Callé 24 Sparks Change for Mission District

By Kyler Knox and Oscar Rendon

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Erick Arguello wants the Mission District to be a place where locals can go and still afford a good meal.

Campos is Erick Arguello, president and co-founder of Calle 24 said “We don’t want it to be a museum full of cultural history of the Mission District, we just want it to be a place that the locals can still go and afford a good meal.

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On March 6, 2017 the Land Use and Transportation Committee consisting of supervisors Mark Farrell, Aaron Peskin and Katy Tang listened to an ordinance sponsored by supervisor Hillary Ronen and the Mayor to develop the Calle 24 Special Use District (SUD).  

Calle 24, an organization filled with residents in the the Mission District, came together at City Hall to seek an ordinance from the land Use and Transportation Committee to propose the Calle 24 Special Use District and revise the zoning Map to reflect the Calle 24 Special Use District. This district is bounded by 22nd Street, Potrero Avenue, Cesar Chavez Street, and Capp Street, as well as 24th Street to Bartlett Street.

The goal of of the Special Use District is to preserve, enhance and advocate for Latino cultural continuity, vitality, and community in San Francisco’s touchstone Latino cultural district and the greater Mission neighborhood.

siness replacement has also been an issue in the communities of the Mission.

“The Mission is the heart of San Francisco’s Latino community, and Calle 24 Cultural District is the center of that heart,” Ronen said. “We wanted to create a tool that will help stabilize existing businesses and create a framework for bringing in new businesses that will enhance the cultural district.”

If Calle 24 were to get ordinance from the committee, this would ban new eating and drinking establishments if they’re in a 300-foot diameter in which restaurants and bars make up more than 35 percent of the retail businesses.

Commercial establishments wanting to move into the district will have a lot of work to put in to be apart of the mission district. To be granted, the new establishments would have to show their contribution to the Latino cultural district by meeting certain guidelines.

“People want to live in the Mission because of its culture, its diversity, its history. So I think we have a responsibility to protect it,” says Supervisor David Campos, who introduced the Calle 24 proposal this afternoon at City Hall.

With the cultural landscape of San Francisco rapidly changing, discussions about the rise of gentrification are commonly talked about. The Mission District is a Latino neighborhood that is becoming increasingly favored by many in the tech communities.

In addition to the evaluation from the land Use and Transportation Committee, members of Calle 24, strongly suggested that the committee look at the following before any development is considered. The amount of income that households will need in order to afford the market rents of the proposed project and the impact of the latino residents and businesses market rent, will have on the percentage of Latino residents and businesses living and working within the Calle 24 Latino Cultural District.

Commercial establishments wanting to move into the district will have a lot of work to put in to be a part of the Mission District. To be granted, the new establishments would have to show their contribution to the Latino cultural district by meeting certain guidelines.

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These guidelines would include preserving neighborhood character, legacy established businesses, and offering services to help aid diverse households. Establishments would also have to support Latino or local arts and crafts, and offering services accessible to diverse households, partnering with local vendors, and addressing for workforce related reasons.

Interview With Rodrigo Durán

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Torrent across Bay Area causes flooding and headaches

By David Rodriguez, Julian Espinoza, Qing Huang and Kyler Knox

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The campus was a sea of umbrellas and ponchos Monday as the weekend’s storm system continued to pummel the Bay Area with wet weather.

While San Francisco has only received a third of an inch of rain over the last 24 hours, other parts of the Bay Area have seen large downpours. The Santa Cruz Mountains and the North Bay will receive between four and six inches of rain during the storm, according to the National Weather Service.

“That’s a lot of rain in a short amount of time,” said NWS forecaster Steve Anderson.

That much rain can cause severe flooding — the effects of which may not be immediately apparent.

“We’ll continue to have slides and debris coming down the hills even after it stops raining,” said Anderson. “The mudslide threat has not passed yet.”

Although campus has yet to experience any major flooding, the possibility still looms overhead, according to SF State lecturer and hydrologist Zachary Lauffenburger.

“We get water that enters campus from 19th Ave, from Stonestown, from Parkmerced,” said Lauffenburger. “We’re in a little bit of a depression where campus sits, so water generally flows from the surrounding environment into campus.”

He identified the soccer field, the baseball diamond and the greenhouse behind Hensill Hall as areas of particular concern.

“The lowest lying areas around campus are at the most risk,” said Lauffenburger.

Rain like this does not just affect students walking to class. Its effects go even beyond roadway conditions while driving. In some instances, it prevents individuals like Sam Chavarria from driving in the first place.

SF State student and commuter, Chavarria is just one of many who has felt the effect that this heavy rain can cause. He was unable to drive his car to class yesterday, February 7, due to extreme flooding at his house in Pleasant Hill, Calif.

“I saw garbage cans floating around in the middle of the street since it was garbage day,” he said.

The water had flooded not just his driveway, but went all the way up to his front door preventing him from walking to his car for school.

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The rain and wind for tomorrow will not only continue, but conditions will worsen with winds at six to 11 miles per hour and a 70 percent chance of precipitation.

When asked what Chavarria does in cases like this of unexpected weather changes he said, “I improvise and do the best that I can.”

“Today I took longer travel time to school, and the bus is more crowded,” said Mauricio Marrufo, a City College of San Francisco student living in Bayview district, hospitality major.

Going to school twice a week this semester, Marrufo’s commute depends on Uber or the bus.

He said that regularly taking Uber to school costs him $6, but today’s rain would force him to pay $13. That is too expensive for him, so he used the bus to get to school.

“We need this weather, getting out of the drought,” said a woman on Tuesday, who is the owner of A and N Liquor Store on Ocean Avenue of San Francisco.

“We can’t control the weather,” she said. “The weather today slows the people walking around this area, but right now my business is okay, not so bad.”

Manny Fresh, a BART commuter living in Richmond, has a budtender job at a cannabis club on Ocean Avenue of San Francisco.

He said Tuesday the Richmond train he usually gets on El Cerrito station at 8:30 a.m. could not directly take him to work because of the bad weather.

“The BART had something wrong on the track, so I had to get off at MacArthur station and transferred to a Fremont train to Balboa Park station of San Francisco,” he said. “It delayed me about 30 minutes to work.”

He also said Tuesday the smell on the train was nasty because a lot of homeless people fell asleep on it.

“They can’t sleep on the streets anymore because of the wet weather,” he said. “I feel like the BART has to do a better job, not allowing this thing to happen again.”

This afternoon on Wednesday, Febuary 8, the San Francisco downtown area is expected to have a high chance of rain at 61°F and a slight chance of rain tonight at 55°F.

A gale warning is signaled throughout the northern parts of the bay area. These areas include San Francisco, Peninsula, Half Moon Bay, and South San Francisco. A gale warning pertains to winds of 37 to 47 knots with hazardous wave conditions that are occurring.

Throughout the rest of the week starting Friday, the weather is supposed to clear in San Francisco with mostly clear skies and temperatures from the low to high 50°F.

Greek Week Lures Thousands of Students to Cesar Chavez Center

By Ryan Martin, David Rodriguez, and Kyler Knox

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As spring semester begins, new and returning student fill Cesar Chavez with fraternal activities including pies to the face, rollerblading and simulated boat racing.

Many of the students present for the event were browsing the options of fraternities to join. Students like 19 year old freshman Michael Medina took the event as an opportunity to browse their options in what he described as a “brotherhood” to join. When asked what his motivations to join a frat were Michael stated that he was interested in the benefits of the network a frat can get you involved in.

“Joining a frat is not always an easy feat, some taking up to 12 weeks in a grueling selection process followed by a testing initiation ceremony,” according to Pi Kappa Phi member Jonathan Martin.

Greek life has been part of San Francisco State since 1928. There are approximately 45 organizations within the SF State Community as a whole. Greek organizations focus on the overall college experience at SF State.

Besides the pie smashing and boat racing and demanding selection process , other fraternities had a more conservative stance on fraternities including Nu Alpha Kappa a latino based brotherhood.

NAK is a fraternity that stands for brotherhood and acceptance of all ethnicities. They emphasize how many want to belong somewhere and be a part of something greater. Fraternities like this do a good job demonstrating that brotherhood is something that carries on throughout your life and you will have your brothers just a phone call away at all times.

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Arturo Gomez, 21 from Milpitas, CA, a current member of NAK went into detail of benefits he has gained from being a member of such a tightly bonded group. He stated, “Being part of a brotherhood has been the best experience of my life, the bonds I made through my time here will forever be with me.”

Another organization that was in attendance of Greek Week was Koinonia. Koinonia is a Christian group designed to have fellowship with God and others that are interests ted in this topic.  This group forms an intimate environment to study the bible and share college experiences. Lance Garrovillas is a member of a Christian group at Grace Point Church and has been a member for 2 years, advocating for acceptance and belonging. He felt compelled to join this frat because of the fact that they are very open to all perspectives and viewpoints, and wanted to be a part of a group that welcomes him for who he was rather than what he could offer the group. “Instead of putting up barriers, let’s get together and break them down.” His Christian frat embodies this mentality of breaking down barrier and lead by example.   

He is just one example of how supportive and resourceful fraternities can be when they stick to what the true purpose of one entails, rather than just the social hierarchy of life.

Many of the students present for the event were browsing the options of fraternities to join. Students like 19 year old freshman Michael Medina took the event as an opportunity to browse their options in what he described as a “brotherhood” to join. When asked what his motivations to join a frat were Michael stated that he was interested in the benefits of the network a frat can get you involved in.

Coachella

 

 

Every year for two weekends in April, thousands and thousands of people gather in Coachella Valley in the deserts of California to attend a two weekend music festival. In total, about half a million people attend the festival that is held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, which is located in the Coachella Valley. Many famous people make an appearance at this widely known festival that is all the buzz in the month of April. At the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, artists from many different music backgrounds travel to the famed and popular event to perform in front of thousands of fans.  The festival is so large that artists play across five different stages: the Coachella Stage, Outdoor Theatre, Gobi Tent, Mojave Tent, and the Sahara Tent.

   Coachella began back in 1993 when Pearl Jam, an American rock band, got involved in a disagreement with Ticketmaster because of their service fees. Pearl Jam argued that these service feels were financially targeting both fans and artists. As a result, Pearl Jam looked for different venues for the Vs tour. They wanted a venue that did not require Ticketmaster agreements. The band settled on the empire Polo Grounds for their venue and were shocked at the number of people who came to the desert to watch them perform. This proved that the polo ground was a successful and useable venue for other concerts and artists.

   Coachella’s first festival lasted two days in October 1999. The Coachella festival has been an annual event for the past fifteen years, attracting thousands of music lovers from across the globe. Its reputation as one of the largest festivals forced the organizers of the event to extend the festival, adding a second weekend ever since 2012.  The artists that perform at Coachella range from the up-and-coming, who play on the smaller stages, to some of the biggest and most famous, who perform on the main stage.

   Those lucky enough to afford this expensive music festival will be able to experience and possibly develop an appreciation for all different types of music. People of all different cultures gather in one place to enjoy a common interest: their love for music. Coachella is an experience unlike any other because there is so much going on in one place that it is difficult to show up at every performance. That is not said to discourage people from going, but to show that it is definitely worth every cent you pay for.

Coachella’s Music

Coachella has been the West Coast’s premiere music festival for a decade and a half.” Coachella is not like any other festival; if you have the chance to go there you will meet your favorite celebrities, the news of you will be all over social media, you will see fashion trends and listen all day long to music. Not to mention you will enjoy the beautiful weather and the beauty of Palm Springs.

        Music is different in Coachella; a diverse range of artists across the world from the United States, England, Mexico, and Australia are there. Big hit artists and new artists perform there; Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding, The Weekend, Kygo, Pharrell Williams, Gwen Stefani, Sia, Lana Del Rey, Of Monsters and Men, Kanye and Rihanna. There are a number of bands such as, Years & Years, 1975, DANCE. The genres of music you can experience at this event vary; Rock music, Independent music, Hip-hop music, Indie music, Alternative music and Electronic dance music. Basically it is the right place to go to listen to the best kind of music.   

 

      Coachella is different from the annual Stagecoach Festival, which only has country music that takes place the following weekend. It is similar somehow with the annual festival Lollapalooza that features variety of music, but have a different experience. At Coachella you feel like you are in a different planet not just like any festivals. The music performance is all that people talk about, because of the stage presence/vibe, special guests/celebrities, and fashion. Moreover, it is different from the European music festivals in a sense that it is just about music, live shows,records and nothing else. And usually European festivals do not have camping sites. In the end if you ask anyone about Coachella, they would simply say it is a major life experience.

 

The “Coachella” Look

Many fashion trends are influenced and arrive through the world of music. These trends pop up and discretely work their way into our minds, allowing us to picture what type of clothes would be worn at particular music concerts or festivals. At a punk rock concert, we would typically imagine seeing a lot of black clothing, possibly ripped, and possibly with little metal spikes. This is the fashion look associated with this particular genre of music. Over time, it has also been common to associate fashion trends with certain music festivals, and Coachella is just one example of this. Without much difficulty, a number of people can imagine what type of clothing they would expect to see at this event. Some clothing items that may have come to mind are high-waisted shorts, white lace crop tops, and a fashionable sandal. Accessories, such as the flower crown, have also been widely associated with the Coachella music festival. This sort of “indie” look has become widely associated with this famous music festival, especially as the amount of indie bands and music that preform there has grown.

Clothing stores encourage these looks by advocating their own clothing items that fall under a festival clothing category. Forever21 is a popular women’s clothing store that displayed the latest festival looks and outfits on their website, encouraging customers to buy their clothes for a music festival they may be attending. Many of the outfits they displayed showed exactly what I described above as being the “Coachella” look. The outfits displayed were denim shorts and a stylish white top, many of which were of lace material. Clothing stores expanding their products to include a “festival” category shows just how connected music and fashion are to each other.

 

Many do not notice just how influential music is on fashion. Many of us can think of certain genres and associate certain looks or fashion styles with these genres. This is the same idea behind the “Coachella look”. Fashion and music are two entirely separate industries, yet they are very connected at the same time. The music industry has set a number of fashion trends that have become widely known and popular, the “Coachella look” being just one example of this.

James Bay Interview

  1. How did you get to where you are now?

I was still writing when I got signed. I still hadn’t written enough to convince a record label I was worth signing and I still had some carving to do of what I am and my sound, which I think I’m continuously doing. You know the great thing about getting signed in my name in particular is it generates something and gets that ball rolling and really gets it out in the intimate and gets it out playing and get out touring and do loads of support stuff so I really am thankful for the fact.”

  1.     How do you get from place to place when you are traveling around for your performances?

“There’s a tour bus and there’s hotel rooms as well which is a nice little quiet place. In a tour bus there are quiet little corners I can find that are a little conducive to being creative and coming up with ideas.”

  1.     Do you have any underlying goals that you try to convey to your listeners?

“All I try to do is create things that I get excited about and others feel the same.”

  1.  What inspires you and the music you create?

“I’m not really inspired by the bubble gum pop stuff, I’m more about Bruce Springsteen and people like that so I want to be for the people who have elbow grease and muscle about within this crazy music industry.”

  1. Are your performances fairly consistent throughout or do you try to change things up a bit every time?

“Everything is specific and individual to each venue each night and therefore different every night and I kind of pride myself on that being the thing that I’m bringing to this tour and I bring to every tour.”

  1. What is something new people will see at your upcoming performance at Coachella?

I just added a guitarist to the group to the band. I’m a big guitar player myself and there’s a lot of subtle and not so subtle guitar parts in the album that weren’t quite being to the fully played with a four piece. Playing some more guitar creates a bigger sound in that sense so we stripped a few things away and added the guitar parts. The sound gets a bit bigger and a bit more interesting.”

Interview quotes used from: http://www.musictimes.com/articles/54746/20151116/james-bay-interview-sam-smith-george-ezra-chaos-calm.htm