• A new study finds that Bay Area rents have gotten more affordable in the last decade, but only because more people are making more than the median income. Or as the full study from the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) puts it: “Rents have increased significantly in the last 20 years, but media incomes have risen even faster, meaning that median-income households are able to afford more median-income rents than they were 10 years ago.” [Chronicle]
  • The appraiser in that infamous Marin County case where a Black couple had their appraisal lowballed by $500,000 has settled with the couple financially, though for an undisclosed amount. The appraiser Janette Miller of Miller and Perotti Real Estate Appraisers was also ordered to attend housing discrimination prevention training, and oddly must watch an ABC News documentary about the case. [KTVU]
  • Protesters swarmed a PG&E wildfire mitigation conference in San Ramon, blasting the utility for their outdated, wildfire-causing equipment and extravagant utility bill increases. As one protester put it, “Basically, I’m paying hundreds of extra dollars so that PG&E shareholders can still maintain a profit while PG&E is killing people.” [NBC Bay Area]
  • Senator Dianne Feinstein was released from the hospital for that shingles infection, but there’s no timeline for her return to the Senate. [KPIX]  
  • The Mexican-American brunch spot Xica has opened at Levi’s Plaza near the Embarcadero. [Hoodline]
  • A victim was found dead in a Lake Merritt-area building with “cuts,” and someone apparently tried to light the scene on fire, but a sprinkler system put out the fire. [KPIX]
  • Peter Gabriel is coming to play the Chase Center on October 11, tickets go on  sale Friday morning at 10 a.m. PT. [Bay Area News Group]

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