What is a hipster? Weigh in on the question at Laughing Squid, though Burrito Justice reminds us that no matter what you think of the faux-hawks and skinny jeans on Valencia, Mission hipsters have nothing on the cool kids of American Apparel HQ, Downtown LA.

With Valentine’s Day soon upon us, there may be extra loving going around. The Department of Public Health wants to make sure loving is ALL that’s going around, and its video, “Safe in the City” (“Diary of a Player” would be a better title), has been proven to reduce by 10% the STD infection rate of  patients who watched the 10-minute drama in clinic waiting rooms.

And we’re sure you’ve already seen or heard the results of today’s hearing on American Apparel, so ’nuff said.

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Founder/Executive Editor. I’ve been a Mission resident since 1998 and a professor emeritus at Berkeley’s J-school since 2019 when I retired. I got my start in newspapers at the Albuquerque Tribune in the city where I was born and raised. Like many local news outlets, The Tribune no longer exists. I left daily newspapers after working at The New York Times for the business, foreign and city desks. Lucky for all of us, it is still there.

As an old friend once pointed out, local has long been in my bones. My Master’s Project at Columbia, later published in New York Magazine, was on New York City’s experiment in community boards.

Right now I'm trying to figure out how you make that long-held interest in local news sustainable. The answer continues to elude me.

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