Good Morning Mission!

On 17th Street.

It’s 7 a.m., 48º and headed toward 69º. For one brief period Friday afternoon, clouds appeared and it looked like it might rain, but they vanished and rain seems unlikely until next Friday.  Maybe.  Details are here.

We Built This City has a wonderful photo of the 16th Street Plaza at dusk.  

The Silicon Valley Watcher has an interesting suggestion for a solution to the Google buses – telecommuting.

Telecommuting has made great progress in recent years as HDTV, and collaborative video tools such as Google Hangouts, make working remotely seem as if you are in the office.

Todd Carlisle, Google’s head of staffing, has repeatedly said, “There is no difference in productivity.” Read More. 

Google, let Googlistas stay at home and get to know their neighborhoods.

For the less affluent, SF Streetsblog confirms, there are bikes. 


11 a.m. Get to know your murals on the Mural Trail Walk with Precita Eyes as your guide. Meet at Cafe La Boheme.  Or sleep in and catch the 1 p.m. Classic Mural tour and meet at Precita Eyes on 24the Street.

12 p.m. See and meet young filmmakers at the Roxie Theater on 16th Street.  And later in the day at 4 p.m. there is Sketchfest at the Roxie.

8 p.m. Galería de la Raza  Part 1: Dancing With Fear. Gulliermo Gomez-Peña.

8 p.m. ATA Screaming Queens.

8 p.m. Lost Weekend Video – Cinecave Sketchfest.

Here is SF Weekly’s listings for what’s happening at the bars and other evening venues.

Here is a list of AA meetings. 

Enjoy the day!

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  1. Jeremy

    Why do you and the anti tech bus crowd assume people who ride those buses don’t know their neighborhoods? Because they are at work somewhere else during weedays? If so, that’s just silly. Or is it some other reason? Or is it because you are just being careless with the words and ideas you’re slinging around?

    I’m also amazed how little missionlocal bothers to conceal its bias on this topic these days, as shown by the comment in question. It doesn’t seem appropriate in the context of journalism, if that’s what this site purports to be.

    • No comment on telecommuting bans? This actually seems favorable to tech workers. That is what the writing is about …

      It’s a fair assumption that someone working long hours and commuting an hour each way may not have time or energy to engage in their bedroom community. The myriad or perks offered to tech workers enforces this even more.

      And can’t you always know your community better? Assuming otherwise is the exact sort of entitlement that gives tech workers a bad rep.

      • John

        What is silly about ML’s comment is the idea that a sophisticated high tech company might not have thought of the idea of telecommuting. Especially since one product cited as enabling that is a Google product.

        Anyone who lives in the Mission but works outside of it is going to spend less time in the Mission. So what? and why pick on just the tech workers?

        • You are ill informed as usual …

          Tech companies used to allow telecommuting, but now all large tech companies I know of have telecommuting bans. Just about that time the tech buses started appearing …

          Of course they thought about it, but then they changed their mind. Apparently with consequences. What were all those techies who used to work from home to do? Move back to the burbs?

          • John

            Since I know several people who telecommute, clearly that is not a blanket generalization.

            But yes, some employers and discovered that the benefits to having people actually show up for work are significant. That is their decision and not yours.

            If you are embarking on a “war on commuting” then I think you know you are doomed to lose it. Could you not find a winnable, achievable battle to fight?

            And why is it your business where folks work, where they live, and how they travel between the two?

          • You know several people? Astounding! Are they your high value renters?

            The techies and their landlords and realtors are still a small minority. But the issues are swiftly poisoning the city.

          • John

            You said ALL large tech companies now ban tele-commuting. so I only had to find one exception to prove that wrong but, in fact, found several.

            Where is your evidence that the city is poisoned? Is it the nice restaurants? The lower crime rate? The better maintained homes? The cleaner streets? The higher tax revenues? Explain your reasoning.

          • Backtotheburbs

            I said ALL that I know of, the point is telecommuting is no longer common and that is a great way of alleviating traffic and environmental stress.

            Poisoning? Just look around …

            Crime doesn’t seem lower, people get hit in the head for phones everyday. More daytime shootings then I can remember. And the drug trade must be thriving with all the single male wealth.

            Traffic is worse and more dangerous, one sign of a great city is safety of pedestrians and bicyclists.

            Many nonprofits and artists have left due to rents.

            SF always had great food – the new stuff is generally overpriced and pretentious. People laugh about 4$ toast or 15$ sandwiches or drinks.

            Maybe Valencia is cleaner, or more sterile, that’s about it. There are still needles on playgrounds.

            Plus all the things you mention make a great suburb not a city.

            As for tax revenues, haven’t you heard of tax breaks or companies using SF to lure top taken but paying taxes elsewhere, if any (see facebook).

          • John

            B2B, I find most of that to be subjective. I’ve lived in the Mission for 20 years and I no longer have hookers on my block, drug dealers on my corner, or ill-behaved kids hanging out on my stoop. All that was going on in 1994.

            If the price of that is a few bad artists and a mime collective moving to Oakland, I’ll take it.

        • landline

          So only a few artists and a mime collective have been displaced from the neighborhood in 20 years? Talk about minimization.

          If you are referring to the San Francisco Mime Troupe, it is still here and will outlast you.

          • John

            Relax, landline, if was a whimsical attempt at levity.

            We’ve had people moving in and out of the Mission since forever, and that process will outlive you.

            I prefer that natural evolution to some bureaucrat deciding who lives here based on ideological purity and political correctness.

    • John

      If Jon had taken the side of the protesters, ML would have been screaming about this piece far and wide.

      He didn’t and so they buried it.

        • John

          You’d have to ask him, but probably for the same reason that 99.995 of the local population are not protesting the shuttles.

          BTW, there’s a pro-life demo going on downtown right now. I have no interest in their cause but there are thousands of people there – ten times the number for Occupy and 100 times the people protesting these shuttles.

          And yet not a word in the press or ML about it. You see, envy and greed sell newsprint, but life and death does not, evidently.

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