• The Board of Supervisors' Budget and Finance committee has given the go-ahead for a penalty tax on landlords who leave retail spaces vacant. The tax will be $250 per linear foot of street frontage the first year, followed by $500 per foot the second, and $1000 per foot in the third. [SF Business Times]
  • Jurors deliberated for an 11th day in the murder trial of Tiffany Li and Kaveh Bayat, and the judge in the case has denied a defense motion for a mistrial. Jurors were apparently improperly shown some cellphone metadata that they've been asked not to consider. [KRON 4 / ABC 7]
  • There's an update in the story about the five men arrested this morning in connection with the Halloween shooting in Orinda: All five suspects have been named. They are Lebraun Tyree Wallace, 28, of San Mateo; Jaquez Deshawn Sweeney, 20, of Marin City; Jason Iles, 20 of Marin City; Shamron Joshua Mitchell, 30, of Antioch; and Devin Isiah Williamson, 21, of Vallejo. [Chronicle]
  • A very cute, big-eared fennec fox was surrendered to the Oakland Zoo this week by a private owner. The fox, named Summer, is six years old and arrived underweight, and the owner likely purchased her from an exotic pet dealer in Texas. [Bay City News]
  • The State of New Jersey is demanding Uber pay $649 million in back taxes for mis-classifying drivers as non-employees. [New York Times]
  • Lagunitas Brewing in Santa Rosa is hosting a fundraiser this evening to benefit first responders in the Kincade Fire. [KRON 4]
  • Chronicle critic Soleil Ho calls Pim Techamuanvivit's new Japantown restaurant Nari "SF's most exciting new restaurant." [Chronicle]

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