Today’s oh shit story across the nation is the 62,000 (and rising) jobs cut in the U.S. and around the world. While these are national statistics for large firms, does anyone know of any local Mission businesses cutting employees?

This raging economic storm, however, doesn’t seem to affect American Apparel, which apparently remains determined to open a store at 988 Valencia Street. Today, Mission Mission’s Allan Hough’s inquiry garnered a response from AA, which you can read here on the Mission Mission website.

There’s also this great post on Skrapnel, which raises the specter of a hipster civil war, as it were, on Valencia Street, but also a good analysis of the pros and cons of the proposed store on Valencia.

Someone, somewhere must be laughing that the Domino theory is being used as justification for preventing the store from opening.

Speaking of (small, local) chains, Valencia Street, and the falafel discussion of a few days past, had a falafel sandwich from Ali Baba today, which I have to admit blew Old Jerusalem out of the water. French fries, eggplant, hot sauce, and a tart yogurt sauce topping with cucumbers and tomato in lavash bread so large it virtually mandates splitting it across two meals.

Also, SFist has posted an investigation into counterfeit extra virgin olive oil. Is nothing safe these days?

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Armand is a photojournalism and multimedia student at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, and is originally from Baton Rouge, La. His work history includes being a paper pusher in Los Angeles and a youth program coordinator in Ramallah, and is currently a student editor at Mission Local, which means he gets to read a lot of news and tell people what to do.

He also waits for the day when bacon and buffalo sauce combine on one plate.

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  1. dude, i didn’t even realize that it was domino theory. i don’t think i’ve talked about that since undergrad. is gentrification (isn’t valencia already gentrified?) the new communism?

    skrapnel’s post makes the best point. why the hell does anyone have to intervene here? if the neighborhood doesn’t want it, won’t it just go out of business? i doubt they’d keep it open out of spite.

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