Good Morning Mission!

Photo by Dino Kužnik

Photo by Dino Kužnik

It’s 7 a.m., 41° and headed to 54°. Details for the next 10 days are here and yes, we could be getting more rain.

The San Francisco Chronicle has been doing great work on the app-based car services — their insurance problems, how they recruit aggressively and now how they have impacted local taxi companies.

Taxi companies are having trouble filling shifts, veteran drivers are bailing out and going to work for the app-based ride services, and people interested in hauling folks around the city for a living are heading to the upstart startups instead of the cab companies.

“Every cab company I know of is having a huge problem filling shifts – including mine,” said Hansu Kim, owner of DeSoto Cab Co.

READ MORE.

Just catching up with the McDonald’s Korean patron fracas in New York. You know, the one where elderly Koreans wanted to sit for hours without ordering much. The NYT followed it: 

For the past several months, a number of elderly Korean patrons and this McDonald’s they frequent have been battling over the benches inside. The restaurant says the people who colonize the seats on a daily basis are quashing business, taking up tables for hours while splitting a small packet of French fries ($1.39); the group say they are customers and entitled to take their time. A lot of time.

“Do you think you can drink a large coffee within 20 minutes?” David Choi, 77, said. “No, it’s impossible.”

You’ll be glad to know that’s not an issue at the 24th Street McDonald’s — although we should probably check and make sure. Every time I pass by, it seems like the same people are sitting there. As  reported years ago in his marathon visit, our McDonald’s is like a Mexican Zocolo and the manager welcomes it. 

It’s clear that to many here, this isn’t the McDonald’s we know as the franchise that is killing all of us with trans fats, but the Mission District’s equivalent of the Zócalo, the town square in Latin America.

As the menu changes from breakfast to lunch and the room fills with the unmistakable smell of McDonald’s fries, it’s clear that I’m not the only one who has been here for more than a couple of hours.

“I come all the way from Oakland just to hang out here,” says Henry Mixco, who sits at a table drinking coffee and eating pan dulces with seven other Salvadorans. Mixco, 70, used to work in a steel factory, but is now retired and comes to the McDonald’s several times a week to meet with friends. READ MORE.

Meetings

1:30 p.m. Land Use and Economic Development, City Hall, 263. Your agenda is here. 

5:15 p.m. Youth Commission — Full Board Meeting. City Hall, Room 416.

Possibilities

It is mostly about nightlife and you’ll find that schedule here at SF Weekly. 

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