If you like tortilla-wrapped carnitas, lengua, and asada, then you surely know El Tonayense, the taco truck that lures hungry customers to its post by John O’Connell High School. And you may have been following its travails with an ordinance banning food trucks from proximity of schools on Mission Loc@l. Well, according to Burrito Justice, which first raised the issue to our attention, the popular business may or may not have a hearing this week regarding its status.

Mission Loc@l will try to get to the bottom of the issue. In the meantime, to get your burrito justice, stop by the truck on 22nd and Harrison for tacos that have inspired poetry and allowed poor folk like artists and journalists to live like kings on a $6 dinner.

Hats off to local trio Mi Ami, whose new 12″, “Echonoecho” got a shoutout in this Sunday’s New York Times. While you’re waiting for the psycho-afro-punk-jazz group to return from their world tour, you might want to try Aquarius Records on Valencia for the vinyl.

Local kids using more condoms, having less sex. That’s one of the findings of the latest report by the Adolescent Health Working Group, which also found that teens drink more than a soda a day, white girls drink more alcohol, and San Francisco youth collectively fail at the state’s fitness standards. Expect more on youth health on Mission Loc@l pronto.

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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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