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Daily News Roundup for Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

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

City plans to transform Treasure Island with $50 million for public art // KQED

"In an art-themed version of the movie axiom, 'if you build it, they will come,' the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) hopes to draw locals and tourists alike to Treasure Island — and not just for its views.

"Over the next 20 years, the man-made tract of land will undergo a massive transformation, on par with its historical shift from world’s fair site to Navy base in 1941. Its population will swell from about 2,000 residents to an estimated 19,000, it will gain a ferry station, up to 500 hotel rooms, and, perhaps most remarkably, $50 million in public art."


'Eataly of chinese food' China Live set to open this fall // Hoodline (Thanks Ashleyanne and Hannah for the resource!)

"The team behind the forthcoming China Live (644 and 660 Broadway) understands that it might seem a bit odd to bring an ambitious, multi-level Chinese food-centered retail and restaurant space to an already busy corridor of Chinatown. But they say they don't want to usurp Chinatown's culture—they want to preserve, protect and promote it. 'We're trying to respect the past, but also look forward to the future,' said Richard Miyashiro, managing partner and director of operations for China Live.

"'We're going to augment the neighborhood, not compete' echoed Janine Shiota, China Live's director of programming and corporate communications. According to Shiota, China Live will offer a carefully curated selection of organic products, and focus on authentic types of Chinese cuisine, rather than Americanized Chinese food. They expect to hire at least 300 employees, and are aiming to hire a number of Chinatown locals. 'We want people who will understand the products we're bringing and the products we're using,' she said."


The State Worker: California tries to reach out to millennials // SacBee

"One of the most-read items on sacbee.com this week highlighted risk-taking, creativity and self-reliance. An inspiring tale – and a warning shot for state government.

"In case you missed it, Sacramento Bee reporterBlair Anthony Robertson’s story profiled 30-year-old Benjamin Schwartz, who left the state treasurer’s office after seven years to start an R Street shoe-making business."


San Francisco police plan crackdown on bicyclists on popular routes // KQED

"The captain of the San Francisco Police Department’s Park Station is planning a crackdown on bike riders who roll through stop signs on some of the city’s most popular bike routes, saying 'protection of life' is his highest priority. But bike advocates say police should focus traffic enforcement on the greatest threat to lives: dangerous behavior by drivers.

"SFPD spokesman Albie Esparza confirms the department is planning targeted enforcement against people who bike in the Park police district, which includes The Wiggle, Panhandle and Golden Gate Park."