photo by Bhautik Joshi

It may only be 53° in the Mission right now, but we can expect a high of 70° this afternoon, and slowly warming weather through the end of the week. Details for the next 10 days are here.

In the wake of the government shutdown, dozens of tourists were turned away from Bay Area parks. Under normal circumstances, as many as 5,000 people a day buy tickets to tour Alcatraz, and Muir Woods typically sees more than 3,000 visitors a day. If the shutdown continues, local hotels and restaurants may feel the effects as people delay vacations or opt for other destinations. With the parks closed, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area was forced to furlough 180 employees. SFGate has the full account.

The Chronicle reports that California’s health care exchange was bombarded with calls and web traffic on its first day of operation. The new marketplace, created by the Affordable Care Act, received more than 17,000 phone calls and five million website views as people tried to get information about the new plans. Despite the heavy traffic, the rollout in California was free of most of the glitches and crashes that have been plaguing many states’ online exchanges (Washington state’s website crashed at midday, and Oregon delayed online enrollment until errors could be corrected). Under the new law, uninsured Americans have until March 31 to purchase health care.

This Thursday at the Mission Cultural Center, come to Color Of My Spirit, a bilingual “performance night of queer and trans artists celebrating our survival and resilience.” The event begins at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $10-$20. More information here.

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