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The strongest storm of the brief new year wreaked havoc on the Bay Area this week, as torrential rainfall and fierce winds contributed to six deaths, downed power lines, toppled trees and caused flooding. Mission Street was closed during rush hour Thursday morning between Fourth and Fifth streets, after a large tree fell onto a web of overhead wires, likely a result of the storm (pictured). By Thursday evening, the widespread showers — made more volatile by an atmospheric river colliding with a cold front — were expected to dissipate, but dangerous conditions could linger into Friday. 📷: Chris Preovolos
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Some old bars are notable because they have a historical quirk: They were a legendary bordello during Prohibition or the site of the first-ever internet transmission. But some old bars are notable simply for the company they keep. O’Keeffe’s, a 45-year-old Irish bar at Fifth Avenue and Balboa Street in the Inner Richmond, is neither the oldest bar nor the smallest bar nor the weirdest bar in San Francisco. It’s an old-school bar, one that has blissfully sat out the mixology era, and a no-nonsense bar. It’s a neighborhood spot, a ritual for its regulars. There are other such bars in San Francisco. What makes O’Keeffe’s unique — what makes it great — is its longtime proprietor and leading lady, Annie O’Keeffe. Thanks to her, O’Keeffe’s is a home, and like any home it has its own unrepeatable idiosyncrasies and personalities. 📷: @scottstrazzante
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January used to be a slow time for arts and culture. But now, the addition of the unofficial San Francisco art week has many socialites in a frenzy. The Fog Design Fair, known as much for the parties and programming surrounding them as the art and design, appeal to serious art fans and collectors, as well as the flock of social butterflies who never miss a VIP occasion in San Francisco. Then, there’s Untitled Art. Both present local and international fine art and design in large-scale settings for as little as $25 for general admission. Some might say that this will become San Francisco’s version of Art Basel in Miami. 📷: @amyosborneamy
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Hog Island Oyster Co. has stopped harvesting oysters in Tomales Bay after dozens of people who ate them raw — many of them at New Year's Eve parties — reported falling ill. The popular shellfish farm issued a voluntary recall of its oysters earlier this month. As of Wednesday, 43 people had reported becoming sick, according to the California Department of Public Health. In four cases, the people tested positive for norovirus, a relatively common gastrointestinal illness that is occasionally found in raw oysters. Testing of the oysters and the water in Tomales Bay so far has not found norovirus, but it may have already washed away. Terry Sawyer, co-founder of Hog Island, said if a second round of testing is clean then he hopes to start harvesting again early next week.
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The biggest storm of 2019 caused traffic accidents and mudslides throughout Northern California on Wednesday, and the storm is expected to continue into Thursday as an atmospheric river and cold front brings everything from rain and hail near the coast to snow in the Sierra, officials said. The effects of what meteorologists have called the biggest storm of 2019 were already being felt Wednesday, as steady rain and wind gusts up to 50 mph battered the region. Public works crews cleared rocks, mud, debris and fallen 50-foot trees from North and East Bay roads. 📷: @jachristian
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Advanced manufacturing is exploding across the Bay Area, with about 650 companies using 3-D printers and computer-controlled machines to produce everything from robots to eyeglasses to drones to backpacks. But for most residents the fast-growing sector — and the skills needed to join its workforce — remain a mystery. Now S.F. Mayor London Breed is trying to change that. The city Office of Economic and Workforce Development has allocated $300,000 to SFMade, a trade group representing San Francisco makers. The training program would be a godsend for manufacturers like Topology, a company that designs and manufactures custom-fit eyewear, said CEO Rob Varady. “We can’t find enough people with experience in these new methods, so the training that (the program) will provide is integral in equipping the area with the labor force ready to seize this new opportunity,” he said. 📷: @lsuzuki
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The San Francisco scale model finished in 1940 has been mostly hidden away ever since — until now. The model is finally set to get the display it deserves on Jan. 25, when the wooden relief map will go into circulation at the San Francisco Public Library. The model includes every structure in every neighborhood, and to the neighborhoods it will go. The Main Library and all 27 branches, plus a temporary branch at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, will each get the portion that pertains to their area. The installation is ongoing, with the first segments — Marina, Presidio, Golden Gate Valley, North Beach, Park, Main and SFMOMA — set up last week on saw horses and under Plexiglas. The exhibit will be on view through March 25.
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The strongest storm of the year is expected to dump torrents of rain Wednesday and Thursday on the Bay Area and sheets of snow in the Sierra. A cold front will collide with an atmospheric river — a band of moisture that forms over the ocean — to squeeze out varying forms of precipitation as the system travels over land, officials said.
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📷: @lsuzuki & @jachristian
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Read more: bit.ly/storm0116
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Americans, who can catalog almost as many regional pizza styles as we can “Real Housewives,” will argue over the authenticity of a slice with as much ferocity as we do questions like “Why are they still making ‘Star Wars’ movies?” and “What is really up with Kanye?”

No one who specializes in an “authentic” regional pizza style can resist the impulse to make it their own. This is where Detroit pizza makes its surprising entrance. They aren’t square. The origins do, in facts, start in Detroit, but no one these days sets out to invent a regional style of pizza.

In fact, people who live in the region are often the last to recognize that this thing they’ve been eating for years is unique to them. So how did the Bay Area come to embrace it? “I think it’s comfort food. It has a lot of flavor,” says Tony Gemignani, founder of North Beach’s Tony’s Pizza Napoletana. “The sauce on top of this pizza — you even see #sauceontop hashtags — makes your pizza pop more.”
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📷: @jachristian and @asenbrennerova
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Full story: bit.ly/detroit-pizza
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A nonprofit housing group has filed the first of what is expected to be several lawsuits challenging the rezoning of San Francisco’s Central South of Market area, which could significantly delay the development of more than 6 million square feet of office space and thousands of housing units. The lawsuit argues that the plan’s environmental study was inadequate because it didn’t take into account the impact the neighborhood changes would have on public services such as police, fire and recreation. Even with multiple lawsuits holding up the plan, the city Planning Department will continue to work on approvals of the individual projects in the plan area, according to department spokeswoman Gina Simi. Above, a construction project near a large new housing complex at Fourth and Brannan streets in SoMa. ~
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A crew of amateur and professional skaters staff the new Thrasher outlet that opened this fall at 66 Sixth St. It's part retail, part clubhouse, and part shrine to the culture and history of skateboarding in San Francisco. Store clerks include noteworthy pro skaters like Chico Brenes and Al Davis. The skaters come and they go, which is the way it should be, said Tony Vitello, who runs Thrasher’s day-to-day operations. The point of the store, Vitello said, is to tell the under-appreciated story of skateboarding in San Francisco.
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📷: @paul_kuroda & @lsuzuki
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Read more: bit.ly/thrasherstoreSF
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California Sen. Kamala Harris has gained prominence by grilling Trump officials, laying the groundwork for a likely 2020 presidential run. And her background as a prosecutor has helped define her time in the Senate — which will draw intensive scrutiny if, as expected, she declares her candidacy. Harris’ Senate colleagues frequently refer to her prosecutorial approach to the job, noting in particular her propensity for sharp questioning of Trump administration officials during committee hearings. Harris foreshadowed that approach in her election night speech in which she emphasized her intention to “fight” in Washington. But she said she’s trying to use her bully pulpit to fight “not against something, (but) for something” — which has turned out to include issues as broad as immigration and income disparity and as specific as honoring historic victims of lynchings. 📷: @amangumphoto
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#california #senate #politics #kamalaharris #election2020


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