Today’s Mission 07.06.09

2293 Mission St.

2293 Mission St.

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UPDATE: 7:58 p.m. Radio station KCBS is reporting that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi paid a visit to the Mission Neighborhood Health Center earlier today. The clinic is receiving more than $1 million in federal recovery spending, which will be used to fund a new nighttime clinic and repairs and upgrades to the facility. Listen to the audio report here.

Also, Streetsblog SF has posted the first part of an interview conducted a few weeks ago with MTA chairman Tom Nolan. Nolan addresses issues such as Muni service, San Francisco as a transit-oriented city and his views on parking issues. For excerpts and the audio follow the link.

UPDATE: 4:25 p.m. Also in the Chron, Matier & Ross talk about Joe Montana’s new state bond-supported housing project. Well and good, but did you catch the note at the end of the article, on a possible “per drink” booze tax initiative on the November ballot?

UPDATE: 2:39 p.m. The Chronicle has released it’s new, full color layout, and it looks pretty good. The photos look great. If you haven’t gotten a chance or don’t intend to pick one up, SFist’s Brock Keeling has a set of photos of the new layout, sitting on top of what appears to be his toilet seat. Hopefully, it’s not a statement on the possible fate of the Chron and its new layout.

Free stuff alert: Mission Mission is giving away free tickets to the Wanderlust Festival, to whoever sends in the best haiku about wanderlust. Way to go Allan for scoring free tix. The lineup looks great – Jenny Lewis, Spoon, Sharon Jones, Rogue Wave, and more over two days in Tahoe. Give it a try, no?

Also on MM today is a look at the latest incarnation of a long-time Mission business, Chile Lindo empanadas by writer Sunny Angulo. Some great history in the piece, both local and international. Apparently, empanadas were brought to Spain by the Moors during their conquest of the Arabian peninsula. Thus closes the samosa-empanada loop. It’s a good piece, and well worth the read. Looking forward to more from Angulo.

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Safari users watch our feature video on the last of the three artists who will compete for the Valencia Street Public Art Project, here.

For those of you who were away all weekend, you must catch up with all that happened here and will happen here. First, Valencia Street will be transformed and part of that will be a public art project. Three finalists were chosen to meet with the community and then return to their studios to come up with proposals for the $50,000 commission. So far, we have run profiles on Misako Inaoka and Michael Arcega. Brian Goggin is coming up.

Then, there is a new store on Mission, Artillery with design pieces made by local artists and run by Ivan Lopez, raised in the Mission.

And new news. Remember the 99 cent store around the corner from Little Baobab? This one:

2293 Mission St.

2293 Mission St.

Marco Senghor, the owner of the Baobabs and Bollyhood Cafe, is looking at 2293 Mission and negotiating to lease it for an art gallery and space for three non-profits. One will be involved in water issues with a focus on Africa.

There was something else I wanted to tell you, but I can’t remember what it was. Ah well, wait for the updates.

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