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It’s 7:48 a.m. and 55. Expected high of 61. Guess what? more RAIN. Much more than yesterday, if the weather report is to be believed.

Went to the Castro Theater last night to see “We Were Here,” at the recommendation of a friend. The film, if you haven’t heard about it yet, is a documentary about the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco, but one that chooses to focus not on the ways that the city or the country or the gay community fumbled in handling the epidemic, but instead on the ways that they rose to the occasion and took care of each other.

It’s incredibly moving. Not because it’s especially flashy or well-shot, but because the interviews have the rawness and awkwardness and playfulness of real conversation, and at the end of the film you feel as though you have just had this conversation about life and death and being a good human with people who have really puzzled out all three. It shows at 7 and 9:15. Thursday is its last night.

In other news: It’s veto time.

Ed Lee is planning to veto legislation that would close a loophole in Healthy SF that allows employers to pocket any money that is set aside for employee healthcare reimbursement that isn’t used by the end of the year. Supervisor David Campos, who sponsored the legislation, says that the current law creates an incentive for employers to make it as difficult as possible for employees to use that money.

Lee says that he has his own legislation in the works. His “would forbid employers from touching the unused money for 18 months while a survey is taken to determine the extent that employers restrict what the money can be used for.”

Also, yesterday Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would have allowed childcare workers to unionize or, to put it in more detail: “organize into a union and collectively bargain with the state for licensing regulations, benefits, reimbursement rates and payment processes for subsidy programs and access to nutritional programs, among other things.” Brown’s response? The budget can’t take it.

Skies already look to be clearing up, a little. Maybe today won’t be as rainy as all that, after all.

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Heather Smith covers a beat that spans health, food, and the environment, as well as shootings, stabbings, various small fires, and shouting matches at public meetings. She is a 2007 Middlebury Fellow in Environmental Journalism and a contributor to the book Infinite City.

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