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It’s 7 a.m. and it feels like 54°. We’re looking at a forecast of sunny and 76° for later today. Your 10-day forecast is here.

After another long and drawn-out night of Bay area commuters collectively holding their breath, a federal mediator involved in the BART negotiations announced just after 1 a.m. that there had been progress in the talks and there would be no strike today. Trains are running and talks continued through the early morning hours until both sides took a break at 5:30 a.m., as the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Negotiations will resume at 1 p.m.

Need a laugh to take the edge off all this transportation stress? Check out The Bold Italic’s Dear Diary, where it’s never fun being the “kids” in the middle of fighting (BART) parents.

Couch-surfing in the Mission appears to have gone high-end. At least according to one recent Craigslist posting. As the Chronicle’s Hot Topics blog writes, a woman looking to rent out the couch in her studio on Laguna and Market was asking $1,075 a month with $1,500 down — and it’s BYOSB (bring your own sleeping bag). No word on whether she’ll throw in the pillow for free.

If $1,075 per month for a couch is any indication, affordable housing can be hard to come by in San Francisco, especially in the Mission. As the Atlantic Cities explores in “The San Francisco Exodus,” the steep housing prices, due in part to the city’s historic fight against high-density development, are pushing people right out of the city. And right into Oakland.

Lynne Shallcross

Lynne Shallcross was stressed and tired after walking three miles without finding an open community clinic. “Is this what it's like for Mission residents who work full-time?” she wondered. Having walked...

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