UPDATE @ 5:48: Barcelona will apparently be playing the Chivas in August.

UPDATE @ 12:38 p.m.: Good piece by Mathew Roth at SFStreetsblog.org on the incredible work that the San Jose/Guerrero Coalition to Save Our Streets has done around a new plaza. Amazing and disturbing facts on the number of houses hit.

Good Morning.  It’s Friday!

Our Safari user aid to the front photo is here.  The piece on immigrant entrepreneurs makes you wonder if it’s easier to survive in a weak economy if you’re accustomed to struggling.

And already Mission Mission has a photo of one of the 800 pound Google icons vandalized.  We have more on the very real, very heavy icons later today. coming up.

And it’s true, SF Gate reports, the Rec and Parks approved a plan to charge cart venders $1,000 a month to sell in city parks.

So much coming up this weekend.  Again, we’ve been writing alot on Mission Street and you might want to print out our new map, it’s on our home page, right hand column under MAPS and you can also find a place through our vacancy map to open your own shop on Mission street.  Or  help out one of the ailing taquerias.

Weekend Highlights and the Curious:

Friday there’s the 50 percent off sale at Art Expolsion at 17th and Hampshire from 7-9. Time to decorate!

Downward Facing Dog, at Odd Ball Films at  275 Capp Street.

The Bike and Film festival starts Friday at the Victoria and goes through Saturday with a block party on Saturday at noon. Mission Eyes will be there.

On Saturday there’s

“Play All” by Sherry Wong at Cell Space 2050 Bryant.  It’s apparently an art and music extravaganza.

Duo Cascada de Flores, boleros and other music at 8 p.m at No Right Turn at 2988 Mission St.

And on Sunday, it’s Sunday Streets, a Nicarguan Celebration, and more. Check our Events page.

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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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