Our intrepid investigative reporter Emma Brown stars in Current’s video report about the rise of Mission Local and other local news innovators (too many to interview in such a richly blogged town) in the face of the potential demise of big papers like the Chron.

Even ol’ Gray Lady (aka New York Times) followed ML reporter Ayako Mie’s lead in the covering the rise in first-time home buyers following the mortgage crisis. As we noted yesterday, home prices fell 34.2 percent here in San Francisco, which was among cities like Las Vegas and San Diego that saw the biggest drop.

The union representing 11,000 City of San Francisco employees will ask its members to opt out of about $40 million to help the city pay its bills, according to the Chron’s City Insider. Speaking of unions, one last word this week on the Employee Free Choice Act: despite DiFi’s change in heart, the Board of Supervisors are likely to pass a resolution in support of the act that was proposed by Sup. John Avalos. Of course, Congress will totally take the non-binding resolution of our fair city to heart when it considers the legislation later this summer.

Yesterday, people took to the streets to protest cuts to city services. Tomorrow, hoards shall take to the streets again, but this time in celebration at the noontime Cesar Chavez parade (be sure to show off your photo chops through our Flickr group), followed by the 24th Street Fair between Harrison and Bryant Streets, which even includes a classic car show à la Dukes of Hazard.

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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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