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Daily news roundup for Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Laura A. Oda / Bay Area News Group
Marie Jessa Arlantico, 16, measures and marks a piece of wood for a frame as Osheanna White, 17, watches

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Some bicyclists hardheaded over bill that would require helmets // SF Gate

“Getting a helmet onto a grown-up bicyclist’s head isn’t a no-brainer, even though the saving of brains is the idea.

“A proposed state law that would require adult cyclists to wear helmets — as the law requires minors to do — is facing a bumpier reception than a mountain bike tire on a Mount Tam single track.

“Last week, state Sen. Carol Liu, D-La Cañada Flintridge (Los Angeles County), introduced SB192, a bill requiring adult cyclists to wear helmets or pay a $25 fine. California would become the first state to require helmets for riders over 18.

“Some cyclists — mostly those who wear a helmet anyway — said it was a fine idea. Others, including the head of a statewide cycling advocacy group, said it was a thorn in the side of their tires.”


Young, ambitious singles hope this app has wings // SF Gate

“Amanda Bradford pulled on a pair of white, feathered Cupid wings and turned to a mirror to examine their effect.

“‘How does Cupid really work?’ she asked her friends rhetorically.

“Bradford is the founder and CEO of the League, a dating app that bills itself the classy alternative to the hook-up apps like Tinder.”


Sam Andrew, Big Brother and the Holding Company guitarist, dies // SF Gate

“Sam Andrew, a founding member and guitarist of the San Francisco psychedelic rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company, died Thursday in San Rafael. He was 73.”


High-tech shop class debuts at Oakland's Castlemont High School // Bay Area News Group

“Castlemont High School junior Chris Arrington used a socket set to take apart a computer-controlled wood-carving machine and a vacuum cleaner to suck out saw dust jamming the machine's moving parts.

“The troubleshooting exercise was worth it: Arrington got to take apart a machine and fix it, and he got to create a medieval-looking wooden sword using its software. The CarveWright he used to make the sword is just one of several high- and low-tech tools in the school's new fabrication laboratory, or FabLab, which opened in January.”


S.F. supervisor wants to limit Mission development, may pitch moratorium // SF Business Journal

“San Francisco Supervisor David Campos said Friday that he will soon push for new development limits in a rapidly gentrifying part of the Mission District, possibly proposing a rare moratorium on market-rate housing projects.

Campos, who represents the Mission, said in the next "few weeks" he will likely propose legislation to add new layers of rules to guide what can be built around the 24th Street BART, or temporarily stop market-rate housing approvals altogether. Campos plans to craft the proposal based on recommendations from a neighborhood coalition of businesses and residents calledCalle 24, which is studying the issue.”