Good morning, Mission!
It’s 50°, headed to 69°. Further evidence that San Francisco knows no seasons, and we’re just fine with that.
Today is 25th observation of World AIDS Day. As we mentioned yesterday, it’s the opportunity to think about how far we’ve come, but also how far we have to go. Take the time to educate yourself, pause for remembrance, an attend some of the events taking place in San Francisco today.
Looking to get out of the city for one last holiday blitz? Whale watching season is in full effect, and watching it from a packed ferry boat is so passe. Head an hour south to Santa Cruz, rent a kayak or paddle board and experience the majestic awe firsthand. This photo gallery documenting the adventure is absolutely awesome, and it it’s a great way to showcase just one of the millions of reasons we put up with the high cost of living and overcrowding in this area: the access to amazing rare things on a daily basis.
Here’s an interesting thing to think about during holiday travel. While people may be flocking to Oakland for cheaper rent, they certainly are sticking to San Francisco when it comes to which airport they use. Maybe Oakland has a bad rap, because even though they’ve sunk some half a billion dollars into upgrading terminals, Oakland Airport has watched its passenger levels decline by nearly 5 million since 20007. At the same time, SFO has smugly been getting busier, adding another 9 million passengers during the same time.
Sleek, shiny SFO had 44.5 million people fly in and out last year, rebounding from its pre-recession days when 35.7 million passengers flew annually. Oakland, on the other hand, has been stuck in the 90s, with its 10 million passenger count the same as it was in 1996.
Officials say the direct BART rail may be the sticking point between the two airports. Oakland will be getting its own direct service by next fall, which is hopefully worth the $484 million price tag. Read more here.