UPDATE 4:30 p.m. Photography junkies and compulsive shooters, be sure to check out “Captured,” a documentary on NYC Lower East Side documentarian Clayton Patterson, at 7:00 p.m. tonight at Socha Cafe, 3235 Mission Street.

This week, be sure to catch Dave Eggers at Modern Times Bookstore for a signing of his latest book, Zeitoun. Tuesday, July 14, 1 p.m.

“When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, Abdulrahman Zeitoun, a prosperous Syrian-American and father of four, chose to stay through the storm to protect his house and contracting business. In the days after, he traveled the flooded streets in a secondhand canoe, passing on supplies and helping those he could. But, on September 6, 2005, Zeitoun abruptly disappeared.”

Also, arriving this week at Pier 27 on the Embarcadero is the Mexican tall ship Cuahtemoc. Check it out for free all week from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily.


UPDATE @ 12:49 p.m. Mission Eyes Feature is here.


For Safari users, we’re sticking with flamenco until later this morning when we’ll have Mission Eyes up. On Friday ME went to single’s night. Does the Curry Cart find love or at least dessert? Check back later today and we’ll have the answer.

Feliz Cumpleaños Pablo Neruda. Join a celebration tonight at the Red Poppy.

As the great Chilean wrote, cuánto pasa en un dia, or so much happens in a day.
Let us know your favorite Neruda poem. So hard to pick. I love Caballos.

De pronto, conducidos por un hombre,
diez caballos salieron a la niebla.

All at once, led out by a single man,
ten horses were stepping, stepping into the mist.

It’s a poem that could bring anyone out of a funk.

Okay, in other birthday parties, Murat and his muffin cart have been summoned to 3200 or so Cesar Chavez Street for a party in an empty lot. It’s for people with the same birthdays and will go on from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Saturday night everyone walking east on 24th Street was looking up at the sky.


Where’s the other half Here.

So, make a wish. The orange sign, BTW, is a reminder that next Sunday is Sunday Streets.
What’s that? You ask. Find out here.

More later.

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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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