Lydia Chávez

Managing Editor

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Love reporting, editing and living in the Mission. Right now I'm trying to figure out how you have a site with solid reporting, one that is engaged in the community and one that is sustainable. I'm sure all of these elements are connected, but exactly how has so far eluded me. We have some solutions that we will be testing here. One recent engagement idea has been to start getting up early and instead of writing a Good Morning Mission filled with aggregation, walking a new block each morning, taking photographs and posting what I find. I look forward to others joining me in this. What I can promise out of the experience is that you will see the block you select closer; think about what was in a particular storefront or space earlier in its history, and find an interesting mix of people out early on. The air also smells really good at 6:30 a.m.

Stories by Lydia

Are the Helicopters Necessary?

A reader wrote in to make an interesting point – are the news helicopters overhead really necessary on the day after a disaster? After hovering...

UpStart # 3 Carlos and Me

UpStart is a column covering the business side of Mission Local.  I gave local businesses a break from my relentless sales campaign last week so...

Pepe’s Selling Books

If it is warm outside, you can often find Pepe on 22nd Street in front of the Revolution Cafe selling some heavy tomes. He says...

Sketching on Capp Street

I noticed John on Thursday morning, his chair against the wall, his sketch pad on his lap, his eyes looking at the three buildings in...

Mission Local Flyer Time

If you see a Mission Local reporter out handing out flyers today, be kind. It’s lots of work, but we’re going door to door handing...

Who Stole the Art?

The plywood board above at the 24th Street BART Plaza was developing into a cool art project over the last couple of months. Unfortunately, I...