The mighty hand of the law hath spoken: the beloved El Tonayense taco truck may likely have to move, unless a compromise can be reached, but not until school’s out. Huh.

Moving on, the New York Times confirmed what ML’s Ayako Mie’s sources believed: Jan 2009 rents were down 32.4 percent in our fair city. We’re up there with Las Vegas and San Diego. If the drop harkens a “new beginning for the middle class” then perhaps this might be a good time to open shop in one of our alluring vacancies, which ML’s Nick Kusnetz will tell you all about tomorrow.

“La Mission,” a film tribute to our very own neighborhood will open this year’s San Francisco International Film Festival (every film is a foreign film somewhere…) at the Castro Theater on April 23. The directors even cast 24th Street fixture Leonardo Medrano, aka Don Leo, as an agoraphobic character. The real Medrano has been selling flowers in front of La Victoria bakery at the corner of Alabama for about seven years, says a SF Weekly blog.

OK, so I can’t make it to tonight’s MSF — it’s time to take one for the team, fair readers. Go forth, eat and send us photos.

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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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