Yesterday, an Alameda Superior Court judge moved the trial of Johannes Mehserle, the BART cop who shot unarmed 22-year-old Oscar Grant in the back on New Year’s Day and now runs free on bail, to Los Angeles. According to this article, his attorneys were mad at the decision because they wanted to take the trial to conservative San Diego. Grant’s family was pleased with the decision.
Randomly glancing at the Hudson Valley Events blog, I learned that the Mission District is the “Mecca of individualism.” In contrast, the Chronicle informs us that drinkers have migrated to the Mission District, “where a bartender must have a pedigree in “mixology” and a modeling portfolio, plus be handy with a muddler for grinding Kaffir lime leaves into organic citrus syrup.”
On Valencia– the Mission the above article probably refers to–shop owners and residents ushered American Apparel out of the neighborhood. Now Burrito Justice photo-reports suspicious activity within that very same storefront.
While the largest clothing manufacturer in the nation stands against unionization, university students across the country won a major labor victory when they pressured Russell Athletic to re-hire 1,200 Honduran workers the company had fired in the beginning of the year for unionizing.
On 24th street, art not retail comes alive in dead store windows this evening. This video by Nancy Lopez is already alive on our website.
The Planning Department released a draft of the Transbay Terminal and development plan last night, with the goals of increasing density and height limits, creating public spaces and widening sidewalks. In addition, it plans to add bicycle parking and reduce traffic. The latter would definitely be good in light of accidents like this one that happened yesterday.
The poor cyclist was hit by an SUV today on Haight and Pierce Street, part of the Wiggle, a popular route for bicyclists because it’s one of the flattest uphill routes that gets you across the city. He may have broken bones but he was conscious and breathing.
In the meantime, bicyclists wait for the injunction against their form of transportation to be lifted and the bicycle plan to come into being.
Windfall for All, a study released by TransForm, an organization fighting sprawl, says we can fight climate change and save $5, 200 per year in transportation costs by keeping housing, jobs, and transportation closer together.
The group has recently organized around Senate Bill 375, the first law to combat global warming by reducing sprawl, which will lay out regional emission targets by mid-2010.
SF Weekly reports on redevelopment drama in the Bayview-Hunters Point, where community members are mobilizing to recall Sophie Maxwell for the second time. Meanwhile, former state senator Carol Migden pulled her name out of the race for Maxwell’s soon-to-be expired seat as District 10 supervisor.
Newsom has gone missing like a little boy on a milk carton but the Bay Guardian found him speaking at Herbst Theater yesterday and got this reaction to the $522 million deficit: “Things have in some ways gotten better, not worse with all these changes.” He vowed to protect programs serving the most vulnerable but not programs claiming to serve the most vulnerable.
In one week and a day, Mayor Newsom will take a field trip to Bangalore, India for a Sister Cities gig and then to Dubai to convince Arab Emirates airline to increase its service in San Francisco. I wonder if the trip will help keep some of those programs that serve the most vulnerable.
Venture to the tripped out corners of your consciousness in celebration of the 50th anniversary of William S. Burrough’s the Naked Lunch at the San Francisco Art Institute this evening. If you can’t leave the Mission, go to Amnesia for the Naked Lunch Redux on Sunday evening to hear authors read passages from the mind-freak masterpiece.
Here’s another mind-bending piece of work by artist Norah Hoover at CELLspace tonight. It’s sound-making costumes constructed from paper, plastic, and clothing found in the Mission District, torn apart and re-constructed “intro dresses that become explosions of sound, light and texture.” The show also features audio recordings, black and white photography, and film projections.
In other news of light and sound, Artists’ Television Access in Exhibicion Luminosa explores the potential of light in day-long exhibition, followed by night performances, or aural soundscapes, powered by solar panels and rechargeable batteries.
In news of movement and breath, Dance Mission does its Down and Dirty Series, where local dancers will show their works.
But because I can’t help leaving you with news to anger and excite you, check this out. I thought pushing back breast cancer screening had gone too far, but now health experts want to delay cervical cancer screening until a woman is 21 years old. Women, what is this all about?