It may have been blustery this weekend, but it sure didn’t stop the bustle.

LitCrawl packed readers and writers on Valencia Street, creating such a scene that even The New York Times noticed. Mission Loc@l reporter Alissa Figueroa captured some of the night’s liveliest moments in a video coming soon.

Talk about making a scene: the sixth annual Trolley Dances sent a flash mob aboard the J-Church MUNI line. And it was never easier to avert the $2 fare, Mission Loc@l noticed. A new study from MUNI that will be presented tomorrow confirms what we already knew: fare cheating on MUNI is so common that one in 10 riders doesn’t pay, reports the Chronicle. Our own 14-Mission line was singled out for being one of the worst offenders.

Good news from the Feds today for medical marijuana users: Obama is telling federal prosecutors not to waste time arresting or prosecuting people for medical marijuana use or sales, so long as they comply with state laws, says the Associated Press. California is one of 14 states that allows medical marijuana use but is alone in how widespread dispensaries are — and certainly in the number of twenty-year-olds with mysterious medical conditions only eased by ganja and hours of Family Guy.

It may be easier to smoke dope, but it’s just become harder to adopt a pet. The SPCA will now be closed on Mondays due to budget cuts — the first time they haven’t been open seven days a week in 141 years, reports the Chronicle. The recession strikes again!

Luckily, the vegans stepped in this weekend with a 60-baker-deep cupcake fundraiser benefiting Give Me Shelter Cat Rescue, MissionMission reported.

We wonder what they think of this street art from Dolores and 15 streets (since taken down) spotted by Ben Ward, via MissionMission.

Speaking of pets, don’t miss guinea-pig journalist David Ewing Duncan — “The Experimental Man” — at Atlas Cafe tonight as part of their nerdy science talk series. He’s undergone hundreds of tests, looking for everything from toxins to genetic predisposition to disease, in his quest to answer some of the big questions, such as how much does a person really want to know about how they might die?

If that thought — and the fact that you missed the Treasure Island Music Festival or Yo La Tengo’s in-store appearance at Aquarius yesterday — is too much to handle on a Monday before you’ve even had your coffee, perk up. There is enough great music coming up this week to make you forget all your sorrows. SFist has the scoop here and some great photos from Treasure Island here.

Stay warm today,


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Vanessa loves reporting for Mission Loc@l because of the many ways it deepens her connection to the Mission District, which she has called home for the past four years.

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