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CAFE LA BOHEME 6 A.M.  Good Morning Mission District!  It’s a surprisingly brisk 54° F, overcast and expected to be pretty much the same until later this evening.

Big Week

March is blowing in like a lion.  Today the March Against Muni starts at 5 P.M. at Powell and Market.  On Wednesday, the first public meeting regarding the upcoming renovation of Dolores Park .  Then on Thursday a nationwide protest against the gutting of public education.  And ending the week it’s back to MUNI:  a  “summit” for all those concerned scheduled for Saturday at the Women’s Building.   Naturally Missionloc@l will be your best source for information on how all of it will affect the Mission.

Whole Lot of Shaking Going On

In the wake of Chile’s megaquake,  a lot of the talk over the weekend had to do with tsunamis, a topic not much discussed around Missionloc@l.  Fortunately Burrito Justice has an unusual and worthwhile post — with lots of good maps.  The more you get into it, the more you forget worrying about the Big One.  If you’re trying to contact a friend or relative in Chile, go to Google’s recently launched People Finder:Chile Earthquake.

Meanwhile Back in Googlelandia

In the name of privacy,  an Italian magistrate has issued a decision against three Google executives for a video that none of them had produced, uploaded, or even seen.  Although this decision will likely be overturned, the Electronic Frontier Foundation reports it is part of a world-wide attack on intermediaries which could have a profound effect on access and freedom of speech.


First displayed at the Burning Man festival in Nevada in 2008, Ecstasy is one of the eight monumental metal figures created by Dan Das Mann and Karen Cusolito.  Joyous in her escape from fossil fuels,  Ecstasy will be celebrating an oil-free future for all of us on Patricia Green in Hayes Valley (aka “Gateway to the Mission”) until June 10.

Southern Comfort

With all the trendy hyperlocal eateries around the ‘hood, it was a Monday-morning shocker to catch this review of Brunos from the SF Examiner.    Bruno’s, the bar/club/restaurant that never dies, has a couple of new young chefs and a hearty menu of  good ol’ home cooking from the American South.  Hush puppies?  Pork and Beans?  Veggie Pot Pie?  Not fare you might expect on Mission, but Bruno’s got ’em and they’re good, sez Patricia Unterman.  Will Armand, our own house Southerner, agree?

The Perils of Pelosi

Did you catch Fighting Nan on the talk shows yesterday?  It’s crunch time for health care reform and the nation’s eyes are focused on our Woman in Washington, as she tries to bring home a winner.  She’s up for the fight, but given the long odds, the Speaker will have to pull the rabbit out of her wallet — I mean her hat.  And this morning, there’s this.  To be continued.

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  1. You’re right Marika, Politico is Drudge version 2.0. I go to Politico when I want to know what the conventional “wisdom” in DC has to say. Frightening, isn’t it?

  2. In your note on Pelosi, you point to an article by by the online political gossip rag,Politico, that purports to be a “reality check” for the Speaker. A reality check? By Politico? An oxymoron if I ever saw one.

    Marika G.