“Save Medjool” signs are popping up in shop windows near 21st and Mission Streets. We’ve been following restaurateur and hotel owner Gus Murad’s attempts to comply with law (involving Medjool’s roof deck, residential hotel rooms and condo height requirements). The URL on the signs points to a site where you can sign up for text message alerts about the waxing movement.

Last week, ML’s Angela Kilduff reported on the five men shot in front of the club Whisper on Florida Street, and this weekend the Examiner reported that until the club closes for good on May 3, Captain Tacchini of the SFPD’s Mission Station requested the city provide the resources for him to put more police in the area to prevent trouble during the club’s finale parties. Meanwhile, the Supes are considering ordinances Mayor Newsom and Chief Fong proposed last year to help curb violence associated with clubs.

San Francisco Unified School District launched a website for its LGBTQ students, and is likely the first school district to do so. The site lists resources for students who want to start a gay-straight alliance group as well as a calendar of events for this month, which is apparently gay pride celebration month. In 2008, about 13 percent (that’s about 1,000 students) who responded to a survey said they identified as LGBTQ.

With about just over a month left to the school year, it’s not too late to take advantage of K-7 homework help offered at San Francisco Public Library’s Mission Branch. On Mondays they offer basic computer classes for adults as well.

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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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