It’s Monday again and I’m already tired. Tired of the healthcare debate and un-stimulated by the stimulus plan, but promises of immigration reform add a little skip to my step, though it’s hard to imagine a healthy debate on an issue that the Mayor can’t even handle.

Times are tough and life isn’t easy, much less for those who come here with little to receive little. A New York Times article reveals that while Mexico has seen some of the biggest impacts of the recession, its citizens are now sending money north to struggling relatives in the United States.

In other news of trains and travel, the N-Judah line looks like it won’t be running as usual today because the concrete cured too slowly for its new rails to be tested by the weekend. Riders, look for shuttles.

On a positive train of thought, Mission Loc@l’s Rosa Ramirez, reports how non-traditional students are taking charge at City College’s Mission campus. Watch out—they’re armed with education and life experience.

Suspect Anthony Gracie was armed with a deadlier weapon on Saturday in the Tenderloin when he stabbed and tried to rob a woman on her way to work. Police are investigating whether the perpetrator is the same man who stabbed 11-year-old Hatim Mansori while he rode the bus near 19th and Mission on September 1st.

In case you’re still feeling abandoned by a frequently disappearing Newsom, know that Obama is far away too right now. But unlike some people (eh-em), he spoke to hundreds of Chinese university students about civil rights and global warming. One student asked him if they could be friends on Facebook.

Newsom was actually doing a little relating to the public a couple of weeks ago. While he tends to remain in a constant state of mirage, I actually saw him on the steps of City Hall, hugging at least two dozen tourists dying to take their picture with him. I was overwhelmed by a combination of anger, fear, and star-stroke. I felt it could be my only chance to ever talk to him in my life so I tried to remember all the questions I had thought to ask him in the past, only to get a public relations representative on the phone—but instead I just stood there. In hindsight, maybe I should have asked him to friend me on Facebook.

In literary alerts for this evening, Intersection for the Arts hosts readings by award-winning authors Youmna Chlala, Edan Lepucki and Page McBee.

And sometime this morning, do check out the far-out portraits Justin Juul took for Sunday Mission Walk.

Try to have fun but don’t forget–the jellyfish are coming and the turtles are dying.

Do you know what I’m talking about? If you don’t, you might want to take this quiz, courtesy of the New York Times.

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