Photo by Greta Mart.

It is 7:09 a.m. and currently 53°. The forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with an expected high today of 69°. Clouds will start moving in over the next few days and we may even get some rain come Monday, Veterans Day. Details for the next ten days are here.

As expected, there was low voter turn-out yesterday for the election, just an estimated 22 percent visited a polling place. Enough votes were cast, however, to give foes of 8 Washington Street a landslide victory. See results here.

As the Chronicle reported last week, benefits under the national SNAP program (CalFresh here in California) decreased as of Nov. 1, prompting some across the Bay Area to protest by vowing to live on $1.50 a meal or $4.50 a day, just like 47 million Americans do every day out of necessity. If you know someone who is “taking the SNAP challenge”  this week, dish out encouragement by all means but organizers ask participants to avoid accepting free food from friends, coworkers and family.

No more happy endings. Last night, after a lengthy meeting during which city leaders decided San Francisco parks should be closed at night, the SF Board of Supervisors banned sex at massage parlors.

Meanwhile, over 60 people took their turn at the podium asking the Supervisors to reconsider city approval of a proposed 12 unit condo development at 1050 Valencia Street. Most were members and patrons of the Marsh Theater, and all voiced their great love and appreciation for the venue.

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Greta Mart is a Bay Area-based newspaper reporter and freelance writer, and currently a student at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. From 2005 to 2012 she was a staff reporter at two community newspapers in WA and CA, and has contributed to several Bay Area and Seattle area newspapers, as well as Pacific Yachting and Italy's Gulliver and La Republicca's D magazines. Greta holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts at Boston and studied history at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. She lives aboard her sailboat at the Berkeley Marina.

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  1. Psst. Not $1.50/day– $1.50/meal. $4.50/day. Note too that the $4.50/day is an average; it’s not that 47 million people have so little income that the only way they have to get food is a $4.50/day dole. Instead, the size of the benefit decreases with household income, scaled to an expectation that people spend 30% of their income on food. See SNAP: Eligibility for details. (A household of four with no other income would be getting $668/month, or about $5.49 per person per day, which is still not a whole heck of a lot.)

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