The Mission District got a wake up call yesterday morning as some hundred household workers and activists from around the country congregated on Mission Street to shine some sun on the honorableness of household work. You can hear them chanting now:

¡La gente, callada, jamas sera escuchada! The people, silenced, will never be heard!

The demonstration is an extension of the National Domestic Workers Congress taking place this weekend in San Francisco and Oakland. Read more about it.

Meanwhile, a little bit of México goes a long way…usually from Richmond and across the bay to Mission District dance clubs. Richmond Confidential reports on El Volado, a bus decorated a la mexicana – a dangling virgen, luchadores, and colors, lots of them – that for the last 20 years has given Bay Area passengers a sense of what it’s like to travel on a Mexico City bus.

Side note: my favorite thing about traveling on a bus in México is the music – salsa, cumbia, the old school jams my parents would listen to, a todo volumen! I wonder if El Volado plays the immigrant song?

And if it were to blast the song in the Mission what would the new police captain do? Which by the way, as of this weekend, Capt. Steve Tacchini moves on to the traffic division and Capt. Greg Corrales assumes his spot.

But Capt. Corrales might be more preoccupied with how he’s going to respond to undocumented youth after they’ve been detained. Although the Board of Supervisors approved a new sanctuary policy that will require due process for detained youth, U.S. Attorney Joseph Russoniello doesn’t guarantee that they’ll require city officials to follow suit.

Another side note: Have you heard of the two chickens that crossed the border with no papers? Not a joke. Watch how the Minutemen reacted to an intervention staged by performance artists. The reaction by the Minutemen, not staged.

Border patrol rules and regulations aside, one popular Mexican form of expression has projected itself, uninhibited, onto the walls and streets of the Mission. Deia de Brito and Alissa Figueroa take us to the de Young Museum, where Mission Muralismo is on display.

So everything urban is cool, even for developers. The Urban Land Institute released its annual report on emerging trends in real estate for 2010 and now that suburbia is plagued with the foreclosure syndrome, compact and dense infill projects are the way to go – i.e. small lots, townhouses, condos, and mixed-use projects that include single-family housing. Sound familiar? The report ranks San Francisco as “one of the top buys for apartments, warehouse, office and hotels.”

Follow Us

Housing, property, and space in general are prized commodities, especially in San Francisco. Nancy López gets to cover the stories that inevitably grow out of the cracks in the vacant storefronts, aging buildings and limited affordable housing - to name a few of the issues - found throughout the Mission District. She welcomes any story ideas readers may have.

Leave a comment

Please keep your comments short and civil. We will zap comments that fail to adhere to these short and very easy-to-follow rules.

Your email address will not be published.