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It’s 51° and headed to 54°. A brisk, winterish day is upon us.

Hazardous Displacement: We know well of the latest housing crisis that has residents scrambling for new places to live due to soaring evictions and rental rates, but here’s something new — residents of Treasure Island are being forced to relocate so the U.S. Navy can finally clean up the toxic waste dump that they’ve been calling home for years. It was a shock to the two dozen residents recently notified. Adding a little salt to the wound, they weren’t even told until the last minute that, hey, by the way, they won’t be able to come back to the homes that some of them have lived in for 10 years or more, as the city plans to turn the land into an entirely new neighborhood, complete with retail spaces and entertainment venues.

Nature in the city: In spite of the repugnant smell and questionable color of our bay, it is showing signs of health in the form of otters. These adorable little guys have been spotted off the Richmond Marina as of late, and have popped up around the Bay for the last year or so. The furry creatures are almost too cute for words, and, more importantly, are a sentinel species that reveal an ecosystem that is working. Just like we learned our lessons with Sutro Sam, who was so photogenically adorable that he probably got fed up with us, keep your distance!

Frothy Finale: Gear up for some serious competition. This Thursday marks the finale in Four Barrel’s six-month latte art contest. The foam face-off has been brewing for months, when the Bay Area Coffee Community started hosting events featuring 30-60 baristas on a single elimination bracket. And you thought you had too much free time.

Two-Wheeler Gifts: Want to get an early start on Christmas shopping for the cyclist in your life? Here’s a list of bike goodies that will get anyone’s pedals moving. From the fixie to the townie, you wouldn’t believe how many nuts and bolts can make a bike lover swoon.

Heather Mack

Heather Mack, 30, has spent most of her life outdoors and often hangs out in the less-frequented parks of San Francisco to avoid the crowds of places like Dolores Park on a Saturday. She believes that...

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