Homicides are down an amazing 61 percent, and crime overall is down 20 percent. Something good must be brewing (it’s Belgium beer month, after all).  Click around MissionLoc@l reporter Angela Kilduff’s latest crime map.

Graffiti: art or crime? The debate continues in our fair city. Two alleged graffiti perpetrators went to court this week, and Kilduff’s tracking the case.

Many films to recommend at the Roxie: a beautifully shot documentary on the Bloods and Crips (more of a history 101 on Los Angeles’ black community than an actual look into the two rivals, in my humble opinion); another film, “Medicine for Melancholy,” featuring many SF landscapes; and a documentary following Bela Fleck on his quest to discover the roots of the banjo in Africa. There’s lots more to check out, from free bike repair workshops to photos of Laotian rockstars, so get out there and have some fun. Love never stops on the day of the Cesar Chavez parade. Hope you’ve been out in the sun.

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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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