Here's a handful of quirky Bay Area headlines you may have missed this week.
Ingleside, Little Hollywood predicted 2018's hottest neighborhoods, Curbed
While a few weeks for 2017, the year 2018 is already raring for its first headline, as HotPads published a list of what it projects will be the most in-demand San Francisco neighborhoods next year. Ingleside, Silver Terrace, Sunnyside, Central Sunset, and—yes—Little Hollywood come out on top. Read more.
Former Farina Space Could Become Yass, a Members-Only LGBT Club, SF Eater
After the tony Italian eatery Farina stopped paying rent and utility bills over the summer, the restaurant at 3560 18th Street quietly went dark. But by early next year, the space could have a new occupant, with rent paid courtesy of libertarian venture capitalist and Trump supporter Peter Thiel through his firm Founders Fund. According to the Guardian, the proposal is for Yass, a members-only LGBTQ social club with dues of about $150 a month. Read more.
Christmas tree prices spiking statewide amid holiday shortage, OC Register
Christmas tree prices have spiked this year, in part because of a tree shortage that has its roots in the Great Recession. The recent spate of hurricanes — even Christmas tree farmers pivoting to pot — are other factors driving up prices. Read more.
Plan to set SF parking rates based on demand is approved, SF Chronicle
San Francisco will become the first U.S. city to base its parking rates on driver demand citywide.
Beginning in mid-January, motorists who park in the city's 30,200 metered spaces, or in its lots and garages, will be charged more during peak times and less when demand isn't as high. Hourly rates will vary by time of day and block by block and be adjusted up or down four times a year, depending on actual use during the previous quarter. Read more.
UC Berkeley students take study break with llamas, Berkeleyside
UC Berkeley students took a break from their books Monday afternoon to commune with, stroke and take selfies alongside some llamas on Memorial Glade. The appearance of the animals on campus, organized by student government officers, is a "Dead Week" tradition, intended to help students de-stress while they study for finals. Puppies were brought in last week for the same purpose. Read more.