CAFE LA BOHEME 6 A.M. Good Morning Mission District! 51° with light fog in the Mission; heavy-looking elsewhere.
And the Winner is . . .
Papalote — Miguel and Victor Escobedo! Challenged by Iron Chef Bobby Flay to a nationally televised Burrito Throwdown, there was never a doubt the Burrito Bros. would walk away wearing the Championship t-shirt. Family and friends packed in upstairs at the Mission Cultural Center to cheer on our Boyz (and eat burritos of course). Missionloc@l was there and will post a full report soon. The only grumbling comes from burrito “purists” who insist on the transformative power of lard.
Euphoria Grips City
The Center For Medicinal Cannabis Research has released a new report that indicates smoking pot has potential therapeutic value for selective pain and and certain degenerative disease. Whether or not you’re painfully degenerating, the report gives you talking points to back up your rambling arguments with parents and juice-heads at work.
Money for Jobs, Not for War
An old slogan of the left in the 80’s with a hauntingly plaintive resonance today. We know where the money for war is going, how about the money for jobs? To jobs, sez the President, backed up by “the best-known economic research firms . . . IHS Global Insight, Macroeconomic Advisers and Moody’s Economy.com. They all estimate that the bill has added 1.6 million to 1.8 million jobs so far and that its ultimate impact will be roughly 2.5 million jobs. The Congressional Budget Office, an independent agency, considers these estimates to be conservative.” Good enough.
How about jobs in the Mission? We went to the government website Recovery.gov, which gives information by zip code. An interactive map comes up and after various clicks a trove of project information. But how has the Mission fared in comparison to the rest of San Francisco. For that I went to ProPublica, the nonprofit investigative journal tracking stimulus funds.
ProPublica breaks down the stimulus funds by county, also with information on each project. So putting the two together, what do we find?
Of the 1.6 to 1.8 million jobs created, saved or otherwise counted, 13.5 of those jobs are right here in the Mission! (If Fighting Nancy weren’t Speaker of the House we might have gotten no more than melted snowballs.) Add that to the 113 jobs from Jobs Now that Mission Loc@l wrote about earlier and we have a grand total of 126.5 jobs.
So we didn’t get much on the jobs front. How about the money? According to ProPublica data, as of December 7, 2009, San Francisco county had received $416.6 million; while Recovery.gov shows as of February 10, 2010 zip code 94110 has received funding for 20 projects totaling (wait for it) $3.1 million Missionloc@l will be conducting an investigation throughout the year.
For more on how this is affecting the Mission, see Heather Smith’s coverage of exasperation at the Health Department.
Exhibit A for Education
Uptown Almanac may not be the first site you think of when wondering about your educational future, but Dylan Macturk has posted very personal, and very compelling, reasons for staying in school worth wading through. Despite what the Uptown editor calls “long-winded and potentially unreadable sentences” (didn’t Gide say the same thing, initially, about Proust?), the message could not be more clear.