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Jenna Scatena | Photo: TK | July 8, 2013
The Bay Area’s week of being a Hot Mess.
There are good news weeks and there are bad news weeks, but last week San Francisco was enough of a hot mess to warrant its own Bravo reality show. It appeared our city had taken on the characteristic of someone coming off a bender at an 8 a.m. Monday meeting after a euphoric Pride weekend: It just couldn’t pull its shit together.
Things started off bad at sunrise Monday morning, when BART workers basically turned the entire Bay Area into mass gridlock until Friday afternoon. The BART strike set started fires across the board, like when Sarah Lacy was quoted in a Marketplace.org article saying, “People in the tech industry feel like life is a meritocracy. You work really hard, you build something and you create something, which is sort of directly opposite to unions.” In turn, this earned her the name “free market fascist” on the Twittersphere, highlighting the ever-growing divide between the tech community and the local working class. On Wednesday, after a year-long saga, it was announced that City College SF will lose it’s accreditation in July 2014. By the end of the week, Luna Rossa announced the Italians wouldn’t sail for the opening of America’s Cup due to safety concerns, so on Sunday a lone New Zealand boat sailing across the bay signified the flop that was the opening “race.”
Then there was Asiana flight 214 crash at SFO—the first fatal crash at SFO since 1995—which tragically killed two people and sent over 180 to local hospitals, after its tail snapped off and ejected several passengers onto the tarmac. That would’ve been enough to qualify as an epically bad week, but just to top it off (this is where, if San Francisco were personified, it would be dancing topless on the bar and breaking beer bottles over peoples’ heads) NBC Bay Area reported that SFO hotels jacked their prices up, capitalizing on the tragedy. Meanwhile members of the local tech community again made out of touch comments on the situation: Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg sought public sympathy for almost being on the flight and a Samsung Exec who was on the Boeing 777, David Eun, tweeted post-crash, “most everyone seems fine.” Yes, except for the nearly 200 people (almost 2/3rds of the passengers) who had to be hospitalized.
It looks like the hot mess streak isn't over yet: this morning is was announced that the Bay Bridge opening is being delayed from Labor Day to at least December, due to bad bolts. Maybe all we need is a collective cleanse, and some good rest.
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