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In the Mission Today

If you want to beat PG&E, you’ve got to get up pretty early in the morning.  The Mission Community Council will hold its monthly gathering this morning at 9 A.M. at the Valencia Gardens Community Room featuring CleanPowerSF, one of the key local groups fighting PG&E to bring public power to the City.  However, if you’re looking at more non-traditional healing methods, check out Camen Vicente, noted Ecuadorean curandera (“medicine woman”) at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts (MCCLA) tonight at 7.

Falling Funemployment

SFAppeal reports that rents are dropping like a stone and are predicted to keep dropping.  Good news, no?  Maybe not.  Combined with falling rentals is rising unemployment.  Rents for one bedrooms have dipped 10% while unemployment has risen 8.5% since last November.  Still, a one  bedroom at $1700 a month is not what you would call cheap; anyway the Great Recession is over, right?  Not everybody thinks so.  For example, the grumpy old SF Controller, who provided the figures, doesn’t expect funemployment to return anytime soon to the City.

The Small Goddess of Big Things

Please welcome Arundhati Roy (pictured above) to the Mission.   A  best-selling Indian novelist, activist and polemicist for the poor, she will be speaking at Mission High School tomorrow night at 7.  If you’ve never heard Roy speak in person, prepare yourself for a unique and profoundly moving experience.  Bright, fiery and passionate, she spares no sentiment in denouncing the corporate malefactors whose planetary rape and plunder have brought us to the brink of incalculable disaster.   We hear tickets are still available.  For more information go to

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  1. Manuel Chavez Sr.

    Mark, you are doing great as a newspaper reporter, however stick to the job that pays you. I have had my share of unemployed relations. Manuel Chavez Sr, Your father-in-law.

  2. I agree with Manuel!Keep the day job.
    Great photo of Roy.
    The curandera uses traditional methods, not non-traditional?
    Greetings from DC where I witnessed the Immigrant Reforms marchers surround and swamp the pathetic remnants of the Tea Patiers.

  3. Mark Rabine Post author

    to manuel: thanks manuel, as you know i have a bulldog editor who makes everything i do a lot better than it really is. breathe easy. it may be the first time, but i will take your advice and keep my day job at least until rupert murdoch buys out missionlocal and we can all retire billionaires.

    to x/pat: you always take manuel’s side. meanwhile the healing methods used by Vicente are “traditional” in her setting, “non-traditional” in ours. just a little early-morning irony. what else to do when trying to avoid the day job?

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