In honor of the strike against a 32 percent fee hike approved yesterday by the Board of U.C. Regents Committee, I’m keeping Today’s Mission short and bitter. I’m with the two dozen students arrested protesting the decision in Los Angeles (in theory).
Sure, I’ll throw you a few treats, but I might have to stash some for myself. After all, in-state tuition will climb an extra $2,500 to over 10 grand per year (not including anything else) if approved today by the full board, and I am just about to be broker than ever. But the news doesn’t stop. How about the people that lose sleep chasing after it?
This L.A. Times article listing the top ten hardest places to film reminds me of yesterday’s failed attempts to bring photo and video cameras inside payday/check-cashing stores throughout the Mission District for a story that’s in progress. The minute you whip out your camera, the employees at the 42 fringe financials tell you it’s a no-no, even when there’s no one in the store.
Anti-payday loan advocates don’t mind being on camera. Yesterday, Mission Loc@l reporters Bridget Huber and Deia de Brito spoke to the Mission Asset Fund on video about under-banked Latinos as well as the group’s soon-to-be-released centralized referral system known as La RED.
La RED is made to match people to public services, programs, and banking products. If you want to know more, the Mission Community Council’s monthly meeting at Valencia Gardens will feature Lorena Melgarejo of the Mission Asset Fund discussing the program from 9 to 11 am.
The New York Times reports that benefits for one million jobless people could end on December 31 if Congress doesn’t renew them.
And like today’s Urban Institute study revealing post-facto that housing counseling could have helped homeowners avoid foreclosure, this article finds that toxic loans could have been prevented had state and federal regulators done something.
November is national homeless youth awareness month.
I’m not sure if there’s any connection, but on November 20, the Brava Theater Academy does Girltropolis, a show produced, written, and performed by youth that deals with esteem, sexual violence and clinic access, among others. Brava’s SF Running Crew students will run the show.
But starting tonight is The Me, Myself & I Series at Brava, featuring D’Lo and other performers telling tales to surprise and inspire you to tell your own.
About two years ago, Brava did a cool show in which Hurricane Katrina survivors told their stories on stage.
Yesterday evening, Katrina came back to center stage after a federal judge ruled that “poor maintenance of a major navigation channel by the Army Corps of Engineers led to some of the worst flooding after Hurricane Katrina.” The New York Times reports that it was the first time the government has actually admitted its responsibility for much of the flooding.
Streetsblog has good things to say about the results Muni released on the Market Street car diversion project. Apparently, Muni and bike riders are now more welcome.
In Oakland, the federal government is investigating BART’s civil rights record.
In yesterday’s health care news, Democrats in the Senate sported their proposal.
Medicare will continue to cover yearly mammograms for women age forty and over.
Mission Loc@l’s Rosa Ramirez tells how locals fight for priority in admission to nursing program in article this morning.
Far from news of health and the healthy, Kate Kilpatrick gives you a glimpse into the secret life of chicharrones this morning.
It’s all about taking things to the streets these days. Culture Blog is posting videos of street performers of all stripes and is taking submissions.
Finally, Ready Set Bag!, a documentary about baggers in bagging competitions around the country premieres tonight at the Roxie Theater. Don’t forget to bring cans to the screening—they will be donated to the SF Food Bank.