This gorgeous weather doesn’t bode well for crime. Apparently the drive-by shooting we reported yesterday was actually a walk-by. Bay City News (via CBS) reports that a pedestrian walked up to the car and shot the driver, who then crashed into another car near 23rd and Florida. Thankfully, all people involved will survive. Check for updates on our awesome new front page police blotter, and click around our crime map to see the past month’s crime patterns.

Sunday night blues be gone, tomorrow there’s no school in honor of Cesar Chavez Day (which is technically Tuesday, March 31). If you’ve got an extra $50 to donate to this coming weekend’s Chavez parade, celebrate Tuesday morning at Mission Vocational School’s 8:00 a.m. breakfast feast.

Looking ahead, Jerry and Phil at Calbuzzer noted there’s been little notice of Sen. Diane Feinstein’s hint that she’s likely to withhold support for the Employee Free Choice Act. A statement attributed to Sen. Feinstein that’s floating around the web suggests she’d rather “find common ground that would be agreeable to both business and labor” than opt for the pro-union bill. LA Times writer James Oliphant lays out the pros and cons of the bill, which Sen. Feinstein had previously co-sponsored.

Locally, the future of St. Luke’s Hospital is on the discussion table this week at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting and in May at a  meeting hosted by the hospital’s outreach team. Our civic-minded comrade at San Francisco FYI lists the times and locales for these meetings and many others around the city.

OK, so tonight take advantage of clear skies and look for Saturn in the southeastern sky about 50 degrees above the horizon (note it’s golden color). And tomorrow we’ll see you between 8 and 10 a.m. at Four Barrel for free French-pressed coffee.

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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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