Filipa Ioannou, Inside Scoop SF

Filipa Ioannou

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Past articles by Filipa:

Where to get boozy slushies, frozen drinks around Bay Area

It's heating up in SF and around the Bay Area. Time for a boozy slushy. → Read More

PG&E power shut-offs are coming back. Here's what you need to know.

For the millions of Californians sticking close to home during the coronavirus pandemic, unwelcome news from PG&E has landed: The dreaded Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) are back. The beleaguered company claims that, unlike last year's days-long shut-offs, this year any power outages due to dangerous wildfire conditions will be shorter and smaller. → Read More

I took casual carpool and it made me sad

I tried casual carpool four times in late July. Let me be clear from the outset: I did not roll up to the corner of Claremont and Hudson consciously seeking some sort of meaningful human connection. I did not reach for the door of my carpool captain's 2016 Hyundai Sonata hoping to meet a trio of new best friends within. So why was I so disappointed with what I found? → Read More

Etiquette experts explain how not to be rude on BART

Say what you will about public transit, but there's an unspoken etiquette code that dictates how you should behave on BART and Muni. And yet, somehow, it's a common feature of the daily commute to see people flouting common courtesy, be it by cutting the lines of people waiting to board the train by making their own rogue third line or smacking fellow riders with a bulging backpack. → Read More

Why everyone you know is suddenly going on vacation to Utah

It's not just Sundance and Mormons: Utah is trendy, folks. (And not just for skiing.) → Read More

Two more BART stations are getting elevator attendants

Over the years, BART has tried a variety of strategies to keep people from behaving badly in station elevators (including one memorable poster campaign in which sad, anthropomorphized elevators dolefully declared, "I'm not a bathroom"). → Read More

Manholes in Berkeley will now be called 'maintenance holes'

"Manpower" will be referred to as "human effort," and "man-made" objects will be described with terms like "human-made," "artificial," "manufactured,""machine made" or "synthetic." → Read More

Calif. cities and towns least threatened by earthquakes

The towns with the lowest risk of earthquake danger in California are probably further east - Pridmore recommends the northeastern corner of the state, Colorado River region near Needles (San Bernardino County) and Blythe (Riverside County), and the western side of the Sierra. But go too far into Nevada and the risk of quakes starts to tick up again. → Read More

How pet owners train their pups to be elite dog surfers

Every year, the weird and whimsical sight of wetsuit and life jacket-clad dogs catching waves draws crowds to competitions like the World Dog Surfing Championships in Pacifica and the Surf City Surf Dog event in Huntington Beach. Many of the events serve as fundraisers for animal rescue organizations. For dog lovers, the spectacle is as wholesome and charming as it is impressive. → Read More

Sad, sick little sea lion gets police escort from Ocean Beach

"We're seeing an increase in young California sea lion strandings," said Laura Sherr, a spokeswoman for the Marine Mammal Center. → Read More

The weird and messy work of charging electric scooters in the Bay Area

One Oakland-based scooter charger, Ryan Trottier, said that in the summer of 2018, he was consistently making about $200 a night - for just three hours of work collecting Bird and Lime scooters around Lake Merritt and dropping them off in the morning. → Read More

Study: These are San Francisco's most crowded bus routes and stops

Google recently named the most congested Muni bus stops based on rider reports of crowdedness. Did yours make the cut? → Read More

North Bay city named one of America's best beach towns. It doesn't have a beach.

This week, WalletHub recently declared Mill Valley, California among the nation's best beach towns in which to live. The tony North Bay city of about 14,000 ranked no. 12 on the list behind such waterside locales as Naples, Fla., Lahaina, Hawaii and Newport Beach, Calif. → Read More

Chase Center will have nap pods and one veteran Warriors player is excited

"Looking forward to Chase Center. I think that's gonna be incredible," Iguodala said in a Wednesday interview on KNBR. "They got sleep pods down there. I got a long commute, but we got sleep pods. I'm gonna use that a whole lot this year." → Read More

Drunken breakups, proposals, dads gone wild: What it's like to work at an Escape Room

The employees at Palace Games - an escape room company located behind a nondescript door at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco's Presidio - have seen some things. They've seen six marriage proposals. They've seen a grandpa heedlessly dive headfirst down a slide, safety be damned, only to bust his head open ("It was worth it!" he apparently cried as blood streamed down his scalp). They've… → Read More

Kamala Harris's husband describes her expert french fry technique in viral tweet

"I love a good french fry, or a few, or many, or just the whole thing," said Harris. → Read More

This California city is the country's least affordable for teachers

The median rent in Santa Cruz eats through 66 percent of the average mid-career teacher's salary there, a USA Today analysis of 292 cities found this week. → Read More

Tom Tolbert honored with urinal at the Chase Center

"The only misgiving I have is that I went to the bathroom right before I came, so I won't be able to dedicate it in the manner that's appropriate for a urinal. So, we're gonna do the best we can." Tolbert said, before baptizing the urinal with an honorary first flush. → Read More

Fire at food truck complex sends ominous cloud of smoke above Mission Bay

A fire at a food truck complex in Mission Bay sent up an ominous cloud of smoke that alarmed nearby office workers Tuesday afternoon. → Read More

Troubled NorCal reggae festival reportedly canceled

Reggae on the River, the troubled Humboldt County reggae festival along the Eel River presented by High Times, has been canceled, organizers announced via the event website this week. → Read More