Here are some news bites to chew on this week.
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River Otter Pups to Make Debut at Oakland Zoo, NBC Bay Area
Three adorable river otter pups debuted Wednesday at the Oakland Zoo, just in time to celebrate Mother's Day with visitors stopping by this weekend. The pups, two male and one female, are all siblings and are now three months old. Read more.
The Next Starbucks: Lower Haight Locals to Protest Proposed Blue Bottle Coffee, Hoodline
A group of Lower Haighters gathered Monday for a planned protest against the proposed installation of a Blue Bottle Coffee, arguing that they are not a mom-and-pop business, but rather "the next Starbucks." Read more.
Nonprofit pledges $100 million to aid SF's chronically homeless, SF Chronicle
The Tipping Point aims to cut the chronically homeless population in San Francisco by half over the next five years, and has pledged $100 million to the effort—the biggest donation of its kind ever made to the city. There are an estimated 2,000 people who have lived outside for at least a year and are suffering from mental illness, substance-abuse problems, and other difficulties. Read more.
The Bay Area companies that are hiring recent college graduates, SF Gate
It's grad season, and salary levels for this year's graduating class have reached an all-time high across the county, with an average of $49,785 for entry-level jobs. This average is even higher in San Francisco at a sweet $62,829, with the Bay Area job market offering the highest pay in the country. Read more.
Ed Lee ponies up $40 million and site for city's first teacher housing, Curbed SF
Following an SF Chronicle piece published Tuesday featuring a story about a 35-year-old public school teacher with a master's degree who found herself homeless in San Francisco, Mayor Ed Lee has announced a commitment of $40 million to build at least 130 rental units for teachers in the Outer Sunset. Read more.
Apple Is Auctioning off a Lunch Date With Tim Cook, SFist
Bidders have until next Tuesday to try and land a lunch with Apple CEO Tim Cook in an auction to raise money for the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Organization. The hour-long lunch, which will take place in the new Apple Park in Cupertino, was valued at $100,000, but has already surpassed the amount, with bidding reaching $125,000 as of last Thursday. Read more.