Alas, the heat wave is gone but ML’s Nick Kusnetz knows where it went. Apparently it was siphoned out of the air and into a Democrat Party Union luncheon at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel

Yesterday was the hyper-graffiti anti-meeting, I mean, anti-graffiti super huddle, and ML’s Steve Saldivar spoke with street art aficionados and anti-graffiti vigilantes about the thin line between art and vandalism

Speaking of noncompliance, today could be the first day of fines for Medjool owner Gus Murad for the restauranteur’s failure to comply with the law that we’ve chronicled here, here and here. Unless the Save Medjool movement — that just updated its website — can get the Planning Commission to give Murad more time to get his businesses in line with the law.

But joy is possible, ML’s Anrica Deb reports on how a group of avid swimmers saved precious pool hours in the neighborhood. Just in time for summer.

This weekend is packed with opportunity, what with the film festival, Spring Studio Stroll of Mission District artists and who knows what else. It’s inevitable. You’re bound to miss something great, so check back here for art and film reviews from the weekend.

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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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