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Pot Plants and Arrests Made in String of Raids

Pot Plants and Arrests Made in String of Raids

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The Police collected over 3,000 pot plants and thousands of dollars in currency and two people charged in a string of raids in San Francisco’s Sunset district. The raids targeted an illegal grow operation in the area. Authorities announced the arrests on Tuesday.

According to the authorities, 38-year-old Stephen Pan and 41-year-old Qiong Chen were booked into the San Francisco County jail. Moreover, they charged each with four counts of illegal marijuana cultivation and conspiracy.

Armed with the appropriate search warrants the San Francisco Police Department stormed the illegal facilities on February 21st. Consequently, they raided multiple locations in and around San Francisco. However, most were in the Sunset District.

The contraband seized during the raids included 840 marijuana plants from the 200 block of 40th Avenue. Additionally, they nabbed 900 marijuana plants and 12 lbs. of wrapped marijuana in the 3400 block of Judah Street. In the 1900 block of 45th Avenue, they collected even more plants. In fact, they found exactly 1,237 plants and $11,000 in U.S. currency at this location. Finally, officers seized 435 marijuana plants from the 2500 block of Ocean Avenue.

Detectives say a total of 3,412 illegal marijuana plants were taken. They also claimed three cars used in the operation. Moreover, detectives noticed there were numerous fire code violations in the makeshift grow houses. Also, the financial data collected from the scene provided evidence of a money-laundering scheme. Consequently, this aided the ongoing criminal enterprise.

Police say the investigation is ongoing, and they encourage anybody with tips to call the SFPD 24 hour tip line at (415)-575-4444. You are also welcome to text a tip to TIP411. You can remain anonymous.

One-Bedroom Rents Balloon to $3,700

One-Bedroom Rents Balloon to $3,700

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Already notorious for its ridiculously inflated rents, the San Francisco apartment market just went next level.

A just-released report from the rental website, Zumper, indicates the median rent for a one bedroom apartment has climbed to $3,690. This is about $100 dollars higher than January and exceeds the previous high of $3,650 which was set last September.

San Francisco’s average apartment rate is easily the highest in the nation. Prices for a one bedroom are approximately 30 percent more than the same in New York City. Even worse, it’s twice that of rents in Miami.

Zumper, the rental website, points out that rents were increasing in advance of several local tech companies filing for IPOs later this year. The website also notes that money is clearly flowing in the city. Still, it suggests that workers may not immediately buy homes but decide to spend their cash on travel and in upgrading their rental situation.

Outside the Bay area, San Jose’s average rent for a one-bedroom settled around $2,540 which puts them at 5th highest in the country. Oakland, on the other hand, came in at 9th most expensive with rents at $2,320.

Connie Garske, an executive search recruiter for Silicon Valley companies, ironically enough has explored moving out of San Francisco because of the soaring rent.

“I could even bump up the size of this place and move to the beach and have the kind of lifestyle, for less rent and easier lifestyle,” said Garske.

If you think the one-bedroom rents in San Francisco are off-the-charts, then don’t bother investigating the two-bedroom situation. These rents hover around a mind-blowing $4,630 per month.

Other notable Bay area one bedroom rents are Mountain View’s, which is a whopping $3,450 a month.

Couple Trapped in Snowy California Forest!

Couple Trapped in Snowy California Forest!

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – After five unfortunate days of being trapped in an unlikely snow-filled California forest, some good Samaritans rescued a stranded couple.

Carlos Hernandez, twenty-one-years old, and his girlfriend Maria Herman-Kitami, eighteen years old, didn’t expect to get snowed in at Alder Springs. Alder Springs is a subsection of the Mendocino National Forest that usually doesn’t have a lot of snow.

The couple left for the camp ground on Monday and were supposed to return on Friday. On Saturday morning when the couple didn’t return, their family reported them missing.  

Unfortunately, a blizzard had hit the grounds the weekend before they had arrived and continued through the week. The conditions were worrisome.

It took multiple search crews to scour through the hazardous conditions. 

After a lot of searching, the team had found the couple. As it turns out, their Jeep was encased in snow. But the pair was quite resourceful. The couple stayed in the Jeep, wrapped in sleeping bags, to keep warm. Also, there was a sign on a nearby tree alerting anyone who came to look for them.

Those who saved the couple were relieved that they found them when they did. Jason Logan was one of the members of the search party who found the Jeep. He thought that if Kitami and Hernandez were there any longer, the Jeep would have been completely buried. It is unsure if the couple would have survived the storm for even a night longer.

Currently, the two are in good spirits and are safe in their homes in San Francisco.

The Giants Without Bumgarner?

The Giants Without Bumgarner?

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The Giants may be trading their star pitcher, Madison Bumgarner. Although, at what cost?

With looking to trade their best pitcher, the Giants may be looking at a bad season. Bumgarner, the best pitcher on the Giants team, is looking at his other options. With trading such a great player, the Giants may not be as well off. Loyal San Francisco Giant’s fans have been upset with the prospect of trading in a great player. Bumgarner being traded would mean a not-so-great upcoming pitching season for the Giants.

 The only possible team that the Giants are looking to trade to, is the Milwaukee Brewers.

The trade isn’t a close, yet. The Brewers have had a great season but adding Bumgarner would mean the team would have to give up some of their own pitchers. As the Brewer team looks to the future, their pitchers are one of their top prospects and they are unsure of what is to come.

It’s also possible that the trade won’t even go down before the all-star break.

The Brewer’s are excited about the trade. Also, making their first appearance in the World Series since 1982, the team is looking forward to a good season.

New “Transgender District” Coming to San Francisco

New “Transgender District” Coming to San Francisco

In San Francisco, transgendered people will soon have a neighborhood to call their own. According to new reports, a “transgender district” is coming to town.

This comes after a time of opposition toward the transgender community throughout the country. Jane Kim, an SF supervisor representing part of the city’s Tenderloin district, spoke about the project.

She said: “The first transgender commemorative neighborhood in the nation’s history is well timed given the president’s attack on transgender people.” She spoke in favor of the creation of the district since 2017. Now, it seems it will come to fruition.

The new transgender district will also give assistance to transgendered individuals. How? In helping start businesses and offering job training to LGBTQ residents. Kim also stated: “We will have grants for small businesses and we need to be intentional to make the district an anti-displacement strategy.”

But, how will the district work? Taxpayer money – they have already received $215,000 from the city. This information comes from Clair Farley. She is the director of San Francisco’s Office of Transgender Initiatives. As a result of the November vote, this tax money comes to the district. Arts organizations are set to receive $3 million funneled into cultural districts.

This includes Calle 24: Latino Cultural District and the LGBTQ Leather Cultural District.

The name of this new district? According to The Daily Beast, they gave the district the name “Compton’s Transgender Cultural District.” Back in 1966, a dispute between police transgendered individuals and police occurred at a diner with the same name.

Essentially, things are changing in San Francisco… building of the community center for the district may begin in the near future.

This is Hard to Believe! San Francisco Church Allows Homeless to Sleep in the Church

This is Hard to Believe! San Francisco Church Allows Homeless to Sleep in the Church

San Francisco, California – This unique church has been giving shelter for the homeless people since 2004, in the framework of Gubbio project. Shelly Roder, a community activist,  started the project together with Louis Vitale of St. Boniface, who was the father back then.

Hundreds of homeless people are looking for a place  to spend a night. The benches serve them as a bed, and the blankets are provided by the church staff.

A post on Gubbio Project’s website says everyone is welcomed, respected and treated with dignity. When people walk into the churches, there are no entry barriers.

The church is open to the churchgoers every day, however, two-thirds of it is reserved for the Gubbio Project.

The church wants to spread the message that speaks loudly about the importance of not kicking out those who are poor, dirty or those with mental issues.

The Gubbio project did something that is not very common in the United States. Over the last years, the world has not been kind to homeless people.

Some kind people they got arrested for feeding homeless people in February 2018 in Wells Park, El Cajon, California.

Mr. Lane said they are criminalizing homelessness by making laws against the homeless. This Includes prohibiting camping, sleeping in cars, or feeding them.

 

East Palo Alto Halloween Party Results in Fatal Shooting of 2 People

East Palo Alto Halloween Party Results in Fatal Shooting of 2 People

PALO ALTO, California – East Palo Alto private Halloween party killed 2 people dead after an argument took place early Sunday morning, according to officials.

At around 2:44 a.m. in the morning, an activation of a shot -detector device has been in action. Police responded just after the shots, and reported a shooting on the 2500 block of Pulgas Ave.

Other than two dead people which were pronounced dead at the scene, 4 others have suffered major injuries from gunshots, said the sheriff of East Palo Alto police department.

One of the two victims was Eduardo Alvarado Sandoval, age 22, born in Stockton, CA. However, the second victim has no identity as of Monday morning, police is yet to identify his/her name age and origin.

Two victims were taken to a local hospital with major injuries and were listed to be in critical condition.

According to the authorities, the shooting took place after an argument outside a business complex during the adult party. The argument turned into a physical altercation which resulted in the shooting leaving 2 dead.

There have never been homicides in East Palo Alto since June 2016 other than this taken place on Oct. 15.

No suspects have been identified at this moment, according to the police department of East Palo Alto.

If you are someone with any information connected to the shooting, you are asked to contact East Palo Alto Police Department Detective. You can text anonymously at 650-409-6792.

 

Why Osaka Cut Ties With its Longtime Sister-city San Francisco?

Why  Osaka Cut Ties With its Longtime Sister-city San Francisco?

San Francisco, California – The Japanese city called Osaka cut its ties with its longtime sister-city San Francisco. The mayor of Osaka, Hirofumi Yoshimura, asked the current and former mayor to take down the statue that depicts the so-called ‘’ comfort women’’. The statue illustrates the fact that the Japanese military forced into sexual slavery in World War Second.

The statue called ‘’Column of Strength” is located in the city’s St. Mary’s Square, located in Chinatown. According to the city mayor, the statue is not fair. It sets Japan apart as one of the countries that forced women into sexual slavery during wartime.

The proposal to take the statue down disappointed San Francisco Superior Court Judge. When he was asked about Yoshimura, he said this action is simply a denial of history.

The statue was erected by the sculptor Steven Whyte and depicts three women standing in a circle and holding hands. The fourth woman is below them. She is late Korean human right activist and sex trafficking survivor.

According to a 1994 report, Japanese military founded brothels where Malaysian, Filipino, Taiwanese women were forced to be sexually obedient to military men.

Even though Yoshimura doesn’t deny this happened, but he believes the number is exaggerated.

Instagram Co-Founders Leaves Without Explanation

Instagram Co-Founders Leaves Without Explanation

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA — Kevin Systrom, Chief Executive and Mike Krieger, Instagram’s chief technical officer, issued a statement on Monday saying they plan to leave the company “to explore our curiosity and creativity again.”

The company started with 13 people in 2010 and further grew to employ thousands of people around the world. Systrom mentioned that this is going to be the next stage of creativity and challenge. He noted that they need the time to build something new.

In 2012 Facebook bought Instagram, just before going public at $1 billion. AT the first, the suggested price seemed non-realistic for a little-known startup with no profit. The company was working ad-free, with a loyal following of 31 million users. Since that time, the service has grown to more than 1 billion users and has added many advertisements.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg considers Systrom and Krieger “extraordinary product leaders”. He mentioned that he is challenged to see the coming creative products. Instagram was something significant for Facebook since it targeted younger people and teenagers. Reaching this target groups has always been problematic for Facebook.

Instagram was always exempt from Facebook’s high-profile problems over user privacy, and fake news. Facebook recently stated that it has deleted hundreds of pages on its webpage and Instagram that were linked to global misinformation campaigns intended to disrupt elections.

WhatsApp’s CEO Jan Koum resigned in April 2018.

 

Berkeley is One of the Best Cities for Millennials

Berkeley is One of the Best Cities for Millennials

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – Niche has recently conducted a survey that ranked Berkley the second-best city for millennials in the United States. The winner is Cambridge, Massachusetts.

 

Berkeley was the 6th in the survey. Santa Clara and Sunnyvale were among the top 20. Niche assessed the cities according to the following categories: affordability, access to bars and restaurants, and job opportunities.

 

San Francisco was highly rated for nightlife, weather, diversity, and health. Fewer than 10 percent of San Franciscans smoke cigarettes. The metropolitan areas have one of the lowest obesity rates in the country. Nevertheless, the cost of living and housing received low rates.

 

Niche named Berkley as the “healthiest” city in the nation. It received an A+ for health. Fitness and outdoor activities. According to the survey, 39 percent of the residents in Berkley have a master’s degree or higher, 33 percent a bachelor’s and 17 percent some college or associate’s degree.

 

Bay Area has long been known as an expensive place to live.  Nevertheless, the median household income of Berkley resident is $70,393, and median home value of $795,200. The average renting cost is $1,434. These figures make Berkeley one of the more affordable Bay Area cities.