It’s 7 a.m, 46° and headed to 65°. Details for the next 10 days are here.
But let’s not talk about the weather. Let’s drag ourselves out of bed, admit that SantaCon is over, and meet our new visiting editor: me. I’m Lauren Smiley, thrilled to be editing Mission Local over the next month. You may have seen my byline in San Francisco Magazine — where I’ve written about SF landlords, pimp murders, and Willie Brown’s girlfriend — or on the New Yorker‘s website — where I’ve covered the Jack Spade battle and rent crisis.
My Mission cred? I often put the neighborhood on the cover while a staff writer at SF Weekly: El Farolito’s soccer empire, the funeral industry sending deceased immigrants to Latin America, the federal trial of the MS-13 gang, and Supervisor Campos trying to keep teen immigrant offenders from getting pushed down the path to deportation. And that’s just the journalism. As a four-year denizen of 21st and Capp, one-time dancer in Carnaval (here’s hoping those pics never resurface on Facebook), aficionada of the Taqueria Cancun veggie burrito, faithful compiler of late fees at Lost Weekend, the Mission District is my first and deepest SF love. I have been rather bitterly priced out, like so many Missionites, so I’m enthused to have a reason to step from the 24th Street BART station each morning and break out the reporter pad.
We’re going to be keeping things lively in the next couple of weeks whilst you stuff yourself with yuletide cheer (or just with pupusas outside Panchita’s No. 2, so good, so good.) So stay tuned, Missionites — and keep sending us your tips to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Also gladly accepting any deliveries of Christmas cookies or torta de tres leches to our office door.)
Onto the news. Over the weekend, the Chronicle examined how race and identity politics will play out in the 2014 state assembly race between Mission supervisor David Campos and District 3′s David Chiu. The obvious prediction: the gay and Latino Campos will get those respective groups’ votes at the polls, while Chiu will win the Asian vote. Yet local experts predicted that Campos will have a harder time swaying Asian voters than Chiu will have wooing the LGBT faction, arguing that the gay community is more well-established, increasingly moderate and more likely to vote on the issues.
And as for the termed-out Assemblyman Tom Ammiano — the Mission’s former wise-cracking supervisor? A new poll pegged him as the top potential challenger to Mayor Ed Lee in the 2015 mayoral election. As goes the Mission, goes the city?
Onto more frothy topics. 7*7 magazine wants to be BFFs with 16th Street shop-owner Benny Gold. They’ll apparently have to do all their best friend activities in a five block radius of Benny’s store, because he claims he rarely ventures any further. Wha?!
Did you hear the great Peter O’Toole died over the weekend? The obits have been oddly unclear on whether the lanky Irish actor ever stepped foot in La Mission — it was SF’s formerly Irish barrio, after all — but he most certainly would have enjoyed quaffing a Scotch at the ol’ Phoenix. Let’s toast to the old chap’s piercing blue eyes tonight while we read Gay Talese’s great profile of him, shall we? R.I.P., Pedro.
Get your civic mindedness on, Missionites:
10 a.m. Budget and Finance Committee, City Hall, Room 250 — Considering Mills Act Historical Property Contracts — a reduction on property tax in exchange for rehabilitating, restoring and preserving historical property — on a number of city properties including one for 3769 20th Street that was purchased on 2/10/12 for $1.750,000, according to Zillow.
1:30 p.m. Land Use and Economic Development, City Hall, Room 263 — Hearings on Tenant Allegations of Landlord Harassment to Recover Possession of the Tenant’s Unit. This would mean a change in the Residential Rent Stabilization Ordinance that would allow tenants to file complaints of landlord harassment at the Rent Board. The Chair intends to entertain a motion to refer this item to the full Board as a Committee Report for consideration on December 17, 2013.
6:00 p.m. Iomasda Karate, free.
7:30 p.m. Meditation Mondays, Women’s Building, 18th Street near Guerrero, free.
8:00 p.m. Classical Revolution, Revolution Café, 22nd and Bartlett Streets.