According to Eater SF, the vacated Delano’s on South Van Ness in the Mission has come under a bidding war between UK grocery giant Fresh & Easy and bargain hunter’s delight Grocery Outlet (do they even sell fresh produce?). What’s best for the community who will actually shop at the location?
Bay Area homeowners received some unwelcome news today when real estate site Zillow posted their data on fourth-quarter home values across the country during which values significantly fell. According to the SF Chronicle, “the accelerated declines are likely to bring the real estate market to a bottom later this year”.
After the recent spate of suspected arson-ignited fires around the Castro, Supervisor Scott Wiener, in whose district (District Eight) the affected neighborhood falls under, is putting forth a proposal today that would aid victims of fires and other natural disasters by offering below market housing rentals.
There’s still time to submit your photos of the Cal Academy. What do you love about the Academy of Sciences? It is the penguins? The Rainforest? Or the Moon Jellies? Just take your best pic and post it on Flickr with the tag “academylovelife”. The deadline is Monday, February 14th.
And not for the public schools they are (supposedly) working for, but for themselves. At the moment, members get $500/month (this amount was set in 1972) and they are proposing to increase it to roughly $40,000 annually, about what a first-year teacher makes.
Forbes just put out its America’s Most Miserable Cities list. What exactly makes a city miserable? Is it a depressed economy and housing market, high rates of violent crime, and rampant unemployment? Yes – to all of the above. And, guess what, the Golden State has eight of the twenty most miserable cities in the entire country.
Here’s a deal: Throughout the month of February, if you check-in at Green Apple Books on Foursquare and purchase Chris Cleave’s debut novel Incendiary (2005), you will receive a FREE copy of his bestseller Little Bee (2009). Just show the clerk your Foursquare check-in!
In a deal secured late Sunday night and announced shortly after midnight, AOL has bought The Huffington Post for $315 million (“$300 million of it in cash and the rest in stock”). HuffPo started in 2005 and is now a major source for news and political info, among other things. And AOL is, well, AOL.