As I was writing yesterday’s Today’s Mission the day before yesterday for the day after, I had the feeling that you can never catch the news. It’s elusive, and there’s nothing hard about it.
For example, while the media concerned itself over whether Anthony Bracy, the man accused of stabbing a 25-year-old woman on Saturday, was also the man who stabbed 11-year-old Hatim Mansori, another stabbing occurred on 16th and Mission. Read an update by Mission Loc@l’s Alissa Figueroa and Deia de Brito.
Then yesterday, police found that Bracy is not the same man who stabbed Mansori.
In other transit and safety news, the Obama administration thinks many states are doing a bad job of keeping public transit safe. Read here how the federal government could take over state safety oversight of trains, subways, and buses.
That reminds me! Today is the twice-monthly meeting of the Municipal Transportation Agency at 2 pm in Room 400 of City Hall. Not as exciting as the parking meter extension thrill or the Funston versus 14th Avenue debates, but I could be wrong. Today, it’s all about bus zone modifications, and two presentations—the SFMTA Capital Plan Prioritization Process and the Transbay Terminal Plan. I’m there.
The Mayor definitely won’t be, and neither will the handful of his staff who recently quit, including his handy-dandy man Nathan Ballard, who said goodbye in a press release yesterday.
The city’s unemployment rate fell in September for the first time in five months, reports the San Francisco Business Times.
More depressingly, the city released its General Fund Budget Status Report yesterday—and we’re $53 million under. Broke as a collective joke. City controller Ben Rosenfield reported, “until this shortfall is addressed, the Controller’s Office will not be able to certify funds from the General Fund Reserve for other appropriations.” An sfbg editorial calls it a move unprecedented in San Francisco history.
Even the pigeons are scrounging to make ends meet. In this haunting image posted by Mission Mission, the scraggly bird looks like it’s been waiting its entire life for this metaphorical/metaphysical meal.
If pigeons have made it to the big time as subjects of photography, street art is infiltrating the institutions. Last week, murals took a trip to the de Young Museum for the Mission Muralismo release party. Now, the San Francisco Arts Commission wants you to spend your shopping dollars on street artists—but, of course, the licensed ones.
That could be fun…if you’ve got the cash. The Mission Asset Fund has been studying a population that’s trying to hold down a lot with a little and focusing on the basics. In a recent survey, the Mission-based organization found that Latino immigrants are generally not accessing public benefits programs in San Francisco and many are under-banked. A webinar this morning at 11 explores their attitudes and behaviors towards money.
But before we go there, let’s get one thing straight: HPV vaccines, now mandatory for immigrant girls and women seeking green cards (!), won’t be necessary starting December 14th.
Cool. But no more regular breast self-examinations, yearly visits, or mammograms before 50?
Tired of the issues? If you want to kick back, relax, and click—but without going passive!!!—watch Garrett McAuliffe’s video about women comedians arming themselves with laughter against rape.
And if you want to laugh just to keep from crying (about all the ignorance everywhere), read this. It’s a couple days old, but it’s still so good.