking and running trails per capita, and having among the most healthy restaurants per capita. San Francisco, San Jose, Fremont, and Oakland all performed well on the metric that looked at the percentage of adults in a city who eat plenty of fruits and vegetables every day. Fremont, San Jose, Oakland, and Santa Rosa all placed within the top 50 healthiest cities in America. — KNTV

6. And here are a few other things you should know about:

Mayor London Breed has proposed a ballot measure that would make it easier to construct code-compliant housing developments. Under the proposal, city bureaucrats would be limited in their ability to veto developments, but developers would have to include a greater number of affordable housing units. — REASON

Uber and Postmates have been denied an exemption from California's AB5 law by a federal judge. In her ruling, U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee said the rights of workers were more important in this instance than the potential obstacles the law would present to the app-based companies. — SFGATE

John Lee Cowell, on trial for the stabbing murder of 18-year-old Nia Wilson in 2018, is set to testify in his own defense today. Cowell's behavior at the trial has already been somewhat erratic – he was kicked out of the courtroom during the trial's opening statements for yelling at the prosecuting attorney. — KGO

San Francisco Beer Week is running through Feb. 16, featuring special brewery tours and tasting events throughout the city. Check out all the available events on SF Beer Week's website. — FORBES

The Golden State Warriors honored swingman Andre Iguodala at Monday night's game – he returned as a member of the Miami Heat. Iguodala played 17 minutes and tallied two points, two assists, and five rebounds. The Heat won the game, 113-101. — BLEACHER REPORT

Jonathan Harris is a writer for Previously, he wrote for The Huffington Post,, and the YouTube channel What’s Trending. Follow him on Twitter @countrycaravan.

Edited by Sheena Vasani, staff writer at Inside.

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