After a lengthy rebuild process, the final beam is going to be put into place. While this doesn’t mean construction is finished, it is an important milestone. Like any important milestone it calls for a party, and even Mayor Ed Lee will be there for the party. WARNING TO ALL: champagne and forklifts do NOT mix (you can also add pile drivers, jack hammers, cranes, and nail guns to that list too).
Ah, Valencia Street. Right there, next to Mission Street, the cultural hub of the Mission District. First floor? $11 Coffee. Second floor? Skinny jeans! And now on the third floor, the place where you get your ironic tattoo. Yes, Valencia Street is changing and Supervisor Campos is investigating whether or not a moratorium on restaurants should be considered, while also making it easier for health services (massage and tattoo, anyone?) to be located on the corridor. As a proud dweller adjacent to Valencia Street, I’ll say this: fewer hipsters, more burritos, please.
There will be new bike lanes on a three-block stretch on both Fell and Oak, removing some parking. Cycling and pedestrian advocates were pleased, while some motor vehicle drivers and business owners were not. In related news, paint stripers and people who like the sound of bicycle bells were happy, although people who hate helmets and transportation that involves self-propulsion were displeased.
The Bay Guardian takes a swipe at the Redevelopment Agency and the Planning Department for their decision to give the public only 15 extra days to review the draft environmental impact report for the Candlestick development. If you’re looking for a little light holiday reading, the 4,400 page report is available for public review.
The lights in San Francisco shine a bit more dimly this morning, as people learn of Barbara Newsom’s passing. Representative to the United Nations, champion of women’s rights, sister-in-law and aunt of a United States Speaker and a San Francisco Mayor, husband to a San Francisco Supervisor, and as Grandma Barbara, founder of the World Explorer’s Club, Barbara strode this earth with confidence, determination, and joie de vivre. Her family is in our thoughts today.
San Francisco’s schools are feeling the pinch, and considering cutting back on busing to help conserve some cash. A whole new generation of children will now have the opportunity to complain about walking two miles to school, in the cold, uphill… both ways.