Today’s Mission 06.14.09

Looking for ways to save bucks? Word on the street is that clipping coupons is the thing to do. SF Gate reports that 20 percent monthly discount vouchers from Rainbow Grocery has sent locals hunting for the coupons located on the back phone books and local directories. Tanya Schevitz writes, “The popularity of the program took the grocery workers off guard. It has forced the store to increase its workforce by more than 43 percent, from to 185 to 265, and to consider adding to its 63 parking spaces and nine checkout stands.”

Keeping on the topic of savings. New York Times Magazine names the Mission District as the best neighborhoods to eat in San Francisco while on a budget. El Farolito and Papalote make the list of places to feast for less than $15. Both are also examples of the Mission’s testing lab for restaurants.

In other news El Tiempo Latino reports that day laborers suffering from unemployment are going back to school. The unemployment rate – 9.4 percent in May according to the Department of Labor – is forcing many workers to acquire new skills in a more competitive job market.

And were you prepared for the analog to digital television transmission that took place this weekend? Frontera Norte Sur says the change has left more than just Americans with blank screens. Mexican border cities that did not purchase digital converter boxes or sign up with cable/satellite providers also found themselves without international and local television. Mexico is not scheduled to complete a digital transition in television until 2021.

And lastly as San Franciscans gears up for pride week (June 28th) the gay community will also remember the life of leading gay liberation poet Harold Norse 92, who passed away on Monday. Norse lived in the Mission District for 35 years. The Beat Museum will be hosting a Memorial for Harold Norse on Sunday, July 12th. And the Bird and Beckett Bookstore, 653 Chenery St, will hold a reading of his work on Monday night at 7 p.m

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