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It’s 7 a.m. and 54°. It’ll be a sunny Saturday today with temperature highs hitting 60° and lows hovering around the upper 40s.

If you don’t have plans this morning, check out the bilingual tenant convention where groups led by the local nonprofit Just Cause will discuss strategies for combating the current housing crisis. The event is being held at the Mission Beacon Community Center at Everett Middle School and will run between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

San Francisco law enforcement is setting up a sobriety checkpoint somewhere in the city today between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m. in an effort to catch impaired drivers and raise awareness about drunk driving. There tends to be more drunk-driving accidents around the holidays, a San Francisco Police Department press release noted, and that’s why it’s important to plan ahead and arrange rides before drinking. The department did not announce where the checkpoint will be.

If you do get pulled over, don’t expect to be able to question how effective using a breathalyzer was to judge your blood-alcohol content in court. On Thursday, the California Supreme Court ruled that defendants can’t present testimony from scientists arguing that breath-testing machines are inherently unreliable, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. That’s because the U.S. Department of Transportation has found that the machines can adequately determine the alcohol content of air deep in the lungs. A defendant can still try to show that a particular machine was defective or used improperly, according to the ruling.

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