On Valencia Street

Make me serious, make me sexy, make me art.

Do this well and win $500 in our unauthorized contest to turn the buses run by Google, Facebook, Apple, Genentech, Yahoo and others into moving murals or moving pieces of art.

Submit your best sketches, ideas or anything you think will win to submissions@missionlocal.org. We’ll post ideas online as they come in.

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Living in the Mission District feels a lot like home for former Brooklyn resident Emily Gibson. Both neighborhoods are happening cultural centers with their own unique stories to tell. As an arts reporter, Gibson, 28, hopes to highlight under-reported Latin cultural events and their role in the larger contemporary art scene.

Courtney Quirin is a trained wildlife ecologist turned environmental journalist with a knack for photography and visual storytelling. Though her interests span many topics and disciplines, she's particularly keen on capturing multimedia stories pertaining to the global wildlife trade, human-wildlife relationships, food security, international development and the effects of global markets on local environments and cultural fabric. Courtney completed a MSc in Wildlife Management at the University of Otago, New Zealand, where she not only learned how to catch and tag fur seals (among many things) but also traveled to the highlands of Ethiopia to identify the nature and extent of farmer-primate conflict and its linkages to changes in political regime, land tenure, food security, and perceptions of risk. From New Zealand Courtney landed at The Ohio State University to investigate urban coyotes for her PhD, but just shy of 2 years deep into the degree, she realized that her true passions lie within investigative journalism. Since moving into the world of journalism, Courtney has been a contributor to Bay Nature Magazine, a ghostwriter for WildAid, and the science writer for Academia.edu. While at Berkeley's J-School Courtney will focus on international environmental reporting through the lens of documentary filmmaking and TV.

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 in their shoes, she feels compelled to write about accessible healthcare in the Mission.

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  1. Hey…quit using my name!
    I just want to throw eggs at those fucking buses. They don’t deserve to have any real art on them.
    Let’s have a “Tech bus egging day in the Mission!”

  2. I like the idea of art, but I really hate the reality of all these monster buses spewing out emissions, blocking traffic and probably not contibuting to the city’s economy.

    1. These buses “spew” a lot less emissions than the cars they replace.

      And their buses are probably better maintained that the Muni buses that spew as well – at least the older and non-electric ones.

      1. But they contribute nothing to the local economy, mass transit, nor do they pay anything to use the muni stops. But, hey, they take all those robotic techies out of town for the day.

    2. People who live in San Francisco, who live in The Mission, add a lot to the economy. Many people who live here and work outside the city choose to eat, shop, socialize and enjoy the culture of San Francisco. This is where they spend the money they are making in San South of Here. Their plumbers, doctors and dry cleaners are here in the neighborhoods where they live.

  3. I find this very offensive and in poor taste. Rosa Parks image on a tech bus? These buses and the people who own them have no social awarness.
    These buses are private and represent greed and the destruction of San Franciscos social culture. Mission Local should be ashamed .

    1. I cannot agree with missionite’s wholesale condemnation of the buses, their owners and their riders as having “no social awareness.” As others have said, this mass transit to jobs is a positive and responsible environmental initiative. To define people’s entire political being by the job they do to earn a living is presumptuous and offensive.
      I think we should, as the large and divers neighborhood of The Mission, welcome new neighbors. Let’s invite them into the rich life of our cut and the best part if the city, rather than putting up these message board signs telling them they are judged without knowledge, despised and rejected.
      I have lived in 94110 for 34 years and I look forward to getting to know the new Missionites. Let’s get together and walk and talk.