On Thursday we brought you a story about the newest pilgrims celebrating Thanksgiving. Well, there are other pilgrims for Black Friday, or Viernes Negro.
SF Weekly’s Lauren Smiley has tales of a Mexican lawyer who flew in to buy a $197 HP laptop at the Best Buy on Harrison Street. Electronics are way cheaper here for sure.
I remember when I was living in Mexico: The original PlayStation was something like $3,000 pesos or some $300 dollars. But here the price was something like $150.
Just ask our visiting scholar Andrea how expensive electronics are in Mexico. When she was here with her mom and sister, they bought Macintosh laptops, an iPod touch and a PlayStation 3 and took it back home because they are much cheaper. Although, that was when it was 10 pesos per dollar. Nowadays the peso is at 13 pesos for one dollar.
Come to think of it, it’s not just electronics — apparel too. And it’s not just Mexico — Japan too.
Back when my roommates were Japanese international students, all they ever bought was Hollister and Abercrombie & Fitch because they said the same clothes were too expensive back home.
Mission Loc@l reporter Justin Juul has a very entertaining list of unique items you can find in the Mission.
Reporter Viola also shows us the kind of questions people ask on the new public art project, “Ms. Teriosita,” on 24th Street.
Earlier this month the San Jose Mercury News reported that the Urban Institute released a study that found that even though Latinos make up one third of the California population, only six percent of the executive director positions at California nonprofits are held by Latinos. Additionally, only 9 percent of Board of Directors seats are held my Latinos.
San Francisco is defying these numbers. The research also references a study done by the University of San Francisco and CompassPoint that measures nonprofits with budgets between $500,000 and $15 million. They found that in nearly 30 percent of San Francisco nonprofits, at least half their management is of color and only 20 percent of the organizations had no people of color on the board.
While looking at some nonprofit organizations in the Mission, this district is also defying the odds. Examining six influential nonprofits, all of them have Latino executive directors: Luis Granados with the Mission Economic Development Agency, Eric Quezada with Dolores Street Community Services, Dalila Ahumada with Arriba Juntos, Ana Perez with Carecen, Eva Martinez with Accion Latina and Bianca Sierra with Centro Legal de la Raza.
Public records also show that the majority of their Board of Directors are also Latino. Our very own Mission Loc@l editor Amanda Martinez sits on the Board of Directors for Accion Latina.
Public Records from 2007, the latest data available, show they collectively manage $10 million, although two back-to-back budget shortfalls in the city means they are receiving less money each time.
I spoke to Quezada earlier in the year and he said they are also expecting to receive fewer private contributions this year. It is especially troubling that they have more cuts because now they have more people that need their services, he said.
Nonprofits have to get creative, he said. But this is hard because they are running on bare bones and nonprofits “don’t have a lot of fat to cut.”