Matthew Davis

Good morning and Merry Christmas, Mission!

It’s 50°, headed to a lovely 65°, showing us that the only thing wintery about this season is the short days.

In fact, it’s so not brisk and cold that the Bay Area Air Quality Management has declared Christmas Day a Spare the Air Day. So, before you think twice about chestnuts roasting or conspiring by the fire, think about the fact that 2013 has been California’s driest year on record since 1976. Don’t get any ideas about bringing in your own snow, though. The city is apparently not cool with man-made snow being brought into parks, no matter how enthusiastic you are about recreating your own North Pole.

Here’s another symbol of how tech is changing San Francisco: while thinking about the neediest during the holidays is nothing new, the donations being supplied by tech companies is a relatively recent development. For example, Food Runners, which has been serving the homeless, runaways, addicts and sex workers for the past 25 years, points out how tech companies are becoming the dominant donators of hot meals, thanks to an overabundance of the catered food delivered to offices.

It’s the gift that keeps on giving. Following the now-famous last game at Candlestick Park, the evidence of the revelry was apparent in the police vs. fans tally. Candlestick was reportedly bumpin’ til 1 a.m., the cops ejected about 80 people, arrested 30, and saw a drunk tank fill up to capacity with inebriated fans. 

What’s the craziest set of holiday decorations you’ve seen around the Bay Area? If it’s anything like this Georgia town, competition amongst neighbors gets pretty intense, with setups so elaborate and realistic that cops have been called to respond to “stranded” decorators.

Today’s Possibilities

Unsurprisingly, city and state agencies are closed today. After the lolling around in pajamas and wading through gift-wrap detritus, check here for more Christmas Day ideas.

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Heather Mack, 30, has spent most of her life outdoors and often hangs out in the less-frequented parks of San Francisco to avoid the crowds of places like Dolores Park on a Saturday. She believes that everyone is happier when they are outdoors, even if they don’t. At Mission Local, Heather wants to explore what healthy living in the Mission looks like for all socioeconomic classes.

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  1. “Cops vs fans”?
    No, more like cops vs inebriates.
    I’m grateful that these folks were taken into custody before they got into their cars.
    And next year, the San Jose PD will get to deal with the problem!