Kids, I hope you got one of those lemon and poppy seed muffins at the 24th Street BART Amuse -Bouche stand this morning because apparently it’s meatball subs and bagel dogs on the school lunch menu today. ML reporter Armand Emamdjomeh will be twittering live from the food fight at City Hall around 5:00 pm, where the fate of the El Tonayense taco truck may be decided.

Not sure if it’s an April fool’s gag à la SFBG, but today longtime tenants rights activist Randy Shaw announced on Beyond Chron that the actual Chronicle hired him to replace columnist Debra Saunders (freed from the shackles of  real estate advertising?). He seems to believe that a revolutionized Chronicle may emerge out of the ashes of its hemmoraging of staff. The revolution might also include a column by Bay Area green jobs champion and Obama appointee Van Jones, says Shaw.

Oh, and yesterday we incorrectly listed that a fate-of-St.-Luke’s-Hospital meeting was happening today, which it is not, it’s happening in May. More time for the community to come up with brilliant ideas, like that of the Burrito Justice Land Planning Commission.

Calbuzz pundits continue to consult the divining stick to see if Senator Dianne Feinstein’s likely spurn of the Employee Free Choice Act is an indication that she will or will not run for Governor. Earlier this year DiFi polled as a frontrunner in the race — and in her own words, “I’m one of those people that never says never.”

The bad news is that the deadline to file your taxes is swiftly approaching. The good news is that California’s found a way to pay its $3.7 billion in bills, including tax refunds, thanks to the stimulus, a loan and some “internal borrowing from special funds.” A little from here, a little from there… sounds like how us regular folk get by.

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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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