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The forensic engineering team (LPI) engaged to identify the root cause of the two fissures/fractures which caused the emergency closure of San Francisco’s new Salesforce Transit Center, a month after it opened, has reached a preliminary conclusion and a possible fix has been drafted. According to the team, the probable cause of the fractures appears […]READ MORE +

Purchased as new for $2.2 million in early 2008, right as the Great Recession was picking up steam, the two-bedroom, two-bath Ritz-Carlton Residences unit #2101 at 690 Market Street quietly resold at the end of 2014 with a $2.125 million contract price. Boasting “expansive windows to capture stunning city views, an open floor plan with […]READ MORE +

The average rate for a benchmark 30-year mortgage has dropped 18 basis points over the past two weeks to 4.63 percent, which remains 70 basis points above its mark at the same time last year but represents a three-month low, according to Freddie Mac’s latest Mortgage Market Survey data. At the same time, the average […]READ MORE +

But don’t panic—it’ll pass According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s [EPA] Air Now site, air quality in San Francisco has taken another turn for the worse, and residents are advised to take steps to minimize their exposure. On Friday morning the city’s Air Quality Index [AQI] score was 109, designated as “unhealthy for sensitive groups” such as “people with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children.” People who fall into thosREAD MORE +

Director of housing delivery tasked with delivering 5,000 new homes each year On Thursday, Mayor London Breed announced the appointment of the city’s first director of housing delivery, a new position created specifically to “ensure that new housing projects are not held up in San Francisco’s complicated approval and permitting system.” Breed picked Judson True, previously the chief of staff for SF-based Assemblymember David Chiu, for the job. True alsREAD MORE +

The company also added e-bikes to Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, and San Jose Starting today, Ford GoBike added 600 new electric bikes (aka e-bikes) to its San Francisco fleet, more than tripling the previous amount, which stood at just 250. “E-bikes make bicycling more accessible for more people—they allow riders to go farther, faster, and are docked to avoid cluttering the sidewalks” said former District Six Supervisor Jane Kim, who also serves on theREAD MORE +

Another office tenant plans to move to Oakland from San Francisco, freeing up some space that Salesforce is reportedly looking to lease. READ MORE +

Investors are pumping money into two San Francisco companies focused on artist-driven products with Minted sealing a $208 million and Faire sewing up $100 million. These investments mark a growing interest among venture capitalists and private equity firms in burgeoning arts and crafts and designer space with U.S. spending in the maker space at $36.2 billion, according to the Association for Creative Industries. Profitable Minted generates hundreds of millions of READ MORE +

Less than two months before the FDA rejected Intarcia Therapeutics’ potential blockbuster treatment for type 2 diabetes last year, inspectors at the agency faulted the company for a litany of issues at its Hayward manufacturing plant and warned about potential drug contamination, an agency document shows. The manufacturing warning letter, known as a Form 483, offers new clues about why the FDA declined to approve Boston-based Intarcia’s drug in September 2017. READ MORE +

San Francisco Magazine Irene Edwards Courtesy of the Companies Present ideas (and activities) for nearly every personality type on your list. Read more with the links below. Images and Captions:  READ MORE +

San Francisco Magazine Luke Tsai Alanna Hale In Santa Clara’s sprawling strip malls, you’ll find cauldrons of chicken-ginseng soup, mountains of charcoal-grilled meat, and some seriously swanky supermarkets. In short, it’s the best Korean foREAD MORE +

San Francisco Magazine Luke Tsai Libby Truesdell A barbecue spot in West Oakland, an Oakland outpost for Brenda's, and nationally acclaimed French pastries in the Mid-Market.   Crave BBQ Oakland ETA: February 2019 Part of a major rebootREAD MORE +