Okay, the headline is a little over the top.  I love Oakland, but I hate losing staffers to the—yes—less expensive Oakland.  We have one reporter who lost her room here and is in need of one until mid-May.  If you have a nice Mission room for rent, please contact us at missionlocal@gmail.com.  Thank you!

Now, onto less distressing news.  The rain.  Somehow, no one I know seems to mind it. It’s our SF Winter and it brings lovely rainbows like the one above that Lola Chavez caught on her late lunch break Tuesday afternoon.

And that may bring good luck to the new KALW’s launch of Crosscurrents its new, news magazine that involves some of our colleagues and former students at Berkeley’s Graduate school of Journalism including Rina Palta who reveals the secrets behind the small print in all those credit card letters that arrive at doorsteps.   Welcome Crosscurrents.

In this review, the Bay Guardian reminds us of Schmidt’s Deli  at 20th and Folsom streets and also that I must return. Despite its mainstay of grilled sausage, it  has some of the most innovative vegetarian salads around.

Back to rain and SF Weekly’s Joe Eskenazi discovering a free give-a-way of sandbags that includes a warning from the Department of Public Works that if you live on Shotwell, Folsom or Cesar Chavez near 101, it’s best to pick some up.   The redesign of Cesar Chavez is supposed to remedy the flooding.

And,  SF.Streetsblog reports that the MTA is not letting go of extended meter hours.  I can already hear the screams on Valencia and Misson Streets.

Enjoy, lc

Lydia Chávez

I’ve been a Mission resident since 1998 and a professor at Berkeley’s J-school since 1990. My earlier career was at The New York Times working for the business, foreign and city desks. As an old...

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  1. The idea that all the guys along C. Chavez and adjacent streets are Mission District residents does not fit with what I observe. I think they come from elsewhere, and I wouldn’t take the word of an “activist” on this. It is also important to realize that these guys are not independent operators: they are run by coyotes. The set up is not unlike prostitutes and their pimps. Improvement of C. Chavez and the Mission should not be impeded by romantic, false ideas about what is actually going on.

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