Today’s national and international news is dominated by swine flu, but we’d like to get a better sense of how the dangerous disease is affecting folks here at home. ABC News reports that some Mission residents are postponing trips to visit friends and family in Mexico — what else are our neighbors dealing with? If you’ve got tips, please leave a comment below or email missionlocal at gmail dot com.

Hope in the way of new workspace is on the way for social entrepreneurs, start-up organizations, freelance writers, documentary-makers and other people who lack offices and therefore end up working in coffee shops (where they have to fight for access to electrical outlets and worry about their laptops every time they get up to order another cuppa joe) or at home (where they have to fight an army of enticing distractions, from shower tiles that suddenly need scrubbing to the roommate who needs help jumping his car). “HUBsf is where change goes to work,” according to the Web site for this collective work space at 22nd and Mission, slated to open in the fall. You pay an hourly rate that includes a desk, wireless Internet, access to meeting rooms and (apparently) organic coffee.

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