Good Morning Mission!

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Hope you’re all recovering from that nasty turkey hangover. It’s a lovely day to get back into the groove of things: sunny and clear, with highs expected to stretch into the 60s. This weekend, the fine weather is predicted to keep on rolling, so make sure to pencil some outdoor time into your schedule (and brag to your relatives in freezing upstate New York).

Gotten your phone stolen recently? SF Examiner reports that crime is at a five-year high in San Francisco, and police are attributing the sharp rise in theft to smartphones and public transportation. According to the police department’s CompStat database, 45,927 crimes were reported to San Francisco police through the end of October — the most crime reported since the program began tracking in 2009. And the Mission police station is one of the busiest police stations in the city, with criminal theft often centered around new tech devices like the iPhone 5. According to the article:

The increase is “a troubling blip,” said Jeff Snipes, a professor of criminal justice studies at San Francisco State University.

Snipes noted that a double-digit rise is statistically significant — and is in stark contrast to Los Angeles, which saw crime decrease by 5 percent — but it pales in comparison to the crime waves hitting Oakland and San Jose.

In the South Bay, property crimes jumped nearly 33 percent from 2012 to 2013, according to San Jose Police Department data. Last year, the severely understaffed Oakland Police Department dealt with a 23 percent jump in all property and violent crime, and a 43 percent increase in burglaries.

“The Bay Area is the outlier” to a nationwide downward trend, Snipes added, “and it finally seems to be hitting San Francisco.”

In October, Mission Local compiled a series of charts on violent crime in the Mission over the past five years. By the end of August, reports of robberies increased by 41 percent in the Mission compared to the first eight months of 2012, and by 45 percent from 2010, according to police data.

In foodie news, nothing says comfort cuisine quite like a spoonful of noodles drenched in cheese. Sfist compiled a mouthwatering list of the 12 best comfort dishes in San Francisco, and naturally, a few picks are from the neighborhood. Which ones do you think made the cut? Find out (and salivate) here.

No plans this evening? Burn off all the stuffing calories at the Black Friday Roller Disco Party, a funky disco party on wheels to benefit the nonprofit organization SF Indiefest. Lace up your skates and boogie to James Brown under a medley of flashing neon lights. From 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. at the Women’s Building on 3543 18th Street.

Happy Friday!

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