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After nearly 10 years of planning, delays and building a former parking lot has been reclaimed as a neighborhood park in the mission district of San Francisco  Located at the corner of Folsom and 17th the park is named 'In Chan Kaajel park'; which translated from Mayan means 'my little town'.  

Mayor Ed Lee said in a statement "Where we once has a parking lot, we now have a public space that will be the centerpiece of this neighborhood. What makes this special is that this a park for the community, designed by the community."

The nearly 32,000 square foot family friendly space features an adult fitness equipment area, large jungle gym, community garden and an expansive open space with a small stage for performances.   The interactive water element

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Marin single family homes homes experienced a 5.2 percent increase from the same period last year to reach a median price $1.25M.  Median prices for all homes in Marin (condos included) reached a new record as well of just over $1,132,000 (up 16.8% from last year).  

May is generally a busy month for home sales in Marin with this past May being no exception.  Low interest rates and high consumer confidence helped fuel the demand along with historically low inventory and high buyer interest.  New home construction remains at historically low levels.  

The unusually wet winter months also likely played a part in May's numbers.  Sellers who would have put their homes on the market earlier in the year waited April to list them.   

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Located in one of the most sought after neighborhoods, this exquisite Cow Hollow contemporary home was built in 2014 with five bedrooms, five full bathrooms and two half bathrooms with impeccable attention to detail and luxurious, timeless finishes.  With 11' ceilings and expansive arched windows, the light-filled main level boasts a dynamic modern and open floor plan with a combined living room, dining room and gourmet kitchen.  A family room, separate library/office and powder room complete this level.  Four bedrooms, all with en-suite full baths, are located on the second floor including a Bay view master suite with a spa-like bath and two large walk-in closets.  On the lowermost level, the gallery entry leads you to an entertainment room which

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The controversial residential resale inspection program, created in 1973 currently involves city code inspection of properties upon resale.  

A critical March report from the California State Auditor's office prompted the overhaul; citing the qualifications of city inspectors, fee charged for resale reports and other aspects of the program.  Similar flaws were found in both Novato and Pasadena.  

Working with the public and the Marin Association of Realtors, San Rafael officials  have revamped the program.  City council looked at the latest revision at its Monday meeting.  

Three main components of the proposed changes were outlined by City Manager Jim Schutz.  The first is to eliminate redundancy between city and private inspections.  For this

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Van Ness Improvement

Some commuters on Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco experienced significant changes to their commute on Monday morning with more changes in the years to come.  By Monday morning workers had eliminated nearly all left hand turn lanes from Van Ness.  By the end of the week, construction crews will begin narrowing the street from three lanes to two lanes.  

This is part of a three year project to replace sewer and water lines, and install dedicated transit lines with station-like stops for the cities first bus rapid-transit line.  

The already limited left turns, are currently restricted to three locations: southbound at Broadway and northbound at Hayes and Lombard streets.  The Hayes street turn is scheduled to end in April.  

The lane

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In the seven years since completion, the the luxurious Millennium Tower has sunk 16 inches into the landfill on which it was built.  This has also lead to a 2 inch tilt, which leads to a 6 inch lean at the top of the 58 story building.  

Leaked documents between San Francisco Department of Building Inspection and Millennium Partner reflect that both sides knew the building was sinking more than anticipated before its 2009 opening.  Neither side made that information public.  

In 2009 Chief buildings inspector, Raymond Lui notified the tower's engineering firm expressing concerns about 'larger than expected settlements' and if the buildings structural safety was being affected.  

DeSimone Consulting Engineers replied that the building had

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Five new officers will be hired to patrol the Golden Gate Bridge with the goal of preventing those looking to take their own life.  

Bridge officers were able to stop 52 people from jumping per year between 2000 and 2005.  That number increased significant from 2006 to 2010 to 73 per year.  Since 2010, 123 successful suicide preventions per year have occurred.  This year there have been 138 successful interventions, and that number is expected to exceed to 200 by years end.  

The five new officers will cost the bridge district about $637,000 annually.  The officers will be trained and on the span in approximately two months.  

In 2014, the bridge board agreed to build a suicide barrier on the span.  The board had $76 million financing plan an had

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The majority of the storm is set to hit during the Friday morning commute but expect wet weather all weekend in Marin.  

A pair of storm fronts sweeping the coast could dump up to 3 inches of rain in Marin in the next three days.  

The lower half of the Manzanita Park-and-Ride in Mill Valley will be closed for one week to keep cars from being damaged by expected flood waters.  

The first storm is expected to arrive Thursday night around 10 pm with gusts of wind up to 40 mph.  The storm looks to continue through the night until late Friday morning.  Rainfall is expected to be light Friday night before a second storm hits Saturday morning, that storm hitting hardest in the evening.  

Temperatures will be in the 50's and 60's with the storm

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On Highway 101 above the Waldo Grade in Sausalito, workers are improving decades-old overpass as part of a countywide effort to replace safety railing and prevent vehicle from crashing onto below roadways.

As the size of vehicles has increased over the decades stronger bridge railings have become necessary as said Caltrans spokesman Steve Williams.

"We are bringing it up to current standards." Williams said.  "Back then the passenger vehicles were built differently.  This is a safety project."

The updated bridge rails will be concrete barrier which provide enhanced ability to prevent an errant vehicle from leaving the structure and reduce the severity of potential crashes.  

There are several overpasses in the county scheduled for work along

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Sunday morning Sausalito police spotted a 2011 Ford Flex parked facing the wrong direction with the driver appearing to be asleep behind the wheel.  A records check on the vehicle determined that it been stolen on Thursday in Daly City.  

The driver, Shells Marie Green of Santa Rosa and San Francisco was taken into Marin County Jail on suspicion of vehicle theft and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Additionally, she had an outstanding warrant from Sonoma County for vandalism and a probation violation.

The suspect remained in custody as of Sunday night with a $25,000 bail.  

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