Daily news roundup for Wednesday, October 28

Oct 28, 2015
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Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

S.F. Fire Department Removes Chief Arson Investigator // KQED News

“The San Francisco Fire Department has removed the head of its arson task force after he voiced repeated public complaints that the unit was understaffed and overwhelmed by hundreds of uncompleted investigations.

The $82,000 parking spot

Jun 20, 2013

In some parts of the country, $80,000 will buy you a house. In San Francisco, that same money gets you one parking spot.

That’s right – the San Francisco Chronicle reported last week that realtor Sean Sullivan sold a single parking space in the city’s South Beach neighborhood for $82,000.

Despite the growth of prescription painkiller abuse, only 86 of 30,000 doctors and pharmacists in the Bay Area are enrolled in California’s state prescription drug monitoring system. The system is optional, and drug prescribers say it is outdated, slow, and clunky. Prescription drug overdoses kill more than 11 people every day in California...