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National Parks Service
Over the weekend, the National Parks Service posted this image showing how the haze impacts the view from Alcatraz.

The time has come to swap face masks for umbrellas as relief should arrive tonight as a cleansing rain.

Forecasts show winds gradually dispersing smoke from the Camp Fire today and 0.25 to 0.75 inches rainfall across the Bay Area starting tonight.

Meteorologists predict smoke particulates in the air should dissipate Wednesday after the heaviest downpour starts at 9 a.m.

More rainfall will follow Thursday night into Friday morning.

+ Although the smoke will clear, questions and concerns will linger:

Will there be enough rain to fill up reservoirs and moisten the land for next fire season? San Francisco Chronicle

Scientists predict that as temperatures continue rising, more catastrophic fires — and the attendant unhealthy smoke — will occur. Mercury News

What can lawmakers do to prevent future fires? CalMatters

On Monday, Mayor London Breed introduced an ordinance that would allow City Attorney Dennis Herrera to ask the court to validate City Hall’s use of a simple-majority vote to pass Proposition C, a measure to tax wealthy businesses to create $300 million for homelessness spending. A 2017 memo has been used a legal cover for these ballot initiatives.


There was a 7.5 percent increase in crime reports in October over September, according to San Francisco Police Department data as analyzed by CityCop. Suspicious persons reports was, and remains, the largest category of calls. Despite the slight uptick, the number of crime reports is 3 percent lower than the same period last year.


On Sunday, people killed on The City’s streets in traffic collisions were remembered for the fourth annual World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. There have already been more than 20 traffic-related fatalities this year. It’s estimated 40,000 people die in traffic collisions and 4.5 million are injured in the United States every year.


A grassroots effort is taking shape to create a memorial for the lives of more than 900 victims of the Jonestown mass murder-suicide 40 years later. New Community Leadership Foundation, San Francisco Beautiful and the San Francisco Department of Recreation and Parks are planning to makeover a Fillmore District park and include a memorial for the victims.

+ “I was 28, lying on a dusty airplane runway in the Guyanese jungle, and dying,” starts an excerpt from Congresswoman Jackie Speier’s new book “UNDAUNTED: Surviving Jonestown, Summoning Courage, and Fighting Back.”

The Neighborhoods


Amos Goldbaum recently completed “Ocean Ave. North and South,” a pair of murals on an auto shop, depicting neighborhood landmarks. The artist, who gets around The City in a retired meter maid vehicle he calls the “T-shirt-mobile,” has attracted international attention along with local acclaim.


South of Market

The domestic violence counseling organization La Casa de las Madres has been awarded a $1 million grant from City Hall’s Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative to buy 1269 Howard St. The $6.5 million building once offices of haberdashery Goorin Bros.

District 6 Supervisor-elect Matt Haney is calling for the California School Boards Association to cancel reservations with the Marriott for its annual conference next weekend in solidarity with the hotel chain’s 2,500 striking employees.


Fisherman’s Wharf

Beside Madame Tussauds wax museum and across from Boudin Bakery’s flagship location, famous bar and hofbrau Lefty O’Doul’s has returned in a new form. Closed nearly two years ago over a lease dispute, the business is now called Lefty’s Ballpark Buffet and Cafe and features a Giants gear shop and a Starbucks.



On this day in 1969, nearly 80 Native American activists from more than 20 tribes occupied the Rock. The sent a list of demands to the federal government. They remained until June 10, 1971 when armed Marshals, FBI agents and police removed six unarmed men, five women and four children.



Tinker Kitchen, a new makerspace for culinary hobbyists, opened on on 22nd and Mission streets. Equipped with high end gear, the business offers memberships and classes.


Nob Hill

Spot zoning may be in the cards for a site where Whole Foods couldn’t get approval from City Hall to open. The Planning Commission desired more housing units than the Amazon-owned company offered.

The Columnists
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Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, On Guard: Advocates say San Francisco failed to distribute enough masks to protect homeless from smoky air

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Joe Eskenazi: Election 2018: San Francisco voters just kicked the YIMBYS right in their backyards. Where do things go from here?

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Heather Knight, On San Francisco: Holiday news — San Francisco Chronicle getting its own cable car to dress up this year

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Phil Matier and Andy Ross, Matier & Ross: There’s a new plan to stop Millennium Tower sinking — and settle lawsuits

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Caille Millner: San Francisco finally remembering Jonestown victims where it all began

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Willie Brown, Willie’s World: How Republicans can save themselves in California

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Sally Stephens: Badasses’ and basketball players have brought good news in tumultuous year for women

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Carl Nolte, Native Son: Muir Woods’ scarred trees reveal history of wildfires

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Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, On Guard: Voter data shows clean sweep for winning candidates

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Phil Matier and Andy Ross, Matier & Ross: Trump’s claim of poor California forest management rings true — to a degree

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Denise Sullivan, S.F. Lives: Former Mission District family finds peace amid housing crisis and their new neighborhood