If the recent string of gang related killings and beatings in the Mission have you on edge, you’re not alone. Just yesterday, I wrote about an actor who was badly beaten on a bus in the Mission for wearing the wrong color shoes.

In further news on gang violence, CBS 5 Crimewatch reported yesterday that a reputed high-level Norteno gang member was convicted to 15 years in prison for ordering the killing of an innocent man in the Mission nearly three years ago.

In more bizarre news, an SF Gate article from yesterday tells us that green building techniques may be environmentally friendly and a point of pride for the city, but they are a major public safety hazard for birds. A hundred million to a billion birds die flying into windows every year, and all the glass used to make green buildings more energy efficient is responsible for a growing number of birdy suicides, according to SF Gate.

While Nancy Lopez reported earlier this week that increased condo sales in the Mission may be a sign of economic recovery, the San Francisco Business Times tells us that California’s exports are down by nearly a quarter from what they were this time last year. But the same report also says that Northern California may be pulling out of the recession faster than Southern California.

That’s good news for those of us living in the Bay Area, unless you’re a bird. Then a growing economy could lead to a boom in environmentally friendly buildings, leading to more senseless deaths for a community already devastated by sustainable architecture.

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Bryan Gibel

Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Bryan has a background in investigative reporting for newspapers and the radio. He is working the health beat for Mission Loc@l.

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