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It’s 7 a.m. and 57°. We have some good news and bad news for you this morning.

First, the good news: This weekend is a good time to plan an awesome outdoor activity with clear skies and cool temperatures in the forecast. Temperature highs are expected to reach 66° today  and hover around there through Sunday, while the chance of precipitation will likely stay at 0 percent.

The bad news: BART is not running. Check here for live updates.

If you live in the Mission, you likely didn’t notice the Thursday night windstorm that blew through the Bay Area last night leaving two dead, according to The Star. More than 50,000 customers were left without power after wind gusts of up to 69 mph knocked down trees and power lines throughout the Bay Area, ABC-7 local news station reports. Most of those without power were in the East Bay, but 78 customers in San Francisco were reported to have lost power.

If you pay attention to the news — and even if you don’t — you likely  heard about the city of San Francisco declaring Nov. 15 Batkid Day last week. That day the local government put on a city-wide production together with the Make a Wish Foundation to fulfill the dreams of Miles Scott, a 5-year-old leukemia patient. While the story warmed hearts around the nation, the city is now facing a media backlash after it was reported that the stunt cost tax payers $105,000, the Associated Press reports.

Meanwhile, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission recently unveiled final design plans to convert two traffic lanes at Mission and Valencia streets into a new plaza, according to SF Streets Blog. The plans would extend to the entrance of the Tiffany Street bike boulevard, altogether creating what planners call a “Green Gateway.” Changes include the removal of greenery along the curb that faces Mission to make room for a new bus. Although a construction date hasn’t been planned yet, it is expected to take place through most of 2015.

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  1. The $105,000 the city spent on Batkid came from usage fees from Moscone Center which are set aside for special events, not from general tax funds. Surely this was a better way to spend a little money than the America’s Cup or millions in payroll tax breaks for tech companies.