Here is Photo Gallery #9 from my ongoing series of photos from the 2012 Carnaval Parade in San Francisco's Mission District, including pictures taken during the preparation and makeup stage before the parade. Additional photo galleries from San Francisco Carnaval can be viewed in the archives.
The San Francisco Bay Guardian, my favorite local rag, offers a few telling figures about local housing prices: "In 2000, the median owner-occupied home in San Francisco cost $369,400, and by 2010 it had more than doubled to $785,200. Census figures also show median rents have gone from $928 in 2000 up to $1,385 in 2010 — and even a cursory glance at apartment listings show that rents have been steadily rising since then."
They come to the conclusion that all the cool people are moving to Oakland- largely because only a smidgeon of the housing constructed in San Francisco over the last decade has been built to serve moderate and low income populations.
Somehow, I don't think 2012 is the first time anyone has noted spiraling housing costs in San Francisco or bemoaned a trend showing outward migration. The solution the Bay Guardian offers is for the city to step in and mandate more affordable housing. I don't think it's that simple. But as someone living in an apartment with four other people, I can agree on one thing: the rent is too damn high!
Yet I love this city.
[Update] SFist has chipped in with this observation: "We'd argue that most newly developed affordable housing, with its income limits and application processes, favors the poor and elderly on fixed incomes with stable lives, and not 25-year-olds who move around and travel a lot and can't afford better housing because they have transient and inconsistent jobs. The cool kids are always going to need cheap housing, but they're not looking for it in city-sponsored affordable housing complexes."
It was Hunky Jesus day at Dolores Park today. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a charitable queer organization, held their annual fundraiser/celebration and it culminated in the audience favorite, the Hunky Jesus Contest. Funky Jesus, seen above (and in this photo gallery) was the winner but there were many able applicants for the Hunky Jesus crown. Some bore crosses, some wore pontiff uniforms, and a few showed off more than they were supposed to- one of the Sisters onstage had to wield a quick hand several time for the sake of the children present. Multiple characters from The Big Lebowski were represented. For the audience, which also got to view burlesque and striptease shows, live bands, and other contests, it was one beautiful picnic. Many in the crowd dressed for the occasions (more photo galleries will be uploaded throughout the week).
Here (and in Pt. 1) you will find photos of all of the contestants in this year's Hunky Jesus competition. More photos after the jump. Oh, and I should mention in that one photo- it's just a banana! Dirty minds.
Several dozen contestants competed in the annual "Hunky Jesus Contest" at Dolores Park in San Francisco today, sponsored by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, an organization of do-gooders with nun gear. The Jesus applicants came in all shapes and sizes. Jesus H. Christ wore cake on his face. One Jesus transmutated water into wine onstage. A Monkey Jesus tossed out a banana or two. Toddler Jesus carried a sign asking, "Who's My Daddy?" Hawaiian Jesus did a hula dance. Multiple characters from The Big Lebowski were represented in the Jesus forms. In the end, Funky Jesus was the winner (click link for more photos of Funky Jesus).
In this photo gallery and the next, you fill find the complete photo series of the Hunky Jesus contestants. Enjoy. Photos are after the jump.