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It’s 7 a.m. and a brisk 57° with highs expected to reach a sunny 72°. Expect to cruise into the weekend with similar temperatures, but pack an umbrella just in case. Details here.

Things will start getting a whole lot easier for cyclists in San Francisco; earlier this week Gov. Jerry Brown signed a new bill into law that requires drivers to give cyclists three feet of clearance when passing. Brown vetoed earlier versions of this law in 2011 and 2012. Read more at the Los Angeles Times.

Have a hankering for food trucks and live music? Then don’t miss tonight’s Rally in the Alley from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Ames Alley between 22nd and 23rd streets. Hosted by the Fair Oaks Neighbors, tonight’s festivities support the Green Alleys Project, which is dedicated to transforming the Mission’s western-edge alleys into pleasing and environmentally-sound public spaces. Tonight the group will unveil their latest plans for Baja Noe Valley’s neglected back streets. Event details here.

Tomorrow Mayor Ed Lee heads off to New York’s Bloomberg Technology Summit to teach East Coast techies the ropes of San Francisco’s dot-com success, The Chronicle reports. According to Lee’s administration, San Francisco now has 45,493 tech jobs, and for every high-tech job created, another 4.3 jobs are added.

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Courtney Quirin is a trained wildlife ecologist turned environmental journalist with a knack for photography and visual storytelling. Though her interests span many topics and disciplines, she's particularly keen on capturing multimedia stories pertaining to the global wildlife trade, human-wildlife relationships, food security, international development and the effects of global markets on local environments and cultural fabric. Courtney completed a MSc in Wildlife Management at the University of Otago, New Zealand, where she not only learned how to catch and tag fur seals (among many things) but also traveled to the highlands of Ethiopia to identify the nature and extent of farmer-primate conflict and its linkages to changes in political regime, land tenure, food security, and perceptions of risk. From New Zealand Courtney landed at The Ohio State University to investigate urban coyotes for her PhD, but just shy of 2 years deep into the degree, she realized that her true passions lie within investigative journalism. Since moving into the world of journalism, Courtney has been a contributor to Bay Nature Magazine, a ghostwriter for WildAid, and the science writer for While at Berkeley's J-School Courtney will focus on international environmental reporting through the lens of documentary filmmaking and TV.

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