Lucia Gonzalez-Ippolito is a Mission District fixture.
Her dad, a painter and welder, moved to San Francisco from Merida, Mexico. Her mom, an activist, came from Chicago and worked at China Books on 24th Street. They met in the mid-1980s and Lucia was born shortly after that. She was raised in the Mission mostly by her mother, always surrounded by her parents' activist and artist friends.
Lucia's mom sent her to a private high school up in Napa, which is where Lucia decided to dive into the world of art.
Oh, and there's a short tangent in this episode where we discuss the fabled and sadly extinct $3 burrito.
We recorded this podcast in a courtyard on Balmy Alley in November 2020.
Photography by Michelle Kilfeather