Hellen Mirren will star as Sarah Winchester in the upcoming film about San Jose's beloved spook house. (Courtesy of L.A. Times)

Winchester Mystery House fetes upcoming film release + more topics to discuss over brunch


A few headlines you may have missed this week.

Dear Bad Men: Divest From Your Restaurants Already, Curbed

As prominent male chefs and restaurateurs (ahem, Mario Batali, Ken Friedman, Jeremy Tooker, Charlie Hallowell) find their heads on the chopping block in the face of sexual misconduct charges, Curbed senior editor Megan McCarron says that "stepping away" from their businesses just isn't enough. "There's a suggestion of banishment, of penance, in these statements. But 'stepping away' is an oddly casual phrase, one used to describe picking up lunch ('stepping away from my desk') or closing your computer ('stepping away from the internet'). These statements all imply a return, an inevitable U-turn, not permanent exile." Read more.

Letter Allegedly Written By 1962 Alcatraz Island Escapee Surfaces, CBS Local

The 1962 escape of brothers John and Clarence Anglin and Frank Morris from Alcatraz is legendary. After a very crafty, Sean Connery-esque squeeze through vents and plumbing and so on, the trio of bank robbers made their way into the chilly San Francisco Bay and were never heard from again. That is, until 2013, when a letter supposedly penned by John Anglin surfaced, forcing the FBI to reopen the case. KPIX 5 Security Analyst Jeff Harp says, "As a law enforcement person, I'd like to think that their escape attempt was not fruitful for them. Personally, as someone who swims in the bay, and we have a triathlon that goes on every year, and there's not a single person that doesn't make that swim." Read more.

Tesla's Elon Musk May Have Boldest Pay Plan in Corporate History, New York Times

Let's be honest, Elon Musk doesn't really need the money. Nonetheless, it says something about Tesla's (stable) genius founder that he has agreed to "perhaps the most radical [compensation plan] in corporate history: Mr. Musk will be paid only if he reaches a series of jaw-dropping milestones based on the company's market value and operations. Otherwise, he will be paid nothing." Read more.

Winchester Mystery House throwing four parties for 'Winchester' film, SFGate

For most of its history, the folks that run the mysterious San Jose side show that is the Winchester Mystery House have seized every opportunity to make a buck on those curious about its folklore of seances and ghosts. They must be doing backflips of glee now that Helen Mirren will be starring as Sarah Winchester in the upcoming movie Winchester; and they're selling tickets to parties in celebration. Read more.

Toll Authority passes $3 price hike for bridges, SF Curbed

Come 2022, driving your Prius across the Bay Bridge could set you back a whopping $9 thanks to a unanimous vote of the 21-member Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA), which this week approved a $3 price hike on bridge tolls in the Bay Area with the aim of generating some $4.5 billion for funding local transit projects. Of course, voters will ultimately decide. How much would you pay to drive into the city? Read more.

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