• Officials in charge of the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit or SMART system are convening to discuss the recent spate of pedestrian deaths. They may add extra safety measures at train crossings. [NBC Bay Area]
  • A civil grand jury has found that San Francisco's western neighborhoods, namely the Richmond and Sunset, along with the Bayview, are at risk for earthquake-triggered fires. The jury's report calls for more mobile hose tenders in the short term, and for the installation of a high-pressure, multi-sourced, seismically safe emergency water supply to serve these neighborhoods. [CBS SF]
  • John Cowell, the man accused in the throat-slashing death of 18-year-old Nia Wilson at Oakland's MacArthur BART Station last summer, has been ruled competent to stand trial. Cowell, who was granted immunity to speak to psychiatrists in April, is now expected to be arraigned on August 2. [ABC 7]
  • A pair of window washers had to be rescued Wednesday from 10 stories up at the Millennium Tower. The Fire Department completed the rescue around 3:45 p.m. [KTVU]
  • The Board of Supervisors Finance Committee balked Tuesday at the estimated cost for building canopies and installing locked gates at BART station entrances on Market Street: $90 million. Calling them "elaborate tents," Sup. Rafael Mandelman noted that that comes to about $5 million per canopy. [Examiner]
  • The committee also approved the rideshare tax, which will levy a tax on Uber and Lyft users, to go on the November ballot. [Examiner]
  • BART is adding new bike straps to all its cars to make it easier to secure bikes to rails. [Bay City News]
  • The Survivors Story Quilt, dedicated to and made by victims of sexual harassment, has gone on display at the de Young Museum. [Mission Local]

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