Even though this happened in the faraway town of Berkeley, burrito eaters everywhere should take note of the tragedy that can befall those who take their burritos for granted. It seems that after some regulars who had been drinking came into Juan’s Place and demanded free service (which apparently they had received before), a dispute over a burrito ended in an arrest after an assault with a belt and tire iron in front of sitting customers.

Look, when you’re at Juan’s, skip the burritos and stick to what they’re known for: steak quesadillas, chiles rellenos, sit-down tables and friendly, family atmosphere.

Veteran enforcer of burrito justice Burrito Justice puts the incident into perspective with a look at past burrito misdeeds. BJ also give an informative report from Tuesday’s meeting of the Cesar Chavez design plan. __ include median, bike lanes, timed lights.

And in other traffic news, the Bay Guardian sums up a meeting of the SF Bike Coalition‘s “aggressive campaign” to get the wheels on the city’s massive bike plan moving. On Thursday the Bicycle Advisory Committee (which makes recommendations to the Board of Supes on all thinks two-wheeled) holds its regular meeting.

Remezcla spreads word that South Bay band La Colectiva is throwing a big fiesta on Thurday night at Balazo 18 on Mission Street. From their Myspace samples, Colectiva is a good name for their collection of Latin music—salsa, reggaeton, cumbia—so wear your get-down-and-funky shoes.

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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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