Inside San Francisco | Inside

[ Inside San Francisco ]

News, people, culture, events and the trends shaping the Bay area

A watchdog group has dinged Stanford Health Care for patient safety issues. The Leapfrog Group, a national organization that advocates for hospital transparency, says that Stanford got a below average rating in 15 out of 27 safety criteria, leading them to drop the hospital's rank from "B" to "C" among the country's 2,500 general acute-care hospitals. Other Bay Area hospitals rated by the organization include Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City and Kaiser Permanente Redwood City Medical Center (both got "A" ratings), and El Camino Hospital in Mountain View (“C”). - SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS


swissnex San Francisco announces Mental Work: the first showroom in the world to be operated exclusively by workers’ minds — a symbiosis of human ­and machine.

From May 17-July 28, join the cognitive revolution through a guided experience of moving machinery only using brain-computer interface technology and your thoughts.

Register here >>

Golf is returning (kind of) to Mission Bay. Once the home to San Francisco's only lighted driving range, Mission Bay has been free of the sport since 2006, when the Mission Bay Golf Center was shut down by developers. But now golf will reportedly be back in the area, as "an elaborate, whimsical 18-hole mini golf course called Stagecoach Greens" is planned for 1379 Fourth Street. It'll have an old West theme, with the first nine holes depicting the gold rush era and the last nine covering the SF of today. In addition to golf, the area will host five food trucks and a beer garden, with drinks allowed on the course. It's all expected to open in June. - EATER SF

Subscribe to Inside San Francisco

Police have reportedly arrested California's infamous Golden State Killer. Also known as the East Area Rapist, the Original Night Stalker and the Diamond Knot Killer, GSK is suspected of at least 12 homicides and 45 rapes throughout the Sacramento area, Central Valley, Bay Area and Southern California in the 1970s and 1980s. The subject of "I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer" by late true crime aficionado Michelle McNamara, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office has continued to investigate the case, and it's there that a suspect was taken into custody early this morning. Identified as 72-year-old former Auburn Police Officer Joseph James DeAngelo, the suspect was arrested by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department and booked on two counts of murder into the Sacramento County Jail. He's being held without bail, with more information on the arrest expected at a press conference scheduled for this afternoon. - SACRAMENTO BEE


swissnex San Francisco announces Mental Work: the first showroom in the world to be operated exclusively by workers’ minds — a symbiosis of human ­and machine.

From May 17-July 28, join the cognitive revolution through a guided experience of moving machinery only using brain-computer interface technology and your thoughts.

Register here >>

Netflix has confirmed a "Tales of the City" revival. San Francisco author Armistead Maupin's "tales" of our town were initially serialized in the San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner, then evolved into a set of nine novels and televised adaptations in 1993-2001. Now the SF-set show has been revived by Netflix, which announced a 10-episode sequel to the earlier adaptations Tuesday. Original cast members Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis are expected to return to the SF-set show, with Ellen Page joining the show's cast. Production is set to begin later this year, but a spokesperson with San Francisco's Film Commission tells Inside San Francisco that they have yet to hear if any of the show will be filmed in SF. - THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Shots fired inside a BART station snarled travel Wednesday night. Via Facebook, Hayward police say that "We are actively investigating a shooting that took place at the downtown Hayward BART station." According to police, "A man shot at one of our officers. No one was injured by the gunfire." During the investigation, trains were not stopping in the area, and bus service was suspended, KRON 4 reports. It appears the incident began when a Hayward police sergeant walked into the station to alert BART staff about reports of a nearby shooting. That's when "the suspect in that shooting, identified only as an adult male, walked into the station and fired at least one shot at the sergeant before fleeing on foot." The suspect was arrested near the station's border shortly thereafter. - EAST BAY TIMES


Curbed SF has a nice fact check on mayoral candidate Jane Kim's SF Examiner op-ed on housing creation. As with most campaign promises, nothing is as simple as claimed, with many of her remarks getting a "not quite" or "however" from the site. Most grimly, they note, "there’s no way to stop unscrupulous types from tearing down cheaper housing and building more expensive homes; this is almost always true."

A high-profile plan to turn SF's crumbling Pier 29 into a 20,000-square-foot retail mecca including a craft-beer brewery, a wine tasting site and a coffee roaster is on indefinite hold, it appears, after the real estate developer chosen for the task dropped out. Jamestown LLC, an Atlanta-based real estate developer whose portfolio includes four large SF locations including Ghirardelli Square, is now saying that the cost to renovate the pier is too high, and their lease term is too short, the Ex reports. Now it's back to square one, with the Port Advisory Commission saying they'll issue a new Request for Interest next month. 

A huge development is planned for San Francisco's Excelsior District. As reported by SocketSite, the site envelops the Safeway at 4950 Mission Street, and would rise as high as seven stories to yield 428 apartments, 175 of which would be below-market units. It would also include a new 53,000 square foot Safeway, an additional 13,500 square feet of ground floor retail space, and a mid-block public plaza and passageway running from Alemany to Mission. 


Deck your walls: Art Market, the huge festival of contemporary and modern artworks, returns to Fort Mason on April 27-29. Last year 25,000 people attended this show, which features 75 of the area's top galleries. Tickets start at $25 and are available here

Reading is fundamental: Put your money where your mouth is and show some support for independent bookstores on April 28, also known as Independent Bookstore Day. This year, 457 stores from around the country are participating in the event, intended to remind us that independent bookstores are not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. A map to find stores participating in the event is here, with "authors, live music, cupcakes, scavenger hunts, kids events, art tables, readings, barbecues, contests, and other fun stuff" planned for venues across the country.

The big 2-0: April 28 marks the 20th annual Glen Park Festival, running from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Diamond Street between Bosworth and Chenery. There'll be live music, vendors, a raffle, and more. Money generated by the event goes to a host of grant recipients, so you can feel extra good about dropping some dough there.

Oakland's police academy is under scrutiny for diversity issues. This comes after its newest class of cops is without a single black or female officer, city officials say. When the academy's 179th class began in January, only one of its 24 trainees was a woman. She's since left the program, officials say, as has the academy's only black recruit. Instead, "the majority of rookies joining OPD will be white and Latino men." A 2015 report from the East Bay Times says that Oakland's population is 30 percent black, but "only 18 percent of Oakland’s approximately 690 sworn officers are black, while more than 40 percent are white." Those results spurred city leaders to call for more diversity in recruiting, but it appears little has changed, as "while the city council recommended numerous steps to increase police officer diversity several years ago, it's unclear whether the department enacted the suggestions." - EAST BAY EXPRESS

A family of hikers had a near-miss with a falling SF tree. The group was hiking in Glen Canyon when, on the trail ahead, they heard a sharp cracking noise. They stopped in their tracks (and pulled out a camera) just in time to capture this massive tree as it fell across their path. The incident brings to mind other, more serious cases where falling SF trees have harmed or killed those underneath, respondents to the video noted via social media. In this recent case, however, "only a few people and dogs were around and no one was hurt when the tree fell." - GLEN PARK NEWS


At 11 a.m. Wednesday (or any time via podcast), KALW listeners can hear local reporters discuss the ballot measures SF voters will mull in this June's election on their show Your Call. Have questions on the upcoming measures intended to change rules on housing, education, legal representation for renters, tasers, and more? Call in at 1-866-798-TALK, e-mail them to, or tweet @yourcallradio.

At their full Board meeting Tuesday, SF's Supervisors gave their final approval of an ordinance seeking to regulate the city's surprise influx of electric scooters. Any business seeking to rent the devices to riders must get a permit or risk getting their product taken off the street, the Supes unanimously agreed. Next stop is the SFMTA's Board of Directors, which will vote next week on regulations for what they're calling an e-scooter pilot program, but if companies "consistently fail to keep riders off the sidewalk, or have helmets on their riders, that will be grounds for us to suspend or revoke their permits," Tom Maguire, director of the SFMTA’s sustainable streets division, told the Ex.

SF tech billionaire Ron Conway has claimed that he's "too busy" to get involved in the current race for Room 200, but apparently his wife Gayle has more free time than he does. It's she who just dedicated $200,000 to an independent expenditure committee that's running ads attacking mayoral candidate Jane Kim for her vote to reinstate then-Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi after he was convicted of misdemeanor false imprisonment in 2012. "I have never seen any evidence that Gayle and Ron disagree on politics or that she spends money on causes he doesn’t support," says Tim Redmond of 48 Hills. "I would be very surprised if Ron wasn’t fully aware of and fully approved of this latest attack campaign." The Ex concurs, writing "the idea that Ron Conway had no input whatsoever on the decision to financially attack Breed’s opponents — which would undoubtedly put the family’s name in the spotlight — strains credulity."


Quite the pair: Controlled Danger, the unlikely (or not!?) pair of musician John Mayer and comedian Dave Chappelle, arrives in SF this week. They're at The Fillmore April 28 and 29, then play The Masonic April 30. All the shows are at 9 p.m., with tickets starting at $103.

Butterfly in the sky: Like everyone else you know, "Reading Rainbow" host (among other things) LeVar Burton now has a podcast. Called “LeVar Burton Reads,” it's a regular dose of short fiction for your ears. Now Burton is taking the podcast to SF, with a live show at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre at 8 p.m. on April 29. Tickets are $35.

Community shopping: Every Thursday from 4-8 p.m., the Mission Community Market goes down at Bartlett and 22nd Streets. Expect fresh farmers’ produce, crafts and artisan goods from Mission small businesses, and prepared foods from local food entrepreneurs. Dogs aren't allowed (California Health & Safety Code 114259.5 is the reason for that rule), but produce vendors accept WIC and Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers at their stalls, while those using EBT cards can double their dollars via the Market Match program.

A Polk Street gas leak has sickened 16 people. Around 400 people were evacuated from a homeless shelter near the intersection of Polk and Geary Streets after a construction crew broke a two-inch natural gas main Monday. Ruptured at 10:20 a.m., PG&E says the leak was capped by 10:48. But in that time, the air filled with gas, sickening 16 and sending 14 of those people to area hospitals for treatment. Those evacuated are employees or residents of Next Door: Episcopal Community Services, the city's largest homeless shelter. “The good thing is everybody was evacuated just in time,” a security guard at the four-story shelter said. - KPIX


swissnex San Francisco announces Mental Work: the first showroom in the world to be operated exclusively by workers’ minds — a symbiosis of human ­and machine.

From May 17-July 28, join the cognitive revolution through a guided experience of moving machinery only using brain-computer interface technology and your thoughts.

Register here >>

The trailer for "Venom" has dropped, and it prominently features San Francisco. It was January of this year when San Franciscans started spotting crews for Marvel's latest super(anti)hero film around town. Entitled Venom, the movie is a Spider-Man spinoff slated for release on October 5. The first trailer for the film dropped Monday night, and while filmmakers say it stars Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams, San Francisco stole the trailer show, with recognizable shots of the city appearing moment-by-moment. How many spots did you recognize? - SLATE

SF prosecutors are indicting an alleged serial auto burglar on 20 counts. On Monday, District Attorney George Gascon announced that 21-year-old Deshawn Patton of San Bruno has been charged with 11 felonies including auto burglary and hit-and-run causing injury, and nine misdemeanors including possession of stolen property. According to Gascon, Patton broke into the cars of at least eight victims between April 12, 2016 and May 18, 2017. Six of those victims were in rental cars, and were visiting from areas including Los Angeles, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Rhode Island, China and Germany. This isn't Patton's first brush with the law, as in 2016 he was arrested on "six counts of aggravated assault on police officers for ramming a car into a police vehicle, three counts of auto burglary, two counts of conspiracy, two counts of possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, a probation violation, and one count of committing a felony while out of jail on bail." (He was also arrested at age 18 for a San Bruno vehicle burglary.) Patton is back in San Francisco County Jail today, this time on $625,000 bail. He is scheduled to be be arraigned today. - BAY CITY NEWS

A plastic cobra caused a Palo Alto panic Monday. Perhaps placed on alert by this weekend's Marin County rattlesnake attack, a Los Altos Hills resident called Palo Alto Animal Services yesterday, concerned by a large snake in the middle of his back yard. The snake, which looked like a cobra, "hadn’t moved in days, but he didn’t want to get close enough to be sure." Given the recent death of Malaysian "cobra whisperer" Abu Zarin Hussin following a bite, the man's fears are perhaps understandable, but unjustified in this case: PAAS Acting Superintendent Cody Macartney quickly realized that the serpent was a toy. “I picked it up with my bare hands much to the chagrin of the homeowner and told him it was fake,” Macartney said. “He asked if I was sure, and I said yes, and bent it into another position.” - SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS


Former SF 49er turned ABC 7 sports anchor Mike Shumann is in hot water this week, after surveillance video allegedly caught him stealing a jacket from Ralph Walker, the head of security for the Golden State Warriors. The deed went down at AT&T Center in San Antonio following a Warriors floor practice session last Thursday, KPIX reports. “We are taking these allegations very seriously and conducting a full investigation. As a matter of policy, we do not comment about personnel matters,” ABC 7 said via statement Monday.

The official Facebook page for the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Department was used to allegedly attack a journalist with the San Francisco Chronicle, the East Bay Times reports. In a post published Sunday, the department took issue with a Chron report "accusing the Contra Costa Sheriff of 'stonewalling' requests by local politicians to tour the county jail." “Our department does not mind criticism;" the post reads in part, "we ask to be treated fairly and objectively. This column is no where near that standard.” Via Twitter, Chron editor Audrey Cooper characterized the response as an "attack" Monday afternoon. It's not clear who in the Sheriff's Department authored the post, but Sheriff David Livingston shared it from his personal Twitter account, saying "Otis Taylor of the SF Chronicle has done another attack column on the Office of the Sheriff. What he writes is unfounded, baseless, and a personal attack on the Office."

Speaking of the Chronicle, the paper's characterization of sales for former F.B.I. director James Comey’s book, "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership" differs greatly from that of the New York Times. In a piece last updated Monday evening, the Chronicle reports that "All James Comey’s talks have damaged his book sales," saying that the tome "was selling like coldcakes." However, the NYT reports today that "Sales Figures for Comey’s ‘A Higher Loyalty’ Dwarf Recent Political Best Sellers," and that the book has sold "more than 600,000 copies in all formats during its first week on sale." Before you say that maybe it's just SF that's cold to Comey, ABC 7 reports that the author got a standing ovation at a Curran Theater event Monday night. Then again, standing while clapping doesn't necessarily equal book sales.


Making Lemonade: We told you about Beyoncé Mass, and now it's here! On April 25 at 6:30 p.m., Grace Cathedral will be filled with song from one of America's most beloved artists. In addition to music, expect readings from scripture by women of color and a sermon by religious scholar Rev. Yolanda Norton. 

Two faces: Every Thursday from 6-10 p.m., the Exploratorium hosts its After Dark series, an over-21 way to enjoy the museum. This week, the theme is SOFIA—Reflections on the Universe from 40,000 Feet and Mirrors. Scientists from NASA and the German SOFIA Institute will be in attendance to talk about how and why mirrors are used in telescopes. Tickets are available here, and for an additional $10 (paid on-site) you can crawl into the Exploratorium's super-trippy Tactile Dome.

City Hall dance-off: Bay Area Dance Week begins on Friday, April 27, and for its kick-off dancers are taking over San Francisco City Hall. From 12-1 p.m. dancers will enjoy a "silent disco adventure" in the rotunda, accompanies by music piped through each participant's headphones. 

load more stories